Tutorial Model Introduction

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This online TUFLOW FV tutorial model replaces the previous version, which was included within the TUFLOW FV manual. The online wiki is designed to be more flexible and easily updated so that the tutorial model are more responsive to enhancements within the software and also based on feedback. Please use the feedback interface at the bottom of each page or alternatively contact support@tuflow.com.

Getting Started

This tutorial has been designed to progressively work through the process of establishing a TUFLOW FV model and running a simulation.

The following user steps are required:

  1. Install the recommended GIS software
  2. Install the recommended Text Editor software
  3. Download the latest TUFLOW FV executable
  4. Download the tutorial mode dataset
  5. Work through the Tutorial models

Detailed information outlining what data is recommended and where it is available from is provided in the following sections.


GIS Software

Surface-water Modeling Software (SMS): This tutorial was developed with SMS 11.0. Many of the tutorial tasks (such as editing/creating input files) require SMS as the front-end interface for the mesh development tasks. Many result processing tasks also require SMS. The SMS Tips page includes useful user information for the software. Please email sales@tuflow.com or support@aquaveo.com for a trial licence

Text Editor

A text editor is required for creation of the TUFLOW FV input files. Any text editor can be used for this purpose. However, it is recommended that a more advanced text editor such as one of those listed below be used. Ideally a text editor should be able to:

  • Colour code the TUFLOW FV control file;
  • Open other files from the active control file; and
  • Launch a TUFLOW FV simulation.
  1. UltraEdit: UltraEdit is recommended and can be downloaded for a trial period from www.ultraedit.com. See also UltraEdit Tips.
  2. NotePad ++: NotePad++ is a free text editor. It is available from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/.
  3. See also Notepad++ tips.

Microsoft Excel

This is required for editing and working with tabular data and .csv files.

Results Viewer

TUFLOW FV results can be exported into GIS format (see tutorial module 4). However, none of the GIS packages handle time-varying results particularly well. Therefore, it is recommended (but optional) that a results viewer be used. SMS is recommended. SMS is available from www.aquaveo.com/sms. Once installed a 30 day trial licence can be requested. See also this page of SMS Tips.


TUFLOW FV build 2014-05-AA (May 2014 release) or later is required for this tutorial model. This can be obtained from the downloads section of the TUFLOW website. It is recommended that you use the latest release version of TUFLOW FV.

The tutorial models can be run without a TUFLOW FV licence.

Hardware Requirements

TUFLOW FV has relatively modest system requirements for small models such as the tutorial model. However, larger and more complex models may have higher hardware requirements - in particular memory (RAM). The tutorial models are designed to be small, to allow for quick simulation and load times. The tutorial model should run on any modern PC or laptop that is capable of running Windows XP or later.

Recommended Reading

Whilst the online tutorial is designed to cover as much material as possible, it is recommended that the TUFLOW FV manual be downloaded from the TUFLOW website.


The tutorial models are presented in a number of modules. The modules have been developed to be undertaken as steps, with each module offering the opportunity to run the model and review the results. New users are advised to undertake the modules in sequence, whilst more experienced users can skip to modules containing specific features of interest.

Some data is required in order to build and run the models. This includes a digital elevation model (DEM) and aerial photography. The required background model data for the tutorial model is available for download on the TUFLOW website. The download package also contains a working version of the tutorial model for you to refer to.

Module 1: Simple Trapezoidal Channel

The first tutorial module introduces the user the TUFLOW FV software. The tutorial works through the steps required to develop a simple mesh model and run a simulation. To access this module of the tutorial please see this page: Tutorial Module 1.

Module 2: Simple River Bend

The second module builds a simple river bend model using the TUFLOW FV SMS interface. To access this module of the tutorial please see this page: Tutorial Module 2.

Module 3: Floodplain Application

In the third module a real-world floodplain model example is used demonstrate the following:

  • Mesh optimisation
  • Geometry commands (eg breakline commands, region commands)
  • Hydraulic structure commands (weirs, bridges, culverts)
  • Advection dispersion modelling options (salinity, heat, temperature, tracer)
  • Various output processing option

To access this module of the tutorial please see this page: Tutorial Module 3.

Module 4: Coastal Application

In the fourth module is a real-world coastal model example is used demonstrate the following:

  • Application of a sloping water level boundary
  • Cyclone/hurricane modelling using an internal holland wind/pressure model
  • Cyclone/hurricane modelling using an external wind/pressure and wave model
  • Various output options

To access this module of the tutorial please see this page: Tutorial Module 4.

Addition Modules

Additional modules planned include:

  • Module 5 (Three Dimensional Modelling)
  • Module 6 (Sediment Transport Modelling)
  • Module 7 (Water Quality Modelling)