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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.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tweets about InfoWorks ICM from RDICKINSON

What is this blog post about?  It is a visual widget to my tweets on  InfoWorks ICM from the twitter person RDICKINSON  Why do I use Twitter?  I first started using twitter in 2008 thanks to our daughter @boonsri and my love of timelines.

Tweets about InfoSWMM from RDICKINSON

What is this blog post about?  It is a visual widget to my tweets on InfoSWMM from the twitter person RDICKINSON  Why do I use Twitter?  I first started using twitter in 2008 thanks to our daughter @boonsri and my love of timelines.  My goal is to reach 100,000 tweets if I last long enough and Twitter lasts enough years.  I would have over 100,000 tweets now if I had started in 1980 and tweets were possible in the  80's

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Questions after a Main Break | Webinar on Smart Asset Planning

Questions after a Main Break | Webinar on Smart Asset Planning

Water main breaks are prevalent in all cities.  As engineers and planners, we do everything we can to avoid them and mitigate damages when they occur.  Communicating those plans and educating the general public is another story.  Having a clearly defined and defensible rehabilitation plan is the foundation for better education of stakeholders.  They want to know:

Why did this water main fail?  What was the likelihood of this water main to fail?  Was there an assessment (financial, environment, and social) on this pipe failing?  Was this pipeline planned to be repaired/upgraded in the near future?

Take a look at a sampling of news stories in the last week regarding main breaks.  Is your utility prepared?

Join Innovyze for a free webinar on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 for a technology update for risk-driven asset planning solutions, and will discuss how utilities are utilizing these toolsets to better manage risk of failure and maximize the value of aging assets.

People who attend this webinar will be able to understand the following items regarding proactive asset planning practices (featuring InfoMaster*):
1.        More accurately estimate lifetimes (remaining useful life) of pipes and failure potential
2.        Systematically assess consequences of pipeline failures
3.        Methods for proper budgeting including targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning.

Click here to reserve your spot.  Spaces are limited. 

Should you want to view a presentation sooner or talk to an Innovyze representative, please
click here.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.  Thanks.

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 industries, 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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Office of Public Works Implements FloodWorks within Ireland’s Largest County for Critical Flood Forecasting

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Office of Public Works Implements FloodWorks within Ireland’s Largest County for Critical Flood Forecasting
Innovyze Smart Water Solution to Guard Against Flooding along the River Blackwater in Ireland
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, August 12, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW) has implemented FloodWorks as part of its flood control and mitigation systems for Cork County Councils Munster Blackwater Catchment.
County Cork has a population of about 400,000 and covers an area of 7,459 square kilometres (2,880 square miles). Its coastline measures approximately 1,100 kilometres (680 miles). The county has the greatest number of rivers in Ireland, with 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) of main river channels. They are the source of over 30 million gallons (136 million litres) of drinking water per day.
As the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland, the OPW is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive policies and strategies for flood risk management. Its aim is to minimize the impacts of flooding for areas at risk through sustainable planning, guidance, information and effective remedial measures. The Government has allocated €45 million per year for flood risk management and mitigation for the period of 2012–2016. At a time of severe financial constraints, this substantial funding underlines the Government’s recognition of the seriousness and economic impact of flooding.
“We developed a robust and comprehensive flood forecasting system using FloodWorks for the River Blackwater in County Cork to help predict water levels at a number of key locations, with special focus on the towns of Mallow and Fermoy,” said Mark Hayes, Flood Relief Design Engineer of the Office of Public Works. “We’ve now extended the system to make this data, along with daily rainfall totals, available on the County Council website and on smartphones. FloodWorks Web is helping us meet our business objectives with maximum effectiveness.”
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 for hours or days ahead.
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, the FloodWorks Server issues an alert. This alert and its severity level are clearly shown on the map display in the FloodWorks 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.
“The economic and personal costs of flooding are only too real 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 OPW has chosen FloodWorks to play such an important part in its critical work to minimize the impacts of flooding on society, households and businesses.”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Innovyze Releases InfoWorks ICM Generation V5.0, Taking Integrated Catchment Modeling to New Heights

Innovyze Releases InfoWorks ICM Generation V5.0, Taking Integrated Catchment Modeling to New Heights

New Release Features Extended Modeling Capabilities, Expanded Hydrological Methodologies and Enhanced Performance

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, August 5, 2014

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of the V5.0 Generation of InfoWorks ICM. A comprehensive urban drainage modeling solution that enables users to work more efficiently and get the reliable information they need to make better design and operational decisions for optimal performance, InfoWorks ICM has rapidly become the solution of choice for integrated river, sewer and overland flow modeling among utilities, municipalities, local authorities and their consultants around the world. This release represents the leading edge in integrated, best-in-class smart catchment modeling. It incorporates many of the features requested by its global customer base — a clear indication of the Innovyze commitment to providing its users with significant value and competitive advantages while quickly responding to their needs.

A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is its dynamic integration of one-dimensional (1D) hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels and pipe networks and two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. The combination, achieved through a coupling of 1D and 2D flow equations, provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modeling belowground and aboveground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths and improve understanding of processes occurring in the holistic environment. The software 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 V5.0 once again extends the software’s advanced simulation capabilities with the addition of sediment transport modeling, an important new feature that allows for the calculation of potential fluvial geomorphological changes. It enables engineers to assess the impact of proposed changes and devise mitigation against any unwelcome sediment erosion or deposition within a catchment. The latest version also includes a selection of new runoff models, further expanding the international reach of InfoWorks ICM. Runoff surfaces and subcatchments have also been updated in order to support the new UKWIR model for use within the United Kingdom, and f1-Rsa, Kadoya, Non-linear and Rational options have been added to support hydrological methodologies used in Japan.

InfoWorks ICM V5.0 features more performance gains that extend the solution’s well-earned industry reputation for fast, reliable and robust modeling. Improvements to inline bank validation, preprocessing of network results objects, and runs using initial state simulations all contribute to efficiency gains that allow users to focus on engineering goals with minimal distraction.

The new version of InfoWorks ICM also features new enhancements to ICM TSDB, a solution that uses real-time data to provide accurate network performance and operational information. Telemetry 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). A new Historic Mode allows users to recreate and reassess system scenarios from any previous time. With the added option of incorporating user edits to the data, utilities and river authorities are able to explore a range of different response decisions to identify system best practice.

InfoWorks ICM V5.0 delivers many more new capabilities, detailed in the “What’s New” section of the online help for InfoWorks ICM V5.0.

InfoWorks ICM gives engineering professionals the most advanced and comprehensive toolset for planning, designing, operating and sustaining safe and reliable drainage systems that protect public health and our waterways.” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “V5.0 builds on the foundation of previousInfoWorks ICM releases, addressing user feedback by incorporating valuable new capabilities that will create a significant competitive advantage by making it easier and faster for users to optimize urban and river catchments. With each successive release, InfoWorks ICMcontinues to evolve to meet 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Oscillations in SWMM 5 and InfoSWMM

I made this example to show how oscillations occur for legitimate reasons and the best ways to test the oscillations in InfoSWMM and SWMM 5:

Oscillations due to downstream obstructions, downstream mixed solutions and downstream boundary conditions:
In this case the oscillation in some links is due to the culvert comparison which limits the flow based on the inlet equation.  You can see the flow changes if you turn on show control actions in the run manager.  The program will then show the changes in the HTML report file.  The flow oscillation is due to the water being stored at the upstream node of the culvert followed by the excess flow going into the culvert.  

How to check  the validity of the solution:  Use a Map Display of the Link Result Variable Link Volume.  If you do a map display of the link total volume you will see that the total volume passing through each link is in balance.  You were using a 30 minute report time step, you can see and understand the oscillations better if you use a 1 minute report step.   In the culverts even though the flow in the culvert oscillates the mean flow is being passed downstream – that is why the downstream flows are constant.  I am trying a different way of modeling the steady state flow = this model does not have a continuity error but since the inflow to the culvert is oscillating between two solutions you are getting an uncertain flow.
Figure 1 Control Actions
Figure 2 Mass Balance

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.”

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