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Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Netherlands’ First Integrated Water and Sanitation Company Selects Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Solution
The Netherlands’ First Integrated Water and Sanitation Company Selects Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Solution
Waternet Expands its Use of Innovyze with InfoWorks WS
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Waternet, The Netherlands, has purchased multiple licenses of InfoWorks WS to model, manage and maintain its complex drinking water distribution network. The purchase helps demonstrate the growth of Innovyze among the world’s leading technologies and cement its position as a world water infrastructure technology leader.
Based in Amsterdam, Waternet is one of Europe’s biggest water companies and the first Dutch water company to cover the complete water cycle. It is responsible for drinking water, waste water, surface water and safety behind dykes. Waternet was officially launched in 2006 after a merger of Amsterdam Water Supply and the Water and Sewerage Department. Its service area covers the city of Amsterdam and a large area in the provinces of Utrecht and North and South Holland. It supplies on average 216,000 cubic meters of water daily through a network of 3,000 kilometers of pipes.
“InfoWorks WS software has the ideal combination of modeling power, database sophistication and ease of use to help us effectively support our water distribution network management activities,” said Kees van der Drift, Head of Policy & Planning for Waternet Drinking Water sector. “These advantages and more will help us optimize our water system performance, improve its sustainability and ensure the continued delivery of quality drinking water our customers have come to expect.”
Around the world, high quality all-mains InfoWorks WS models enable utilities to make informed planning, design and management decisions with confidence by giving them an accurate view of their drinking water distribution systems’ performance. This information — including water quality, supply, demand and infrastructure problems, and investigations of remedial measures — allows them to provide commercial, industrial and domestic users with a sustainable supply of high quality water at the desired level of service while minimizing loss through leakage. A part of the Innovyze advanced workgroup modeling management platform, InfoWorks WS is built to handle very large and complex network models and allow robust multi-user collaboration.
Using an industry standard relational database, InfoWorks WS gives utilities the ability to review and actively manage current and historical model network versions. In addition to providing full details of each modification made to the network geometry and control data, it also provides version IDs, date stamps and modeler details. A “data flags” feature shows the origins of all source data, enhancing the confidence level in the quality of the model. A “compare” function allows the comparison of two model versions or sets of control data and the creation of a detailed report outlining the differences. The data can even be applied to another network or control set to update changes. When new infrastructure is commissioned in a modeled area, this functionality enables users to update existing models rather than rebuild them, resulting in enormous productivity and financial benefits.
InfoWorks WS may be configured as a Workgroup providing access to models stored in a central master database. In addition to the default JET format, it also supports MSDE SQL Server and ORACLE databases. The centralized version control system preserves data integrity and avoids model replication using a model check-in/check-out procedure. Model data deletion and recovery security is ensured through archive and backup of the master model database. Existing OS login privileges can be assigned to control access to certain model groups, allowing for centralized control of multiple users on multiple projects.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Waternet and further support its vital mission with our world-class, world-leading smart water network modeling and management 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. “As requirements for water utilities and city authorities become ever more stringent, Innovyze is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of powerful solutions that not only meet, but exceed these needs and expectations. We look forward to continuing to work with Waternet and pushing the smart water modeling technology envelope.”
------------------------ Build 5.1.003 (4/8/2014) ------------------------ Engine Updates: 1. A new property, the Upper Zone Evap. Pattern, was added to the Aquifer object. It allows one to adjust the aquifer's upper zone evaporation fraction by month of the year. 2. A bug in writing/reading RDII flows to the new binary RDII file was fixed. GUI Updates: 1. A refactoring bug that prevented SWMM from working correctly for users with non-US Windows regional settings was fixed. 2. A refactoring bug the prevented the Group Delete feature from working was fixed. 3. Issues with stay-on-top forms obscuring modal dialog forms, with the Browser panel disappearing if its width was made too small and with not being able to browse the Help system when a modal form had focus were fixed (these unforseen issues were caused by the switch to Delphi XE2 from Delphi 7). 4. The Aquifer Editor form was updated to accept the new upper evaporation pattern property.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Innovyze Releases InfoMaster V4.5 With Cox’s Proportional Hazards Deterioration Model,
Taking Infrastructure Maintenance Out of the Break/Fix Approach Into the Fix-Before-Break Era
Powerful Infrastructure Condition Prediction Modeling Optimizes Water and Sewer Network Rehabilitation Prioritization and Capital Planning Programs for Sustainable Infrastructure Asset Management
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today introduced InfoMaster Generation V4.5, with new and improved analysis and reporting applications. Certified by NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP V6.0, the new version features the Cox proportional hazards model for modeling the aging processes of water and wastewater network pipes and accurately estimating their lifetimes and structural/functional failure potential and distribution over time. It also features the advanced time-based probabilistic Weibull and Herz pipe failure modeling techniques. These powerful asset integrity modeling techniques provide reliable pipe failure predictions, even for limited failure records and when applied to different pipe materials. They can greatly assist water and wastewater utilities in assessing their pipes’ propensity to fail, identifying critical ones, prioritizing their inspection, and determining rehabilitation requirements.
Globally, aging water and wastewater infrastructures are rapidly deteriorating and sometimes failing — with potentially dire human, environmental and financial consequences. As this aging process continues, the need for effective asset integrity management becomes more pressing. Maintaining water and sewer assets in fit-for-purpose condition throughout their target lifespans is a primary goal for utilities worldwide, and 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. 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.
The InfoMaster product suite features automated import of InfoWater and InfoSWMM network models and facilitates significantly better planning and control by giving utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions, aging and work processes. It also features direct integration with Cityworks (Azteca Systems Inc., Sandy, UT) and can also interface with other leading maintenance management software (CMMS). The software lets utilities use information and analytics in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility. It also lets them accurately estimate the likelihood of pipe breaks in the future and determine the parameters that most affect that likelihood. These may include pipe diameter, length, material, year of installation, location, operating pressure, rainfall, land use, soil properties, temperature, traffic loads, seismic zone, ground water level, proximity of other underground installations, and history of failure. Understanding these factors gives utilities an optimized, mission-critical basis for rehabilitation prioritization and failure prediction.
Available exclusively for the Esri (Redlands, CA) ArcGIS 10.x platform, InfoMaster includes components to run on desktop, web, tablet, and smartphone environments. With its “out-of-the-box” approach to geospatial wet infrastructure asset management — a distinct point of differentiation from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions — InfoMaster revolutionizes business analytics and optimization (BAO) for water and wastewater utilities. While the typical enterprise software deployment requires a 12- to 18-month implementation cycle, InfoMaster can be deployed in just a day to a few weeks — giving small to medium-sized utilities the first-ever opportunity to optimize network management at very low cost.
Where other ERP systems are focused on electronic records management, InfoMaster is built from the ground up to provide superior business analytics and modeling capabilities. It marks the first time utilities have been able to manage and control the flow of both data and water for better, faster and more accurate decision making. Because InfoMaster data can be organized by project, a single BAO package can be used by both the utility and its engineering consultants — providing enormous flexibility in managing data for multiple utilities.
With InfoMaster, a utility can manage its entire underground infrastructure directly from the Esri geodatabase to deliver unmatched engineering productivity and network performance. Because any analysis is only as strong as its underlying data, InfoMaster includes direct support for gravity pipes, force mains, manholes, laterals, pump stations, closed circuit television (CCTV) inspections, manhole inspections, smoke testing, customer incidents, and other field activities. Data can be read directly from an enterprise geodatabase; imported or linked to third-party ERP systems; or entered directly through the desktop, Web, or companion smartphone or tablet applications.
(CCTV acceptance inspection of sewers is standard practice in the U.S. and Australia. The PACP, MACP and LACP programs of the US National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) and the Conduit Inspection Reporting Code of Australia WSA05, published by the Australian Water Services Association, provide guidance to utilities in determining the acceptability of sewer defects and features.)
InfoMaster analysis tools are unparalleled in the industry, giving utilities the ability to validate and then “slice and dice” virtually any piece of data. Armed with clean data, they can then use InfoMaster tools and wizards to move nimbly in optimizing operations. Among these tools are applications that can be used to establish a prioritized capital replacement plan based on sound condition assessment; reduce the number of “hotspot” cleaning activities by comparing current cleaning schedules to reported upstream blockage complaints; and overlay smoke testing defects reported in real time via an iPhone with Bing (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) aerial maps to facilitate identification of older houses with cross connections.
“Preserving the integrity of water and sewer 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 for accurate prediction of structural or functional deterioration of water and wastewater pipes. Faced with challenging budget constraints, these unique advantages help water and wastewater utilities develop sound annual replacement plans for critical pipes that balance investment with expected benefits in a risk-based management context. They also enable users to exceed their operational quality standards by extending both asset service life and overall reliability and performance at maximum cost savings — significantly increasing return on investment.”
Friday, April 4, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Aguas de Valencia Selects InfoWorks ICM for Advanced Smart Water Network Modeling
Leading Spanish Utility Looks to Innovyze Solution to Manage Complex Wastewater Network
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Aguas de Valencia, a private water utility serving more than 3.5 million residents mainly in Valencia, Catalonia, Aragón and Northern Spain, has begun full deployment of Innovyze’s InfoWorks ICM solution to meet its complex dynamic sewer modeling requirements. With this selection, the utility gains access to the most advanced and comprehensive collection system modeling and management applications in the industry.
“We are extremely impressed with the rich functionality, comprehensive capabilities and ease-of-use ofInfoWorks ICM,” said Javier Ortega Sánchez, Manager of Urban Drainage and Sewage, Technical Department of Aguas de Valencia Group. “You can tell immediately that the software was designed by people who devoted countless hours to working with complex hydraulics models. The software’s powerful GIS and database functionalities, as well as the seamless integration of radar rainfall data over the 2-D mesh, are extremely practical and fully address the needs of the global sewage and drainage modeling community.”
A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is its dynamic integration of one-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels, and pipe networks with two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. The industry-leading software 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 into account interactions of natural and man-made environments and effectively simulates the water quality impact of polluting runoff and effluent from urban areas. Such advanced capabilities greatly enhance wastewater utilities’ ability to predict overflows; support cost-effective drainage design and management; develop online urban flooding forecasts; conceive and evaluate sound and reliable urban catchment strategies such as storm sewer separation, active real-time control, and provision of adequate additional storage; and improve the operation of any drainage system.
As a sophisticated tool for importing, tracking and auditing large amounts of highly complex data, InfoWorks ICM facilitates the development of cost-effective, innovative solutions to engineering challenges as well as a complete understanding of the processes involved. Multiple simulations can be scheduled across a pool of workstations with results returned to a single location, making for highly effective use of computing resources.
“The Innovyze family of smart network modeling and management solutions continues to be the standard for the world’s largest and most prominent water and wastewater utilities,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F. ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Aguas de Valencia manages and operates a very large, complex drainage and wastewater system, and we are proud that this leading utility continues to consider our powerful tools the best alternative to help them meet their business challenges. InfoWorks ICM has proven to be the top choice for collection system engineers charged with planning, designing, operating, and sustaining safe and reliable drainage systems and protecting public health and our waterways.”
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Build 5.1.002 ----------------------- Engine Updates: 1. A bug that prevented hotstart files with the latest format from being read was fixed. 2. Only non-ponded surface area is saved for use in the dynamic wave surcharge algorithm (when water depth is close to the node's crown elevation). GUI Updates: 1. Creation of auxilary forms on startup was moved from the main form's OnActivate event to its OnCreate event, while creation of the map form was moved tothe OnShow event. 2. The routines for saving and reading the main form's position and size in the swmm5 .ini file were modified. 3. A memory leak related to copying cells from the grid editor used in various dialogs was fixed.-----------------------
1. SWMM can now read the new file format for precipitation
data retrieved online from NOAA-NCDC.
2. A new choice of infiltration method, the Modified Horton
method, has been added. This method uses the cumulative
infiltration in excess of the minimum rate as its state
variable (instead of time along the Horton curve),
providing a more accurate infiltration estimate when
low rainfall intensities occur.
3. RDII interface files created internally by SWMM are now
saved in a binary format to reduce storage space. The ASCII
text format for these files is still supported for users
that find it desireable to create the files outside of SWMM.
4. Two new categories of LID controls, one for Green Roofs and
another for Rain Gardens, have been added so they no longer
have to be configured from the Bio-Retention Cell control
(although that option still remains). The Green Roof uses
a new Drainage Mat layer to store and convey the water that
percolates through the soil layer.
5. Users can now add their own groundwater outflow equation to
a subcatchment, to be used in place of or in addition to the
standard equation. Similar to treatment functions, the equation
can be any mathematical expression that uses the same ground-
water variables that appear in the standard equation.
6. Evaporation of water from open channels has been added.
7. A new conduit property named Seepage Rate (in/hr or mm/hr)
has been added to model uniform seepage along the bottom
and sloped sides of a conduit.
8. Infiltration from storage units is now referred to as
seepage, to be consistent with seepage from conduits. The
only required parameter is a seepage rate (in/hr or mm/hr).
Previous data files that supply a set of Green-Ampt
infiltration parameters will still be recognized.
9. Separate accounting and reporting of evaporation and
seepage losses in storage units is now made.
10. Open rectangular channels now have a new parameter that
specifies if one or both side wall surfaces should be
ignored when computing a hydraulic radius (to provide
improved support for quasi-2D modeling of wide channels
and overland flooding).
11. New Dynamic Wave Analysis options have been added for
the maximum number of iterations and head tolerance used
at each time step. The percentage of time steps where
convergence is not achieved is also now reported.
12. Users can now set the flow tolerances that determine if
flow routing calculations can be skipped because steady
state conditions hold.
13. Control rules can now use a conduit's OPEN/CLOSED status
in both premise conditions and action clauses.
14. The meaning of the link view variable "Capacity" has been
changed. For conduits it is now the fraction of the full
cross section area filled by the flow, while it is the
control setting for all other types of links (the meaning
of the control setting varies by link type -- see the Help
file or the Users Manual).
15. The link Froude number view variable has been replaced with
the link's flow volume, the subcatchment Losses variable has
been replaced by two new variables - Evaporation and
Infiltration, and upper groundwater zone Soil Moisture has
been added as a new view variable.
16. The Node Inflows Summary table of the Status Report now
includes a new column that lists the mass balance error
in volume units for each node.
17. A new summary table, Link Pollutant Load, has been added
that displays the total mass load of each pollutant that
flows through each link.
18. Using a Drain Delay time of 0 for Rain Barrel LIDs now means
that the barrel is allowed to drain continuously, even as it
is filling during wet weather periods.
19. The requirement that an impervious surface must be dry
(have no more than 0.05 inches of standing water) before
it could be subjected to street sweeping has been dropped.
20. After runoff ceases and a land surface goes dry due to
evaporation, any remaining mass of pollutant originating
from direct deposition or upstream runon is assumed to be
unavailabe for future washoff (it shows up as Remaining
Buildup in the mass balance report).
21. The way that wet weather washoff inflow loads are
interpolated across a flow routing time step was modified
to produce a better match between the reported total runoff
load and total quality routing inflow load.
22. The method used to select a time step for processing RDII
unit hydrographs was modified to consider the case where
K (the ratio of rising limb to falling limb duration) is
23. When the moisture content of the upper groundwater zone
reaches saturation, the depth of the lower saturated zone
is now set equal to the full aquifer depth (minus a small
24. Conduits with negative slopes whose absolute value is
below the Minimum Slope option will have their slope
changed to the positive minimum value, thus allowing
them to be analyzed using the Steady Flow and Kinematic
Wave routing options.
25. The Avg. Froude Number and Avg. Flow Change columns in the
Flow Classification Summary table have been replaced with the
fraction of time steps that flow is limited to normal flow
and the fraction of time steps that flow is inlet controlled
26. An error condition now occurs if a pump's startup depth
is less than its shutoff depth.
27. Only the upstream node for orifice and weir links is now
checked to see if its maximum depth needs to be increased
to meet the top elevation of the orifice or weir opening.
28. Weirs are no longer allowed to operate as an orifice when
they surcharge. Instead any excess flow will flood the
29. A warning message is now written to the Status Report if
the crest elevation of a regulator link is below its
downstream node's invert.
30. When a reporting time falls in between a computational time
step during which a pump's on/off status changes, the reported
pump flow is the value at either the start or end of the time
step depending on which is closer to the reporting time (i.e.,
no interpolation is used).
31. Control rule conditions can now accept elapsed time or
time of day values as decimal hours in addition to hours:
32. The test for a control rule condition equaling a specified
elapsed time or time of day was modified to more accurately
capture its occurrence.
33. If the Water Quality analysis option is disabled then the
binary results file no longer contains any pollutant values
(of 0) for all time periods.
34. Hot Start files now contain the complete state of the watershed
and conveyance system, so that future simulations can start up
correctly where they left off.
35. The following changes to error reporting were made:
- Error 319 was re-numbered to 320 and a new Error 319
was added for a rainfall data file with unknown format.
- Format errors in external time series files are now
listed as Error 363 (invalid data) instead of Error
173 (time series out of sequence).
36. Warning messages written to the Status Report are now
single spaced instead of double spaced. See report.c.
37. The Link Summary table in the Status Report now lists conduits
with negative slopes in their original orientation instead of
in their reversed state.
38. A refactoring bug from 5.0.022 that prevented snowmelt
from infiltrating has been fixed.
39. Snowmelt rate during rainfall conditions and the updating
of the antecedent temperature index were were not being
converted from the six hour time interval used in Anderson's
original NWS snowmelt model to the hourly basis used in SWMM.
40. A refactoring bug that failed to set the maximum number of
characters high enough for a line read from a user-prepared
rainfall data file has been fixed.
41. The optional Maximum Volume parameter for Horton
infiltration was not allowing any recovery of infiltration
capacity between storm events.
42. Evaporation from the lower groundwater zone was being
computed from the rate remaining after surface and upper
zone evaporation was considered instead of from the
unadjusted rate (with a reduction afterwards if it exceeds
the remaining available rate).
43. An error in applying the Vegetation Volume Fraction parameter
to swales was corrected.
44. The time from the last rainfall used to determine when a
Rain Barrel should begin to empty wasn't being computed
45. An erroneous error message for Rain Barrel LIDs with a
zero Void Ratio has been fixed (the Void Ratio parameter
should be ignored for Rain Barrels).
46. The display of extraneous infiltration results in detailed
reports for Rain Barrel LIDs has been eliminated.
47. The check on no street sweeping for a subcatchment during
wet periods was checking rainfall over the entire study
area instead of just the subcatchment.
48. An erroneous warning message regarding negative offsets for
pumps when elevation offsets are used has been eliminated.
49. A possible divide by zero error for trapezoidal channels
with zero bottom width has been eliminated.
50. A program crash that occurred when the Ignore Routing
option was selected and results were to be saved to a
Routing Interface file has been fixed.
51. Projects that had no subcatchments or had the Ignore
Runoff switch selected were not able to evaporate water
from storage units.
52. Weekday and weekend hourly time patterns for Dry Weather
inflows are now correctly applied in a mutually exclusive
53. The Node Flooding Summary table in the Status Report now
correctly lists the peak depth of ponded water above the
node's maximum depth (i.e., its rim or ground elevation)
instead of above its invert elevation.
54. Occasional problems caused by the date/time functions not
returning an hour between 0 and 23 (for hourly time patterns)
and being off by 1 second (when writing results to outflow
interface files) have been fixed.
55. A bug introduced in release 5.0.017 that caused the
concentration after first-order decay in a storage node to
be ignored has been fixed.
56. A bug in the Total Elapsed Time listed at the end of the
Status Report for runs taking longer than 24 hours of
computer time was fixed.
57. A correction was made for the slope correction factor used
for mitered culvert inlets.
58. The procedure for finding the surface area of a storage unit
given its volume was corrected for the case where the
storage curve has a section of decreasing area with depth.
59. The procedure for finding a cross-section area given a
section factor value was corrected for the case where the
section factor table does not have its highest value as
the last entry in the table.
60. An error in computing the hydraulic radius of the Rectangular-
Triangular conduit shape as a function of flow depth was
1. The entire GUI code was ported from Delphi 7 into Delphi XE2.
2. Different color themes for the user interface can be
selected from the Program Preferences dialog.
3. The "Data" Browser panel is now named as the "Project"
4. The Object Toolbar has been eliminated. Visual objects
are now added to the map in the same manner as non-visual
objects -- by selecting their category from the Project
Browser and then clicking the Browser's "+" button (or
by selecting Project | Add... on the main menu).
5. The LID Control and LID Usage editors were re-designed to
accomodate the new LID control options.
6. Modifications were made to accept the new engine features
mentioned above (modified Horton infiltration, seepage rate
parameter for conduits, side wall option for rectangular
channels, and the additional Dynamic Wave routing options).
7. Modifications were made to accept the updated set of output
8. The summary results tables that used to appear as part of the
Status Report have been moved into a separate Summary Report
that makes it easier to view and sort them.
9. The Time Series Plot selection dialog was modified to allow
more than one kind of object/variable pair to be plotted.
10. The Graph Options dialog was modified to allow a vertical
axis to be inverted (as when plotting an inverted rainfall
hyetograph on the same graph as a runoff hydrograph).
11. The option to compute evaporation using the Hargreaves
equation wasn't being saved along with the rest of a project.
12. If pollutants are defined for a project but the Water Quality
analysis option is not selected, then after a new analysis is
made pollutants will no longer be listed as theme variables in
the Map Browser nor will they be available for graphs, tables
or statistical reports.
13. The columns for the [XSECTIONS] section of a saved project
file now includes a heading label for "Culvert Code".
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Innovyze Releases InfoWater Generation V10.5, Defining New Era of Leadership in GIS-Centric Smart Water Modeling
Innovyze Releases InfoWater Generation V10.5,
Defining New Era of Leadership in GIS-Centric Smart Water Modeling
Latest Release Gives Communities Groundbreaking Network Simulation Power
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — 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 V10.5 Generation of InfoWater for ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA). InfoWater has long been renowned for its legendary power, speed, and comprehensive toolsets and extensions. With this release, 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. Advances include new tank overflow simulation capabilities, direct computation of non-fire, non-emergency flow availability and local loss coefficients, enhanced options for variable speed pump modeling, explicit modeling of direct-acting regulators and improved graphical results presentation.
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); DemandWatch (water demand forecasting); and DemandAnalyst (real-time water demand and diurnal pattern estimations).
New and improved features and functionality plus unique ease-of-use tools developed in response to customer requests make V10.5 an incredibly powerful and indispensable network planning and design solution. InfoWaternow 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.
Users can now also specify the desired minimum and maximum speed operating range for variable speed pumps and directly model Direct-Acting Regulators (DRV). The direct-acting valve reduces downstream pressure to a fixed value at very low flows; as flow through the valve increases, the downstream pressure decreases according to a defined profile. A new minor loss coefficient calculator automatically computes the total local loss coefficient from a comprehensive engineering library of individual valves and appurtenances. Finally, pressure zone delineation and coloring can now be performed on the fly and a new stored graph option allows the user to save and retrieve any standard or user-defined graphs and reports for any individual or multiple network parameters.
These enhancements 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 available for water supply and distribution systems. Like all Innovyze products, InfoWater V10.5 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.
“We’re constantly innovating to help our customers excel and achieve their most important goals while making their jobs easier,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Water utilities worldwide are under ever-increasing pressure to improve the operation and management of their aging drinking water distribution systems and optimize operational and capital expenditure. Our smart water network modeling and management solutions suite equips them with the ultimate decision support tool for optimal results.”
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