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    Question Model size and complexity - Bigger is Better?

    As computer manufacturers produce faster and ever more powerful PCs and Servers, so engineers and hydraulic modellers are able to produce larger and ever more complex models of their drainage networks. Whether or not you subscribe to the ‘Bigger is Better’ theory, there is always genuine interest in the size and complexity of models that have been produced and how they have grown as time goes by. With this in mind, it would be interesting to learn a little about the models you have created.

    1. What type of study was it (i.e. Drainage Area Plan/Study, Surface Water Management Plan, Sewerage Master Plan, Integrated Catchment Study, etc, etc)?
    2. How big was the model you created in terms of total catchment area and the number of pipes/manholes needed to meet the requirements of the study?
    3. If the model contained 2D calculations, what area of the model was covered by the 2D zone and approximately how many elements were in the mesh?
    4. Which modelling software did you use and when was the model created?

    This is a topic that everyone can contribute to, so let’s hear about the models you remember well, whether that’s because of size, complexity or the shear difficulty of creating the model in the first place .
    Last edited by Andrew Walker; March 17, 2013 at 04:50 AM. Reason: Clarity
    Andrew Walker
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