Getting Started Tutorial

Welcome to our Getting Started page of the Help Center.
This page contains all the key tutorials to get you started with Qatium. You will get familiar with Qatium interface, our smart assistant Q and have an overview of Qatium capabilities. Qatium is an open and collaborative water management platform that helps utilities improve their water distribution system operations, SCADA and smart metering deployments, and much more.  

Getting started tutorial video

What better way to get started than to have an introduction to Qatium by an expert? We created a short tutorial video to introduce you quickly to Qatium interface. In this video, Luke – our Director of Innovation – is giving you a tour of the essentials in Qatium. You will see how to :

  • interact with the map,
  • display various level and asset of the network,
  • visualise simulations results such as flows, pressures and tank volumes and
  • start asking what-if questions.
Watch our 2 min introduction video, to get started in Qatium.

We preloaded your session with a demo model to help you get started in Qatium. This model, called Magnetic Island, is located on small island in north east Australia. It includes all the types of assets you could find in your own network: hydrants, junctions, pipes, pumps, tanks, valves and supply sources. It is a great model to start with. Although, we would love to see you upload your own network to enjoy the value of Qatium.

Frequently Asked Questions
We created navigation guides describing the whole interface. You can find them here.
Yes! You can display or hide any asset layer through the buttons on the bottom left of the screen. We created a handy summary of the layer controls for you and compiled it all in a short table – and a couple of screenshots to make it as simple as possible. On the bottom left-hand side of the screen, you can find the controls to the various network element layers. 

Layer control button Description
Layer display button (eye) Allows you to display the layer control for all the network element layers;, you can click on them to hide them or make them visible (see screen capture below). The network element layers are: Pipe, Junction, Valve, Pump, Supply Source and Tank. Please note that hiding the network element layers will also hide their results (e.g. hiding the pipe layer will hide the flow layer too).
network level display button (pipe) Allows you to display the layer control for the network levels;, you can click on the various levels to hide them or make them visible.
layer category button (=) Allows you to (re)categorize the various imported layer in Qatium. A layer that has been ignored or misinterpreted can be (re)categorized to the relevant asset type (junction, pipe, pump, supply source, tank or valve). Please note that this icon is only visible when creating a model from GIS data.

Please note that by default all network element layers and network level layers are visible. Getting Started Tutorial: Layer Controls

Yes!On the right-hand side of the screen, you can find the controls of the various result layers of the application. You can turn the legends of those layers on and off by clicking on pressure panel button for pressures, on flow panel button for the flows, and on tank volume panel button for tank volumes. Getting Started Tutorial: Insight Panel Toggle You can show or hide the pressure and flow layers by toggling the layers on and off.   Well done! The first part of the tutorial is done. You now know the basics for viewing and displaying in Qatium. Soon Qatium will have no secrets for you. Learn about getting insights from Qatium by visiting our Insights page.

Importing your network in Qatium

You can import your network in a GIS or EPANET format, by a simple drag and drop.

How to import your GIS network

Frequently Asked Questions
Qatium supports Shapefile and GeoJSON format for GIS data import. Below is a summary of the file extension required for each format and each layer. We recommend you import all network layers listed below, although if you don’t have a specific layer Qatium can most likely make do without it. Below is the list of layers we recommend you import but also the suffixes we recommend you add to your files to help Qatium recognize your layer types. Reminder: a suffix is the last part of the file name before the dot and extension, e.g. the part in italic: myLayer_pipes.geojson To achieve the highest accuracy, we recommend the following attributes for the corresponding layers.
As a utility, your GIS data has most likely been collected by field surveying, whether by your in house team or an external contractor. We would recommend contacting your GIS or asset management team to get the relevant information. Also, if you already have a hydraulic model, we recommend upload it instead. Below is a short video on how to.

For more details on how to import your GIS data visit: Creating a model from GIS

How to import your model

You can import your EPANET 2.2 model in Qatium with a simple drag and drop in the interface, and selecting the relevant projection.

Frequently Asked Questions
As a utility, your model or modeling data is most often held by your modeling team. If you don’t have a modeling team, your main consultant.
Yes! You can use Qatium without having a hydraulic model. You can import your GIS data and Qatium will automatically create a model from it. Although, if you do have a model, even an old one we recommend you start with that.
Yes, models even old ones have vast amount of information, often not recorded in other systems (e.g. GIS, CAD etc.). We recommend uploading your model and updating it through Qatium.
Hydraulic models tend to have much more information about the asset behaviors than GIS datasets. We recommend importing a hydraulic model if you have one.
PS:Qatium is made for non modelers. You are who Qatium is intended for.