Import River Reach Alignment command

The Input | Cross Sections | Import River Reach Alignment command allows the software to import surveyed river reach alignment from a wide variety of file formats. The software will automatically determine where the next river reach starts within the selected file based upon either gaps within the file or a sudden change in direction from one geometry point to the next.

Selecting this command will display the Import River Reach Alignment dialog box.

Import River Reach Alignment dialog box

The following sections are used while importing surveyed river reach alignment data.

Select River Reach Alignment File

This section allows the user to select the survey river reach alignment point file. The file needs to be in an ASCII text file format, with either commas, tabs, or spaces delimiting the data fields contained within each row of the file.

The first row within the file that contains 2 or 3 floating point numbers are used to start the import river reach process. Whenever a blank line is encountered within the data file or the direction between three adjacent points changes too much, the software interprets this as the start of a new river reach.

The following survey file formats are supported:

  • EN (Easting, Northing)
  • ENZ (Easting, Northing, Elevation)
  • NE (Northing, Easting)
  • NEZ (Northing, Easting, Elevation)
  • PEN (Point, Easting, Northing)
  • PENZ (Point, Easting, Northing, Elevation)
  • PEND (Point, Easting, Northing, Description)
  • PENZD (Point, Easting, Northing, Elevation, Description)
  • PNE (Point, Northing, Easting)
  • PNEZ (Point, Northing, Easting, Elevation)
  • PNED (Point, Northing, Easting, Description)
  • PNEZD (Point, Northing, Easting, Elevation, Description)

Note that PENZD is the default file format. Also, note that Easting = X coordinate and Northing = Y coordinate.

Point File Preview

This section shows the first 100 lines contained within the survey file. It allows the user to see the contents of the ASCII survey file, and allows the user to change the file format based upon previewing the contents. After changing the file format, the column headings change in the Point File Preview panel.

Elevation Data Adjustment

This optional section allows the user to adjust the survey point data elevation values in the event that the elevation data is in the unit system or needs to have a datum adjustment. Note that elevation data is not required for a survey river reach alignment data.

River Reach Specifications

This section is used to define the river reach naming to be used for the imported river reaches.

River names can be defined by the following methods:

  • An existing river name can be selected
  • A new river name can be defined
  • The software can auto generate a numeric ID that defines the river name

Reach names can be defined by the following methods:

  • A new reach name can be defined
  • The software can auto generate a numeric ID that defines the reach name

Note that each river reach must have an unique ID which is formed from the combination of the river name and reach name.

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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