HydroCAD provides direct support for
the RootSpace®, manufactured by
This allows the RootSpace to be easily used within any HydroCAD model for
stormwater storage, detention, or infiltration.
The RootSpace features a unique interlocking design, which allows the cells to
be connected and stacked to match the specific size requirements of each
Support for the RootSpace was added in HydroCAD-10
If you have an earlier version
of HydroCAD, you must obtain a
program update in order to model RootSpace systems.
How chambers are modeled
In a HydroCAD model, stormwater chambers typically appear as part of the
storage definition for a "pond". In the simplest case, HydroCAD
calculates the available storage for use with other calculations.
But more often, it is used to generate a complete inflow or runoff hydrograph and
route the water through the pond. The resulting analysis indicates the water
levels attained throughout the rainfall event, as well as any discharge
that may occur through outlet devices, or infiltration into the surrounding
Flexible storage options
Each pond may include an unlimited number of storage definitions as required
to describe its overall storage characteristics. This makes it
easy to model complex storage arrangements, such as a combination of multiple
chambers, pipe storage, catch basins, or other contributing volumes. The
model can also include overflow storage, such as a parking lot, which may be
used to detain larger rainfall events.
can also embed (bury) chambers in a
bed of crushed stone, and automatically calculate the combined
storage of the chamber and stone voids at any water surface elevation. This makes it easy to determine
the storage for virtually any configuration of storage chambers, without
resorting to any manual calculations.
Modeling the GreenBlue RootSpace
Setting up a pond to use RootSpace chambers is a simple process: Just
pick the desired "GreenBlue RootSpace" from the drop-down list, set
the system height (up to 5 chambers high), and specify the number of modules.
HydroCAD also provides an automated
chamber wizard for easy chamber layout,
modeling, and cost estimating. Just set the number of chambers, and the
wizard automatically sizes the stone bed (if applicable) and creates the necessary storage
definitions. The composite storage for the chambers and stone voids is
Detailed RootSpace information
The RootSpace definitions included with HydroCAD are intended to model an
empty RootSpace used for stormwater retention or detention. These
definitions should not be used to model a RootSpace installation that is filled
with growth media (such as a tree pit) since these applications do not behave
like an open pond.
For detailed product specifications and design information, please visit the
For more information about HydroCAD
Please see the following pages for further HydroCAD information:
Pond storage calculations
Storage chamber modeling
(includes step-by-step instructions)
General support page
HydroCAD features and capabilities
Free evaluation program
Pricing and ordering
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