BIM Ready Solution for Channel and River Engineering Design

Aquaterra is a professional 3D CAD software for channel and river engineering design. It integrates MIKE FLOOD or HEC-RAS hydraulic calculations with flood protection design, torrent and landslide control, and irrigation systems design.

Based on layout, profile, and cross-sections, it creates 3D solid channel and river bed models, supports QTO data export, and offers plan production tools. Carefully designed UI and workflows are consistent with the engineering practices. This makes Aquaterra surprisingly fast-to-learn and easy-to-use.

Product Details

Design Features

Digital terrain modeling

The Surface creation tool is included in CGS Labs software to produce detailed Digital Terrain Model (DTM) based on various surveys or other input data: total station data files, points, break lines, blocks, etc. This offers the possibility to use Aquaterra on plain AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

River alignment design tools

Aquaterra provides a wide range of advanced alignment, profile geometry design, and editing tools. They include P(V)I design, floating and fixed elements design, alignment design created from the existing polyline, or ultimately creating a best-fit alignment based on existing channel or river bed survey data. A number of alignment labels, reports and data export options give you the flexibility to cover a wide range of user requirements.

Water level representation and smart lines definition

Water level lines represent data obtained from hydraulic calculation software (MIKE FLOOD or HEC-RAS). They are displayed relative to the specific alignment in the drawing. To present side objects like channels, dykes, property limits, etc., you can define smart lines in the layout and project them to profile and/or cross section views. The Smart lines functionality is connected with the point’s projection, which offers similar projection options, but dedicated to point objects along any alignment.

Cross sections design and editing capabilities

Enter 1D, 2D water levels or combined calculations and design new or edit existing channel and river bed cross sections geometry. Add dykes and other objects using the large set of tools available. Recalculate water levels and check geometry changes impact for accurate project evaluation.

Quantity take-off (QTO)

Aquaterra calculates material quantity take-off and features a QTO data export tool with custom defined Pay Item (Bill of materials) options. It gives users the possibility to link material defined in the drawing with a material database in cost estimate software, thus supporting digital data transfer and fast cost recalculation when project changes arise.

River groins

Groins are a rigid hydraulic structures built from a bank in rivers that interrupt water flow and limit the movement of sediment. Aquaterra supports design of groins along selected banks as 2D elements with varying gradient values.

3D Surface and 3D Solid Model

Channel and river bed 3D model can be created as 3D surface or 3D solid model. 3D surface model can be generated automatically from 3D channel or river bed cross sections definition and terrain model, or it can be built with the grading function. 3D solid model is created on the basis of cross-section areas, with materials and volumes defined as extended data. All solid models, including extended data, can be imported into Autodesk Infraworks, Navisworks and can be used in various BIM workflows.

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