Urbano 10 Hydra


Water distribution design, calculation and analysis software

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Urbano Hydra will support your workflow from start to finish regardless of project type. You will benefit from the speed and accuracy of the dynamic design model while enjoying great design and drafting flexibility thanks to the configuration system. Data exchange with complementary software is built-in with more than a dozen supported file formats. To complete the offer, there is a full set of calculation and analysis tools at your disposal.

Urbano Hydra
Urbano Hydra PRO
 Urbano Ultimate
* Digital terrain modeling
* Data conversion from line/polyline
* Data conversion from text/block attributes
* Layout & long sections design
* Import/export with EPANET
* Pipe diameter optimization
* Pipe clash analysis
All previous features 
 + Import/Export with .shp & .tab 
 + Import/Export with Databases
+ Export to .ifc
 + Advanced cross sections
 + Advanced trench designs
All previous features
+ Sewage & stormwater design
+ Catchment & influence area design
+ Flow & hydraulic calculations
+ Design with precast manholes 
+ House connection design
+ Parcel creation & editing
+ Buffer, overlay & thematic maps analyses
+ Pipe & parcel intersection analysis
+ Productivity tools for raster & vector maps
Urbano 10 Brochure

Core features

User interface
Program functions can be selected and started from the side-docking Workspace, a Ribbon, a custom created toolbar or directly from the AutoCAD® command line. Functions open free floating windows. You can open and operate several floating windows at the same time.
The UI adapts to almost any user workflow,
saving time and enhancing user experience.

Pipe networks 
created with Urbano automatically group basic elements i.e. nodes and sections, into a topological network system. There are five distinct network topology elements: node, section, branch, array and system. Arrays are editable and provide advanced features like drawing all long sections at once.
The network topology creates a unique advantage,
the possibility to select and edit a large data set.

Data selection and data input 
represent a major distinction between Urbano and other programs. Urbano includes the selection of multiple topology elements, from node to node, from station to station, according to a query etc. You can even create custom selection sets based on standard selection types.
The built-in data selection & input functions increase design accuracy
and significantly reduce design time.

Data tables
Data tables are the fastest solution for an overview of design data. They are based on configurations and can be created and adjusted freely. The contents can be copied to Microsoft Excel or to an AutoCAD® table.

User data and additional network data
A flexible way to add, import or export data associated with topology elements. User data is accessible like any other project data and can be used as part of any configuration. Additional network data can be associated with any station or station range – ideal for data describing pipe condition, damages and inspection results.

A simple way to create complex data sets for further analysis. A common use of queries is to filter data by using linked criteria. Based on configurations, queries can be used with data tables, thematic maps and styles.

Configurations represent the stored settings and data of an Urbano function. 

They are used to drive the output of many functions like long sections, labels, data tables, data import and export, pipe clash analysis and theautomatic calculation of pipe inverts. You can have many different configurations of the same function. If you update a configuration that produces a part of the drawing e.g. long section, all instances of that configuration will be refreshed automatically. 

Configurations used in the project are stored in the .dwg file. To exchange configurations with other Urbano users it is enough to exchange a .dwg file. Configurations can be stored on a local computer and on a network server.

Design and drafting features

Long sections are based on configurations thus making drawing fast and flexible and the results incredibly detailed. You can use any data selection as the source and draw one or more long sections at the same time. Editing is the best part with multiple procedures to adjust manhole type, drop and position, pipe diameter, invert, slope and depth below terrain and representation features like colors, hatches, line types, label position and type, decorative blocks and data table contents. The long sections drafting and editing features are a compelling reason to start using Urbano.

Accurate layout drawing is an important part of the Urbano project. You can use advanced features like the automatic setting of pipes, manholes, labels and terrain heights to reduce drafting time. Editing is very comfortable as any position change of pipes and nodes is automatically reflected in all connected long sections, labels, data tables. The layout pipe network can be displayed in different styles like pipes and manholes with real diameters, pipes drawn up to the edge of the manhole and in full 3D.  The layout drafting, editing and styling functions enable quick design changes while preserving overall project accuracy. 
Labels are based on configurations, refresh automatically and can be set for sections, nodes, arrays and stations. The automatic label repositioning tool will produce a great looking draft of the full layout in a matter of seconds. To refine the results, you can repeat the procedure multiple times on any part of the network or move the labels manually. The many labeling options are simple to use, and provide great results.
Terrain elevations and DTM Supported DTM’s include AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, 3D Face and Terraform, the Urbano DTM module. Terrain elevations can be set by direct input, linear interpolation or text file import.

Trenches, cross sections and excavation report
Trench and cross section configurations can be edited and trench borders displayed in layout. The excavation report can be made to accurately show the various layer volumes.

Pipe clash and intersection analysis

A special interface to analyze, label and create reports based on complex infrastructure clashes and intersections of different Urbano systems like sewage, storm and water or with other pipe and cable infrastructures like gas, electricity, optical cables etc.

Conversion of AutoCAD® objects
Pipe networks created with basic AutoCAD® objects like, lines, polylines and blocks can be converted to Urbano networks. Additional information stored in text or block attributes, can be converted to information like pipe diameters or terrain elevations.

Once part of an Urbano system, you can use all the design, editing and analysis tools at your disposal. Like in other projects, you can use export configurations to convert the network to external formats like .shp, AutoCAD® Civil 3D® or any OLE DB compatible database. Conversion tools are part of every Urbano product and represent a powerfull mechanism for restoring and utilizing old pipe network drawings.

Water distribution design features

Automatic pipe diameter optimization

For water distribution networks, calculating and determining optimal pipe diameters is no straightforward task. Depending on network size and topology type, it can become increasingly complex and time consuming. The intricate dependencies of flow, velocity, pressure, flow direction and pipe diameter are especially demanding in loop network topologies.

Urbano Hydra solves this problem for both branch and loop network topologies with the use of advanced hydraulic calculation methods. The automatic pipe diameter optimization procedure is based on a genetic algorithm that mimics the natural selection process to calculate an optimal solution. In this case, the algorithm tries to determine optimal pipe diameters based on a required flow velocity in the water distribution network. You set and control all input values, calculation settings and required results making the process simpler to understand and manage. The results can be further refined using post-processing and editing tools.
Harnessing the power of the new automatic pipe diameter optimization calculation will significantly increase productivity and quality of the final design.

Connection to EPANET and other hydraulic modeling software

EPANET is the worldwide standard software for hydraulic calculations of water distribution networks and most hydraulic modeling software use the EPANET file format to exchange data. Urbano can be used to determine all pipe network information including water demands, pipes, valves, pumps, reservoirs etc. The prepared data can then be exported to any EPANET compatible software for hydraulic modeling. The modeling results can be imported to Urbano and become part of the project.

Hydraulic calculation
Urbano uses the EPANET engine for a snapshot hydraulic calculation. This action requires the same data input as if you were to export the data to EPANET. The snapshot calculation can be performed to get some basic understanding of the network in a short amount of time.

Long section and invert design

Urbano Hydra includes a comprehensive set of tools and configurations adapted to the specific requirements of long section design for water distribution networks. Special tools follow each step of the design process including data selection, long section and invert editing, long section management and preparation for plotting. You can move, delete or copy long sections and you can exchange the currently used configuration with another one. The change of any feature like color, text alignment, size, line type, block type, table data and more, can be stored in a new configuration.

Invert editing is especially powerful offering full interoperability of manual and automatic invert design tools. You can take advantage of a new function that enables the automatic determination of pipe inverts with respect to reducing the number of needed air release and mud release valves. This brings unparalleled flexibility to pipe invert design.

Node assembly schema design

You can create detailed node schematics based on network nodes and a catalog of assembly elements e.g. fittings and valves. You can create custom parametric elements or elements from AutoCAD® blocks. A table with part name and quantity is generated automatically.

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