XMS:What's New in SMS 11.1

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Several new features are included in this new release that we think will be very useful for long time and new users. These features include:

General Features

Dynamic Images

SMS can now link to dynamic image sources on the web so that the background image is updated as user pans/zooms around the domain. These images can be converted to static images for speed or if internet access may be lost.

New Online Image Sources

Recently, the terraserver web service that had been available in SMS was discontinued. SMS now accesses a number of new web sources for image and/or elevation data using the previous web source tools.

Project on the fly

All data in the SMS instance is now projected to a user specified projection for display. This makes working with data in various projections much easier and less prone to round-off or conversion errors.

Dataset Toolbox

Angle convention conversion for scalar datasets.

Open as... command

General data formats such as raster, vector and image files are not always supported as native in SMS. This new command allows SMS to use the Global Mapper library to convert the data in these files to be read in to SMS.

Import Wizard column association

The import wizard can now associate Northing/Easting headers with Y/X.

VTK Dataset Interpolation

Can interpolate from a VTK dataset to mesh2d, cgrid, scatter, vtk mesh or curvilinear geometric object.

Module Features


  • Convert GIS data to Generic model coverage
  • Users can now bring in GIS data (shape file or mif/mid) and convert this to generic model node or arc attributes.
  • Read in a boundary condition file into the GIS module.

Map Module

  • Select all arcs connected sequentially to define a polygon. Can be used to detect poor connectivity in a conceptual model.
  • Split arcs based on user specified criterion. Click here to learn more.
  • Convert Map feature arc and point attributes (Generic 2D mesh coverage) to mesh nodestring and node attributes. Click here to learn more.
  • The Select/Delete Data function (Feature Objects menu) now gives the user the ability to set how points that lie on the selection polygon will be treated. Click here to learn more.
  • Map data can be imported/exported in mif/mid format. Click here to learn more.
  • Export map data in shape format. Click here to learn more.
  • Map files have been optimized to load faster. Converting a area property coverage to a 2D grid has been optimized to convert faster.

Mesh Module

  • Nodestrings now contain an id. Click here to learn more.
  • A subset of the mesh can be selected and edited on its own. Click here to learn more.
  • Meshes can be imported/exported in mif/mid format. Click here to learn more.
  • An option now exists for mesh to scatter conversions where only selected mesh nodes are converted.
  • Automatic zoom was removed when generating a mesh from a map coverage.
  • Reduce nodal connections. Click here to learn more
  • Global mesh renumbering done using the Cuthill-Mckee renumbering scheme replaces nodestring based renumbering.
  • Mesh quality scatter set creation Click here to learn more and ARR plot Click here to learn more

Particle Module

Extract particle subset – Export a portion of the times and/or particles to a new file to reduce file sizes of particle solutions.


  • New raster set tree item folder in the project explorer. Click here to learn more.
  • New "Options" dialog in the raster set project explorer. This is used to specify if raster values are/aren't elevations. Click here to learn more.
  • Ability to convert part of a raster to a scatter set (TIN).

Scatter Module

Ability to autogenerate TIN breaklines following elevation values. Click here to learn more. New option to use Laplacian interpolation when interpolated to a Cartesian Grid. Click here to learn more. Merging scatter sets will now show a report of the number of vertices, triangles, breaklines before and after the merge. Click here to learn more. New scatter filter using VTK Decimate Pro algorithm. Click here to learn more.

Model Features


  • Support for version sediment and constituent transport.
  • Preservation of "unsupported" or "advanced" cards in an "Advanced" tab in model control.
  • Support of the PC LVL card


  • Support for version 50.0.
  • New distribution of the model.
  • Support for running ADCIRC in parallel (PADCIRC) on windows environment.
  • Support for the new NWS 19 option

Cartesian Grid Module

We now have a floating projection option. See Cartesian Grid Coordinates to learn more.


Support for version 4.5 of the CMS. This includes both CMS-Flow and CMS-Wave in a single executable. Complete overhaul of the CMS-Flow model parameters.

  • New parameters to the Sediment tab See CMS-Flow Model Control to learn more.
    • Calculate morphology change during ramp period
    • Avalanching
    • Made the D50 Dataset optional
    • Added a new dataset called Sediment Standard Deviation (mm)
  • Changes to the wave model control tab

Added new Harmonic WSE-forcing boundary condition. This is located in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under Tidal tab. See CMS-Flow Model Control to learn more.

Added Longitude dataset. You will see this option in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under Flow tab. See CMS-Flow Model Control to learn more.

Added 29 new Tidal Constituents bringing the total to 37. Click here to learn more.

Added Grid modification flag. See CMS-Flow Grid Modification Flag to learn more.

Added ability to read netCDF files for visualization.

Added ability to read fleet wind data. Click here to learn more.

New save point coverage and file support. Click here to learn more.

Ability to extract levee/structure height from an unstructured (ADCIRC) grid.


  • Support for updated version
  • We now write the *.std file according to the new format.
  • Users can associate times/dates with the simulation.
  • We now support full plane simulations.
  • Ability to create input spectral locations in spectral coverage. See CMS-Wave Spectral Coverage to learn more.
  • Support of the new permeable structures.
  • Support spatially varied wind input fields.
  • Support for 8 (yymmddhh) or 12 (yyhhddhhmmss) date fields for temporally changing spectra.


Support for model. We now can interface with CSHORE.


Exporting ADCIRC/STWAVE & ESMF We now wite the STWAVE and ADCIRC files into a single directory along with the ESMF mapping information.

LTFATE (USACE users only)

  • Users can specify in the simulation's model control how many layers there are for their curvilinear grids.
  • Users can now use a masking coverage to create more precise curvilinear grids. Click here to learn more.
  • Curvilinear Grid LTFATE supports Tidal and Inflow boundary conditions. Click here to learn more.
  • Added support for Sediment river boundary conditions. Click here to learn more.
  • Added support for wind.inp file Click here to learn more.
  • New feature for relaxing curvilinear grids using predictor/corrector algorithm.
  • User can now display 3D solutions mapped onto fence diagrams cut through the domain.
  • Support for SEDZL-J sediment transport parameters.

Generic Model Interface

Converter utility provided to model developers to facilitate migration from previous template to SMS 11 template. Ability to only show material options for active material group.


  • You can now read in PTM trap files. See PTM Trap File to learn more.
  • Ability to use an ADCIRC ascii fort.45 files for hydrodynamics.
  • Improved smoothing of display of 3D solution of fence diagrams.
  • Support to read in BC file.
  • Improved interface with CMS-Flow.


You can now run stwave in parallel if you have multiple processors. Click here to learn more.


Can specify which TUFLOW executable (double or single precision as well as 32 and 64 bit) to use for each simulation.

  • Improved model check for boundary conditions for specified event.
  • Add ability to specify a clip region.
  • Convert GIS rainfall data to TUFLOW boundary conditions.
  • Provide option for GIS check/outputs to be shapefiles.
  • Support mass balance corrector toggle.
  • Support new Source over Area commands
  • Support storage reduction feature
  • Support variable z shape restore/repeat
  • Rearrange grid options dialog
  • Improvements to multiple file import dialog (open TCF file)
  • Support for customary units option