ArcTUFLOW Toolbox and Toolbar

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A TUFLOW toolbox is available for ArcMap 10.1 and newer. This toolbox helps with streamlining the process of creating and editing a TUFLOW model in ArcMap. A Toolbar has also been developed to accompany the toolbox to further increase efficiency and workflow. The toolbar shortcuts the opening of the toolbox utilities to a single click on an easily accessible toolbar.

These utilities can be downloaded from the TUFLOW website:


For instructions on how to install ArcTUFLOW Toolbox and Toolbar into ArcMap please see the following link:

The Utilities: What are they, How to use them, and Workflow

The descriptions below, and their order are intended to help the user with model initiation, setup and development, running, and checking and viewing results:

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Model Stage Utilities Description
Start Model Build 1. Configure TUFLOW (Required Initialization Step)

2. Create TUFLOW Folders

This is the first step of any new model or ArcGIS workspace. Using the Configure TUFLOW utility will create a _config.txt file that will pre-populate fields in the other utilities that speed up their use. The Create TUFLOW Folders utility can also be used to create the TUFLOW folder structure and empty SHP files.
Model Build and Development 3. Import Empty (template) TUFLOW Files

4. Insert TUFLOW Attributes
5. Increment Layer
6. Style All TUFLOW Layers - Toolbar only
7. Style Selected TUFLOW Layers - Toolbar only
8. Create Breakline
9. Change Attribute Data Type
10. Correct Pipe Direction
XX. Extract ARR2016 to TUFLOW - coming soon

These utilities are used in the model development stage to speed up creation of TUFLOW layers. Using the Import Empty utility enables the user to quickly add empty SHP layers, and the Increment Layer utility allows the user to rev up TUFLOW layers as the model progresses in iterations. Other utilities such as Create Breakline automate some of the more time consuming steps in the model build.
Running TUFLOW 11. Run TUFLOW Simulation
The Run TUFLOW Simulation utility can be used to set off TUFLOW simulations from ArcGIS.
Loading and Viewing Results 12. Load Simulation Input Files

13. TUPLOT - Toolbar only

These utilities are intended for the purpose of checking and reviewing input files and viewing 1D and time series results. The Load Simulation Input Files utility allows the user to load in the input SHP files and CHECK files from a simulation for review. And TUPLOT introduces the functionality currently available in QGIS to ArcGIS for viewing 1D and time series results.
Miscellaneous 14. About

Configure TUFLOW

The first item, “Configure TUFLOW”, creates a configuration file for all of the arcTUFLOW tools based on the map document. The steps for running the configuration tool are outlined below:

  • Open or save a map document before running).
  • Select a TUFLOW folder for your model. This should be the folder that contains the entire TUFLOW model folder structure. For example, if your TUFLOW folder is "D:\projects\Example\TUFLOW", the folder set here should be “D:\projects\Example\”. All of the following tools will use this location.
  • Enter the file path to the TUFLOW executable
  • Select the projection for the TUFLOW model

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Create TUFLOW Folders

Import Empty (template) TUFLOW Files

"Import Empty Template Files" can be used to import new shp files for editing. This tool will automatically delete the dummy "null" entry which otherwise requires manual deletion if an empty file loaded from the catalog.

  • Select the object type (point, line or region)
  • Select the desired template file
  • Specify the run ID for the file. This will be added to the file name as a suffix.

The ArcTUFLOW toolbox requires configuring prior to using this tool. Refer to Configure TUFLOW for more instructions.

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Insert TUFLOW Attributes

Increment Layer

Style All TUFLOW Layers

Style Selected TUFLOW Layers

Create Breakline

Change Attribute Data Type

This tool allows you to modify a shapefile attribute (field) type whist keeping the attribute order intact. An example of its use is the modification of the pBlockage attribute in a 1d_nwk layer from 'double' to 'text' for the new Australian Rainfall and Runoff blockage scenarios. Please note that at present the script only allows for the change of attributes to type text.

  • Firstly select the 'Change Attribute Type Script' from the ArcTUFLOW toolbox.
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  • Populate the tool dialogue and run. You can find help information on the various inputs on the tool info panel.

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    Correct Pipe Direction

    Run TUFLOW Simulation

    • Enter the simulation tcf reference
    • Define the path to the TUFLOW executable

    The ArcTUFLOW toolbox requires configuring prior to using this tool. Refer to Configure TUFLOW for more instructions.

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    Load Simulation Input Files

    This tool loads all input shp files from a model simulation into a common ArcGIS Map window.
    The ArcTUFLOW Run TUFLOW Simulation example does not provide an input (.tlf) to complete this example. This section relates to users who have run their own Tutorial, Demo, Example or personal models.

    • After completing your model run, enter the simulation tlf reference

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    The shp files will be loaded using a predefined symbology for common TUFLOW input file types. This is determined based on the prefix of the file name. For example, the symbology for 2d_code and 2d_zsh files are shown below.

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    This tool is courtesy of Wood Rodgers, Inc. (


    Extract ARR2016 to TUFLOW

    Coming Soon


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