Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles command

It is quite easy to export a HEC‑RAS model to GIS shapefiles, allowing the HEC‑RAS model data to be shared with GIS and other software.

Follow these steps to display the Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles command.

  1. From the Input ribbon menu, select Export Data menu item and then Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles command.
    Export HEC-RAS to Shapefiles Ribbon Menu
  2. The Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles dialog box will be displayed.

Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles dialog box

The following sections describe the Export HEC‑RAS to Shapefiles command and how to interact with the above dialog box.

Select HEC‑RAS Shapefile Type to Export

This section allows the user to select whether the GIS shapefiles should be saved into a directory folder or have the shapefiles packaged together as a single ZIP compressed file. Using a ZIP file facilitates sharing the shapefile data with other users and for archiving the project.

HEC‑RAS Input Data

This section allows the user to select what HEC‑RAS input data should be exported. Each HEC‑RAS element type is placed in its own shapefile. For example, cross sections are placed in a cross-section shapefile, whereas river reaches are placed in a river reach shapefile. Also, 3D polyline elements, such as cross sections, are written out as 3D polyline shapefiles.

HEC‑RAS Output Data

This section allows the user to select what HEC‑RAS output results should be exported. In addition, the user can select which flood map profiles to export.

Other Options

The Overwriting existing shapefiles checkbox option allows the software to overwrite existing shapefiles with the same file name.

Exporting the HEC‑RAS Model

After the options have been defined, click the [Export] button and the software will export the HEC‑RAS data to shapefiles.

Cross sections are exported out as 3D polylines. They represent the 3D horizontal stationing and elevation of the HEC‑RAS cross section geometry.

Only the current scenario (or plan) will be exported to shapefiles. Separate shapefiles will need to be created if multiple scenarios are to be exported.

About the Author Chris Maeder

Chris Maeder

Chris is an experienced civil engineering and software technology leader, with over 30 years industry experience. With proven expertise in global software development, he has built engineering teams that adapt quickly, focus on what’s important and, most importantly, deliver. He is a licensed professional civil engineer with extensive experience in water resource engineering. He has performed and supervised engineering projects in urban stormwater drainage, transportation and roadway drainage, storm sewer design, detention pond design, stormwater quality, green infrastructure, watershed management planning, wastewater sewers, water distribution networks, pump stations, FEMA flood studies, bridge and culvert design, bridge scour and armoring, dam failure analysis, seepage and groundwater modeling, and environmental permits.

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