Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The HEC-RAS Debug Report

Written by Chris Goodell, P.E., D. WRE | WEST Consultants
Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved.

This is a very convenient new utility the fine folks at HEC included in the new version 4.0 of HEC-RAS. The Debug Report is found under the File menu item of the main RAS window. In short, clicking this will wrap up all of the input files of the currently open plan of your RAS model and package them into a nice zip file. This will allow you to send your model to anyone via email very quickly and easily. Gone are the days where you have to pick through your RAS model directory for all the *.prj, *.p##, *.g##, *.u##, and *.f## files, only to find out later that you forgot a critical input file. Once click of the "debug report" and you have a nice zip file that's ready to email.

My guess, is it's called a "Debug Report" because members of the HEC-RAS team would ask a Corps employee for their data set, so that they could debug a problem. I know from personal experience that all-too-often, the data set would be missing the extrememly important *.prj file.

So next time you have to send someone your model, just click the "Debug Report" and off you go.

Just a note...with the debug report, your model recipient will have to rerun the model on their end before they'll be able to see any output.

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