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City of Toledo Adopts Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Solution

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City of Toledo Adopts Innovyze Smart Water Network Modeling Solution InfoWater Selected to Support Comprehensive Geospatial Water System Management Broomfield, Colorado USA, October 30, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced that the City of Toledo, Ohio, has chosen the company’s industry-leading InfoWater software as its advanced water distribution modeling and maintenance solution. With this purchase, Toledo gains a full range of high-performance ArcGIS-centric (Esri, Redlands, CA) smart water network asset modeling and management capabilities that will keep its water system functioning at peak performance levels and with maximum service reliability and value.
The fourth-largest municipality in the state of Ohio, the City of Toledo is responsible for providing safe drinking water to more than 454,000 customers in the greater metropolitan area via a water system that comprises 1,100 miles of pi…

Format of the SWMM 5 Interface File

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Note:  Format of the SWMM 5 Interface File

Here is an example and Figure 1 shows the format (from Iface.c in SWMM 5)

SWMM5 Interface File
This is from the 1st line of the SWMM 5 Model in the Title/Notes Section of the Data
900  - reporting time step in sec
1    - number of constituents as listed below:
FLOW CFS
1    - number of nodes as listed below:
10208
Node             Year Mon Day Hr  Min Sec FLOW
10208            2011 02  22  00  00  00  0.000000
10208            2011 02  22  00  15  00  0.000000
10208            2011 02  22  00  30  00  0.000000
10208            2011 02  22  00  45  00  0.000000
10208            2011 02  22  01  00  00  0.000000  




Arc Map If Statements for Showing Flooding in InfoSWMM

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Arc Map If Statements for Showing Flooding in InfoSWMM

Arc Map If Statements for Showing Flooding in InfoSWMMby dickinsonreArc Map If Statements for Showing Flooding in InfoSWMM
You can use a combination of the Map Display in InfoSWMM and the Arc Map Label Properties to show the Maximum Ponded Volume at a node during amInfoSWMM simulation. 
The label function in VBSCRIPT to show just non zero flooded volumes(Figure 1) is:
Function FindLabel ( [PONDED_VOL] ) If [PONDED_VOL] > 0 THEN   FindLabel = "" & FormatNumber([PONDED_VOL],2) & "" END IF End Function
and the values of Flooded Time,  Maximum Flooded Rate and Maximum Ponded Volume can be found in the Junction Attribute Table(Figure 2)  but not the Junction Summary Table of the InfoSWMM output report manager tables. 
A VBSCRIPT function to show both ponded volume and flooded rate (Figure 3) is:
Function FindLabel ( [PONDED_VOL], [FLOOD_RATE]  ) If [PONDED_VOL] > 0 THEN   FindLabel = "" & FormatNumber…

1000 Year Simulation with Rainfall in SWMM5

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Subject:   1000 Year Simulation with Rainfall in SWMM5

1000 Year Simulation with Rainfall in SWMM5by dickinsonre Subject:   1000 Year Simulation with Rainfall The attached one Subcatchment SWMM 5 model and associated Rainfall was created using the Random function in Excel on a measured NCD station in Boston.    There is a dry weather flow component of 0.5 cfs with an hourly pattern.  The rainfall averages 54 inches over the 1000 years and the runoff is 20 inches on average over the 1000 years Figure 1. Combined Flow at the Outfall for the 1000 year Simulation. via Blogger http://www.swmm5.net/2013/08/1000-year-simulation-with-rainfall-in.html

Connecting to Others Using Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogs for SWMM5, InfoSWMM and InfoSewer

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Connecting to Others Using Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogs for SWMM5, InfoSWMM and InfoSewerby dickinsonreTwitter besides being 140 characters of greatness has many third party tools such as Tweet Topic Exploreer which allows you to see visually your Tweets by subject, http://tweettopicexplorer.neoformix.com/#n=rdickinson I found it handy to see the interrelationships of my tweets to each other  and to the industry (Figure 2 and Figure 3).  Here are the Twitter names of myself and Innovyze along with the Innovyze LinkedIn Group:
We want to hear from you – connect with Innovyze! Twitter:@Innovyze LinkedIn:Innovyze Group Twitter: @rdickinson
I try to have easy links between Twitter, LinkedIn,  Blogs and Wikipedia on my Ning Social Network, which you can join and post questions and hopefully gather some information (Figure 1)

Figure 1.  It is important to have a connection between Social Networks, Blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Figure 2.  Tweet topics for RDICKINSON on Twitter.
Figure 3.  Tweet Topics…

Advanced SWMM 5 import into InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM

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Subject:AdvancedSWMM 5 import into InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM

AdvancedSWMM5importintoInfoSWMM andH2OMAPSWMMby dickinsonreSubject:AdvancedSWMM5importintoInfoSWMM and H2OMAPSWMM The current version of InfoSWMM and H2OMAPSWMMnot only imports the latest SWMM5 version but it has built in flexibility that allows the user to import selected data sections, model data sections or auxiliary file information such as calibration data files.  This allows you the choice of importing non specific network data that can used in the model of any city, county, shire, town or watershed.  For example,  you can import only these sections without affecting the geometry of your network: 1.      Calibration File Information, 2.      RTC Rules 3.      Aquifers 4.      Snowpacks 5.      Buildup for Water Quality, 6.      Washoff for Water Quality, 7.      Evaporation, 8.      Time Series, 9.       DWF, 10.        Patterns, 11.        RDII 12.        Loadings, 13.        Curves, 14.        LID Controls, 15.        LID Usage, 16.���…

InfoSewer to InfoSWMM Import Tips

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Subject:   InfoSewer to InfoSWMM Import Tips
InfoSewer to InfoSWMM Import Tipsby dickinsonreSubject:   InfoSewer to InfoSWMM Import Tips The direct import of InfoSewer to InfoSWMM (Figure 1) is both direct and robust but you need to be aware of Run Manager changes to optimize the InfoSWMMmodel: 1.       Make sure that the Flow Units in InfoSWMM Run Manager match the default flow units in InfoSewer so that the DWF values are comparable,
2.      Make sure that the Output Flow Units in InfoSWMM match the Output Flow Units in InfoSewer so direct comparisons are easier,
3.      Add a Pump On and Pump Off depth to the Pumps in  InfoSWMM so that the pumps work better in a fully dynamic solution,
4.      The Fixed Pump Curves of InfoSewer should be checked in the Pump Curve section of InfoSWMM to make sure they are comparable,
5.      The InfoSWMM conduit step lengthening option should be used to speed up the model if you have short links in InfoSewer,
6.      You can check the overall balance in the…

How to Use the SWMM 5 Excel Tool with InfoSewer CSV Files

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How to Use the SWMM 5 Excel Tool with InfoSewer CSV Files
How to Use the SWMM 5 Excel Tool with InfoSewer CSV Filesby dickinsonreHow to Use the SWMM 5 Excel Tool with InfoSewer CSV Files
1. Export Link and Manholes in InfoSewer for your current Scenario to CSV files, 2. Set up the Excel Add on for SWMM 5 by using the command Tools, and Configure Tools (see below) 3. Run SWMM 5 and edit the data in Excel, you should be able to copy and paste the information from the CSV files into the correct SWMM 5 sections. via Blogger http://www.swmm5.net/2013/08/how-to-use-swmm-5-excel-tool-with.html



How to Use the Variable Flow Percentage Flow Splitter in InfoSewer

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Subject:   How to Use the Variable Flow Percentage Flow Splitter in InfoSewer

How to use the Flow Splitter in InfoSewer for Dendritic Networksby dickinsonreSubject:  How to use the Flow Splitter in InfoSewer for Dendritic Networks
InfoSewer, which is an extension in Arc Map, does need to have slit split defined where gravity mains merge together to determine the amount of flow in each of the downstream conduits (Figure 1).   The options for the flow splitterin each of the downstream links are: 1.       Automatic Allocation 2.       Fixed Flow Percentage 3.       Variable Flow Percentage and 4.       Inflow-Outflow Curve At an outfall where the invert of the outfall pipe is raised compared to the inverts of the incoming and outgoing pipes a flow split of Variable Flow Percentage or Inflow/Outflow curve may work better (Figure 2). 
Figure 1. Options for Performing a Flow Split in InfoSewer

Figure 2.  The Effect of the flow split can be used to model complex situations in a dendritic model with o…

Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Named President-Elect of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers

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Innovyze President Dr. Paul F. Boulos Named President-Elect of the
American Academy of Water Resources Engineers Broomfield, Colorado USA, October 23, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced that its president and chief operating officer, Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees and named president-elect of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Boulos was first elected to the AAWRE Board of Trustees in 2009.
His naming as AAWRE president-elect is the first in a three-year sequence of positions: in October 2013 and 2014, Dr. Boulos will serve as president and past president, respectively. In these roles, Dr. Boulos will seek to strategically position AAWRE for national and global prominence as the leading expert certification organization for water resources en…

How to Have both Depth and Elevation for the Node Rim Elevation in InfoSWMM

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Subject:  How to Have both Depth and Elevation for the Node Rim Elevation in InfoSWMM

How to Have both Depth and Elevation for the Node Rim Elevation in InfoSWMMby dickinsonreSubject:  How to Have both Depth and Elevation for the Node Rim Elevation in InfoSWMM
If you turn on  store Absolute Junction Rim option  then the Rim Elevation = Invert Elevation + Maximum Node Depth will be shown in the DB Table Junction Hydraulic Modeling Data and the Attribute Browser of InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM
Figure 1.  Store Absolute Junction Rim Elevation Option
Now the Rim Elevation can be copied from the DB Table
Figure 2.  The DB for Junction Modeling Data
And Pasted to the Elevation Table in Junction Information
Figure 3.  The DB for the Junction Information Data
Then you can go back and turn off the Preferences flag and you will have the Rim Elevation in in the Information Table and the Maximum Depth in the Junction Hydraulic Modeling Data DB Table,  I do this all of the time as it helps to see both the dep…

InfoMaster Overview

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Overview
InfoMaster is an Esri-based business analytics, optimization, and management system for sewer networks. It leverages existing GIS and IT investments to give utilities a cost effective business intelligence and a data collection platform for informed decision making. With versions designed for the desktop, Web, and iOS mobile devices, InfoMaster provides for day-to-day operational management and long-term network planning for users throughout the organization. ApplicationsWater and sewer network business intelligenceRisk-based rehabilitation planningProactive operational planning Condition assessment managementInfrastructure data validationCCTV data management Business Intelligence for Water and Sewer Systems The data available in water and sewer networks continues to grow exponentially, whether CCTV video of sewer lines or hundreds of thousands of smart meter readings. InfoMaster is designed to help utilities review, organize and analyze all this information within their ex…

You Don't Work as Hard as You Think You Do

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You Don't Work as Hard as You Think You Do —By  | Fri Oct. 19, 2012 8:14 AM PDT Via Matt Yglesias, here's an interesting BLS study from David Yanofsky about how many hours people say they work vs. how many hours they actually work. This is actually sort of a pet topic of mine. My experience is solely with white-collar offices, but for years I noticed that my colleagues routinely overestimated how many hours they worked. As it happened, I frequently worked a little late and a little on weekends, so I had a good sense of just how many people were in the building after 6 pm or on Saturdays. Answer: virtually no one. You could fire a cannon through the place and not risk hitting anyone. And yet, people routinely thought they worked something like 50 hours a week. But guess what? 50 hours a week is actually a lot. It means working until 7 pm every night. Or it means working until 6 pm every night and then working a solid chunk of hours on Saturday. And there just weren'…

Innovyze Unveils BalanceNet for IWLive, Next Generation of Real-Time Energy Management and Sustainability Software for Smarter Water Utilities

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Innovyze Unveils BalanceNet for IWLive, Next Generation of Real-Time Energy Management and Sustainability Software for Smarter Water Utilities New Release Raises Bar for Energy and Water Quality Management Software,
Delivers Economic, Operational and Environmental Benefits Broomfield, Colorado USA, October 16, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced the Beta release of BalanceNet. This new state-of-the-art real-time energy management and sustainability solution for drinking water distribution systems will change the way water utility operators around the world make informed decisions on managing their water supply and distribution systems to maximize energy savings, lower carbon emissions, enhance water quality, and optimize system performance.
Energy costs generally constitute the largest expenditure for nearly all water utilities worldwide, consuming as much as 65 percent of a water utility’s an…