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HydroCAD Supports LandSaver Chambers

HydroCAD provides direct support for LandSaver stormwater chambers, based in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  This allows LandSaver chambers to be easily used within any HydroCAD model for stormwater storage, detention, or infiltration.

The LandSaver chambers are included with HydroCAD-9.0 and later, which also features an interactive chamber wizard for easy layout, pricing, and modeling of underground storage systems.

Owners of previous versions should obtain a program update to get the complete chamber definitions and take advantage of the enhanced chamber wizard.

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 it 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 ground.

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.

But the most significant feature is the ability to embed (bury) chambers in a bed of crushed stone, and have HydroCAD automatically calculate the combined storage 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.

HydroCAD can also model almost any imaginable storage arrangement, including chambers of different sizes combined with auxiliary storage from adjacent pipes and catch basins, and even the above-ground areas (parking lot) that may provide overflow storage for certain events.

Using LandSaver stormwater chambers

Setting up a pond to use LandSaver chambers is a simple process:  Just pick the desired LandSaver model from the drop-down list, and specify the number of chambers plus their elevation.

For chambers in a stone bed, you can describe the shape and dimensions of the outer excavation, plus the stone voids (porosity), and the composite storage is calculated automatically.  Or you can use the new chamber wizard for automatic chamber layout, modeling, and cost estimating.

Why are the chamber dimensions different from the manufacturer's data?

Some chamber definition files use the effective dimensions of each chamber.  These values include the effects of the corrugated sides, and allow exact calculation of the storage volume at any depth.  The effective dimensions may be somewhat less than the overall (outside) dimensions quoted by the manufacturer.

When calculating the volume for multiple chambers in a row, HydroCAD uses the lay-up length, rather than the outside chamber length.  This avoids double-counting the volume at the overlap between each successive chamber.

Detailed chamber information

Additional technical information is available at the Hancor web site

Equivalent chambers are also produced under the StormTech brand name.  Details here.

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)
    Exfiltration calculations
    General support page
    HydroCAD features and capabilities
    Free evaluation program
    Pricing and ordering

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