Release Note 2014



Welcome to MIKE SHE Release 2014.

MIKE SHE is an integrated hydrological modelling system, which covers the entire land phase of the hydrological cycle.

In this Release Note you will find information about new features of MIKE SHE, and what you need to know in order to install and get started with Release 2014.

System requirements

The recommended minimum system requirements are:

Operating systems

Fully supported operating systems *
Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 Pro (64 bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Service Pack 1 (64 bit). For the latest update, please refer to the FAQ.

Non-supported but partially tested operating systems **
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (32 bit), Windows 8 Pro (32 bit) and Windows Server 2012 Standard (64 bit). For the latest update, please refer to the FAQ.
Processor 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium or higher and compatibles, or equivalents
Memory (RAM) 2 GB (or higher)
Hard disk 40 GB (or higher)
Monitor SVGA, resolution 1024x768 in 16 bit colour
Graphics adapter 64 MB RAM (256 MB RAM or higher recommended), 24 bit true colour
Media DVD drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs is required for installation
File system NTFS
Software requirements .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and .NET Framework 4.0 (Full Profile)

* Fully supported operational systems are systems that have been tested in accordance with MIKE by DHI's Quality Assurance procedures and where warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions apply.

** Non-supported but partially tested operating systems are systems, which are not officially supported by the MIKE by DHI software products. These operating systems have only undergone very limited testing for the purpose of MIKE by DHI software, but the software and key features are likely to work. Installation of MIKE by DHI software on a non-supported operating system is done so at the user's own risk. The MIKE by DHI software warranty and software maintenance agreement conditions do not apply for unsupported operating systems and DHI is under no obligation to provide assistance or troubleshooting for cases where the software is being used on a non-supported operating system.

Please note that single user installations are not allowed on server operating systems. Also, when running a fully supported operating system as a 'guest operating system' on a virtualisation platform, it is automatically downgraded to a non-supported operating system under the conditions provided above.


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To install MIKE SHE, please choose MIKE Zero in the ‘MIKE by DHI Setup’ dialogue box that appears when inserting the MIKE software 2014 DVD or executing the Setup.exe file from the downloaded installation files. Press the ‘Install’ button to begin installation.

The setup programme will automatically install all necessary files and folders on your computer. Additionally, a ‘MIKE by DHI 2014’ entry is created, which contains icons for various MIKE Zero utilities and links to documentation.

Licence file & dongle

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To use MIKE SHE in licenced mode, please follow these steps: 

  1. You can retrieve the MIKE by DHI software licence file (DhiLicense.dat) via the Internet. This requires a working Internet connection and a valid e-mail address. The licence file can be retrieved in two ways:
    • During installation of MIKE by DHI software
    • After installation of the MIKE by DHI software, by launching the DHI License Updater through the start menu
  2. To retrieve your licence file during installation of MIKE by DHI software, select ‘Local’ when prompted to ‘Select license type’. In the following dialogue box, select ‘Internet’. At the end of the installation process, you will be prompted to insert your DHI dongle. Insert the dongle and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. To update your licence file using the License Updater, simply launch "Start -> Programs -> MIKE by DHI 2014 -> DHI License Updater" and follow the on-screen instructions. On Windows 8, search for DHI License Updater.
  4. Alternatively, the licence file can simply be copied in \Program files\DHI\2014\License or Program files(x86)\DHI\2014\License.
  5. After completed installation, you should ensure that your hardware key is attached to the system.

Product invocation

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To start MIKE SHE, go to Start -> Programs -> MIKE by DHI 2014 -> MIKE Zero or search for MIKE by DHI 2014 and select ‘MIKE Zero’. Then you can select MIKE SHE from within the MIKE Zero Shell.

Starting MIKE SHE without a DHI configured hardware key and valid licence files will cause the programme to run in demo mode. If this happens, a message box will inform you during programme initialisation. When running in demo mode, MIKE SHE supplies full access to all editors, computational engines and editing facilities. However, restrictions apply to the setups that can actually be executed as a model simulation.


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For general support, please refer to our FAQ.

If you experience any difficulties, or if you have any questions, you can contact the Software Support Centre by mail, e-mail, phone or fax:

Software Support Centre
Agern Allé 5
DK-2970 Hørsholm
Tel: +45 4516 9333
Fax: +45 4516 9292

Or you can find your local support centre with support in your local language here.

New features

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Every new release of MIKE SHE consists of new modules, new features and/or corrections to problems or significant inconsistencies discovered in previous releases. Below, please find short descriptions of the most significant news in Release 2014 for MIKE Zero in general and MIKE SHE specifically.

Known defects & workarounds

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Fixed issues

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A service pack includes fixes to inconveniences and errors and minor modifications to the official release.
Please note that the service packs are accumulative, i.e. corrections and fixes released with a previous service pack are included in the newest service pack as well.

Release 2014 Service Pack 3



Error/Inconvenience/New feature


MIKE Zero (generic)
  • Bathymetry Editor: Issue with long response time when manipulating raw data and background data
  • Mesh Generator: Automatic placement of polygon marker during import of xyz file could fail and be located at boundary of polygon
  • MIKE Zero shell doesn't work with SP2 for 5 languages
Result Viewer New feature: Save Vectors to Shape file
The vector field is exported to a shape file as polylines (with no arrow head).
The polylines include the entire vector field for the current time step and will have the scale as shown in the Result Viewer.
Note: polylines can be displayed by arrow symbols in e.g. ArcMap.
MIKE Zero Toolbox
  • Rotate Grid: Resulting orientation was slightly inaccurate when cropping dfs2 data in LON/LAT
  • Statistics: tool fails when calculating statistics on subdomain of an dfs2 file
  • Time series from 2D file: Error in extracted velocities from derived items when P-Q flux are null
Unit Base Group Added new EUM types as well as new EUM units to existing EUM types
  • Potential problems in ECO Lab templates with nested if-then-else statements with more than two nesting levels
  • HeavyMetal and Xenobiotics templates can lead to mass balance errors
MIKE SHE WM An issue related to Time Varying OL Manning Number. The specified Detention Storage was not used in the WM simulation in this case, and a WQ simulation with OL included would stop with an error message
MIKE SHE Water Balance tool Large models has proved that the Stack size allocated for the Water Balance extraction engine is too limited which occasionally causes a crash during extraction of results.
MIKE SHE AD MIKE SHE AD (with MIKE 11) runs in decoupled mode and reads input from WM and M11 HD result-files during simulation. The accuracy of such an approach depends highly on the storing frequency of the WM/HD simulations as a large storing frequency will cause a need for interpolation of HD-results and risk of uncertainty in AD Mass transfer calculations between MIKE SHE and MIKE 11. To solve this problem, a new result-file is introduced for WM-simulations ('*.RivEx) which stores results required for optimal decoupled AD-simulations.


Release 2014 Service Pack 2


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


MIKE Zero (generic)
  • Result Viewer: Error in rendering of box contour with transparency
  • Grid Series Editor: Error in static item when cropping in domain
  • Data Manager: Crash when working on dfs2 and dfs3 files
  • E-mail feature: limitations preventing feature to work
MIKE Zero Toolbox New GIS functionality: Shp2xyz.
  - A new executionable to extract point, polyline and polygon information from shape files.
  - Needs to be executed using MzLaunch. See FAQ for details.
MIKE Zero Toolbox
  • TS Batch Conversion: issue with valid units in conversion template
  • Mesh Converter: Clarification of functionality and limitations
  • Mesh Converter: Incorrect use of Map projection coordinates using Non-UTM
MIKE SHE AD Shape item name not written to she file when WQ source extent defined by shp polygon file
Pre-processor (WM, AD, PT) Horizontal defined sources using polygon shapefiles caused a wrong location of sources as an internal, general gridding function does not recognize an error code from the shape gridding functions.
MIKE 11 - MIKE SHE coupling De-coupled AD-simulations with MIKE SHE and MIKE 11 has proven to cause problems in some setups for the total mass balance for AD-components. 
Note: correction may impact AD-simulation results, and refined calibration is potentially required.
MIKE SHE WM Stack overflow in large WM model when loading UZ data from the fif file
MIKE SHE AD Division by zero causes crash in MSHE AD due to time step synchronization problem


Release 2014 Service Pack 1


Error/Inconvenience/New feature


WQ Engine Unrealistic default value for Temp. Exponent for Temperature Dependent Decay causes instantaneous removal of all mass
Water Movement Wrong logic controlling when to use the Infiltration Fraction in simulations without UZ occasionally caused pre-processor to stop or unexpected results with Water Movement.
Water Movement Performance issue with model setup using very large number of timeseries defined sources
Water Movement Calculated water content is added to Soil database for improved transparency on the calculation of specific yield

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