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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Innovyze Introduces ICMExchange, First Fully Customizable Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution for Power Decision Making
Innovyze Introduces ICMExchange, First Fully Customizable Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution for Power Decision Making
New Programmer’s Toolkit for Industry-leading InfoWorks ICM To Support Comprehensive Urban and Rural Catchment Managment As Adoption Expands
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, December 10, 2013
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. A key hallmark 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 an implicit coupling of 1D and 2D flow equations, provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modeling below-ground and above-ground 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. Such advanced features give wastewater utilities greatly enhanced capabilities in a number of critical areas. They include flood risk prediction; cost-effective drainage design and management support; online urban flooding forecast development; conception and evaluation of sound and reliable urban catchment strategies such as storm sewer separation, active real-time control and provision of adequate additional storage; and drainage system operation improvement.
With its powerful scripting language interface, ICMExchange enables users to directly import and export InfoWorks ICM data in a variety of formats (e.g., Oracle, SQL, CSV, MIF/MID, Geodatabases, Shapefiles, etc.) as well as interface with the powerful InfoWorks ICM simulation engine to create their own custom solutions. Having access to this tailored functionality right out of the box also streamlines the creation of independent applications and custom interfaces that enable users to view or modify data for evaluation and comparison of various modeling scenarios. Armed with these capabilities, consultants and utilities can now adapt the input and output from their InfoWorks ICM models to meet specific project needs in a fully automated process that increases efficiencies.
“We are committed and continue to invest in superior technology that provides our clients with a real advantage in helping them optimize and sustain their wet infrastructures,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “We carefully listen and quickly respond to our clients´ suggestions and needs. The powerful API platformICMExchange provides is the next logical evolution in delivering a flexible and complete engineering enterprise environment that will help them drive their businesses to higher efficiency and productivity — while making their work simpler, easier and more enjoyable. Users can now design custom interfaces and tailor projects to their specific needs in new and improved ways. ICMExchange also gives them the power to make better, faster decisions in planning, designing, operating and sustaining safe and reliable drainage systems and protecting our communities and our waterways.”
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Innovyze Releases InfoMaster Generation V4.0, Powered by Weibull and Herz Predictive Pipe Failure Modeling
Innovyze Releases InfoMaster Generation V4.0, Enhancing Its Key to Operational Excellence and Business Productivity
Powered by Weibull and Herz Predictive Pipe Failure Modeling, Latest Version of Industry-Leading GIS-Centric Asset Integrity Management Solution Optimizes Network Rehabilitation and Capital Planning Programs
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, December 3, 2013
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. An understanding of how pipes fail combined with a quantitative grasp of the underlying causal factors likely to induce failure greatly enhance a targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning. InfoMaster accurately estimates both the likelihood and consequence of failure of each individual pipe in the network to facilitate a proactive approach to the identification and management of those high-risk assets to help preserve structural integrity and ensure the network operates well into the future. It also eliminates the need to wait for pipe failures to occur before repairing (reactive maintenance).
The InfoMaster product suite facilitates significantly better planning and control by giving utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions, aging and work processes. It lets utilities use information and analytics in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility. Available exclusively for the Esri (Redlands, CA) ArcGIS 10.x platform, InfoMasterincludes 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 them 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, 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. These unique advantages help water and wastewater utilities exceed their operational quality standards by extending both asset service life and overall reliability and performance — significantly increasing return on investment.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Runoff from One Watershed for a 100 Year Simulation with SWMM 5 Statistics for the Subcatchment Impervious and Pervious Depth
2. Impervious without depression storage
3. Pervious area with depression storage
Figure 1. Runoff from One Watershed for a 100 Year Simulation with SWMM 5 Statistics for the Subcatchment Impervious and Pervious Depth
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Runoff from One Watershed for a 100 Year Simulation with SWMM 5 Statistics for Peak, Mean and Total Runoff
|Figure 1. Runoff from One Watershed for a 100 Year Simulation with SWMM 5 Statistics for Peak, Mean and Total Runoff|
|Figure 2. Details of the Simulation Watershed|
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Ohio’s Largest Sewer District Selects InfoWorks ICM
Innovyze Smart Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution to Manage Collection System for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD or District), Ohio, has selected InfoWorks ICM, the industry’s leading integrated catchment modeling solution, to help manage its large and complex sewer collection system. By taking advantage of InfoWorks ICM’s powerful modeling capabilities and predictive analytics, NEORSD will be better positioned to optimize its capital planning, sewer system management and operations, service levels, and CSO regulatory compliance requirements.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District treats the largest amount of wastewater and stormwater in the state, approximately 230 million gallons per day. It owns and operates three wastewater treatment plants and maintains over 300 miles (480 km) of large interceptor sewers, serving an area that includes the City of Cleveland and 61 suburban municipalities.
“We have used a variety of modeling packages in developing our original Long Term CSO Control Plan. With the performance compliance requirements of our CSO Consent Decree and anticipated CSO NPDES permitting requirements, the District wanted to take advantage of the benefits of standardizing our CSO models into a common modeling platform,” said Devona Marshall, P.E., Planning Manager for NEORSD. “After evaluating theInfoWorks ICM platform, we felt it offered us the best package for our model management needs.”
InfoWorks ICM is uniquely suited to this multifaceted task. Its hallmark is its ability to dynamically integrate 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. This integration provides a revolutionary solution for simultaneously modeling below-ground and above-ground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths and improve understanding of processes occurring in the holistic environment. It 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 the ability of wastewater organizations to predict flood risks; 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.
“InfoWorks ICM gives wastewater utilities new power to develop sound, cost-effective capital planning, perfect the management and operation of their sewer systems, and enhance customer relationships,” said J. Erick Heath, P.E., Innovyze Vice President and Director of Americas Operations. “As they realize how significantly its advantages add to their bottom lines, more and more utilities are turning to this multifaceted and reliable smart network modeling solution. We are excited that NEORSD has adopted InfoWorks ICM, and look forward to being a vital part of this respected enterprise’s continued success.”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Innovyze Releases Award-Winning InfoSWMM SFEM, Breakthrough Solution for Wastewater Master Planning
Release Supports Short-Term and Long Range Evaluation and Planning Processes for Wastewater Utilities Worldwide
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, November 19, 2013
Wastewater infrastructure in the United States is clearly aging, and capital spending is unable to keep pace with needs. There are between 700,000 and 800,000 miles of public sewer mains in the country, and capital investments in those pipes account for between 80% and 85% of all wastewater system investment requirements. Fixing and expanding the pipes will address sanitary sewer overflows, combined sewer overflows, and other pipe-related issues. The recently released ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructures gave the nation’s wastewater a near failing grade of D — a very slight improvement from the D minus given in the previous Report Card, issued in 2009. Yet this critical infrastructure is projected to see the largest investment gap, falling 73% short of needs. This gap will only widen with time, and addressing it will become increasingly more expensive. This state of affairs does little to assuage the public’s health and economic needs or maintain its confidence in the ecological health of the nation’s waterways, and it presents a significant challenge to wastewater utilities charged with consistently providing safe, reliable service.
An invaluable wastewater master planning tool, InfoSWMM SFEM was developed to support the short-term and long-range planning needs of wastewater utilities worldwide. The program uses census, land use and other planning data to estimate current and projected population and wastewater flows. It automatically defines tributary basins and estimates flows within the basins.
Users can then conduct several levels of planning studies to assess current sewer system capacity and future capacity needs, identify hydraulic deficiencies, and determine sound and cost-effective system improvements, flow routing, and operation plans. In addition, the model can be effectively used to identify strategic flow gauging locations, calibrate estimated flows, manage industrial discharges and perform general planning analyses.
“With powerful customer and industry-driven innovations, the new InfoSWMM SFEM meets not only utilities short-term planning needs, but also long-range master planning efforts up to a century in the future,” said J. Erick Heath, P.E., Innovyze Vice President, Director of Americas Operations. “Because it is so easy to learn and use, it will quickly transform our users’ day-to-day sewer modeling tasks and dramatically improve their workflows. Wastewater utilities can now quickly evaluate sound infrastructure improvement options far more effortlessly than ever before.”
“InfoSWMM is a standard for mainstream geocentric sewer system modeling and management,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Users are continuously demanding more from their sewer modeling software, and Innovyze has again responded to their calls. We developed the most powerful and comprehensive solution available for dynamic sewer flow estimation in terms of usability, functionality and performance. InfoSWMM SFEM makes even the most sophisticated and challenging sewer system analysis fast and easy, regardless of users’ technical expertise. This effectively extends its benefits across the entire enterprise. We are very proud to offer this groundbreaking new power tool to our clients.”
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Drives Revolution in Smart Asset Management
Multifaceted Approach Will Optimize Maintenance and Repair Operations, Decrease Operational Costs,
Improve Efficiency and Extend Lifespan of Critical Assets
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today announced that the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, (MSD) has selected the company’s industry-leading InfoMaster Sewer to complete its enterprise smart asset management solution, built around ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA) and Cityworks(Azteca Systems Inc., Sandy, UT). The move will provide the District with a comprehensive, intuitive GIS-centric solution for data collection and management, risk- and condition-based maintenance planning, predictive analytics, and decision analysis.
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati is the publicly-operated wastewater utility serving 43 out of 49 Hamilton County, Ohio political subdivisions, as well as parts of the three adjacent counties of Butler, Clermont, and Warren. It has a ratepayer base of approximately 230,000 residential and commercial users and operates seven major wastewater treatment plants and more than 120 pump stations. MSD provides sewerage collection and treatment services to an area covering approximately more than 290 square miles, containing over 200,000 separate sewer connections which tie into approximately 3,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers. To optimize its capital improvement program and maintain the highest level of customer service, MSD initiated a comprehensive enterprise asset management solution aimed at getting the most for its investment. The multifaceted geocentric solution uses ArcGIS to collect and manage asset information, Cityworks to schedule and track work orders, and InfoMaster Sewer to plan and phase system improvements and develop funding strategy.
“We wanted to combine the best GIS-centric asset management technologies to create an enterprise solution that would allow us to operate more efficiently, provide quality utility services and reduce long-term costs,” states Michael Pittinger, P.E., Wastewater Collection Superintendent for MSD. “InfoMaster Sewer, ArcGIS andCityworks build on and strengthen each other’s capabilities and functionalities. The final result is a powerful, intelligent, easy-to-use decision support system that is tightly integrated with our existing GIS asset data, allowing us to effectively manage all aspects of our wastewater infrastructure and optimize rehabilitation and renewal spending.”
Built atop ArcGIS, InfoMaster Sewer gives utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions and work processes, facilitating significantly better planning and control. It lets them use powerful business analytics and smart network modeling capabilities in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility. Armed with these capabilities, utilities can create well-engineered condition- and risk-based capital improvement plans, optimize their infrastructures and keep them operating well into the future. InfoMaster Sewer includes components to run on desktop, web, tablet, and smartphone environments. The software is NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP V6.0 certified.
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