Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Innovyze Retires InfoWorks WS with Launch of More Powerful Next-Generation InfoWorks WS Pro Water Distribution Systems Modeling Software

Follow Us   Insider Blog   LinkedIn   Twitter   Facebook   YouTube   YouTube  
Innovyze Retires InfoWorks WS with Launch of More Powerful Next-Generation InfoWorks WS Pro
Water Distribution Systems Modeling Software
New InfoWorks WS Pro Poised to Dominate Water Supply and Distribution Modeling and Management
for Next Decade and Beyond

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, January 17, 2016 – Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced it has retired its InfoWorks WS software, to be succeeded by the more powerful, next-generation InfoWorks WS Pro. Current users may continue to use and receive support for InfoWorks WS until December 31, 2017

Since its initial release in October 2016, InfoWorks WS Pro has rapidly become the water distribution systems modeling solution of choice for water utilities and their consultants around the world. Powered by 64 bit performance, this next generation of InfoWorks WS sets the scene for quantum leaps in water network modeling and management, delivering optimized solutions faster so users can easily plan and analyze more design and operational alternatives and make more informed decisions quickly. These cutting-edge capabilities enable water utilities to more rapidly innovate and develop sound, cost-effective solutions while getting more productivity and value from their existing water infrastructure assets.

A significantly more powerful version of InfoWorks WSInfoWorks WS Pro automates many user-intensive operations, helping engineers minimize time spent creating, calibrating and simulating reliable water  models and analyzing results.InfoWorks WS Pro delivers unprecedented improvements in performance and productivity, taking another big step forward toward the Innovyze vision of enterprise-wide smart water network modeling. Whether configured as a component of a corporate modeling solution or a stand-alone desktop application, InfoWorks WS Pro combines a very fast relational database, powerful hydraulic computational engine and comprehensive spatial analysis tools  in a single, flexible smart water network modeling application that excels in both steady-state and extended period dynamic simulations.

InfoWorks WS Pro uses a significantly enhanced version of the InfoWorks WS computational engine, renowned for its speed with large networks and ability to cope with complex ones. A full range of simulation capabilities is standard, including dynamic water quality and sediment modeling, turbidity analysis, fire flow assessment, pipe criticality analysis, demand area and leakage analysis, energy use and cost calculations, and auto-calibration of networks. User Programmable Control (UPC) allows modelers to optimize water network operating regimes by changing state of control elements based on the status of sensors. These powerful modeling capabilities make it easier for users to arrive at fast, accurate solutions and enhance their productivity.

InfoWorks WS Pro also delivers a number of new features and enhancements that boost efficiency and improve the modeling experience. They include a completely redesigned graphical user interface with new menus, windows, toolbars and workspace; enhanced Undo/Redo support; a new Generalized Multi Run enabling parallel simulation runs for greater performance gains; and the ability to launch multiple simulation runs while others are being edited or reviewed. The new professional edition features themes for comprehensive visualization of data with the flexibility to differentiate color, symbol type, line type, thickness and visibility for different object types and other variables. More enhancements include rapid navigation for address searching via Google, Bing or OpenStreetMap, expanded modeling control, improved model validation, faster solution algorithms and more powerful post-processing. Together, these features help dramatically reduce the time and effort required to investigate and solve complex modeling questions related to water network operations and management.

InfoWorks WS Pro is by far the best water systems modeling software we’ve ever developed for the workgroup management platform, said Mohamed Abdillahi, UK Director of Product Development. “Innovyze is committed to providing the best possible products and quality support for its users, and our product philosophy is to make bold intellectual investments in superior technologies and consistently adapt to our customers’ changing needs. This is the only way we can best serve our customers and society for the greater good. It’s all about making Innovyze not only the best in the industry but the best for the industry.”

“Water utilities around the world rely on Innovyze’s best-in-class network modeling solutions to optimize their water distribution systems and better serve their customers,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Innovation Officer of Innovyze. “InfoWorks WS Pro represents a quantum leap in the art and science of water distribution systems modeling. It is poised to dominate this important industry for the next decade and beyond. Users of InfoWorks WS can now fully leverage the increased power, flexibility, usability and cutting-edge feature set of InfoWorks WS Pro, along with groundbreaking gains in speed, to easily generate optimized solutions as quickly as possible. This is the next generation of InfoWorks WS — one that empowers engineers worldwide with unprecedented levels of water distribution system modeling and simulation flexibility. By leveraging these enhanced capabilities, water utilities and engineering consulting firms worldwide can gain a clear advantage in a competitive market, making significant strides in innovation while planning, managing, designing, protecting, operating and sustaining highly efficient and resilient hydraulic infrastructure systems.”
Pricing and Availability
InfoWorks WS Pro is available worldwide by subscription. Special upgrade prices are available for all existing InfoWorks WS users until August 1, 2017. Contact your local Innovyze representative for full upgrade information.
About Innovyze
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasian, East Asian and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. Backed by 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 resilient infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visitwww.innovyze.com.
Innovyze Contact:
Rajan Ray
Director of Marketing and Client Service Manager
+1 626-568-6868

Monday, January 9, 2017

#LID Defaults from the EPA SWC

#LID Defaults from the EPA SWC

The following defaults are from the EPA Stormwater Calculator

A few of these parameters such as the capture ratio are not parameters in InfoSWMM Sustain

There are some additional points to keep in mind when applying LID controls to a site:
1.      The area devoted to Disconnection, Rain Gardens, and Infiltration Basins is assumed to come from the site’s collective amount of pervious land cover while the area occupied by Green Roofs, Street Planters and Porous Pavement comes from the site’s store of impervious area.

2.      Underdrains (slotted pipes placed in the gravel beds of Street Planter and Porous Pavement areas to prevent the unit from flooding) are not provided for. However since underdrains are typically oversized and placed at the top of the unit’s gravel bed, the effect on the amount of excess runoff flow bypassed by the unit is the same whether it flows out of the underdrain or simply runs off of a flooded surface.
3.      The amount of void space in the soil, gravel, and pavement used in the LID controls are listed in Table 4 below. They typically have a narrow range of acceptable values and results are not terribly sensitive to variations within this range.

Table 3. Editable LID parameters.

LID Type
Default Value
Capture Ratio
100 %
Rain Harvesting
Cistern Size
100 gal
Cistern Emptying Rate
50 gal/day
Number of Cisterns
4 per 1,000 sq ft
Rain Gardens
Capture Ratio
5 %
Ponding Depth
6 inches
Soil Media Thickness
12 inches
Soil Media Conductivity
10 inches/hour
Green Roofs
Soil Media Thickness
4 inches
Soil Media Conductivity
10 inches/hour
Street Planters
Capture Ratio
6 %
Ponding Depth
6 inches
Soil Media Thickness
18 inches
Soil Media Conductivity
10 inches/hour
Gravel Bed Thickness
12 inches
Infiltration Basins
Capture Ratio
5 %
Basin Depth
6 inches
Porous Pavement
Capture Ratio
100 %
Pavement Thickness
4 inches
Gravel Bed Thickness
18 inches

Table 4. Void space values of LID media.

LID Controls
Default Value
Soil Media Porosity
Rain Gardens, Green Roofs and Street Planters
45 %
Gravel Bed Void Ratio
Street Planters and Porous Pavement
75 %
Pavement Void Ratio
Porous Pavement
12 %

Flow Routing in InfoSWMM and Innovyze SWMM Products

Flow Routing
Flow routing within a conduit link in InfoSWMM H2OMap SWMM InfoSWMM SA  is governed by the conservation of mass and momentum equations for gradually varied, unsteady flow (i.e., the Saint Venant flow equations). The  InfoSWMM H2OMap SWMM InfoSWMM SA  user has a choice on the level of sophistication used to solve these equations:
          1. Steady Flow Routing
          2. Kinematic Wave Routing 
          3. Dynamic Wave Routing
Steady Flow Routing

Steady Flow routing represents the simplest type of routing possible (actually no routing) by assuming that within each computational time step flow is uniform and steady. Thus it simply translates inflow hydrographs at the upstream end of the conduit to the downstream end, with no delay or change in shape. The Manning equation is used to relate flow rate to flow area (or depth).

This type of routing cannot account for channel storage, backwater effects, entrance/exit losses, flow reversal or pressurized flow. It can only be used with dendritic conveyance networks, where each node has only a single outflow link (unless the node is a divider in which case two outflow links are required). This form of routing is insensitive to the time step employed and is really only appropriate for preliminary analysis using long-term continuous simulations.

Kinematic Wave Routing

This routing method solves the continuity equation along with a simplified form of the momentum equation in each conduit. The latter requires that the slope of the water surface equal the slope of the conduit.
The maximum flow that can be conveyed through a conduit is the full-flow Manning equation value. Any flow in excess of this entering the inlet node is either lost from the system or can pond atop the inlet node and be re-introduced into the conduit as capacity becomes available.

Kinematic wave routing allows flow and area to vary both spatially and temporally within a conduit. This can result in attenuated and delayed outflow hydrographs as inflow is routed through the channel. However this form of routing cannot account for backwater effects, entrance/exit losses, flow reversal, or pressurized flow, and is also restricted to dendritic network layouts. It can usually maintain numerical stability with moderately large time steps, on the order of 5 to 15 minutes. If the aforementioned effects are not expected to be significant then this alternative can be an accurate and efficient routing method, especially for long-term simulations.
Dynamic Wave Routing

Dynamic Wave routing solves the complete one-dimensional Saint Venant flow equations and therefore produces the most theoretically accurate results. These equations consist of the continuity and momentum equations for conduits and a volume continuity equation at nodes.

With this form of routing it is possible to represent pressurized flow when a closed conduit becomes full, such that flows can exceed the full-flow Manning equation value. Flooding occurs when the water depth at a node exceeds the maximum available depth, and the excess flow is either lost from the system or can pond atop the node and re-enter the drainage system.

Dynamic wave routing can account for channel storage, backwater, entrance/exit losses, flow reversal, and pressurized flow. Because it couples together the solution for both water levels at nodes and flow in conduits it can be applied to any general network layout, even those containing multiple downstream diversions and loops. It is the method of choice for systems subjected to significant backwater effects due to downstream flow restrictions and with flow regulation via weirs and orifices. This generality comes at a price of having to use much smaller time steps, on the order of a minute or less (InfoSWMM will automatically reduce the user-defined maximum time step as needed to maintain numerical stability).

Surface Ponding
Normally in flow routing, when the flow into a junction exceeds the capacity of the system to transport it further downstream, the excess volume overflows the system and is lost. An option exists to have instead the excess volume be stored atop the junction, in a ponded fashion, and be reintroduced into the system as capacity permits. Under Steady and Kinematic Wave flow routing, the ponded water is stored simply as an excess volume. For Dynamic Wave routing, which is influenced by the water depths maintained at nodes, the excess volume is assumed to pond over the node with a constant surface area. This amount of surface area is an input parameter supplied for the junction.

Alternatively, the user may wish to represent the surface overflow system explicitly. In open channel systems this can include road overflows at bridges or culvert crossings as well as additional floodplain storage areas. In closed conduit systems, surface overflows may be conveyed down streets, alleys, or other surface routes to the next available stormwater inlet or open channel. Overflows may also be impounded in surface depressions such as parking lots, back yards or other areas.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

SWMMLive Manager in Innovyze #SWMM5 Products

SWMMLive Manager

The InfoSWMM SA SWMMLive Manager is the single utility in InfoSWMM SA to manage all interactions between InfoSWMM SA models and SWMMLive model data exchange.  It exports the active InfoSWMM SA scenario as the baseline model to SWMMLive.  It allows extension of selected InfoSWMM SA scenarios as additional supporting model data to SWMMLive for scenario switching.  It also accepts an exported SWMMLive model for detailed diagnosis run in InfoSWMM SA, supported with all the familiar InfoSWMM SA utilities.
InfoSWMM SA SWMMLive Manager is accessed from the AddOn Extension Manager via its toolbar button or from the Tools menu (Tools -> AddOn Extension Manager).
The InfoSWMM SA SWMMLive Manager User Interface is shown below.
The InfoSWMM SA SWMMLive Manager main dialog box has three tabs: Export Model to SWMMLive, Extend Scenario Data to SWMMLive, and Diagnose SWMMLive Model.  All model exchanges between InfoSWMM SA and SWMMLive are made through model definition files with extension inp.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Export Model to SWMMLive - Exports the active InfoSWMM SA model for SWMMLive (InfoSWMM SA) to create a baseline model.  All essential information about the active InfoSWMM SA model is exported into the given inp file.  If current InfoSWMM SA model contains scenario data, this option can be used in conjunction with selected scenarios to export scenario based models with overriding operational scenario data.  All scenario based model inp files will be exported to their respective scenario sub-folders under the baseline model path.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Extend Scenario Data to SWMMLive - Exports additional InfoSWMM SA scenario models based on a provided SWMMLive baseline model.  The operational data from the selected scenarios will be merged into the given SWMMLive reference model to form different scenario models, to be used in SWMMLive.  All scenario based model inp files will be exported to their respective sub-folders under the given baseline model path.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Diagnose SWMMLive Model - Diagnoses a given SWMMLive model using the full utilities available from InfoSWMM SA.  The given SWMMLive model is imported into InfoSWMM SA for any diagnosis analysis in InfoSWMM SA.

Export Model to SWMMLive

In the box of Export Model File to SWMMLive, a inp file is specified for InfoSWMM SA SWMMLive Manager to store the InfoSWMM SA model information. 
 Browse for a folder location and specify a inp file name.
If the InfoSWMM SA model is blank, SWMMLive Manager will not export.  Otherwise, SWMMLive Manager exports the active scenario as the baseline model to SWMMLive.   

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How to show Curve RTC Rules in #SWMM5 in the Control Actions Taken Section

#SWMM5 has very flexible control rules.  The rules are shown in the controls.c code.  However, one aspect I did not know was that if a rule is based on a control curve the RPT logging of the control actions is not shown.  You  can change by changing and compiling the code.  You will need to get rid of the half rule
  && a1->curve < 0                      so that the changing of the target setting is logged – see below for a snippet of the code.

Here is a sample curve tool

Priority 3

And here is the control action log in the RPT file – it helps to see this log and verify the rules

  Control Actions Taken
   01/01/2013: 00:00:00 Link Gbp1 setting changed to   0.00 by Control MC1
   01/01/2013: 00:00:01 Link Gbp1 setting changed to   0.00 by Control MC1
   01/01/2013: 00:00:11 Link Gbp1 setting changed to   0.01 by Control MC1
   01/01/2013: 00:00:21 Link Gbp1 setting changed to   0.01 by Control MC1

    listItem = ActionList;
    while ( listItem )
        a1 = listItem->action;
        if ( !a1 ) break;
        if ( a1->link >= 0 )
            if ( Link[a1->link].targetSetting != a1->value )
                Link[a1->link].targetSetting = a1->value;
                //if ( RptFlags.controls && a1->curve < 0                     //(5.1.011) Original Rule
                if ( RptFlags.controls                                        //(5.1.011) New rule
                    && a1->tseries < 0 && a1->attribute != r_PID )            //(5.1.011)
                    report_writeControlAction(currentTime, Link[a1->link].ID,
                                              a1->value, Rules[a1->rule].ID);

Other Links

If you just want to read you do not need to sign in but if you want to add a discussion or blog then you need to sign in as a Ning user. If you do not want to do either then you can send me an email to robert.dickinson@gmail.com or robert.dickinson@innovyze.com and I will do my best to answer your questions. Thanks for visiting and I hope you found something useful! Read here for reasons you should make a profile.

We also have a blogspot blog for SWMM5, InfoSWMM and InfoSewer which has a local and Google Search option so it is easier to find tagged information on SWMM5.NET and the Wordpress Site SWMM5.ORG You can also see my recent posts on Twitter and the Official Innovyze Blog which also has great information on ICM and IWCS.