The Layout command provides a visual display of the elements
added to the drainage network. The procedure is carried out
automatically in MIDUSS and Catchments, Pipes, Channels and
other stormwater control devices are drawn on the Layout as they
It is important to understand the concept behind the layout
system provided in MIDUSS. You
cannot remove or add icons directly on the layout.
Adding (and deleting) of icons representing design elements is
done using the hydrology and hydraulic design commands of the
MIDUSS main menu.
The MIDUSS design philosophy proposes that it is best to design
and optimize one drainage element at a time as you progress
downstream. If the graphical depiction of the network was to be
performed first, with element optimization done after, then you
would be faced with trying to optimize many different elements
at the same time thus reducing your productivity and the quality
of the design.
The design procedure used by MIDUSS requires that you start from
the furthest upstream point in any branch of the drainage
network and work downstream generating flows and designing
drainage elements to manage the flows. Design decisions are
therefore made interactively for only one element at a time. The
Layout display maintains a graphical history of the sequence and
connectivity of the various elements of your design. This is
done whether the Layout window is open or closed. At any time
you can modify the actual location of elements on the drawing
area with a simple drag-and-drop procedure without changing the
sequence and connectivity of the elements.
You can plot the layout in a any of four directions NE, SE, NW
or SW. You can zoom in out out and adjust scaling. A
grid can be superimposed.
A layout popup menu includes a View mode which will display
a drainage element's design and performance data when you hover over a network
When the Layout window is displayed you can click your mouse
right button to open up a menu used just for interaction with
the layout information.
Select mode – lets you move the icons and connections around to
better match your real drainage network.
View mode – lets you hover over a layout element to reveal data
about that element and its inflow and outflow data.
Print Area – use this to print the full layout or a specific
Print – lets you setup your target computer for layout printing.
Background – with this feature you can import bitmap or
vector-based graphics as a backdrop for your layout.
Save Picture – the layout and background can be exported to
certain graphic file formats