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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

City of Denton, Texas, Chooses InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution

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City of Denton, Texas, Chooses InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Growing Texas City Counts on Innovyze Software to Help Manage Rehabilitation of Underground Distribution Infrastructure
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, April 22, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of Denton Wastewater Department in Texas has chosen industry-leading Innovyze InfoMaster Sewer software to help manage the replacement and rehabilitation of its underground distribution infrastructure. The decision helps the utility leverage its investment in ArcGIS technology from Esri (Redlands, CA) by enhancing it with the most technologically advanced GIS-centric software platform available for collection system capital planning and renewal.
Located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, Denton is one of the 25 fastest-growing cities in the United States. From 2000 to 2010, the city grew by 40% and today encompasses a population of 123,000. To serve this burgeoning community, Denton maintains more than 500 miles of wastewater collection mains distributed over four main basins and 33 sub-basins. It also operates its own cleaning and closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection program.
InfoMaster Sewer is a powerful and reliable risk-based asset management solution that will help us accurately assess the condition and performance of our existing sewer assets,” said P.S. Arora, Denton’s Assistant Director of Wastewater. “It also gives us the critical information we need to prioritize our time and money expenditures to fix our most critical sewer infrastructure problems, meet regulatory compliance and protect public health.”
Many of the world’s wastewater collection systems are reaching or have exceeded their design lives and urgently need extensive upgrading through rehabilitation, repair, and/or replacement. As aging systems deteriorate, they become increasingly vulnerable to structural failures and are plagued by excessive leaks, drops in carrying capacity, poor water quality, and service disruptions. Age-related infrastructure failures are often unexpected and catastrophic, resulting in significant service disruptions, flooding, and local area damage. The only financially responsible solution is to create well-engineered, risk-based capital improvement plans. 
Certified by NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP V6.0, InfoMaster Sewer is the leading software choice for utilities faced with creating such plans and optimizing their infrastructures, and keeping them operating well into the future. It allows utilities to plan system improvements by scoring both the probability and consequence of failure for each underground asset. The assets that have the greatest likelihood of failure and the greatest consequences associated with the failure will be the most critical. Probability of failure is determined based on the pipe’s physical condition and location as well as its hydraulic performance characteristics. Consequence of failure ranking draws on such data as service to critical facilities, total flow carried, population served, adjacent vehicular traffic and other related geospatial factors. Assets that affect system operation normally rate high on the consequence scale, while assets in poor condition have a high probability of failure.
With InfoMaster Sewer, 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 Sewer 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.
“The City of Denton is clearly committed to cost-effective rehabilitation of its sewer system,” said Innovyze Vice President and Americas Business Director J. Erick Heath, P.E. “InfoMaster Sewer gives the Denton Wastewater Department the ideal analysis tool for meeting this challenge — combining GIS, CCTV, cost and budgeting data, and advanced decision support in one seamless package.”

Release of SWMM 5.1.004

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Build 5.1.004 (4/14/2014)
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Engine Updates:

1.  Support for the Ignore RDII analysis option was added to
    the engine.

GUI Updates:

1.  A refactoring bug that ignored any changes to numerical
    precision made in the Program Preferences dialog was fixed.

2.  Another refactoring bug from 5.1.003 that caused projects
    with groundwater aquifers not to run was fixed.

http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swmm/#Downloads


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Seven Types of LID controls in SWMM 5.1

Seven Types of LID controls in SWMM 5.1 in one Image - the graphics are fantastic in my opinion.
Seven Types of LID controls in SWMM 5.1

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Top 10 #tips and tricks for @Snagit in a short, illustrated PDF guide

I love Snagit and Jing, which are very good screen capturing and editing programs.  The 2nd Tweet allows you to download a PDF file of Tips from Snagit




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Netherlands’ First Integrated Water and Sanitation Company Selects Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Solution

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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, April 15, 2014 — 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.”

Release of SWMM 5.1.003

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Build 5.1.003 (4/8/2014)
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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.

http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swmm/


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Innovyze Releases InfoMaster V4.5 With Cox’s Proportional Hazards Deterioration Model

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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, April 8, 2014 — 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

Twenty Four Conduit Shapes in InfoSWMM/H2OMap SWMM and SWMM 5

Twenty Four Conduit Shapes in InfoSWMM/H2OMap SWMM and SWMM 5 

H2OMap SWMM Conduit Shape Dialog

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aguas de Valencia Selects InfoWorks ICM for Advanced Smart Water Network Modeling

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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, April 1, 2014 — 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.”

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