Getting Started with Ruby Scripting for InfoWorks

Introduction

InfoWorks is a powerful platform with thousands of functions. Ruby scripting is a great way to automate repeated or tedious modeling tasks.

Run a Ruby script

Most of the time, you don’t need to write your own script from scratches. For InfoWorks ICM, you can find lots of scripts from Github.

  1. Download the script and the configuration file to your computer.
  2. You can download the whole repo as a zip file
  1. If you only want to download the individual files, you need to click the file, then show it as raw text file before save it to your local computer.

Modify a script

Most of the time you’ll need to modify the script a little bit to meet your own needs. Like what we did in the previous step changing the folder path.

Add new function to the script

In order to add new function to the script, you’ll need to have some basic programming experiences. And you might need to take one introductory Ruby courses so that you can understand the basic structure of the language.

  • What is the table name
  • What is the configuration
  • Everything else probably we can use the same settings as other tables

Conclusion

Getting started with Ruby scripting can take as little as 5 minutes to use an existing script. To roll out your own script it will take some programming skills and studying the API documents.

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