Hydrologic and Hydraulic Software Enhancements (SMS, WMS, Hydraulic Toolbox, and HY-8)

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(464)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1527
Partners: FHWA, FL, MA, MN, MO, PADOT, SC, TX
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2020
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Eric Brown
eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Phone: 301-875-2692
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Eric Brown
eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Phone: 301-875-2692
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2020 $100,000.00 Eric Brown Eric Brown 301-875-2692 eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov

Study Description

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors ongoing development of four computer programs that perform both routine and complex hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of watersheds, river and stream systems, and transportation infrastructure. These programs incorporate procedures and equations documented in FHWA Hydraulic Design Series (HDS) documents, Hydraulic Engineering Circulars (HEC), technical briefs, and research reports. The continual evolution of the national hydraulic engineering state of practice necessitates ongoing development of and upgrades to these tools. Brief descriptions of each of the four computer programs follow:

1) Surface-water Modeling System (SMS). SMS is a complete program for building and simulating surface water models. SMS allows users to efficiently and effectively run the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Sedimentation and River Hydraulics – Two Dimensional (SRH-2D) model, which is the primary focus of the Every Day Counts (EDC) CHANGE initiative. Common SMS SRH-2D applications include studies of: complex floodplains and river crossings, bridge and culvert design alternatives, flood risk assessment, flood mapping, channel restoration, fish habitat analysis, channel stability, sediment transport, bridge and channel scour, and scour countermeasures.

2) Watershed Modeling System (WMS). WMS is an integrated hydrologic modeling program that creates a digital representation of a watershed and calculates parameters necessary for hydrologic modeling. This program is capable of running common hydrologic models such as HEC-1, HEC-HMS, TR-20, TR-55, the Rational Method, and the National Flood Frequency (NFF) regression equations. WMS includes a complete graphical user interface (GUI) to assist with preparing, editing, and running these models as well as viewing the model results.

3) Hydraulic Toolbox. The Hydraulic Toolbox program includes a suite of calculators to complete the detailed calculations necessary for the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and design of ditches, curb and gutter sections, drop inlets, weirs, detention basins, bridge foundations, riprap installations, and other infrastructure constituents. The Hydraulic toolbox may be used jointly with the SRH-2D model in SMS to perform scour calculations.

4) HY-8 Culvert Hydraulic Analysis Program. HY-8 automates culvert hydraulic computations allowing users to quickly and efficiently analyze a multitude of culvert design and retrofit alternatives and scenarios.

In the hands of experienced designers and engineers, these software tools may increase design efficiency and reliability while enhancing collaboration and communication among project team members and customers. Research is needed to update these tools to keep them consistent with the evolving state of the practice.

Objectives

This Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) project will:

1. Enhance the capabilities of the four FHWA sponsored software programs and ensure they remain consistent with the latest FHWA technical reference documents.

2. Update the software user manual documentation.

3. Make new software versions publicly available.

4. Develop and deploy technology transfer materials and workshops to test and demonstrate new software content and features.

5. Inform users of the availability of new software versions and features through website postings, email notifications, newsletter articles, conference presentations, and other avenues.

Scope of Work

A FHWA and state DOT Steering Committee will serve as lead for the execution of this TPF project. The principal tasks are to:

1. Prioritize implementation of new software features, updates, and bug fixes for all four software programs.

2. Perform software upgrades based on prioritization and available funding. A few planned upgrades include:

• Refinement of SMS SRH-2D sediment transport and floodway modeling capabilities

• Adjustment of Hydraulic Toolbox curb-open and grate inlet capture efficiencies based on the most current research study results

• Added HY-8 capability to analyze culverts with changes to barrel shape and roughness along the barrel lengths

3. Update software documentation (i.e. user manuals, help files, and release notes) to describe new features and updates.

4. Develop technology transfer materials and tutorials (e.g. videos or recorded webinars) for new software features and major upgrades.

5. Provide progress reports on software upgrades during national and regional conferences and meetings. Quarterly reports will be posted on the TPF website.

Comments

The Federal Highway Administration will serve as the coordinator for this pooled-fund project. State DOT's will be solicited for their interest and participation. This project is expected to have a minimum participation of at least fifteen agency members per year (including FHWA). The suggested minimum annual state commitment is $10,000. When submitting financial commitments, agencies may email the TPF Lead Agency Contact with a desired apportionment of their funds to one or more of the listed software programs.

Deliverables and rendered services will include the following:

• Updated software applications (SMS, WMS, Hydraulic Toolbox, and HY-8) and documentation

• Software technology transfer tutorials demonstrating new features

• Progress reports and notifications of new software releases and features via: quarterly TPF reports, email alerts, conference presentations, webinars, and newsletter articles

• State DOT access to SMS, WMS, HY-8, and the Hydraulic Toolbox

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology Highway and Facility Design

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2020 - 4th Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 4 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2021 - 1st Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 1 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2021 - 2nd Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 2 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Software Enhancements (SMS, WMS, Hydraulic Toolbox, and HY-8)

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(464)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1527
Partners: FHWA, FL, MA, MN, MO, PADOT, SC, TX
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2020
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Eric Brown
eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Phone: 301-875-2692
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Eric Brown
eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Phone: 301-875-2692
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2020 $100,000.00 Eric Brown Eric Brown 301-875-2692 eric.r.brown@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Jennifer Green Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Alexander Bardow Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Aislyn Ryan Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Travis Stump Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Nick Vivian Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Tom Knight Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Ab Maamar-Tayeb Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors ongoing development of four computer programs that perform both routine and complex hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of watersheds, river and stream systems, and transportation infrastructure. These programs incorporate procedures and equations documented in FHWA Hydraulic Design Series (HDS) documents, Hydraulic Engineering Circulars (HEC), technical briefs, and research reports. The continual evolution of the national hydraulic engineering state of practice necessitates ongoing development of and upgrades to these tools. Brief descriptions of each of the four computer programs follow:

1) Surface-water Modeling System (SMS). SMS is a complete program for building and simulating surface water models. SMS allows users to efficiently and effectively run the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Sedimentation and River Hydraulics – Two Dimensional (SRH-2D) model, which is the primary focus of the Every Day Counts (EDC) CHANGE initiative. Common SMS SRH-2D applications include studies of: complex floodplains and river crossings, bridge and culvert design alternatives, flood risk assessment, flood mapping, channel restoration, fish habitat analysis, channel stability, sediment transport, bridge and channel scour, and scour countermeasures.

2) Watershed Modeling System (WMS). WMS is an integrated hydrologic modeling program that creates a digital representation of a watershed and calculates parameters necessary for hydrologic modeling. This program is capable of running common hydrologic models such as HEC-1, HEC-HMS, TR-20, TR-55, the Rational Method, and the National Flood Frequency (NFF) regression equations. WMS includes a complete graphical user interface (GUI) to assist with preparing, editing, and running these models as well as viewing the model results.

3) Hydraulic Toolbox. The Hydraulic Toolbox program includes a suite of calculators to complete the detailed calculations necessary for the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and design of ditches, curb and gutter sections, drop inlets, weirs, detention basins, bridge foundations, riprap installations, and other infrastructure constituents. The Hydraulic toolbox may be used jointly with the SRH-2D model in SMS to perform scour calculations.

4) HY-8 Culvert Hydraulic Analysis Program. HY-8 automates culvert hydraulic computations allowing users to quickly and efficiently analyze a multitude of culvert design and retrofit alternatives and scenarios.

In the hands of experienced designers and engineers, these software tools may increase design efficiency and reliability while enhancing collaboration and communication among project team members and customers. Research is needed to update these tools to keep them consistent with the evolving state of the practice.

Objectives

This Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) project will:

1. Enhance the capabilities of the four FHWA sponsored software programs and ensure they remain consistent with the latest FHWA technical reference documents.

2. Update the software user manual documentation.

3. Make new software versions publicly available.

4. Develop and deploy technology transfer materials and workshops to test and demonstrate new software content and features.

5. Inform users of the availability of new software versions and features through website postings, email notifications, newsletter articles, conference presentations, and other avenues.

Scope of Work

A FHWA and state DOT Steering Committee will serve as lead for the execution of this TPF project. The principal tasks are to:

1. Prioritize implementation of new software features, updates, and bug fixes for all four software programs.

2. Perform software upgrades based on prioritization and available funding. A few planned upgrades include:

• Refinement of SMS SRH-2D sediment transport and floodway modeling capabilities

• Adjustment of Hydraulic Toolbox curb-open and grate inlet capture efficiencies based on the most current research study results

• Added HY-8 capability to analyze culverts with changes to barrel shape and roughness along the barrel lengths

3. Update software documentation (i.e. user manuals, help files, and release notes) to describe new features and updates.

4. Develop technology transfer materials and tutorials (e.g. videos or recorded webinars) for new software features and major upgrades.

5. Provide progress reports on software upgrades during national and regional conferences and meetings. Quarterly reports will be posted on the TPF website.

Comments

The Federal Highway Administration will serve as the coordinator for this pooled-fund project. State DOT's will be solicited for their interest and participation. This project is expected to have a minimum participation of at least fifteen agency members per year (including FHWA). The suggested minimum annual state commitment is $10,000. When submitting financial commitments, agencies may email the TPF Lead Agency Contact with a desired apportionment of their funds to one or more of the listed software programs.

Deliverables and rendered services will include the following:

• Updated software applications (SMS, WMS, Hydraulic Toolbox, and HY-8) and documentation

• Software technology transfer tutorials demonstrating new features

• Progress reports and notifications of new software releases and features via: quarterly TPF reports, email alerts, conference presentations, webinars, and newsletter articles

• State DOT access to SMS, WMS, HY-8, and the Hydraulic Toolbox

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology Highway and Facility Design

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2020 - 4th Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 4 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2021 - 1st Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 1 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report 2021 - 2nd Quarter TPF-5(464) Quarterly Report-Quarter 2 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

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