Proven water distribution modeling
Design new water systems and manage existing water networks effectively to reduce disruption risks and energy use using reliable decision-support capabilities.
WHAT IS OPENFLOWS WATERCAD?
OpenFlows WaterCAD is an easy-to-use hydraulic and water quality modeling application for water distribution systems from fire flow and constituent concentration analyses, to energy cost management and pump modeling. You can design new water systems and manage existing water networks effectively to reduce disruption risks and energy use. Use OpenFlows WaterCAD from within MicroStation, AutoCAD, or you can choose to use OpenFlows WaterCAD as a stand-alone application, for additional flexibility.
What-if Scenario Management
Easily analyze your existing water distribution system and predict how it will react in the future.
Reduce Energy Expenses
Compare different pump strategies and select the most cost-effective option for your system.
Analyze Pipe and Valve Criticality
Discover the weakest links in your water distribution systems and evaluate the adequacy of isolation valves.
Easily Analyze Water Quality
Determine water age, water source, analyze chlorine decay or perform multispecies analysis with just a few clicks.
Find Available Fire Flow at Hydrants
Quickly determine if your system provides adequate fire protection at any node.
OpenFlows WaterCAD is a subset of OpenFlows WaterGEMS.
*Prices vary per region. For more options, see licensing and subscriptions section.
OpenFlows WaterCAD saves water during drought
Focused on sanitation, environment, and urban infrastructure, the father/son team at TSA – Tecnologia em Saneamento Ambiental used OpenFlows WaterCAD to find leaks and optimize infrastructure saved precious water during a record-breaking drought.
— Vanessa Finamore Miranda, Environmental and Sanitary Engineer, Enorsul
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Frequently Asked Questions
WaterCAD is an easy-to-use hydraulic and water quality modeling application for water distribution systems. WaterCAD is a reliable, resource-saving, decision-support application for your water infrastructure. From fire flow and water quality analysis, to energy cost management and pump modeling, WaterCAD helps you analyze, design, and optimize water distribution systems.
The price of OpenFlows WaterCAD varies per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Bentley’s eStore. When you purchase through the eStore, you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.
WaterGEMS is a superset of WaterCAD. WaterGEMS includes a standalone version plus the integration with three platforms MicroStation, AutoCAD, and ArcGIS. Additionally, WaterGEMS comes with six modules for optimal operation planning and automatized model calibration that are not included in WaterCAD: 1) Pipe Renewal Planner 2) Darwin Designer 3) Darwin Calibrator 4) Darwin Scheduler 5) Skelebrator 6) SCADAConnect. Learn more about OpenFlows WaterGEMS.
Integration with AutoCAD is not included with a WaterCAD Virtuoso Subscription. However, integration with AutoCAD is available with a WaterCAD for AutoCAD perpetual license. For more information or to purchase a perpetual license, please contact our sales team.
Using the Fire Flow Navigator, you can quickly and accurately establish the ability of their network to provide protection against fires. WaterCAD simultaneously models multiple fire flow events evaluating flows and pressures across the entire system.
The Flushing Simulation tool helps you plan, analyze, and optimize flushing programs to control and improve water quality in their water distribution systems. You can perform both conventional and unidirectional flushing (UDF) simulations, as well as multiple flushing runs across multiple areas.
To perform criticality analysis and operations modeling, use the Criticality Analysis Center. It is a comprehensive utility to identify critical assets in water distribution infrastructure and evaluate the risk associated with their failure. Also, by using rule-based operational controls, variable-speed pumping (VSP), and pressure-dependent demands (PDD), you can find operational bottlenecks, minimize energy consumption, and model real-time operations to improve system performance.
Use the WaterCAD Scenario Management Center to get full control to configure, run, evaluate, visualize, and compare an unlimited number of what-if scenarios within a single file. You can easily make decisions by comparing unlimited scenarios, analyzing rehabilitation alternatives for multiple planning horizons, evaluating pump operation strategies, or flushing alternatives for emergency contamination events.
The LoadBuilder and TRex geospatial modules are included with WaterCAD at no additional cost, and they help you allocate water demands and node elevations based on geospatial data found in shapefiles, DEMs, and even CAD drawings, avoiding potential manual-input mistakes and speeding up the model-building process.
You can streamline model building when you use CAD drawings to directly create hydraulically connected models; import topology and data from GIS; and create persistent, bidirectional connections between shapefiles, databases, spreadsheets, and the WaterCAD model.
Refer to the ‘Installation Requirements’ section of the WaterCAD ReadMe file.
WaterCAD runs without platform restrictions as a stand-alone application. It can also run from within MicroStation. AutoCAD integration is not supported with a Virtuoso Subscription of WaterCAD. The requirements are also available in WaterCAD’s ReadMe file.
For the most up-to-date system requirements, visit Bentley Communities.
Licensing and Subscription options
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Computer Applications in Hydraulic Engineering
This fully updated 9th edition textbook is available for download! Ideal for engineers and students in hydraulics and hydrology, offering theory and real-world applications with problem-solving and modeling exercises featuring OpenFlows WaterGEMS, HAMMER, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, PondPack, StormCAD, FlowMaster and CulvertMaster.