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Water drop trace?

Question asked by HealdsburgCA on Dec 16, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 19, 2013 by HealdsburgCA
  An engineer in my department inquired how effectively ArcGIS could model a drainage basin.  I am not extensively familiar with modeling drainage in ArcGIS so I am hoping someone can guide this question for me:

Are there extensions or add-ons available for ArcGIS that will enable a model to be performed where an analyst can place a drop of water on a digital elevation model or TIN surface and trace the downhill route that drop will take both overland and through the City's underground storm drainage pipe network all the way to a creek then to its final river destination?

Is this a realistic expectation for ArcGIS or would I be better off looking into industry specific software (for example those offered by Autodesk)?

Any thoughts are appreciated.