ArcView Applications in SWMM Modeling
This chapter presents applications of ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) in developing SWMM (Storm Water Management Model) computer models. Three types of ArcView applications are presented: interchanging, interfacing, and integrating. Interfacing or integrating SWMM models with GIS can significantly improve the modeling efficiency because a GIS environment provides a modeler with efficient model development, execution, and analysis tools. ArcView is a user-friendly desktop mapping and GIS program which can be learned by most modelers without extensive training and experience. Avenue, ArcView's object-oriented development language, can be used to interface or integrate ArcView and SWMM software. Due to its low cost, ease of use, and Avenue programming capability, ArcView is a suitable tool for developing SWMM interfaces and integrations. This chapter describes how ArcView can be used to develop SWMM computer models. The chapter also provides a software review of available SWMM/GIS interfaces. The advantages and limitations of various techniques are identified and recommendations for future research and development are made from a user's perspective.
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