SMS:What's New in SMS 11.1

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New features for SMS 11.1.

General Features

Dynamic Images

  • SMS can now link to dynamic image sources on the web so that the background image is updated as user pans/zooms around the domain. These images can be converted to static images for speed or if internet access may be lost.

New Online Image Sources

  • Recently, the terraserver web service that had been available in SMS was discontinued. SMS now accesses a number of new web sources for image and/or elevation data using the previous web source tools.

Project on the fly

  • All data in the SMS instance is now projected to a user specified projection for display. This makes working with data in various projections much easier and less prone to round-off or conversion errors.

Dataset Toolbox

  • Angle convention conversion for scalar datasets. For more information, see Dataset Toolbox.

Open as... command

  • General data formats such as raster, vector and image files are not always supported as native in SMS. This new command allows SMS to use the Global Mapper library to convert the data in these files to be read in to SMS.

Import Wizard column association

  • The import wizard can now associate Northing/Easting headers with Y/X.


  • In addition to previous annotation capabilities, users can setup annotation layers so they are only visible during user specified time intervals. This would apply to film loops and stepping through time steps. See SMS:Annotations for more information.

MIKE 21 (*.mesh) File Support

  • MIKE 21 (*.mesh) files can now be loaded into SMS 11.1 and later. See the article MIKE 21 *.mesh.

Module Features


Convert GIS data to Generic model coverage

  • Users can now bring in GIS data (shape file or mif/mid) and convert this to generic model node or arc attributes. For more information, see GIS to Feature Objects Wizard.
  • Read in a boundary condition file into the GIS module. For more information, see PTM Boundary Condition File.

Map Module

  • Select all arcs connected sequentially to define a polygon. Can be used to detect poor connectivity in a conceptual model. For more information, see Select Connected Arcs.
  • Split arcs based on user specified criterion. For more information, see Split Feature Arcs Utility.
  • Convert Map feature arc and point attributes (Generic 2D mesh coverage) to mesh nodestring and node attributes. For more information, see Generic Mesh Coverage.
  • The Select/Delete Data function (Feature Objects menu) now gives the user the ability to set how points that lie on the selection polygon will be treated. For more information, see Select/Delete Data....
  • Map data can be imported/exported in MIF/MID format. For more information, see MapInfo MID/MIF.
  • Export map data in shape format. For more information, see Export Map Data in Shape Format.
  • Map files have been optimized to load faster.
  • Converting a area property coverage to a 2D grid has been optimized to convert faster.

Mesh Module

  • Nodestrings now contain an id. For more information, see 2D Mesh Nodestrings Menu.
  • A subset of the mesh can be selected and edited on its own. For more information, see Editing 2D Meshes.
  • Meshes can be imported/exported in MIF/MID format. For more information, see MapInfo MID/MIF.
  • An option now exists for mesh to scatter conversions where only selected mesh nodes are converted.
  • Automatic zoom was removed when generating a mesh from a map coverage.
  • Reduce nodal connections. For more information, see Reduce Nodal Connectivity.
  • Global mesh renumbering done using the Cuthill-Mckee renumbering scheme replaces nodestring based renumbering.
  • Mesh quality scatter set creation. For more information, see 2D Mesh Module Menus.
  • ARR plot creation. For more information, see ARR Mesh Quality Assessment Plot.

Particle Module

  • Extract particle subset – Export a portion of the times and/or particles to a new file to reduce file sizes of particle solutions.


  • New raster set tree item folder in the project explorer. For more information, see Raster Module.
  • New "Options" dialog in the raster set project explorer. This is used specify if raster values are/aren't elevations. For more information, see Raster Functionalities.
  • Ability to convert part of a raster to a scatter set (TIN).

Scatter Module

  • Ability to autogenerate TIN breaklines following elevation values. For more information, see Generate Contour Breaklines.
  • New option to use Laplacian interpolation when interpolated to a Cartesian Grid. For more information, see Laplacian Interpolation.
  • Merging scatter sets will now show a report of the number of vertices, triangles, breaklines before and after the merge. For more information, see Scatter Menu.
  • New scatter filter using VTK Decimate Pro algorithm. For more information, see Scatter Filter.

Cartesian Grid Module

Model Features


  • Support for version sediment and constituent transport.
  • Preservation of "unsupported" or "advanced" cards in an "Advanced" tab in model control
  • Support for weir structures.
  • Support for PC LVL card (output control).
  • New "Sediment Library Control..." dialog.


  • Support for version 50.0. New distribution of the model.
  • Support for running ADCIRC in parallel (PADCIRC) on windows environment.
  • Support for the new NWS 19 option


  • Support for version 4.5 of the CMS. This includes both CMS-Flow and CMS-Wave in a single executable.
  • Complete overhaul of the CMS-Flow model parameters.
  • New parameters to the "Sediment" tab. For more information, see CMS-Flow Model Control.
    • Calculate morphology change during ramp period
    • Avalanching
    • Made the D50 Dataset optional
    • Added a new dataset called Sediment Standard Deviation (mm)
  • Changes to the wave model control tab
  • Added new Harmonic WSE-forcing boundary condition. This is located in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under "Tidal" tab. For more information, see CMS-Flow Model Control.
  • Added Longitude dataset. You will see this option in the CMS-Flow Model Control options under "Flow" tab. For more information, see CMS-Flow Model Control.
  • Added 29 new Tidal Constituents bringing the total to 37. For more information, see CMS-Flow Model Control.
  • Added Grid modification flag. For more information, see CMS-Flow Grid Modification Flag.
  • Added ability to read netCDF files for visualization.
  • Added ability to read fleet wind data. For more information, see Fleet Wind Files.
  • New save point coverage and file support. For more information, see CMS-Flow/Save Points.
  • Ability to extract levee/structure height from an unstructured (ADCIRC) grid.


  • Support for updated version
  • We now write the *.std file according to the new format.
  • Users can associate times/dates with the simulation.
  • We now support full plane simulations.
  • Ability to create input spectral locations in spectral coverage. For more information, see CMS-Wave Spectral Coverage.
  • Support of the new permeable structures.
  • Support spatially varied wind input fields.
  • Support for 8 (yymmddhh) or 12 (yyhhddhhmmss) date fields for temporally changing spectra.

GenCade Model Interface

  • GenCade is the newest version of USACE-ERDC coastal morphology model. It combines the capabilities of previous models GENESIS and Cascade (the source of the model name).
  • The GenCade interface is managed in the 1D Grid Module in the Surface Water Modeling System.

Generic Model Interface

  • Converter utility provided to model developers to facilitate migration from previous template to SMS 11 template.
  • Ability to only show material options for active material group.


  • You can now read in PTM trap files. For more information, see PTM Trap File.
  • Ability to use an ADCIRC ascii fort.45 files for hydrodynamics.
  • Improved smoothing of display of 3D solution of fence diagrams.
  • Support to read in BC file.
  • Improved interface with CMS-Flow.


  • You can now run stwave in parallel if you have multiple processors. For more information, see STWAVE.


  • Can specify which TUFLOW executable (double or single precision as well as 32 and 64 bit) to use for each simulation.
  • Improved model check for boundary conditions for specified event.
  • Add ability to specify a clip region.
  • Convert GIS rainfall data to TUFLOW boundary conditions
  • Provide option for GIS check/outputs to be shapefiles
  • Support mass balance corrector toggle
  • Support new Source over Area commands
  • Support storage reduction feature
  • Support variable z shape restore/repeat
  • Rearrange grid options dialog
  • Improvements to multiple file import dialog (open TCF file)
  • Support for customary units option

Features still under development but not available for public use

These are experimental tasks. If you are interested in them, please send an inquiry to tech support (


  • We now can interface with CSHORE.


  • Exporting ADCIRC/STWAVE & ESMF
  • We now write the STWAVE and ADCIRC files into a single directory along with the ESMF mapping information.
  • Allow users to specify file links instead of data ojects for ice and currents.

Curvilinear (Orthogonal) Grid Generation

  • Users can specify in the simulation's model control how many layers there are for their curvilinear grids.
  • Users can now use a masking coverage to create more precise curvilinear grids.
  • New feature for relaxing curvilinear grids using predictor/corrector algorithm.
  • User can now display 3D solutions mapped onto fence diagrams cut through the domain.
  • Support for the LTFATE/CH3D model parameters and file formats.
    • Curvilinear Grid LTFATE supports Tidal and Inflow boundary conditions.
    • Added support for Sediment river boundary conditions.
    • Added support for wind.inp file.
    • Support for SEDZL-J sediment transport parameters.
  • Support for the EFDC model parameters and file formats

VTK Dataset Interpolation

  • Can interpolate from a VTK dataset to mesh2d, cgrid, scatter, vtk mesh or curvilinear geometric object. For more information, see Interpolation (VTK).

SMS 11.1.0 - Beta release October 8, 2012

SMS 11.1 is a general feature upgrade from SMS 11.0. Standard installation is in a different directory than that used by SMS 11.0 and therefore, both versions can be installed on the same machine.

Licenses for SMS 11.0 which are up to date on their maintenance enable the same corresponding modules in SMS 11.1.

While the version is in beta release, the executable will expire after 90 days. This is because we anticipate some revisions and corrections and we want to encourage users to work with the most stable version possible.

Automatic bug fix versions are posted nightly on the download site. These are not official releases, but can be used if bugs are encountered in the beta release and the support department indicates these issues are resolved but not officially posted yet.