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A set of step-by-step tutorials have been developed to aid in learning how to use SMS.

Tutorial Installation

There are two options for installing tutorials: download the tutorials and files individually by subject matter from the SMS learning center, or download an installation that includes all of the core tutorials and files. Some of the additional tutorials (TUFLOW, PTM, CGWAVE) still need to be downloaded separately. Since a subset of the tutorials is often all that is needed, the recommended approach is to download and install them as needed from the SMS learning center.

Accessing Tutorials Through the SMS Learning Center

The SMS Learning Center is the portal to all of the training needed to learn how to use SMS. All of the SMS tutorial documents and files can be accessed via download from the SMS Learning Center. To access the SMS Learning Center and tutorials click here, or follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on the SMS logo found on the right side of the screen. This will go to the SMS homepage.
  • Once at the SMS homepage, click on the SMS Learning Center icon.
  • In the SMS Learning Center page, scroll down to the tutorials. There, the tutorials are divided into two groups: general SMS tutorials, and tutorials for specific models found within SMS. All are available for download.

Opening and Downloading Tutorials

Each tutorial consists of a PDF document, and its associated tutorial files.

  • Open the PDF document by right-clicking on it, then selecting Open link in new tab.
  • Then, click on the files icon and choose the Save as... option.
  • Choose the directory in which to run and save the tutorial files.
  • Once the files have finished downloading, select the Open option.
  • When the data files come up, extract the files by clicking on the Extract all files option.
  • Once the files are extracted, begin the tutorial.

Note: Do not save the tutorial documents and files to the Program Files directory.

Available Tutorials

Tutorials are available through the SMS Learning Center. Below is a list of some tutorials available at the SMS Learning Center.

SMS Tutorials
Overview Data Visualization Feature Stamping
GIS Google Earth Import From Web
Import Spectral Data Map Module Mesh Editing
Mesh Generation Observation Scattered Datasets
Size Function
SMS Model Tutorials
ADCIRC ADCIRC LTEA Meshing ADCIRC Symmetric Hurricane Simulation
FESWMS Sensitivity FESWMS Weirs Generic Mesh Model
PTM RMA2 RMA2 Steering
RMA1 Sensitivity RMA4 SRH-2D
FHWA SRH-2D Tutorials °°
SRH-2D Simulations SRH-2D Culvert Structures SRH-2D Culvert Structures HY-8
SRH-2D Gates SRH-2D Obstructions SRH-2D Bridge Pressure Flow
SRH-2D Weir Flow SRH-2D Sediment Transport SRH-2D Cohesive Sediment Transport
SRH-2D Unsteady Sediment Transport SRH-2D 2D Summary Table
°° Developed by the Federal Highway Administration with support from Aquaveo.

Tutorial Course

To get started with SMS, it is generally recommended to go through the tutorials in the following order:

Recommended order to complete tutorials

Training Courses

Many users have become proficient using the tutorials, however, many users have found attending SMS training courses to be helpful. Training courses allow for dedicated time and practice in learning SMS and can be adapted to individual needs. Aquaveo conducts first-class training courses in water resources modeling on a continuing basis throughout the year. Instructors have many years of experience in software development of computer programs for scientific modeling and visualization.

Request SMS training courses at:

Aquaveo offers Continuing Education Units for each course to assist customers in meeting state registration board requirements for P.E. license renewal.

Video Tutorials

Several videos tutorials demonstrating basic SMS functionality are available online. Video tutorials are available at the following link:

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