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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Innovyze Releases InfoWater Generation V11, Defining New Era of Leadership in GIS-Centric Smart Water Network Modeling

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Innovyze Releases InfoWater Generation V11, Defining New Era of Leadership in GIS-Centric Smart Water Network Modeling
Network Simulation Advancements Bring Faster and More Accurate Results to Users
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, July 29, 2014 — In its ongoing quest to equip the global water industry with the world’s most powerful and comprehensive GIS-centric infrastructure modeling and management solutions, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide availability of the V11 Generation of InfoWater for ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA).
The release is a further confirmation of Innovyze’s strong commitment to meeting the requirements of its user base and the increasing demands of the global water industry. In it, Innovyze has further refined the superb water supply and distribution modeling and analysis features that have helped make it a leading choice among the world’s top water utilities. InfoWater has long been renowned for its legendary power, speed, and comprehensive toolsets and extensions. By exponentially accelerating the large model building process and automating scores of tedious tasks, InfoWater V11 enables power users to create, analyze and design better, more complete, and more accurate models in a fraction of the time required by competing software, enabling users to meet increasingly tighter project deadlines. New user-driven enhancements make sophisticated dynamic network modeling and design easy for virtually every engineer, regardless of technical expertise. Additional advances include new remotely controlled pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves, enhanced variable speed pump modeling, and improved graphical results presentation.
InfoWater is the water network modelling standard for Thames Water and we have been using it with great success,” said Paolo Teixeira, Consultant Modeller for Thames Water Utilities Ltd in the UK. “We are also very pleased with the excellent support provided by Innovyze. The company respects and values its customers, listens to their needs and quickly implements their feedback. InfoWater’s new remotely controlled pressure regulating valve feature will help us more accurately analyze our water system and optimize its operational performance.”
Built atop ArcGIS, InfoWater seamlessly integrates sophisticated predictive analytics, systems dynamics and optimization functionality directly within the powerful ArcGIS setting. From fire flow and dynamic water quality simulations, valve criticality and energy cost analysis to pressure zone management and advanced Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm optimization, the InfoWater product suite comes equipped with everything water utility owner-operators need to best plan, design, operate, secure and sustain their distribution systems.
The software also serves as a base platform for advanced smart network modeling, operation, capital planning and asset management extensions. Among these critical applications are IWLive (real-time operations and security); InfoWater UDF (unidirectional flushing); CapPlan (risk-based capital planning); InfoMaster andInfoMaster Mobile (asset integrity management and condition assessment); InfoWater MSX (multi-species, temperature, and particle transport/deposition modeling); InfoWater BTX (event/particle backtracking);InfoSurge (surge/transient analysis); Sustainability (carbon footprint calculation); BalanceNet (real-time energy management and operations optimization); PressureWatch (real-time network hydraulic integrity monitoring);QualWatch (real-time network water quality integrity monitoring); SCADAWatch (real-time business intelligence and performance monitoring); DemandWatch (water demand forecasting); and DemandAnalyst (real-time water demand and diurnal pattern estimations).
These advancements propel the InfoWater family of solutions into the next generation, furthering Innovyze’s time-honored practice of continually adding critical value to its software and bringing unsurpassed modeling and design capabilities into the mainstream. The suite has the robustness and feature set needed to handle the most demanding analyses. Yet it’s intuitive enough for new users to master without a drawn-out learning curve, making it the ultimate GIS-centric decision support tool for water supply and distribution systems. Like all Innovyze products, InfoWater V11 is backed by unparalleled high-touch technical support. For an even faster return on investment, organizations may opt to call on Innovyze Implementation Services to accelerate deployment, integration and implementation of best modeling practices.
“At Innovyze, we predict real-world water and wastewater infrastructure performance using fast, accurate and reliable simulation,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Our new release makes it easy for engineers to quickly analyze increasingly large and complex water distribution networks and derive optimal solutions that help them achieve their most important business goals. This enhanced smart water network modeling and management solutions suite provides the ultimate decision support tool for optimal results.”

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SWMM5 Table by Object Shows a Tabular view of the Important Results Varables

You can see many important SWMM 5 object result variables if you use the Table by Object Output Tool.  An example would be if you want to see the results of the groundwater, infiltration and surface runoff versus the rainfall over time in one view.  It is also easy to copy and paste to Excel if you need to collect the results.

SWMM 5 Table Tool

SWMM 5 Table Tool Output
                     2 Rainfall         Total Losses     Runoff           GW Flow          GW Elev.         Evap             Depth           
Days       Hours      (mm/hr)          (mm/hr)          (LPS)            (LPS)            (m)              (mm/hr)          (mm)            
0 0:05:00 0 0 0 43.93 9.99 0 0
0 0:10:00 0 0 0 43.87 9.98 0 0
0 0:15:00 0 0 0 43.8 9.97 0 0
0 0:20:00 0 0 0 43.73 9.97 0 0
0 0:25:00 0 0 0 43.67 9.96 0 0
0 0:30:00 0 0 0 43.6 9.95 0 0
0 0:35:00 0 0 0 43.54 9.95 0 0
0 0:40:00 0 0 0 43.47 9.94 0 0
0 0:45:00 0 0 0 43.41 9.93 0 0
0 0:50:00 0 0 0 43.34 9.93 0 0
0 0:55:00 0 0 0 43.28 9.92 0 0
0 1:00:00 0 0 0 43.21 9.91 0 0
0 1:05:00 0 0 0 43.15 9.91 0 0
0 1:10:00 0 0 0 43.08 9.9 0 0

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weather Input Advancements in DemandWatch V5.0 Bring More Accurate Water Demand Forecasting Results to Users

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Weather Input Advancements in DemandWatch V5.0 Bring More Accurate Water Demand Forecasting Results to Users
New Version Delivers Accurate Forecast of Short-Term Water Demands for Near-Optimal Real-Time Control of Water Networks plus Anomaly Detection
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, July 22, 2014 — Expanding the boundaries of smart water network innovation, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide release of the V5.0 Generation of its DemandWatch for accurate and reliable water demand forecasts.
The new release expands the ability of water utilities worldwide to effectively leverage historical demand data to estimate future water demands for near-optimal real-time control and management of their water distribution systems under varying weather conditions. The software’s primary strength lies in its adaptive demand forecasting process, which can continually update and refine estimated demand values in real time. Armed with this power, water utilities can better plan, operate and manage their water distribution systems; improve conservation measures and anomaly detection; minimize energy consumption; meet regulatory compliance; and enhance customer service.
Water distribution network modeling is the most effective and viable way of predicting system behavior to solve a variety of design, operational and water quality problems. One critical tool for ensuring reliable network model predictions is the accurate estimation of short-term (e.g., daily) water demands. DemandWatch is expressly designed to give water utilities accurate water demand forecasts for their distribution network models. By helping utility planners and managers understand spatial and temporal patterns of water use these models can aid in optimizing system operations and capital planning.
DemandWatch was successfully used by Optimise (a joint venture between J Murphy and Sons, Barhale Construction plc, Clancy Docwra Ltd and MWH Ltd) to help identify anomalous demand patterns in south London, UK,” said Christopher M. Bros, Project Manager for MWH UK Ltd. “We trained DemandWatch on historic data and used autoregression forecasting to locate potential bursts, background leakage rises and boundary breaches in DMAs (District Metered Areas). Its ability to accurately forecast short-term (24-48 hours ahead) helped our engineers differentiate data noise from underlying trends, improving our ability to guide the leak location activities of on-site teams.”
Added Bros: “DemandWatch’s predictor had to cope with varying night demand patterns through winter New Year celebrations and spring holiday periods, including city centre locations such as the iconic London Eye and suburban districts. Leakage monitoring uses 15-minute real-time data, and I was extremely impressed withDemandWatch’s accuracy in matching such short interval patterns and correctly predicting night flow usage for the subsequent 24-hour period.”
Designed for real-time applications, DemandWatch analyzes patterns from historical demand data and uses a powerful combination of Fourier transform and time-series autoregression modeling to accurately predict short-term (e.g., 24 or 48 hours) water demands. These patterns are used to identify both seasonal and weekly periodicities in daily water demands and daily periodicities in hourly water demands. A sequential fitting of terms is automatically generated to reveal patterns between days and hourly patterns within days. Fourier transforms are used to find daily cyclical patterns. Autoregressive terms add a “short-term memory” to fine tune daily and hourly predictions, greatly increasing the accuracy of forecasted values. 
DemandWatch generates water demand forecasts at hourly intervals or at finer user-defined resolutions. Innovyze IWLive can readily use the output to perform accurate simulations that reliably predict network operational performance over the next few hours or days. The results of these simulations can then be used to achieve optimal operation and management of water distribution systems and detect real-time anomalies.
Extremely powerful and flexible, DemandWatch can also assist engineers in configuring and calibrating network models, aided by graphs and other reporting tools. Its adaptive learning process enables it to continuously generate predictions, taking observations from the recent past and predicting demand for the near future. Even if there is a loss of observed telemetry data, DemandWatch can still generate predictions from cyclical components of the model.
Easy to learn and use, DemandWatch is available as a stand-alone program that runs on nearly any computer or as a complementary module of IWLive. It can be installed, up and running in just a few minutes on a utility’s local computer. DemandWatch results can easily be integrated with other Innovyze smart water network solutions including InfoWater and InfoWorks WS.
Support for weather conditions is a key feature of the new release. DemandWatch can now take into account unexpected temperature changes, especially important during unusually hot summer days. Temperature data is optional; if no historical weather data or weather forecasts are available, DemandWatch will still compute a prediction for future demand. The software can model the effect of unexpected temperature changes on daily demand by taking the difference between the temperature forecast and the historical average temperature for that particular season, multiplying it by a regression factor, and adding it to the predicted daily demand. If the weather forecast is hotter than average, the predicted demand will be increased.
“Accurate short-term water demand pattern forecasting is essential for cost-effective operation and proper risk management of distribution systems,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “DemandWatch is an invaluable planning and operational tool for smart water networks, helping water utilities evaluate the relative impact of different management decisions and detect network anomalies. It also helps operators avoid implementing suboptimal operational control schemes. The new version exemplifies our ongoing commitment to delivering superior value to our customers who manage, operate and sustain safe, reliable drinking water distribution systems.”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nation’s Seventh-Largest Water Utility Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution

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Nation’s Seventh-Largest Water Utility Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Oakland, California’s East Bay Municipal Utility District Counts on Innovyze Software to Help Manage Rehabilitation of Its Drinking Water Distribution Infrastructure
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, July 15, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), Oakland, California, has chosen industry-leading InfoMaster Water software to help manage the repair, replacement and rehabilitation of its complex drinking water distribution infrastructure.
EBMUD serves over 1.4 million people within 20 cities and two counties covering a 425 square mile service area. It owns and operates six water production treatment plants and distribution system with over 4,000 miles of water mains as well as a Special District which provides wastewater collection and transmission for part of its service area. EBMUD plans to use InfoMaster to create fully prioritized short- and long-term water main rehabilitation, replacement, maintenance and management plans and develop sound, cost-effective capital programs to support them.
Many of the world’s drinking water distribution systems are reaching or have exceeded the end of their design lives and urgently require extensive upgrading through rehabilitation, repair, and/or replacement. As aging systems deteriorate, they become increasingly vulnerable to structural failures and are plagued by excessive leaks, drops in carrying capacity, poor water quality, and service disruptions. Age-related water infrastructure failures are commonly unexpected and catastrophic, resulting in large water losses, flooding, and local area damage.
Because of public health and safety implications, water utilities are forced to meet the challenges of keeping even such aging infrastructures up to date and efficient. Selecting the right pipes for rehabilitation at the right time is one of the main asset management challenges. An understanding of how pipes fail, combined with a quantitative grasp of the underlying causal factors likely to induce failure, is valuable in formulating a targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning. InfoMaster accurately estimates both the likelihood and consequence of failure for each individual pipe in the network, as well as the amount and time of occurrence of future failures. It reliably models the aging processes of water assets and accurately predicts their lifetimes and structural/functional failure potential and distribution over time. This critical information facilitates a proactive approach to identifying and managing these high-risk assets to help preserve structural integrity and keep the network operating well into the future. It also eliminates reactive maintenance (waiting for pipe failures to occur before repairing).
“Preserving the integrity of water network assets helps to ensure they remain available and reliable longer,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer for Innovyze. “Improving the likelihood of smoother operations with fewer interruptions — creating more uptime and less downtime — also means more profits for the operation. InfoMaster combines ease of learning and use with a powerful, comprehensive set of graphical presentation tools, time-based probabilistic asset failure analysis models, and asset integrity management capabilities that can accurately predict structural or functional deterioration of water mains. These unique advantages will help EBMUD develop sound annual replacement plans for critical pipes that balance investment with expected benefits in a risk-based management context. They will also enable the utility to exceed its operational quality standards by extending both asset service life and overall reliability and performance at maximum cost savings — significantly increasing return on investment. Innovyze is very proud to participate in EBMUD’s success in handling these challenges.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Innovyze Releases ICMLive Generation V5.0, Expanding the Possibilities for Real-Time Operational Forecasting, Modeling and Management of Urban and Rural Catchments

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Innovyze Releases ICMLive Generation V5.0, Expanding the Possibilities for Real-Time Operational Forecasting, Modeling and Management of Urban and Rural Catchments
Latest Version Adds Increased Data Source Compatibility and Powerful Historic Mode Capability
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, July 8, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide release of the V5.0 Generation of its ICMLive for timely, accurate and reliable catchment forecasts. The new release expands the ability of wastewater utilities and river authorities worldwide to harness the power of real-time data, scenario planning and predictive modeling to transform the operation and management of their collection systems and anticipate and mitigate the effects of extreme weather-related events.
A powerful risk assessment and real-time decision making tool, ICMLive enables managers and operators to consider the influence of a full range of catchment factors in the management of flooding and reduction of unregulated discharges; the optimization of storage and existing infrastructure for savings on capital works; and the optimization of pumps to lower energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions. The software is designed to work automatically. Once a system is configured, real-time data is continually and automatically harvested and quality-checked. This data can be derived from a number of sources, including observed and forecasted radar rainfall, online water quality measurements, and ancillary structure and pump operation time series. Simulations are run automatically at a user-defined frequency. They draw on the full hydrodynamic and technological capabilities of InfoWorks ICM, including one- and two-dimensional modeling techniques, real-time control, dynamic water quality analysis, and GPU-enhanced and remote simulation. Simulation frequency can change in response to user-defined conditions. For example, increased rainfall intensity can trigger a reduction in the interval between simulations.
Support for additional telemetry data source formats is a key feature of the new release. Data can now be acquired from Proficy Historian (previously known as iHistorian), developed by GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA), and ClearSCADA, developed by Schneider Electric (Rueil-Malmaison, France). These additions, combined with existing support for Oracle, SQL Server, PI and generic ODBC and CSV data source formats, make ICMLive compatible with the majority of world-leading telemetry systems.
Version 5.0 also adds a new Historic Mode capability to ICMLive, allowing an operator to recreate and reassess system scenarios from any previous time. With the additional option of incorporating user edits to the data, utilities and river authorities can explore a range of different response decisions to identify system best practice. The capability also serves as an invaluable training tool, enabling new operators to quickly gain crucial experience without the need to access a live system.
The latest version also benefits from a raft of additional layout, usability and performance enhancements. These include extended alert definition functionality; the ability to add free text to email alert content; and a number of improvements to the Operator Client interface, central to the use of ICMLive within the control room. In addition, ICMLive V5.0 benefits from enhancements to the underlying InfoWorks ICM V5.0 engine, including 2D mesh enhancements, additional runoff models and expanded initial condition options.
For a complete listing of new features and capabilities in ICMLive V5.0, visit the “What’s New” section in the online help.
ICMLive continues to expand its capabilities as the leading product for real-time operational forecasting and modeling of urban and rural catchments in the market,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE,Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Wastewater utilities and river authorities of all sizes rely on this mission-critical solution to proactively manage and operate their collection systems on a day-to-day basis. The features made available in ICMLive Version 5.0 allow both new and experienced operators to have complete confidence in the underlying data sources, hydraulic models and forecasts — and ultimately in the policies and procedures they employ to optimally manage their catchments.”

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