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Saturday, November 22, 2014

@RDICKINSON for @Innovyze on @Medium or my Modeling Posts on Medium

This is a 2014 blogging experiment - a new set of posts on Medium.  I got the idea from @boonsri  The blogs describe @Innovyze software and SWMM5

Robert E Dickinson

Friday, November 21, 2014

Showing Multiple Link Attributes in InfoSewer

This blog shows how to display multiple link parameters.

The 1st method would be to use Arc Map Layer properties and label multiple parameters for each gravity main or force main.  The image below shows and example and here is the code inside of Arc Map to do this

Function FindLabel ( [DIAMETER], [Pipe.SHAPE_Length], [COEFF] )
  FindLabel = [DIAMETER] & " m / "  & " " & [Pipe.SHAPE_Length]  &  " m / n "   & [COEFF] 
End Function
Arc Map Label Annotation


Function FindLabel ( [DIAMETER], [Pipe.SHAPE_Length], [COEFF] )
  FindLabel = " D= " & [DIAMETER] & " m / L="  & " " & [Pipe.SHAPE_Length]  &  " m / n "   & [COEFF] 
End Function
Label Properties in Arc Map or Arc GIS

The 2nd method is to use Annotation and Map Display in InfoSewer

If you want to show both pipe diameter and slope on the map of InfoSewer you will have to workaround the limitation of having only one map variable:
1. You can map the diameter using Map Display and then
2. Use the Annotation tool to show the 2nd variable such as Length or slope.
3. Here is an example with different colors for diameter and length

Map Display and Annotation in InfoSewer

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

InfoSWMM 2D Version 13 Brings Significant 1D and 2D Simulation Advancements To Power Users

InfoSWMM 2D Version 13 Brings Significant 1D and 2D Simulation Advancements To Power Users

Latest Release Confirms Product as Leading GIS-centric Urban Drainage Modeling and Management Solution

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, November 18, 2014

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide availability of the V13 Generation of its industry-leading InfoSWMM 2D for ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA). InfoSWMM 2D delivers new ways to quickly and accurately build and analyze very large and comprehensive two-dimensional (2D) models that reliably simulate complex urban stormwater, sanitary sewers, river flooding and pollutant transport. It allows users to accurately predict the extent and duration of urban and rural flooding for comprehensive stormwater management directly within the powerful ArcGIS environment.

A fully hydrodynamic geospatial stormwater modeling and management software application, InfoSWMM 2D can be used to model the entire land phase of the hydrologic cycle as applied to urban stormwater systems. Built atop ArcGIS and using exceptionally robust and efficient numerical simulation capabilities, the model can perform single-event or long-term (continuous) rainfall/runoff simulations accounting for climate, soil, land use, and topographic conditions of the watershed. In addition to simulating runoff quantity, InfoSWMM 2D can reliably predict runoff quality, including buildup and washoff of pollutants from primarily urban watersheds. It also features very sophisticated Real-Time Control (RTC) schemes for the operational control and management of hydraulic structures.

A hallmark of InfoSWMM 2D is its dynamic integration of one-dimensional (1D) hydrodynamic simulation of flows in open channels, HEC-22 inlets and closed pipe networks with two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic simulation of surface runoff, evaporation, infiltration and flooding in the urban environment. The dynamic integration, achieved through an explicit coupling of 1D and 2D flow equations, provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modeling belowground and aboveground elements of watersheds to accurately represent all flow paths and improve understanding of holistic processes. InfoSWMM 2D also directly simulates the rainfall and infiltration on both the watershed and the 2D surface to better simulate 1D flooding, 2D surface flooding, 2D shallow groundwater recharge and complex 1D and 2D surface interactions.

The full 2D free-surface shallow water equations are solved using a highly advanced finite volume method, which is particularly suitable for rapidly varying flood flows such as those moving through steep streets and road junctions and those associated with bank overtopping or breaching. The unparalleled 1D/2D dynamic linking capabilities of InfoSWMM 2D give engineers the unprecedented power to analyze and predict potential flood extents, depth and velocity and accurately model the interaction of surface and underground systems in an integrated 1D/2D environment. The software can be used to simulate point sources, 2D boundaries, multiple 2D mesh and simulation polygons in a sewer or stormwater network. The combined water level and velocity results throughout the flooded areas can be viewed as various comprehensive graphs; tables; or animated, thematic flood maps.

Among its many new enhancements, Version 13 uses a significantly improved 2D simulation engine, the flexible InfoSWMM ArcMap polygon tools, a 1D InfoSWMM engine based on the latest EPA SWMM 5.1, a new 1D and 2D graphics engine and a comprehensive Output Report Manager and Statistical Event Manager for both 1D and 2D output. In addition, the new release allows users to instantly visualize the maximum extent of flooding in vivid 2D and 3D maps.

“We’re deeply committed to providing a geospatial modeling experience that is both intuitive and powerful, and InfoSWMM 2D V13 embodies that commitment,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “This release delivers major geotechnological and computational enhancements in short release cycles to make sure our customers are always equipped with the ultimate ArcGIS-centric decision support tool for stormwater and urban drainage systems. It greatly extends the core features of InfoSWMM, providing the most powerful and comprehensive ArcGIS-centric tool kit ever for managing the risks of urban and rural flooding. This is a must have for effectively controlling and managing sanitary sewer and combined sewer overflows.”

Monday, November 17, 2014

Arc Map Backwards Compatibility for InfoSWMM

Arc Map Backwards Compatibility for InfoSWMM:
  1. Use windows explorer to, make a zero byte mxd file with the same name as your isdb folder, 
  2. click on the blank mxd file and initialize InfoSWMM or InfoWater, 
  3. Use the Table of contents to zoom to an InfoSWMM layer, 
  4. fix the extents of the map in arc gis by using Data Frame, 
  5. save the Arc Map to make a model in your version of Arc Map

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Three Key Parameters in InfoSWMM/SWMM5 for Time Steps, Iterations, Tolerance

RDICKINSON TWITTER Collection for November 15, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The 10 year Anniversary of the release of EPA SWMM 5

A colleague mentioned that this is the 10th year anniversary of EPA SWMM 5. I thought this important or noteworthy anniversary was worthy of a short blog.

The release dates for SWMM 5 are from

which is in the download section of the EPA SWMM site 

Build 5.0.002 (11/1/04)
Engine Updates
1. Modifications made to the Picard method used for dynamic wave
   flow routing routine.

Build 5.0.001 (10/29/04)
First official release of SWMM 5.

since there were 4 releases during a 4 week period, it might be better to consider the whole month the release date for SWMM 5.0.001 to SWMM

Wikipedia has the whole timeline of SWMM 1/2/3/4/5

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Innovyze Introduces InfoNet Suite Edition, Enabling Expansion of Asset Performance Management to the Entire Enterprise

Innovyze Press Release
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Innovyze Introduces InfoNet Suite Edition, Enabling Expansion of Asset Performance Management to the Entire Enterprise
Comprehensive Asset Management Software Suite Lets Municipalities, Public Works, and Water/Wastewater Utilities Optimize their Asset Utilization and Performance, and Extend Asset Life at Maximum Savings
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, November 11, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today introduced its new InfoNet Suite for developing an effective Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) program. Available as a complete product or an upgrade to the industry-leading InfoNet Desktop edition, the new Suite extension dramatically expands the asset management possibilities for public works, utilities and municipalities of all sizes and their consultants and contractors.

InfoNet Suite enables users to create records for any water- or non-water related assets in their networks and then effectively manage, integrate, validate, analyze, and report on those assets. These assets can include roads, signs, benches, schools, buildings, parks and recreation areas, trees, treatment plants, tanks, and pumps as well as water, wastewater and stormwater networks. Users can now gain in depth view and control of all critical assets that affect regulatory compliance, risk and business performance. The powerful modeling capabilities of the Suite also help users prolong the useful life of their physical assets and improve their performance and operational efficiency at maximum savings. Its overarching goal is all about getting more from existing assets. All the commonInfoNet tools can be used with the assets, including data flags, version control, rich thematic maps and SQL analysis.

InfoNet Suite arms users with sophisticated predictive analytics and modeling capabilities, helping them accurately assess the level of asset deterioration and determine both its likelihood and consequence of failure. This critical information facilitates a proactive approach to identifying and managing these high-risk assets to help preserve their integrity and keep them operating well into the future. It also eliminates reactive maintenance — waiting for asset failures to occur before repairing. Users can create reliable, cost-effective, risk-based capital improvement plans that enhance operational efficiency and quality of service and keep assets performing at peak condition while making the most of limited budgets.

With these unique, cutting edge capabilities, InfoNet Suite ensures well-informed, swift, cost-effective and action-oriented decision making for both day-to-day operational management and long-term network planning. To gain the clearest possible picture of their network infrastructures, users can integrate a host of applications and data sets they already use, including generic GIS, corporate databases, maintenance management systems, field data systems, SCADA, hydraulic modeling/analysis software and other corporate applications. The software can also directly integrate with the powerful Esri (Redlands, CA) ArcGIS (9.x-10.x) platform.

The comprehensive nature of InfoNet Suite supports the increasingly widespread adoption of GIS, modeling technology and predictive analytics by the industry, propelling its applications into the next generation. It also furthers Innovyze’s time-honored practice of continually adding value to its software and bringing unmatched asset modeling and management capabilities, backed by unsurpassed technical support, into the mainstream.

“Organizations worldwide face the constant challenge of sustaining their assets with limited resources,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “The new InfoNet Suite delivers critical capabilities for meeting this challenge. In particular, it lets users quickly identify under-utilized and poorly performing assets that require immediate attention. The software’s comprehensive asset management, advanced analytics and data collection and analysis capabilities empower organizations to better assess and understand current conditions, predict and fix problems before they occur, prioritize investments, assess return on investment for smarter decisions, and strengthen their infrastructure assets in a phased manner. They are also invaluable aids in reducing operational and capital spending, meeting service expectations and regulatory requirements, and putting their assets on the road to sustainability. This new suite reflects Innovyze’s commitment to continuous product evolution designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our industry. Our customers count on this commitment to help make theirs the best-run organizations in the world. We are proud to introduce this powerful new solution, knowing that it will make an immediate difference in people’s lives, our communities, and our society.”

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Legacy SWMM 5 and SWMM 5.1 Installs

I have a somewhat hidden website on Ning with this URL

that has legacy SWMM 5 and SWMM 5.1 installs for the interested

Here is what the site looks like - the text box or blog feature you will want is on the right at the top

Legacy SWMM 5 and SWMM 5.1 Installs

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Innovyze Releases InfoWorks ICM SE Version 5.5 to Power Next Generation of InfoWorks CS

Innovyze Press Release
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Innovyze Releases InfoWorks ICM SE Version 5.5 to Power Next Generation of InfoWorks CS
InfoWorks ICM SE Poised to Dominate Sanitary, Storm and Combined Sewer Modeling and Management for Next Decade and Beyond
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, November 4, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of the V5.5 Generation ofInfoWorks ICM SE (Sewer Edition). Since its initial release in February 2014, InfoWorks ICM SE has rapidly become the solution of choice for collection systems modeling by wastewater utilities and their consultants around the world. InfoWorks ICM SE incorporates all the powerful analysis features and capabilities of InfoWorks ICM for comprehensive sewer collection systems modeling, but without 2D simulation of surface flooding. In response to the specific requests of our vast wastewater user community, the new version gives wastewater utilities an enhanced set of tools and functionalities and an enriched modeling experience for managing and operating sewer networks. The changes reflect the Innovyze commitment to providing users significant value and competitive advantages, and quickly responding to their needs.
InfoWorks ICM SE is a fully-dynamic sewer network modeling solution that uses a fast, accurate and unconditionally stable implicit numerical solution scheme — delivering a high degree of confidence in simulation results. It can be effectively used to model any complex sanitary, storm and combined sewer system, offering complete hydrology, hydraulic and water quality simulation and sophisticated real-time control (RTC) modeling capabilities. (As a specialized version of InfoWorks ICMSE does not model overland flow or 2D flooding.) A significantly more powerful version of InfoWorks CSInfoWorks ICM SE automates many user-intensive operations, helping engineers minimize time spent creating, calibrating and simulating reliable sewer models and analyzing results.
InfoWorks CS users will greatly benefit from an improved interface and enhanced visualization and reporting tools (e.g., undo/redo, recycle bin, no admin program, customized property sheet, dockable Windows and themes). Other significant advantages include substantially faster simulation run times with full 64 bit multi-core processing support; additional modeling capabilities (e.g., SWMM5.1 and modified Horton infiltration method, non-prismatic open channels, H2S, algae, nutrient dynamics); an enhanced database; version control and complete scenario management; multivariable themes and mapping; and stunning graphics. These advanced capabilities make it easier for users to set up, visualize and manage simulations and arrive at fast, reliable solutions to support cost-effective drainage design, operation and management.
New and improved features and functionality plus unique ease-of-use tools developed in response to customer requests make V5.5 an incredibly powerful and indispensable collection system network modeling solution. WithInfoWorks ICM SE, users can now directly export flood contours to Esri ACSII grid (.ASC) and .SHP formats as well as MapInfo .MIF/.TAB format; export SQL expressions and multiple results including max/min summaries; graphically display multiple catchments as well as observed data; import the latest SWMM V5.1 files; export any selection of tables to GIS file format; and manage complete bi-directional master database updates. In addition, the program now supports NIMROD as a forecast data file format when configuring a spatial times series database, and features a new design rainfall generator that produces rainfall profiles suitable for use in Chinese catchments. It also delivers greater usability and performance, including efficiency improvements for simulating networks with banks.
“We continue to listen to our customers’ wants and needs and devote extensive resources to delivering an extended product portfolio that not only recognizes their feedback, but protects their investments,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “InfoWorks ICM SE represents a quantum leap in the art and science of sewer collection systems modeling. It is poised to dominate this important industry for the next decade and beyond. With InfoWorks ICM SE, users of InfoWorks CS can now fully leverage the increased power, flexibility and usability of InfoWorks ICM, as well as groundbreaking gains in speed, to easily generate optimized solutions as quickly as possible. This is the next generation of InfoWorks CS — one that empowers engineers worldwide with unprecedented levels of sewer collection system modeling and simulation flexibility.”​

Saturday, November 1, 2014

RDICKINSON TWITTER Collection for November 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Butterfly Capital of the World Selects Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Technology

Innovyze Press Release
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Butterfly Capital of the World Selects Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Technology
InfoWater To Support Comprehensive Geospatial Water Infrastructure Management for Coconut Creek, Florida
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, October 28, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of Coconut Creek, Florida, has chosen the company’s industry-leading InfoWater to support its enterprise-wide geospatial water distribution network modeling and management needs. The purchase will enable the City to address critical planning, design, and operational issues with maximum effectiveness; optimize asset management and capital improvement programs; and improve customer service.
Spotlighted as one of the “Best Cities to Live in America” by Money Magazine, the City of Coconut Creek purchases water in bulk at wholesale prices from Broward County and subsequently sells the water to its 55,000 residents at a lower cost than they would pay if the services were purchased directly from the County. In addition, the City invests in constructing, maintaining, and rehabilitating its infrastructure to ensure that all water services are delivered in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner.
InfoWater software is a vital component of our drinking water system master planning program,” said Dennis Westrick, Utility Engineer for Coconut Creek. “Its rich functionality, comprehensive modeling and simulation capabilities and seamless ArcGIS integration will help us manage our network asset data and collaborate more effectively, evaluate multiple scenarios, and make informed decisions on how to best improve our overall water system efficiency and performance.”
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 and InfoMaster 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).
“Unmatched capabilities, powerful functionalities and ease of use are only part of the reason for the astronomical rate of adoption our smart water modeling products enjoy among utilities and engineering firms worldwide,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Their proven track record of fast, successful implementation and the continuous, exceptional technical support we provide are equally critical. We’re proud that the City of Coconut Creek chose Innovyze as its solution partner. We look forward to helping this leadership enterprise achieve many more decades of world-class performance, along with breakthrough cost savings.”

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