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Aquaterra Software for Canal and River Works Design

Aquaterra Aquaterra is a software suite for designing canals and river


engineering projects. It offers a large set of tools from basic

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Canal and river works design

to details level, and from the initial input of survey data to Working platform:

plotting and creation of 3D models.

Supported languages:

Aquaterra assists an engineer in the preparation of

AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, Bricscad German, English, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian

professional, technical documentation including volume calculations and to carry out hydraulic computations.

Aquaterra application Aquaterra has been used for a variety of projects of all scales. Examples include: n

River training/river works, flood protection and erosion control measures


Design of irrigation systems


Arrangements of bridge sections


New possibility to insert section of solids in cross sections


Cannel design in urban areas


New in CGS plus Digital Terrain Model: Standard type in breaklines


Reservoir and derivation canal design for hydro power plants


Measurment scale in cross sections is added


Torrent control, landslide control/slope stabilization


Refresh in layout is added

Highlights Easy to learn and use Well structured menus enable fast learning for the first time user while ribbon and toolbox command options are provided for the convenience of experienced users.

Flexible Several degrees of automation allow the user to retain full control over the design process while maintaining the relations between elements.

Important new features!



Aquaterra is a perfect companion to AutoCAD Civil 3D. It's connected to the Civil 3D DTM, you can transfer river channel geometry both ways. LandXML interface is used to communicate with other software products.

“Design in one draw in several� concept allows efficient processing of crosssections.

Comprehensive Tools are available for tasks from preliminary studies all the way to the detail level.

Proven Aquaterra has been localized and used in several countries for projects ranging from small streams and torrents to big irrigation schemes with canals of several 100 km in length.

Aquaterra Modules Description

Benefits Fully integrated in a CAD system: n Utilizes AutoCAD / AutoCAD

Civil 3D functionality n Ability to start from an existing

AutoCAD Drawing n Resulting design can be

imported back to AutoCAD for further design



Define river banks and other lines along the axis

Cross Sections

This module comprises commands for processing input data and drafting in plan view:


Transfer point/lines from sections into plan view or 3D

Support for industrystandard hydrodynamic simulation systems: n HEC-RS, MIKE 11, MIKE


Axes-related utilities

This module contains the tools needed for designing and processing sections:


Manipulation of survey points and connections


Insert and edit topographic and other symbols


Raster images manager


Hatch/color embankments


2D-3D conversions


Calculations and interpolations


Utilities for dimensioning and processing of plan view

Axes In this module the user finds powerful commands for manipulating longitudinal and cross axes: n


Create the longitudinal axis of a river or channel from a polyline Create cross axis in multiple ways




Drape sections to 3D using points or surface


Longitudinal Sections

Plot existing ground and channel sections

Create a new flow section – automatically (with simple hydraulic calculator), semiautomatically or interactively n

This module contains the commands processing profiles of rivers and canals: n

Plot existing ground or channel profile


Editing, labeling, dimensioning of cross sections


Insert left and right banks from cross sections or 3D model



Insert one or more water surfaces

Define banks automatically or interactively, or insert from 3D model


Design vertical alignment of a new channel bottom parametrically/graphically

FLOOD, MIKE21 n Ability to quickly draw sections

and/or results from HEC-RAS and MIKE 11 in AutoCAD Improved speed and reliability: n Performs time-consuming and

repetitive operations quickly n Fast and accurate transfer of

data between layout/longitudinal/cross section Use one product for all steps of the design process: n Start with insertion of survey

data, raster images etc.


Customize tabelaric part of the profile

n Can be used through all


Split single longitudinal section into several frames for plotting on one or more sheets

n Links to hydrodynamic models


Several tools for drawing and inserting of geometric elements, dimensions lines ect.

phases of design/drafting

n Finish with efficient

preparation of paper spaces for plotting or 3D model building

HEC-RAS interface: n

Prepare the HEC-RAS geometric input file based on cross sections, bank and Manning coefficient data


Transfer the resulting water levels back to Aquaterra for displaying in cross sections, longitudinal sections and layout


Transfer geometry data from HEC-RAS to Aquaterra


MIKE 21 interface: n

Aquaterra connects AutoCAD Civil 3D with the most widely used 2D hydrodynamic computation program


Interactively create and edit numerical grid+


Export AutoCAD Civil 3D surfaces to MIKE 21 bathymetry (dfs1 format)


Import velocity or flow field and scalar fields (depth, water surface, flow magnitude) from MIKE 21 results

MIKE 11 interface: n

Insert 1D, 2D or combined water surfaces


Calculate takeoff quantities


Several tools for processing (add blocks, dimensions, zoom sections…)



Export geometric data (stations and geometry of the cross sections, channel banks and levees) from Aquaterra to MIKE 11 cross section file

Read the MIKE 11 result files and import the following data back to Aquaterra: water levels, cross sections, longitudinal sections, bank and levee positions and axes.

Cross sections plan production tools

Hydraulic Interfaces Aquaterra's hydraulic interfaces represent an efficient bridge between the design power of Aquaterra and industry standard hydrodynamic simulation engines.

CGS plus d.o.o.

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About CGS plus

CGS plus LLC

CGS plus is a reputable Civil Engineering software developer and Autodesk Preferred Industry Partner for AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Brnčičeva ulica 13 SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

3426 NW 14th Ave Camas, WA 98607 USA

Phone: +386 1 530 11 00 Fax: +386 1 530 11 32

Phone: (360) 210-5397 Mobile: (360) 513 8709

Internet: e-mail:

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CGS plus Software is translated into several languages and adapted to national civil engineering standards. It’s used by more than 3000 customers in app. 25 countries every day.

References Since the year 2004, when the first version was officially released, Aquaterra has gained a number of satisfied users in several countries. A special recognition is that it has been successfully integrated into the workflow of companies of a very different size: from small engineering bureaus with only a few employees to the big and internationally renowned consulting company Lahmeyer International, with several hundreds of employees and projects all over the world. Selected references: n

Lahmeyer International


Institute Jaroslav Černi


Institute for Water, Slovenia


Elektroprojekt Zagreb, Croatia


IB Neukirchen, Austria


JP Spreča, BIH


Dams Implementation Unit, Sudan

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CGS plus Software for Canal and River Works Design