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2D Conveyance Obstructions

Conveyance obstructions can be assigned to the 2D mesh to account for regions that are permanently blocked from conveying flow. Conveyance obstructions, such as buildings and other structures, decrease the flow area and add additional wetted perimeter where the water comes in contact with the obstruction.

2D Conveyance Obstructions

2D conveyance obstructions are assigned using polygons. The software will automatically refine the 2D mesh to accommodate the conveyance obstruction shape.
2D Conveyance Obstructions

2D conveyance obstructions can be defined using the following commands:
  • Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions
  • Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions

Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions Command

If polygons have already been drawn on the Map View or a polygon shapefile layer has been loaded, the Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions command can be used to assign 2D conveyance obstructions.

Follow the steps below to use the Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions command:

  1. From the Input ribbon menu, click the 2D Flow Areas menu item, and then select the Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions command.
    Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions command
  2. The Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will be displayed.
    Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box
There are two options for assigning conveyance obstructions to 2D mesh:
  • Select Multiple Polygons
  • Multiple Block Conveyance Obstructions from Polygon Shapefile

The following sections describe how to use these assignment options.

Select Multiple Polygons

This option allows multiple polygons to be interactively selected from the Map View and then assigned as conveyance obstructions.

Follow the steps below to assign conveyance obstructions to 2D mesh using the Select Multiple Polygons option:

  1. Choose the Select Multiple Polygons radio button option. Then, click the [Pick] button.
    [Pick] button - Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box
  2. The Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will temporarily disappear, and a prompt will be displayed on the status bar with next steps.
  3. Select the polygons on the Map View. Then, right-click and choose Done from the displayed context menu.
  4. The Assign 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will be redisplayed.
  5. In the Elevation assignment section, select the desired option for assigning the conveyance obstruction elevation. Then, enter the elevation value.
    Elevation assignment section
  6. Click the [OK] button. The selected polygons will be assigned as 2D conveyance obstructions.

Multiple Block Conveyance Obstructions from Polygon Shapefile

This option allows a polygon shapefile layer to be used to assign 2D conveyance obstructions.

Follow the steps below to assign conveyance obstructions to 2D mesh using polygon shapefile:

  1. Choose the Multiple Block Conveyance Obstructions from Polygon Shapefile radio button option.
  2. The software will display all loaded polygon shapefile layers in the Shapefile layer dropdown combo box. Select the corresponding shapefile layer.
    Shapefile layer dropdown combo box
  3. In the Elevation assignment section, select the desired option for assigning the conveyance obstruction elevation. Then, enter the elevation value.
    Elevation assignment section - Multiple Block Conveyance Obstructions
  4. Click the [OK] button. The selected polygons will be assigned as 2D conveyance obstructions.
    [OK] button

Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions Command

The user can interactively draw polygons on the Map View in order to define the conveyance obstructions.

Follow the steps below to use the Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions command:

  1. From the Input ribbon menu, click the 2D Flow Areas menu item, and then select the Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions command.
    Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions ribbon menu command
  2. The Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will be displayed.
    Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box
  3. Click the [Draw] button. The Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will temporarily disappear, and a prompt will be displayed on the status bar with next steps.
  4. Draw the polygon on the Map View.
  5. After the polygon has been drawn, the Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box will be redisplayed.
  6. In the Elevation assignment section, select the desired option for assigning the conveyance obstruction elevation. Then, enter the elevation value.
    Elevation assignment section - Draw 2D Conveyance Obstructions dialog box
  7. Click the [Apply] button.
    [Apply] button
  8. Repeat the process for all other buildings to be assigned as 2D conveyance obstructions.

Incorporating the Conveyance Obstructions into the 2D Mesh

After the conveyance obstruction polygons have been defined, the software will stamp them into the 2D mesh and refine the mesh to account for each polygon’s shape.

Follow the steps below to incorporate the conveyance obstructions into the 2D mesh:

  1. Double-click on the 2D mesh on the Map View to display the 2D Flow Area Data dialog box.
  2. Click the [Update] button and the software will incorporate the 2D conveyance obstruction into the 2D mesh.
    [Update] button - 2D Flow Area Data dialog box

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