Tutorial Model Introduction
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Getting Started
- 3 Modules
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Choose a mesh generator and result viewer
- Install the recommended Text Editor software
- Download the latest TUFLOW FV executable
- Download the tutorial mode dataset
- Work through the Tutorial models
Detailed information outlining what data is recommended and where it is available from is provided in the following sections.
TUFLOW FV build 2019-01 (March 2018 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.
Choosing a Mesh Generator and Result Viewer
TUFLOW FV requires the user to build and customise their own irregular grid using an external mesh generator package.This mesh can comprise
Whilst there a range of mesh generators available, these tutorials can be developed with your choice of either Aquaveo SMS; or the Rising Water Software GIS Mesher in combination with the TUFLOW Viewer Plugin for QGIS.
More on each of the mesh generation and result viewer packages are provided as follows:
To use SMS you will need to download and purchase SMS or alternatively obtain a free evaluation license. Both of these options are available on the SMS Downloads Page. Please note there is also The Aquaveo SMS Community Edition. This free version is similar to the full version of SMS mentioned above but has a reduced set of features.
To use the GIS Mesher you will need purchase the GIS Mesher or alternatively you can use an evaulation license. Both of these options are available on the Rising Water Software Website.
If using the GIS Mesher it is recommended to also download and use the QGIS TUFLOW Viewer Plugin
So which mesher and result viewer should I use?
Ultimately it's up to you which set of packages you use for the tutorials. But when making your decision please keep the following in mind:
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.
- UltraEdit: UltraEdit is recommended and can be downloaded for a trial period from www.ultraedit.com. See also UltraEdit Tips.
- NotePad ++: NotePad++ is a free text editor. It is available from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/. See also Notepad++ tips.
This is required for editing and working with tabular data and .csv files.
For visualisation of tutorial model results we recommend one of the following options:
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.
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 and be used in conjunction with this wiki.
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.
Additional modules planned include:
- Module 5 (Three Dimensional Modelling)
- Module 6 (Sediment Transport Modelling)
- Module 7 (Water Quality Modelling)