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Water drop trace?

Question asked by HealdsburgCA on Dec 16, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 19, 2013 by HealdsburgCA
Greetings,
  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.

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