SMS:What's New in SMS 10.0

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General New Features:

  • Vista Support – Text rendered in earlier versions of SMS did not display correctly when run under Windows Vista. This has been fixed in SMS 10.0.
  • Graphics Improvements – The display pipeline has been completely overhauled in order to support hardware acceleration and reduce memory usage. In addition fill behind labels and aligning automatic contour labels with linear contours now work.
  • Improved DWG Support – SMS 10.0 now supports AutoCAD files up to and including version 2008. In addition, AutoCAD files are displayed in 3D rather than 2D background data as in SMS 9.2.
  • KMZ File Export – SMS can now export the currently displayed image as a raster with geo-referencing in a *.kmz file. Kmz files can be visualized inside of Google Earth.
  • Import Data From Web – When importing data from Terraserver, SMS brings up a locator tool where you can locate the area to download using Microsoft Virtual Earth.
  • Arc Groups in Profile Plots – When observation arcs are joined into arc groups, profile plots will join the data end to end rather than seeing separate curves. This allows the creation of a single curve in a profile plot from several arcs. Since each arc can have its own color it makes it easy to identify specific locations in the data.
  • Hide Unavailable Features and Unused Options – The display options dialog by default only shows options for data that currently exist in SMS. When selecting a coverage type only coverages associated with registered features or models are put into the list. The preferences dialog also only works with registered features. These changes make it easier for users to find the options they want to use by hiding irrelevant features or options.
  • Filmloop Compression options – You can now select a compression codec and associated quality in order to build smaller filmloop files.
  • Functional surface options – It is now possible to color a functional surface using all of the options available for color filled contours.
  • Help system is a Wiki – Rather than distribute chm files with SMS, the help is now found on a Wiki. This allows more people to get involved in updating the information. We are working hard to improve the help contents currently available.

Model Specific New Features:


  • Spatial Attributes – The ADCIRC interface now supports distributed spatial attributes (fort.13) files.


  • Spatially varied bed friction and floating docks – An updated version of CGWAVE (version 2.0) is now supported in SMS 10.0. This version includes options for spatially varied bed friction and floating docks.
  • Test Problems - A new set of test problems is also provided to illustrate model capabilities

CMS-Flow (previously M2D)

  • Model Improvements – The CMS-Flow interface in SMS 10.0 has been refreshed and updated to support for CMS-Flow v3.5. This version uses XMDF simulation files and can be run in explicit or implicit mode.
  • Interface Improvements – Project management has been simplified, improved model parameter checking, and you can now work with input wave climate datasets outside the steering module.


  • Model Improvements – The latest version of PTM (version 2.0) is now supported in SMS 10.0. PTM 2.0 supports hydrodynamic input from ADCIRC, ADCIRC3D, CH3D, CMS-Flow, AND CMS-Flow3D. Additional computation and output options are also available in PTM 2.0.
  • Interface Improvements – The PTM Model Control has been redesigned. Mathematical operations can be performed on particle datasets using the Data Calculator. The particle display options have been expanded. New post processing features include creating datasets on a cartesian grid of particle count, accumulation, rate of accumulation, deposition, exposure, concentration, and dosage.


  • Model Improvements – A new boundary condition type has been added for a stage vs flow rating curve generated automatically from a water surface elevation slope.
  • Interface Improvements – The TUFLOW interface for boundary conditions has been simplified for ease of use. The interface now supports the ability to generate and manage multiple 2D domains to allow for changes in resolution. The interface now also supports 2D flow constrictions to model bridges, peirs, or large culverts in 2D.

CMS-Wave (previously WABED)

  • Version/Feature Update – SMS 10.0 interfaces with CMS-Wave v 1.67. This version of CMS-Wave includes functionality to allow wetting and drying, consider constant or spatially varied bed friction, and use constant or spatially varied forward and/or backward reflection. Parameters have also been added to allow user control of the intensity of diffraction and the type of wave breaking formula to use.

Models Removed From SMS

The following models are no longer available or supported in SMS 10.0:

  • SED2D