Hydrographs Quick Start Tutorial

This tutorial will overview the Hydrographs software to get you up and running and building your own stormwater runoff simulations. You'll learn about the user interface, where important information can be found, and how to run a simulation.

The Hydrographs User Interface

The Hydrographs user interface is composed of three main sections: the Header, Sidebar, and the Dashboard. These sections are shown below:

Hydrographs user interface main sections
Hydrographs user interface main sections

The Header is home to the project-level controls associated with your model. Here, you will find controls allowing you to name, save and share your model with others, and login to your account. Most importantly, the Header houses the button which runs a stormwater simulation.

Next, the Sidebar is where you can control all of the characteristics of nodes within your models. Drainage area groundcover characteristics as well as and basin dimensions and outlet controls can be edited in the Sidebar. Note also that definitions of each of the parameters in the Sidebar can be viewed by clicking on them. Convenient!

Finally, the Dashboard is where the majority of the action lies. Here you will find the Routing Diagram and the hydrographs resulting from your model runs.

Running a simulation

Now that you know that you're familiar with the main parts of the Hydrographs user interface, you're ready to run your first stormwater simulation. First, make sure that your Routing Diagram looks similar to the one shown here (this is the default model configuration when starting a new Hydrographs project). Next, simply click the button to start the runoff simulation. If you see the chart below the Routing Diagram populated with data, then congratulations! You've just run your first Hydrographs stormwater model.

Basic routing diagram (default configuration)

Try adjusting the Drainage Area parameters in the Sidebar to see the effects. Note that the model must be re-run to reflect any new changes.

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