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Best New Blog: http://blog.innovyze.com/2014/11/30/advanced-calibration-graphs-and-advanced-reference-graphical-comparisons-in-infoswmm-13/ The Current InfoSWMM Version is InfoSWMM v13 SP1 which is based on EPA SWMM 5.1.007 You can read about SWMM5 on Wikipedia and InfoSWMM vs SWMM 5 on this blog post. An advantage of updating to the newer version of Info/Map/SWMM/Sewer is a newly designed help file with many more FAQ’s and the User Guide as part of the help file.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Webinar: Leveraging GIS w/ Innnovyze InfoMaster, an American Water Case Study:

Utility Innovations Webinar

Please join us for a free Webinar on Leveraging GIS w/ InfoMaster for Capital Investment Planning, an American Water Case Study.

This Webinar concentrates on how New Jersey American Water is using Innovyze's InfoMaster applications integrating with their existing GIS workflows to develop a comprehensive capital planning tool.

Techniques and tips will be presented along with an example demonstrating how to perform a risk assessment and develop a rehabilitation plan for a real water system. Their innovative use of ArcGIS online to present and share their capital planning results will also be showcased.

About the Presenter

Mr. Christopher Kahn is a Senior GIS Project Manager for New Jersey American Water where he leads the development of GIS/GPS applications, and advanced spatial analytics. He earned his undergraduate degree in Geography at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., and master's degree in Geographic Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He is also a Certified GIS Professional.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Innovyze Debuts InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite Edition, Most Comprehensive Watershed Management Technology Release Ever

Innovyze Debuts InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite Edition, Most Comprehensive Watershed Management Technology Release Ever

Robust Suite Provides Fully Customizable Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution for Power Decision Making Through Entire Project Lifecycle

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, May 19, 2015

Planning, designing, operating, optimizing and sustaining safe and reliable drainage systems just got faster, easier and more accurate, thanks to the expanded array of features and advanced functionality of industry-leading InfoWorks ICM. The new InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite for comprehensive integrated catchment management is now available via five targeted products: InfoWorks ICMInfoWorks ICM TSDBInfoWorks ICM RiskMasterPDM and ICMExchange.

The release propels InfoWorks ICM applications into the next generation. The comprehensive new Executive Suite bundle supports the increasingly widespread adoption by the global wastewater industry of integrated catchment modeling, risk-based flood management policies, real-time field and radar data-driven simulations, advanced analytics, and predictive forecasting technology. It also furthers Innovyze’s time-honored practice of continually adding value to its software while bringing unmatched smart network modeling capabilities, backed by unsurpassed technical support, into the mainstream.

InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite gives our valued users something no other company can provide,” said Andrew Walker, Client Service Manager and Wastewater Sector Leader for Innovyze. “This is absolutely the ultimate decision support tool for drainage systems. By accelerating all phases of the modeling workflow process — from basic planning and design studies to sophisticated real-time operational control — it has unprecedented power to maximize productivity and ensure quality at maximum cost savings, all while making work simpler, easier and more enjoyable. These are among the key reasons it has been so successful among planners, designers and engineers worldwide.”

The new InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite delivers a complete integrated catchment management and flood and pollution control solution in a single user interface, powered by its advanced 1D/2D hydrodynamic flow equations solver engine coupled with time-series database and risk-based analysis. A full-featured programmer’s toolkit addresses application-specific needs. InfoWorks ICM simultaneously considers both belowground and aboveground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths, enabling true integrated dynamic modeling of river, sewer and overland flows. It also takes interactions of natural and man-made environments into account, and effectively simulates the impact of polluting runoff and effluent from urban areas on water quality.

InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster accurately computes both the damage caused by specific flood events and expected annual flood damage. Different flood risk management alternatives and their potential impacts can be readily assessed and compared, and the best plan identified. Calculations are based on the hydraulic, hydrologic and economic data for any number of simulated damage receptors including residential, commercial and industrial properties. InfoWorks ICM TSDB lets users archive, analyze and aggregate real-time and historical data, including radar images and meteorological forecasts, into user-defined, actionable information. They can then use this data to not only drive simulations of past and future events, but quickly and reliably assess network performance in real time and respond to potential overflows, flooding and other non-routine events.

InfoWorks PDM is a rainfall-runoff model based on probability-distributed moisture stores and translation of runoff and drainage via routing stores. PDM was designed to provide a toolkit of model algorithms (standard, splitting and demand-based) which can be configured and calibrated to suit a wide variety of catchment response forms. It also provides real-time forecasting of flows for any complex river catchments. Model inputs are rainfall and evaporation over the catchment. Output is river flow (or level) at the catchment outlet along with other important parameters including soil moisture deficit and the various flow components (e.g., infiltration excess runoff, inflow to groundwater store, baseflow, fast response surface flow).

ICMExchange provides scripting language access to the features of the modeling software, enabling users to build, access, and modify model databases and seamlessly interface with other software to suit application-specific needs. Having access to this tailored functionality right out of the box streamlines the creation of independent applications and custom interfaces that enable users to view or modify data for evaluation and compare various modeling scenarios. Armed with these capabilities, consultants and utilities can now adapt the input and output from their InfoWorks ICM models to meet specific project needs in a fully automated process that increases efficiencies. They can also design custom interfaces and tailor projects to their specific needs in new and improved ways.

This unique combination of powerful tools not only enables faster high-quality project completion, better-informed decision making, optimized results, and more efficient asset management and business planning, but saves time and money in the process. It also allows users to produce stunning and engaging project presentations.

“Innovyze has a deep understanding of our industry’s needs and a rich history of commitment to providing the most comprehensive, user-friendly and advanced software tools for the engineering community, regardless of skill level — tools that break down barriers in the modeling community in the interest of getting the job done,” said J. Erick Heath, P.E., Vice President and Americas Business Director for Innovyze. “This new release is yet another example of our company’s steadfast commitment to breakthrough innovation and responsiveness to our customers’ needs. We are proud to ship another landmark package that will make an immediate impact on our customers’ productivity and performance and a positive difference in people’s lives and the ecological health of our nation’s waterways.”

“Our customers are engaged in transforming the world around us for the greater good,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Innovyze continues to add new functionality and modeling capabilities to meet their needs. Our new InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite opens a world of modeling possibilities that will help them make an immediate difference in people’s lives, our communities, and our society. It enables them to simulate reality as never before by giving them access to the world’s most comprehensive watershed modeling tools. The suite equips them with new power to effectively plan, manage, design, protect, maintain and operate highly efficient, reliable and better-performing urban drainage systems — promoting the well-being and advancement of people everywhere. What’s more, it helps them achieve these advances while staying competitive and improving ROI. No other software offers this level of capabilities. It delivers the future of watershed engineering today.”

The InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite is backed by Innovyze Implementation Services, including training and technical support, designed to help customers worldwide maximize the value of their investments in Innovyze technology. A more detailed look at individual modules can be found at www.innovyze.com.

Pricing and Availability
InfoWorks ICM Executive Suite is now available worldwide by subscription. Special upgrade prices are available for all existing InfoWorks ICM and InfoWorks ICM Suite users. In addition, InfoWorks Executive Suite users can purchase Infinity System for a 50% discount, giving them open access to comprehensive real-time data mining, analysis and analytics capabilities for optimizing control of their drainage networks at a scale never before possible. Contact your local Innovyze representative for purchase or full upgrade information.

About InnovyzeInnovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasian, East Asian and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit www.innovyze.com.
Innovyze Contact:Rajan RayDirector of Marketing and Client Service Manager
Rajan.Ray@innovyze.com
+1 626-568-6868

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Manhole Elevations in InfoSWMM and SWMM 5

Manhole Elevations in InfoSWMM and SWMM 5

Subject: Manhole Elevations in InfoSWMM and SWMM 5
Starting from the bottom of the manhole you have these regions of computational interest:
1.   Manhole Invert to the lowest link invert – the node continuity equation is used with the area of the manhole being the default surface area of a manhole,
2.   Lowest Link Invert to the Highest Link Crown Elevation – the node continuity equation is used with surface of the node being normally half of the surface area of the incoming and outgoing links,
3.   Highest Manhole Pipe Crown Elevation to Manhole Rim Elevation – the node surcharge algorithm in which the surface area of the manhole is not used and the surcharge depth is iterated until the inflow and the outflows of the node are in balance,
4.   The region above the Manhole Rim Elevation which can use one of four options to calculate the depth and/or flow out of or into the manhole:
1.   No Surcharge Depth is entered and No Ponding area is used – the excess water into the manhole is lost to the network and shows up as internal outflow in the continuity tables,
2.   A Ponding Area is used and the excess flow will  pond on the surface of the manhole and later go back down into the conveyance pipes.
3.   A Surcharge Depth is used and the depth will continue to be calculated using the node surcharge algorithm in which the surface area of the manhole is not used and the surcharge depth is iterated until the inflow and the outflows of the node are in balance,
4.   A Dual Drainage system is simulated and the excess flow of the manhole is simulated in the street gutters or the actual street,
5.   You use a 1D/2D linkage between the 1D manhole and 1D links to a 2D Mesh and simulate the flow out and the flow into the manhole using a bottom outlet orifice that switches automatically between weir and orifice flow based on the depth on top of the manhole.
Manhole Elevations in InfoSWMM and SWMM 5


How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM

How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM

Subject:  How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM
The idea of this blog of note is to show how one may extract information from the SWMM 5 or InfoSWMM RPT file and import the Excel  File as a feature in InfoSWMM.  This blog has an example Excel file to illustrate the linkage. The steps are:
Step 1:  Copy the whole row  from Conduit Summary from the InfoSWMM Browser  
Step 2:  Add the two columns length and  slope from the Link Summary Table and the InfoSWMM Browser  
Step 3:  You need a few calculations based on the table values from SWMM 5 to estimate the CFL  time steps in the .  
Step 4:   Add the Excel Spreadsheet as a layer in InfoSWMM – the Named Range should be added to insure valid numbers and not Nulls after the join  
Step 5:  You can now plot the CFL Time Step for the Links using the Layer Properties command in Arc Map 
Step 1:  Copy the whole row  from Conduit Summary
Step 2:  Add the two columns length and  slope from the Link Summary Table
Step 3:  You need a few calculations based on the table values from SWMM 5 to estimate the CFL  time steps.
The CFL Step      = Length / (Full  Velocity + (Gravity * Full Depth)^0.5)
Full Velocity        = Full Flow / Full  Area
You also need to create a Name A Range for you data so that the data does not show up as Nulls
 Step 4:  Add the Excel Spreadsheet as a layer in InfoSWMM – the Named Range should be added
Step 4:  Join the Excel  Table to the InfoSWMM Conduit Feature Layer
Step 5:  You can now plot the CFL Time Step for the Links using the Layer Properties command in Arc Map
  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

To My Visitors - Visitor Stats for SWMM5.NET

If you ever wondered how many people visit SWMM5.NET it is currently 1500 sessions, 1200 users and 2500 pageviews per month according to the ever changing Google Analytics.  Thanks to one and all for visiting!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

World-Renowned Urban Drainage Modeling Authority Robert Dickinson Joined Innovyze in January, 2008

World-Renowned Urban Drainage Modeling Authority Robert Dickinson Joined Innovyze in January, 2008

Broomfield, Colorado USA, January 16, 2008/altered 2014

2008/2014 Robert E. Dickinson, one of the world’s leading experts in wastewater and urban drainage modeling, has joined Innovyze as Product Sector Leader. Dickinson, who comes to the company from CDM now CDMSmith, will be charged with maintaining, enhancing and supporting Innovyze's flagship SWMM5-based product line (InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM as well as the GIS based InfoSewer and H2OMap Sewer), which are some of the industry’s leading wastewater and urban drainage systems design and modeling software. He will also be responsible for coordinating vital collaborative research and technology transfer with key universities and government organizations as well as developing business strategies that advance Innovye’s overall growth objectives in wastewater and stormwater systems management and heighten its initiatives in both U.S. and international markets.

Mr. Dickinson brings over thirty-five years of experience in software development and management of wastewater and stormwater planning and design projects to Innovyze. A principal developer of the industry-standard and FEMA-certified SWMM5 software, he has a distinguished background in computational hydraulics and high level simulation programming. He holds an M.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainsville.

“We are thrilled to bring Robert’s formidable talents and expertise to our company,” said Innovyze's President and COO Paul Boulos. “As one of the world’s leading experts in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, he has made significant contributions to the field of water resources engineering. His unique combination of proven project engineering expertise, management skills and high-level technical capabilities is coveted in our industry.
“A number of factors make Robert the ideal leader to help Innovyze advance the state-of-the-art in dynamic sewer network modeling and spearhead the continued development of our SWMM5-based products family. They include his impressive record of leadership, impeccable reputation, key role in the USEPA Storm Water Management Model (SWMM5) redevelopment program, strong expertise in both numerical methods and hydrology/hydraulics, and in-depth knowledge of the wastewater industry.

“While he will be based in Tampa, Florida, Robert will work closely with our product development team and our clients as we step up our efforts to help communities around the world manage urban runoff and wet weather water quality problems in combined, sanitary and storm sewers and protect the ecological health of our waterways.”

“I am truly excited to be joining Innovyze,” said Dickinson. “For the past five years, I have followed the company’s rapid growth and development of an impressive product portfolio. I have always admired Innovyze’s unparalleled technical expertise and its steadfast commitment to research, innovation, product quality and customer care. I believe a breakthrough approach to systems modeling is a critical key to helping communities better manage and operate their buried hydraulic infrastructures and protect the environment. I look forward to playing a pivotal role in advancing Innovyze’s comprehensive urban drainage design and modeling product line and maintaining its leadership in the global wastewater industry.”

2014 - That was fun - an update of an announcement from the past.  The original is on our website. I changed my name from Bob to Robert, the company name from MWHSoft to Innovyze and list my my actual job or jobs I have been doing at @Innovyze from 2008.  I left the title alone - sometimes it is best to have a goal in life and trying to achieve the title of the announcement is something I would like to approach in my remaining Innovyze years.  I probably will not reach it but I appreciate the mastery of the Paul Boulos announcements - he writes the most creative and wonderful press releases. You should subscribe to them from www.innovyze.com if you want to read about the future of water, sewer and stormwater.  A final mention of Alight Tsai who manages http://www.innovyze.com/ and is always helpful with great images for our software and help files.  I would be remiss if I did not mention our great R/D product development teams in Monrovia and Wallingford. I am proud to be a small part of the Monrovia team.  Other history mentions about SWMM3/4/5 in my past can be found here http://www.swmm5.net/2012/05/my-history-with-various-versions-of.html

Another update for May 2015 - we are making great strides in social media led by our Director of Marketing Rajan Ray who can be found at @InnovyzeRaj and in general at @Innovyze. You can see all of our tweets by searching for Innovyze on Twitter

My contact info - in case you need to call me, I prefer email however.

Robert Dickinson
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Telephone:    813-712-0664 

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The Current InfoSWMM Version is InfoSWMM v13 SP1 Update #5 which is based on EPA SWMM 5.1.007  You can read about SWMM5 on Wikipedia  and InfoSWMM vs SWMM 5 on this blog post. An advantage of updating to the newer version of Info/Map/SWMM/Sewer is a newly designed help file with many more FAQ’s and the User Guide as part of the help file.




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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

City of Scottsdale, AZ, Selects Innovyze InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution

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City of Scottsdale, AZ, Selects Innovyze InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Advanced Analytical Asset Management and Capital Planning to Help Scottsdale Optimize Rehabilitation, Decrease Operational Costs, Improve Efficiency and Extend Lifespan of Critical Assets
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, May 12, 2015 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, has selected the company’s industry-leading InfoMaster as its enterprise smart asset management solution. The move will provide the City with a comprehensive GIS-centric solution for data collection and analysis, enterprise risk management, predictive analytics and action-oriented decision making to optimize its sewer infrastructure for maximum benefit and reduced risk exposure.
The City of Scottsdale encompasses approximately 184 square miles of land, stretching 31 miles from north to south. It is located in Maricopa County, northeast of Phoenix, and is bordered on the west by Paradise Valley, on the east by Fountain Hills, and on the south by Tempe. It has a population of about 227,000 and is a frequent recipient of awards for excellence, including recognition by various publications as one of the safest and best-run cities in the United States.
InfoMaster provides us with the platform to create a comprehensive and customizable asset management methodology and the tools to leverage infrastructure data to effectively prioritize the inspection and renewal of our collection system infrastructure,” said Levi Dillon, P.E., Senior Water Resources Engineer for the City of Scottsdale. “Its ability to integrate with GIS and its powerful analytical asset management tools will help us quickly and effectively prioritize needed action throughout our collection system on an ongoing basis. This will allow us to preserve its structural integrity, optimize its performance, and keep it operating efficiently into the future.”
Built atop ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA), InfoMaster gives utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions and work processes, facilitating significantly better planning and control. It lets users leverage powerful business analytics and smart network modeling capabilities in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility. It also provides the framework for systematically analyzing and calculating asset criticality and risk (likelihood and consequence of failure as well as the amount and time of occurrence of future failures), predicting replacement costs, and carrying out scenario-based planning for infrastructure maintenance and replacement rehabilitation. Such capabilities can greatly assist water and wastewater utilities in assessing their pipes’ propensity to fail, identifying critical ones (more prone to failure), prioritizing their inspection and determining rehabilitation requirements. They also eliminate reactive maintenance — waiting for pipe failures to occur before repairing. Armed with these advantages, utilities can create well-engineered condition- and risk-based capital improvement plans, ensure the best distribution of dollars spent on replacement and repair of underground pipes, and keep systems operating well into the future. InfoMaster is NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP V6.0 certified, and includes components to run on desktop, web, tablet, and smartphone environments. It also features direct integration with Cityworks (Azteca Systems Inc., Sandy, UT),Cartegraph (Dubuque, IA), infraMAP (iWater, Irvine, CA) and Lucity (Overland Park, KS), and can interface with other leading maintenance management software (CMMS). 
“Strong asset performance modeling and capital planning capabilities are critical components of a smart enterprise asset management strategy,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “InfoMaster delivers detailed, accurate analyses and reports that help utility managers make better decisions on when to repair, replace, or rehabilitate their critical assets. It also supports them in developing reliable long-term funding strategies for such projects. These advantages help utilities ensure the long-term sustainability of their infrastructures and their ongoing ability to deliver the required level of service at the lowest lifecycle cost. As a key component of this complex synthesis, Innovyze is proud to be a part of Scottsdale’s success.”
About Innovyze
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water and wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasia and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit www.innovyze.com.
Innovyze Contact
Rajan Ray
Director of Marketing and Client Service Manager

How to Model Water Quality Time Series in SWMM5

You can model water quality as a SWMM 5 inflow time series using the following steps:
1. Model Water Quality (TSS  for Example)
2. Add the needed inflow Time Series at a Node
3. Include both a Flow
4. and a TSS Time Series 
5. The TSS time Series is Concentration over time
The file at the bottom is an example of the TSS time series

Download the Sample File
Water%20Quality%20TS.inp

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