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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 General Tutorials
Overview 2D Summary Table Annotated Cross Sections
Bridge Meshing Bridge Scour Bridge Scour Scenarios
Cell-Centered Grid Cross Section Cross Section to Surface
Data Visualization Dataset Toolbox Datasets to Rasters
Define Domain Display Themes Display Themes – Additional
Display Themes – Vector Extract Features Extract Features for Mesh Generation
Fast Floodplain Feature Stamping Floodway Methods
Floodway Delineation – Equal Conveyance Floodway Delineation – Unit Q GIS
Grid Generation Import From Web Importing Spectral Data
Interpolating from Multiple Elevation Sources Lidar Lidar with Multiple Files
Lighting Map Module Merging UGrids
Mesh Editing Mesh Generation Mesh Generation from Extracted Features
Observation Observation Data Online Data
Print Layout Projections Quadtree Generation
Raster Raster to Flood Depth Redistribute Vertices
Scatter Data - Breaklines Scatter Data - Define Extents Scatter Data - Filter
Scatter Data - Import/Export Sediment Volume Management Size Function
Toolbox UGrid Clipping Urban Hydraulics 1
Urban Hydraulics 2 Variable Resolution Cell-Centered Grid Wavelength Based Mesh
SMS Model Tutorials
ADCIRC ADCIRC - Symmetric Hurricane Simulation ADCIRC Synthetic Channel Mesh Generation Part 1
ADCIRC Synthetic Channel Run Simulation Part 1 AdH AdH – Advanced
CGWAVE CMS-Flow Components CMS-Flow Simulations
CMS-Wave EWN Add ADCRIC Levee to Mesh EWN Feature to Mesh
GENCADE Generic Model Interface HEC-RAS 1D
SRH-2D Boundary Conditions SRH-2D Post Processing 3D Structures 1
3D Structures 2 3D Structures 3 SRH-2D Advanced Simulation - Calibration
SRH-2D Advanced Simulation - Calibration Mannings SRH-2D Advanced Simulation - Scenarios SRH-2D Variable Flow Sediment Transport
SRH-2D Variable Water Surface Initial Condition STWAVE TUFLOW 2D
FHWA SRH-2D Tutorials °°
SRH-2D Culvert Structures with HY-8 SRH-2D Gates SRH-2D Obstructions
SRH-2D Bridge Pressure Flow SRH-2D Simulations SRH-2D Weir Flow
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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