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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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Innovyze Introduces H2ONET V13 for AutoCAD 2015

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Innovyze Introduces H2ONET V13 for AutoCAD 2015
New Release Delivers Fast, High-Fidelity, High-Performance Smart Water Network Modeling and Simulation Capabilities for Power Users
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, September 9, 2014 — Redrawing the boundaries of innovation in the water industry, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today released its V13 Generation of H2ONET for AutoCAD® 2015 (Autodesk, San Rafael, CA), enabling engineers to work faster and more efficiently than ever with very large network models.
Built atop AutoCAD®, the world’s leading CAD platform, H2ONET delivers breakthrough performance in integrated real-time network modeling and GIS data exchange, and analysis across multiple data types, along with the sophisticated mapping capabilities essential to complete infrastructure (asset) management and business planning. With H2ONET’s pioneering functionality and state-of-the-art computational algorithms, engineering professionals can directly access CAD and GIS datasets; extract pertinent modeling information; and automatically construct, skeletonize, load, calibrate, analyze, design, operate, and optimize any network model — saving time and money across the enterprise. Such capabilities prove invaluable to water utilities in complying with drinking water quality regulations, understanding and controlling taste and odor problems, developing cost-effective energy solutions for water system operations and improving system reliability and integrity. H2ONET’s capabilities also play a critical role in optimizing capital improvement and rehabilitation programs, enhancing community relations, and planning sound security measures.
V13 marks another milestone in the evolution of Innovyze’s flagship product, H2ONET, which has set an industry standard for comprehensive CAD-based water distribution engineering and proven the premier choice for major ENR design firms and large water utilities around the world. Sophisticated enough for the most complex of projects yet approachable for beginners, the new H2ONET V13 has been engineered at deep levels to provide advanced modeling functionality and exponential increases in efficiency and speed while simplifying use. In addition to supporting the newly released AutoCAD 2015, H2ONET V13 introduces features that advance core database and graph reporting functions, delivering network modeling capabilities that are faster and more intuitive than ever before. It now allows users to accurately simulate a spilling tank, effectively allowing the tank to overflow during a filling cycle. The program also computes the overflow volume at each time step of an extended period simulation (EPS) and reports the accumulated overflow volumes. 
Another powerful modeling feature is the ability to explicitly compute available flow at a node while keeping every other node at or above a user-specified percent (e.g., 80%) of its own maximum static pressure. This is a calculation of normal (non-fire, non-emergency) flow availability at a particular node, subject to maintaining all other nodes at or above a percentage of their maximum static pressure. Both steady state and EPS are fully supported. Additional advances include new remotely controlled pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves, direct-acting regulators, and enhanced variable speed pump modeling. These enhancements propelH2ONET product suite applications into the next generation, carrying on Innovyze’s time-honored practice of continually adding value to its software, bringing unsurpassed modeling innovations into the mainstream, and backing its products with superior high-touch technical support.
“Our priorities have always been to advance the frontiers of smart network modeling technology and support our customers’ success by making our users more productive and competitive,” 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 customers expect the accuracy, efficiency, and throughput it takes to generate outstanding designs and modeling solutions as quickly and reliably as possible. Offering a wealth of powerful simulation capabilities and supporting AutoCAD 2015, H2ONET V13 delivers on our promise to equip customers with the ultimate intelligent decision support tool for water distribution systems. With this latest version, H2ONET once again raises the bar for fast, high-fidelity, high-performance smart water network modeling and management with unrivaled power, cutting-edge capabilities, rich functionality, and ease of use. From top to bottom, this release is designed to enable world-record modeling performance — allowing our users to increase productivity and quality while achieving their engineering and business goals.”

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Area Scaling Factor in #INFOSWMM and #H20MAPSWMM

Note: Area Scaling Factor in #INFOSWMM and #H20MAPSWMM  is needed if you want to update the DB from the Map after drawing a Subcatchment. The Auto Area Calculation Flag has to be turned on for this to work. Why did I write this blog? The USA conversion is really hard to remember!

2.295684113865932e-5  Area Scaling Factor for USA Units
0.0001                                Area Scaling Factor for SI Units                         

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seacoast Utility Authority, Florida, Adopts InfoWater

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Seacoast Utility Authority, Florida, Adopts InfoWater
InfoWater To Support Comprehensive Geospatial Water Infrastructure Management
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, August 26, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Seacoast Utility Authority (SUA) in Florida has chosen the company’s industry-leading InfoWater as its standard water network modeling solution. The purchase will enable SUA to improve its water transmission/distribution system performance and sustainability and optimize its capital improvement program.
SUA is a non-profit governmental regional water, wastewater and reclaimed water utility that furnishes potable water service to approximately 47,000 households and 2,700 commercial establishments. The Authority’s service area, which covers approximately 65 square miles, consists of certain unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County, and the incorporated areas of the City of Palm Beach Gardens, the Village of North Palm Beach, and the Towns of Lake Park and Juno Beach, all in northern Palm Beach County, Florida. It relies exclusively on groundwater supply and treats an average of 18 million gallons of water a day at a 30.5 MGD membrane treatment plant (put into service May 21, 2014). Its water transmission/distribution system consists of two remote pumping facilities and approximately 464 miles of pressure mains.
“Innovyze offers a comprehensive GIS-based solution to updating and maintaining our system data,” said Brandon Selle, P.E., Capital Projects Administrator for the Authority. “Seacoast and its customers will benefit from the valuable planning tools for managing our infrastructure and optimizing our capital improvements program.”
Built atop ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA), InfoWater seamlessly integrates sophisticated predictive analytics, systems dynamics and optimization functionality directly within the powerful ArcGIS setting. From fire flow and 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); DemandWatch (water demand forecasting);DemandAnalyst (real-time water demand and diurnal pattern estimations); and SCADAWatch (real-time business intelligence and network performance monitoring).
“Speed, ease of use, reliability, flexibility, value, and power are the words that best describe our geospatial network modeling solutions,” 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’re proud that SUA chose Innovyze as its solution partner and look forward to helping this enterprise meet its corporate and strategic goals and achieve world-class performance at breakthrough cost savings.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Goochland County, VA, Selects InfoSewer Pro and InfoWater MSX for Advanced Engineering-GIS Modeling and Management

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Goochland County, VA, Selects InfoSewer Pro and InfoWater MSX for Advanced Engineering-GIS Modeling and Management
Smart Water Solutions to Support Comprehensive Master Planning Effort
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, August 19, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Goochland County Department of Public Utilities (GCDPU) in Virginia has chosen Innovyze industry-leading smart water network modeling solutions software to manage its drinking water and wastewater systems. The addition of InfoWater MSX and InfoSewer Pro suites will assist GCDPU in addressing critical planning, operational and water quality issues with maximum effectiveness.
“We were searching for a complete GIS-centric modeling solution for both water and wastewater networks,” said Todd Kilduff, P.E., Director of Public Utilities for GCDPU. “Both InfoSewer and InfoWater MSX integrate directly with our GIS, giving us the most efficient tool set available to tackle short- and long-term planning issues. The powers of these packages will help us evaluate hydraulic capacity and water quality issues, optimize our capital improvement program and continue delivering a high level of service to our customers.”
Developed and supported by industry experts with direct support to geodatabases, the innovative network modeling technology of the Innovyze geospatial water and wastewater software family addresses every facet of utility infrastructure management, operation, and protection — delivering the highest rate of return in the industry. Engineers and GIS professionals can easily analyze and simulate various conditions; accurately assess multi-source, multi-quality systems; pinpoint system deficiencies; and determine the most cost-effective physical and operational improvements to achieve optimum performance and regulatory compliance while enhancing community relations.
“By far, Innovyze offers the most comprehensive array of ArcGIS-centric hydraulic infrastructure modeling and management solutions in the water and wastewater industries,” 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 design each of these critical geocentric system dynamics tools to help our customers do their jobs better, faster, easier and at lower cost. These advantages lead to quicker, more informed decision making and enhanced capital planning. We’re proud to know that our industry-leading solutions will be helping Goochland County leverage its GIS investment and build a solid foundation for success in the decades to come.”

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