Pump Station Data command

Pump stations are used to pump water from one location to another. In GeoHECRAS, the Pump Station Data command allows users to add pump stations and edit pump data in a project. Pump stations can be used to pump water between river reaches, storage areas, and 2D flow areas.

To define a pump station in a HEC-RAS project, follow these steps:

  1. From the Input ribbon menu, select the Other Data menu item and then choose the Pump Station Data command.
    Pump Station Data command
  2. The Pump Station Data dialog box will be displayed.
    Pump Station Data dialog box

The following sections describe the Pump Station Data command and how to interact with the above dialog box.

Select Pump Station

This section allows the user to select, add, copy, and delete pump stations. To add a new pump station, click the [New] button and the dialog box will temporarily disappear. A prompt will be displayed on the status line, informing the user what to do next. Within the Map View, click on the location where you want to locate a pump station and the software will add a pump station at that location. The Pump Station Data dialog box will be redisplayed. Next, enter the pump station name in the Pump Station entry and click the Accept Changes button.
Select Pump Station

To select an existing pump station from the Map View, click the […] button adjacent to the Pump Station entry. The dialog box will temporarily disappear. Select the pump station on the Map View by clicking on it. The software will return back to the dialog box. Alternatively, the user can select the pump station by double clicking on the pump on the Map View and the Pump Station Data dialog box will be displayed. Or, the user can select the pump station from the Pump Station dropdown combo box entry.

Pump Station Specifications

The following sections describe the pump station. Click on the dropdown selector at the Pump Station Specifications entry to display the various data panels that define the pump.

Pump Station Specifications

Connection Data

The Connection Data panel contains details about the pump connection, including where the water is being pumped from and to, what is the pump on/off reference location, and an optional maximum elevation along the pump line.

Connection Data panel

Pump From Location

This section specifies the location where the pump station is pumping from. Select the source type from the Pump from location type dropdown combo box. Based on the selected type, additional data is used to define the source location.

Pump From Location section

Pump To Location

This section specifies the location where the pump station is pumping to. Select the target type from the Pump to location type dropdown combo box. Based upon the selected type, additional data is used to define the target location.

Pump To Location section

Pump On/Off Reference Location

This section specifies the monitoring location that is used to determine when the pump should be on or off. The Pump on/off location type dropdown combo box can be used to select the reference type. Based upon the selected type, additional data is used to define the reference location.

Pump On-Off Reference Location section

Additional Pump Parameters

This section allows an optional highest elevation along the pump line to be defined. This is useful when defining a model where there is pumping water over the top of a levee, and the water surface elevations of the Pump From and Pump To locations do not quantify the required head elevation to pump water over the top of a levee.

Additional Pump Parameters section

Performance Data

The Performance Data panel is used to define the pump performance curves for the defined pumps.

Performance Data panel

Pump Definition

This section allows the user to define multiple pump groups, allowing similar pumps to be grouped together. In that way, the control of the pumps is more easily defined.

Specify a group ID in the Pump group ID dropdown combo box. By default, the pump groups are named Group #1, Group #2, Group #3, etc., but can be changed by the user.

Define multiple pump groups

The Pump spin-up time and Pump spin-down time entries define the time required (in minutes) that it takes for a pump to turn on and off. By default, pumps turn on and off instantly. However, in the real world it takes some time for a pump to start up and shut down. In addition, if a pump abruptly turns on or off, a numerical shock in the flow computations might occur and the model may fail to converge to a valid solution. Therefore, it is recommended that a reasonable time-period be defined in which the pump transitions from zero flow to full capacity and transitions from full capacity to zero capacity.

The Pump group biased to ON at start of simulation checkbox is used to default the selected pump group to an “On State” when the reference water surface is between the defined on/off elevations.

Pump Head Efficiency Specifications

This section contains a table listing pump head versus flow rate. The pump head is the difference in water surface elevation between the Pump From and Pump To locations.

Pump Head Efficiency Specifications

The user can visually inspect the pump performance graph showing flow rate and pump head in the Pump Head Efficiency Curves plot.

Pump Head Efficiency Curves plot

Pump On/Off Operational Specifications

This section controls the operation of the defined pump. The provided table is used to specify the water surface elevations when a pump is to be turned on or off. Note that the defined pump on elevation must be higher than the defined pump off elevation.

Pump On-Off Operational Specifications section

Advanced Control Rules

The Advanced Control Rules panel is used to specify rules that override the previously defined pump performance and control data.

Advanced Control Rules panel

This section allows the user to define multiple rules for controlling the pumps. These rules are applied as per their listing order in the Defined Rules section. The user can reorder, copy, and delete rules. Depending upon the selected rule selected, different options are provided to specify the details of the selected rule.

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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