Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2D Troubleshooting – Fragmented Inundation

Written by Christopher Goodell, P.E., D.WRE  |  WEST Consultants
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(Initial post 19 Feb., 2015.  Updated 20 Feb., 2015).  I continue to be more and more impressed with how user-friendly and robust the new 2D feature is in HEC-RAS.  However, there are some issues to be aware of, particularly in how results are mapped.  I want to take the next two blog posts to highlight two of the more important mapping problems to be aware of.  Today’s post covers what I call “Fragmented Inundation”, or fragmented mapping.  If you’ve run some 2D data sets already, you are likely to have seen this, especially if your 2D area starts off dry, you have steep terrain, and/or your cell size is too large.  Fragmentation usually shows up just as a part of a 2D area becomes wet (i.e. very shallow depths), and tends to go away as depths increase.  Very rarely do you see fragmentation in the maximum water surface plot.  Here’s an example of fragmented inundation:
Notice the isolated “ponds” of water in some cells, disconnected from the water in its neighboring cells.