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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

San Antonio River Authority Implements @INNOVYZE FloodWorks to Help Save Lives

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San Antonio River Authority Implements FloodWorks to Help Save Lives
Innovyze Smart Water Solution to Give Emergency Responders Lead Time in Planning for and Reacting to Life-Threatening Storms
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, September 30, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and the San Antonio Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Texas, have successfully installed FloodWorksto help emergency responders plan for and react to life-threatening storms. By linking rainfall radar data from the National Weather Service and other models, FloodWorks provides emergency responders up to 24 hours of lead time to proactively prepare for floods.
Addressing the San Antonio River Authority board, Fire Chief Charles Hood said, “The FloodWorks software is going to save lives of residents and firefighters. Getting into moving water during a flood, often with tires, railroad ties and other debris below the surface, is one of the most dangerous tasks firefighters face. The new system will enable the city to place road barricades where needed most to prevent potential tragedies, while helping responders predict where they need to have personnel and equipment on standby.”
SARA, created in 1937, is one of many such active river authorities in the State of Texas. Its jurisdiction covers 3,658 square miles — all of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad Counties. It operates 13 dams in Karnes County and all 26 dams in Bexar County. As a powerful and effective flood risk management tool, FloodWorks will help SARA forecast river levels in real time, issue early warnings and minimize the economic impact of flood events. It will also enable emergency planners and responders to monitor flood-prone locations along more than 183 miles of creeks and rivers in Bexar County.
“Before, it was all reactive,” said Russell Persyn, SARA’s watershed engineering manager. “Now we can simulate storms and structure resources where we know there will be issues.”
FloodWorks is a modular software package providing real-time simulation and forecasting of future hydrological and hydraulic conditions within river basins, stormwater and drainage systems and coastal areas. Designed for operational use in the control room, it links varied live data sources with a wide range of models to provide detailed and accurate forecasts of water levels, flood depths, flows, velocities, water quality parameters and sea states. When configured for use with the integrated 1D/2D simulation engine in Innovyze InfoWorks RS,FloodWorks also provides flood forecasting for river systems, channels and flood plains. The comprehensive modeling solution combines integrated rainfall-runoff, hydraulic, water quality, conveyance, dam breach and logical control modules with real-time hydrological and meteorological time-series data to forecast water levels, flood depths and sea states hours or days in advance.
The product’s operational management user interface, FloodWorks Event Manager, combines ease of use with powerful capabilities for visualizing and reporting forecast results. When an event trigger threshold is reached, theFloodWorks Server issues an alert. This alert and its severity level are clearly shown on the map display in theFloodWorks Event Manager. Alerts can be simultaneously issued by e-mail or SMS to ensure that the latest information is distributed to key personnel as quickly as possible. In addition, FloodWorks Web Publisher and Web Server components allow server output to be published in Web-compatible formats for instant access on either public or intranet websites.
“The economic and personal costs of flooding are devastating for many people in countries around the world,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F. ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “We are proud that SARA and EOC have chosen FloodWorks to play such an important part in their critical work to minimize the impacts of flooding on society, households and businesses.”

Sunday, September 28, 2014

¿Y si tuviéramos que inventar el drenaje urbano?

The following is from
http://www.iagua.es/blogs/luis-martin-martinez/y-si-tuvieramos-que-inventar-drenaje-urbano

¿Y si tuviéramos que inventar el drenaje urbano?

Imaginaos que no tuviésemos ninguna idea preconcebida sobre donde se situar las calles o los jardines en un entorno urbano, como debe moverse el agua, imaginaos que nunca hubiéramos visto una alcantarilla o un colector.

¿Cuál sería el primer paso?

Pues intentar "copiar", pero no de otras ciudades (eso es lo que queremos evitar), sino de la propia naturaleza, que lleva millones de años haciéndolo de la misma manera, por algo será.
Observamos la naturaleza de nuestro alrededor y vemos que el agua tiende a concentrarse y discurrir por las zonas más bajas (cosas de la gravedad). Y que en esas zonas, hay una mayor densidad de vegetación, son los denominados ríos y sus riberas repletas vida. Sin embargo, en las zonas más altas, donde el agua tiende a drenar hacia zonas más bajas, la vegetación es menor.
O sea que la situación en la naturaleza, de manera simplificada, es más o menos así:
Entonces, para fijar conceptos básicos:
  • zonas bajas = más agua = más vegetación
  • zonas elevadas = menos agua = menos vegetación.
Si hacemos un poco de trampa y miramos como es el drenaje urbano en una ciudad esperaríamos encontrar la misma lógica, pero esa es la lógica de la naturaleza y al parecer no se aplica en el entorno urbano, que tiene sus propias reglas. Será por eso que no lo hacemos distinto a la naturaleza, sino totalmente al contrario.
Fijaos en cómo es la estructura de una calle cualquiera:
Las zonas de vegetación, siempre situadas en alto (ya sea un metro o 10 cm) drenan hacia las zonas más bajas (la gravedad sigue haciendo de las suyas) en las que no hay vegetación, solo aceras, asfalto, coches y suciedad. Le quitamos agua a la vegetación para poder ensuciarla, acumularla en colectores impermeables (la mayoría de veces mezclada con aguas residuales), transportarla hasta una estación depuradora (si la hay y tiene la suficiente capacidad para ese evento de lluvia), depurarla y devolverla a la naturaleza, o en el mejor de los casos regar con ella la vegetación a la que se la quitamos. Todo muy lógico.
Esto no significa que debamos plantar chopos en mitad de la callesino cambiar nuestra manera de abordar el drenaje urbano, pensar de otra manera. Un drenaje más inteligente que nos permita aunar las necesidades del drenaje en un entorno urbano sin olvidar que seguimos estando en la naturaleza, el agua lo interconecta todo.
Un ejemplo sencillo de esto podemos encontrarlo en cualquier calle de una ciudad, en la que el jardín o rotonda de turno se encuentra más elevado que la acera, sin posibilidad de aprovechar el agua que cae en esta, o directamente la acera drena hacia la calzada en vez de hacia el jardín.
Una rotonda cualquiera
Una vez teniendo claros los conceptos básicos a todos se nos pueden ocurrir ideas para diseñarlo de otra manera, la clave está en querer “calentarse un poco la cabeza”, cosa bastante poco habitual. Unas modificaciones rápidas, siguiendo la lógica natural, consistirían en estas:
  • Cambiar el peralte de la rotonda hacia el interior, cosa que además agradecerán los coches.
  • Construir el jardín con su parte central más deprimida para obtener un volumen de almacenamiento.
  • Rodearla con una rigola y un bordillo con aberturas que permita la entrada del agua caída en la rotonda.
  • Instalar un desagüe hacia la red de pluviales a modo de vertedero que evite que el agua supere un cierto nivel e invada la rotonda.
Rotonda modificada
Esta filosofía es la que aplican los llamados SUDS (Sistemas Urbanos de Drenaje Sostenible) y cuya aspiración máxima es conseguir que el drenaje urbano pueda imitar lo mejor posible al ciclo natural del agua, que había antes de urbanizar. Es decir, que la naturaleza “note” lo menos posible nuestra presencia.
Algunos ejemplos de este tipo de drenaje ya construido, similar al ejemplo de la rotonda, los vemos aquí:
Ejemplos de "jardines de lluvia" Fuente: www.homesii.com
Estos “jardines de lluvia” o “áreas de biorretención”, además de aprovechar mejor el agua de lluvia, consiguen infiltrar gran parte de la escorrentía, disminuyendo la presión sobre las redes de drenaje. También tienen la capacidad de depurar los contaminantes arrastrados tras discurrir por calles y aceras.
Existen muchas tipologías de SUDS; áreas de biorretención, depósitos de infiltración, pozos de infiltración, humedales, techos verdes, etc. Pero lo importante es la filosofía que hay detrás de todo esto, un drenaje más natural y bastante más inteligente.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Firm to Distribute and Support Innovyze Comprehensive Product Portfolio in Thailand

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Innovyze Expands Channel Partner Relationship with HR Wallingford
Firm to Distribute and Support Innovyze Comprehensive Product Portfolio in Thailand
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, September 23, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced HR Wallingford, a leading engineering and environmental hydraulics solutions provider, as its new Channel Partner for Thailand. The relationship will allow Innovyze to broaden its reach in the country as well as to serve customers and prospects efficiently and effectively. HR Wallingford, through its regional office in Kuala Lumpur, will offer and support the complete Innovyze suite of industry-leading analytics-centric asset management and smart water modeling products to water and wastewater utilities, river authorities and engineering firms throughout the country.
“HR Wallingford successfully distributes Innovyze world-class software in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei and Italy,” said Jane Smallman, Ph.D., Managing Director of HR Wallingford. “HR Wallingford has a long established presence and track record in Thailand. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Innovyze, growing its user base, and exploring new ways we can collaborate with organisations in the region in the future.”
“Our channel partners are essential to Innovyze’s success as well as that of our customers,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, Innovyze’s President, COO and Chief Technical Officer. “We continue to expand and enhance our network of channel partners to deliver Innovyze solutions to a growing base of users. HR Wallingford is a key partner, serving as a trusted adviser and helping to ensure our local and potential customers in Thailand get the very best software solutions and expert technical support to meet their wet infrastructure needs.”
All software sales and support inquiries for Innovyze products in Thailand should be directed to:

Geoff Wilson, Business Manager
Phone: +60 12 360 1357
g.wilson@hrwallingford.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Appointed to ASCE Industry Leaders Council

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Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Appointed to ASCE Industry Leaders Council


Broomfield, Colorado, USA, September 16, 2014

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced that its President, COO and Chief Technical Officer, Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, has been appointed a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Industry Leaders Council (ILC).

Established in 2009, the ILC engages senior leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss trends and issues in the civil engineering profession and work with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to formulate policy to help drive the civil engineering industry forward. The council serves as a strategic advisor in identifying emerging trends and developing solutions to key challenges facing the profession such as workforce development, sustainability, project delivery improvement, risk management, and infrastructure resilience.

Dr. Boulos joins a distinguished list of industry leaders on the council, including Anthony S. Bartolomeo, President and CEO of Pennoni Associates, Inc.; Gerald E. Buckwalter, Director of Strategy for Northrop Grumman Corp.; J. Richard Capka, COO of Dawson & Associates; Raymond P. Daddazio, President and CEO of Weidlinger Associates, Inc.; Nickolas M. DeNichilo, President and CEO of Hatch Mott MacDonald; Henry L. Green, President of National Institute of Building Sciences; Scott N. Heefner, Vice President for TASC; Ira Allan Levy, Executive Vice President for AECOM; Michael K. Loose, Senior Vice President for Parsons; Eugene A. Lupia, President for CH2M Hill; Michael T. McCullough, Vice President for Walt Disney Imagineering; Patrick J. Natale, Executive Director of ASCE; Terry F. Neimeyer, CEO & Chairman of the Board of KCI Technologies, Inc.; Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President of Fluor Corp.; Robert M. Scaer, President, COO and CIO of Gannett Fleming, Inc.; Laura J. Steinberg, Dean at Syracuse University; Christopher M. Stone, President of Clark Nexsen; Janice L. Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill Construction; Virginia E. Valentine, President of Nevada Resorts Association; and Peter J. Zpif, Chief Engineer for Port Authority NYNJ.

Dr. Boulos is one of the world’s foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering and the author of nine authoritative books and more than 200 technical articles on issues critical to the water and wastewater industry. He has received numerous honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, governments, universities, and NGOs, including technical awards for excellence in scholarship from ASCE, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He was recognized with the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of America’s highest accolades; the Pride of Heritage Award from the Lebanese American Foundation; and the Lebanese American University Alumni of the Year Award. He was also inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni.

Dr. Boulos has been awarded Honorary Diplomate status by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as well as Distinguished Diplomate status in Navigation Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), the top honors for both academies. He is a Fellow of ASCE, a Diplomate (by Eminence) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer.

Dr. Boulos is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (New York, NY, and Beirut, Lebanon) and president/chair of AAWRE. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of ACOPNE; the Boards of Directors of Innovyze, MWH Global (Broomfield, CO) and America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc./AMIDEAST (Washington, D.C.); and the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL). He has been a member of advisory boards and councils for many organizations, including the Buck Advisory Council of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA), the USEPA Science Advisory Board, the Urban Water Resources Research Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.

Dr. Boulos received his Doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor’s degree in General Science from the Lebanese American University. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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