Science Inventory

Open Source SWMM: Community - Based Software Development for Storm Water Management Modeling

Citation:

Simon, M. AND M. Tryby. Open Source SWMM: Community - Based Software Development for Storm Water Management Modeling. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/S-18/129, 2018.

Impact/Purpose:

To acquaint the technical public about the EPA's open-source approach to Storm Water Management. EPA's Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) is used throughout the world for planning, analysis, and design related to stormwater runoff, combined and sanitary sewers, and other drainage systems in urban areas. In 2016, a new Federal Source Code Policy (https://sourcecode.cio.gov/OSS/) was introduced that encouraged federal agencies to: (1) leverage existing open source software (OSS) communities, (2) engage in open software development projects, (3) adopt a regular public release schedule for software, (4) engage in two-way communication with users and contributors, (5) consider allowing code contributions from the public, and (6) provide thorough documentation. A new research project has been initiated to apply OSS development to the SWMM software, supporting cost efficiency, mission effectiveness, and improving the public experience with Government programs.

Description:

EPA's Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) is used throughout the world for planning, analysis, and design related to stormwater runoff, combined and sanitary sewers, and other drainage systems in urban areas. In 2016, a new Federal Source Code Policy (https://sourcecode.cio.gov/OSS/) was introduced that encouraged federal agencies to: (1) leverage existing open source software (OSS) communities, (2) engage in open software development projects, (3) adopt a regular public release schedule for software, (4) engage in two-way communication with users and contributors, (5) consider allowing code contributions from the public, and (6) provide thorough documentation. A new research project has been initiated to apply OSS development to the SWMM software, supporting cost efficiency, mission effectiveness, and improving the public experience with Government programs.

URLs/Downloads:

508 SWWM RESEARCHSUMMARY20180627_CMB.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 463 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (SUMMARY)
Product Published Date: 10/29/2018
Record Last Revised: 10/30/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 342992

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SYSTEMS DIVISION