Computer Modeling

American-fork-water-modelFCE strives to provide our clients with the highest level of expertise available in the industry. We are fully compatible with all civil engineering technology standards. The Firm's technical staff is proficient with advanced software including: AutoDesk AutoCAD products, Civil 3D, ArcView GIS, WaterCAD, StormCAD, SewerCAD, and other industry standard packages.

Hydraulic modeling has become a critical component in the planning and evaluation of water systems. It is now an integral step in connecting system planning, design, and system operations. When integrated with GIS and database systems, hydraulic modeling becomes a powerful tool for efficiently and cost-effectively addressing infrastructure needs.

A model is developed and utilized to hydraulically analyze systems, which allows the systems to be analyzed under current and proposed conditions. It also gives us information regarding the system pressures under static and fire loads in the different locations. The model can be used to determine whether there are adequate pressures for fire protection, produce demands for the existing system utilizing the existing water use data, a GIS system map can be developed, and then future demands can then be placed into the model so the location of facilities may be identified that function best in regards to hydraulics.

FCE uses hydraulic modeling on almost all projects. For example, on the Piute Dam and Otter Creek Dam projects, a complex model was created to use historical reservoir and river flows to determine how the new reservoir operations and changes at the outlet works would affect river flows. The model was utilized to predict future operations of each reservoir. On the Wide Hollow Dam, HEC-RAS was used to determine the reservoir operation and the natural flows entering the basin.

FCE is also experienced in the modeling of watershed hydrology and hydraulics using the Watershed Modeling System (WMS). With the use of this software, FCE is able to delineate basins using digital terrain data (DEM or TIN), calculate watershed geometric parameters, and perform several GIS overlay computations including composite curve number (CN) calculations, rainfall depth, roughness coefficients etc. FCE is also capable of flood plain modeling and mapping, flood forecasting, localized rainfall flood analysis, surface ponding and infiltration analysis, stochastic modeling, as well as groundwater and surface water interaction modeling using WMS.