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East Riding of Yorkshire Council Selects InfoWorks ICM for Local Flood Risk Management
Leading Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution to Assist Lead Local Flood Authority in Compliance with Flood and Water Management Act 2010
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, July 1, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that East Riding of Yorkshire Council, UK, has selected InfoWorks ICM, the industry’s leading integrated catchment modeling solution, for local flood risk management. By taking advantage of InfoWorks ICM’s powerful 1D and 2D modeling capabilities and predictive analytics, East Riding will be better positioned to implement an effective and reliable strategy for local flood risk management and maintain regulatory compliance.
“As a Lead Local Flood Authority, we are required to prepare and maintain a strategy for flood risk management in our area,” said Andrew Cooper, Assistant Principal Engineer for East Riding. “InfoWorks ICM will help us undertake this challenge more efficiently and effectively by enabling us to model and assess the extents and impacts of multiple sources of flooding, and helping us develop and test solutions aimed at best protecting people, property, critical infrastructure and the urban environment.”
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. “We are pleased that East Riding has chosen InfoWorks ICM to help the Authority gain a better understanding of current and future extents and impacts of flooding in their areas. Its powerful features will greatly help them improve emergency planning and recovery and develop the solution that best meets their business challenges. We look forward to being a vital part of the continued success of this respected enterprise.”

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Launceston City Council Selects Innovyze Smart Real-Time Modeling, Forecasting and Risk Assessment Solutions
InfoWorks ICM, ICMLive and ICM RiskMaster to Assist in Implementing Powerful Real-Time Risk-Based Flood Management Policies
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, June 24, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Launceston City Council, Australia, has selected InfoWorks ICMICMLive and ICM RiskMaster, the industry’s leading operational forecasting, modeling and risk-based management solutions for urban and rural drainage systems, for its flood risk management program. The purchase will help Launceston to harness the power of real-time data, scenario planning and predictive modeling to develop a real-time planning framework for making the most effective decisions on flood risk management and alleviation strategies.
Joshua Coates, Hydraulic Engineer for Launceston City Council advises “Launceston City Council is excited to useInfoWorks ICM to better understand overland flow throughout the urban area. It will allow us to make the most of our GIS data. We are particularly interested in ICM RiskMaster as this tool will be invaluable in the development of our forward capital program.”
The City of Launceston is a local government area of Tasmania, encompassing about half of the greater Launceston area in northern Tasmania as well as a region to the northeast of Launceston, encompassing towns such as Lilydale. Its population of 67,190 is the highest of any Local Government Area in Tasmania. Nestled between three substantial river systems, Launceston is a river city, and its rivers present a major threat of flooding. Well-designed and reliable flood protection is essential to reducing the risk of harm to people and major damage to buildings and infrastructure. The full range of InfoWorks ICMICMLive and ICM RiskMaster solutions provides a complete real-time decision making power tool for comprehensive and cost-effective flooding and sedimentation management. Among its many powerful capabilities, the combination will enable the City to quickly calculate the impact of potential flooding events, model the results of different alleviation strategies, and select the best intervention approach.
“Launceston City Council is a great example of a progressive enterprise embracing the power of real-time modeling to best protect people, properties and the environment,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F. ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “We are proud that the City has selected our smart solutions to help minimize the consequences of flooding and meet its business challenges, and we look forward to being a vital part of its continued success.”

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Innovyze Debuts Integrated Catchment Modeling Sewer Edition
New InfoWorks ICM SE Delivers Higher Levels of Productivity For Sanitary, Storm and Combined Sewer Modeling and Management
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, March 4, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of InfoWorks ICM SE (Sewer Edition). Since its first release in 2010, InfoWorks ICM has rapidly become the solution of choice for integrated river, sewer and overland flow modeling by utilities, municipalities, local authorities 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 program 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 its 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 — providing 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.) The software 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 visualization and reporting tools; additional modeling capabilities (e.g., SWMM5 and CS Horton infiltration, non-prismatic open channels, H2S, Algae, nutrient dynamics); enhanced database and scenario management; multivariable themes and mapping; and stunning graphics. Such 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.
“We continue to listen to our customers’ wants and needs and devote extensive resources to delivering an extended product portfolio that not only recognizes user 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. “With InfoWorks ICM SE, users of InfoWorks CS can now fully leverage the increased power, flexibility and usability of InfoWorks ICM along with groundbreaking gains in speed, to easily generate optimized solutions as quickly as possible. The release empowers engineers worldwide with new levels of sewer collection system modeling and simulation flexibility.”

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InfoNet V14.5 Optimizes Asset Management Through Enhanced Analytics, Lifetime Modeling and Informed Prioritization of Rehabilitation and Replacement Programs
Sophisticated Weibull-Based Condition Assessment Analysis Facilitates Targeted Approach to Management of Rehabilitation and Renewal in Water Industry
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, February 25, 2014 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of InfoNet V14.5, a comprehensive set of water, wastewater, and storm water smart asset performance and condition modeling applications. The latest release adds significant customer-requested functionality that improves the software’s business analytics and data management tools. Together, these tools give utilities more ways to lengthen the useful life of their assets, streamline operations, optimize capital planning, improve system performance, and provide high levels of customer service.
InfoNet is a purpose-built asset management modeling and data analysis system for water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater networks. Among its many advantages, it enables users to view, manage, integrate, validate, analyze and report on their network data to obtain accurate, up-to-date, auditable information on network infrastructure and performance. With formats that are easy to use and comprehend,InfoNet 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.
Many of the world’s water and wastewater networks are reaching or have exceeded their design lives and urgently need extensive upgrading through rehabilitation, repair, and/or replacement. As these aging systems deteriorate, they become increasingly vulnerable to structural failures. Such failures are often unexpected and catastrophic, resulting in significant service disruptions, flooding, and local area damage. To address these issues, InfoNet now includes sophisticated predictive analytics that can identify the pipes in the network that have degraded the most significantly, as well as the local regions where rehabilitation is required most urgently. Users can then create reliable, cost-effective risk-based capital improvement plans that improve operational efficiency and quality of service and keep assets performing at peak condition while making the most of limited budgets.
An understanding of how pipes fail combined with a quantitative understanding of the underlying causal factors likely to induce failure greatly enhances a targeted approach to rehabilitation planning. InfoNet now allows utilities to plan system improvements by scoring both the probability (likelihood) and consequence of failure for each underground asset. The assets with the greatest likelihood of failure and the greatest consequences of that failure will require the most critical attention. Probability of failure is determined based on the pipe’s physical condition and location as well as its hydraulic performance characteristics. InfoNet V14.5 uses an advanced Weibull analysis of failure data to provide estimates of asset lifetime and failure probability over time. Consequence of failure ranking draws on data such 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. The risk of failure is then determined for each asset based on the Likelihood and Consequence of Failure.
Once the risk of failure is known for all pipe assets, appropriate interventions can be sought to reduce the risk where necessary. A Rehabilitation Advisor module considers engineering alternatives and identifies rehabilitation options based on the level of risk reduction compared to the cost of the intervention. Such a cost benefit analysis allows the user to prioritize tasks with specific objectives, e.g., maximum risk reduction for a given budget. Armed with a list of suggested rehabilitation tasks, the user can employ a Task Scheduling module to investigate their details, review their impact on the network and select the tasks to be carried out. Selected tasks can then be created and scheduled in the network.
InfoNet V14.5 enhancements further the Innovyze tradition of making powerful smart asset management tools available to an increasingly wider field of users, from water and wastewater utilities to engineering and management consulting firms. The release includes new features that extend the products’ range, along with powerful extensions to their analytic capabilities and specific enhancements to user productivity.
For a complete list of new features, visit the “What’s New” section of the online help for InfoNet V14.5.
“Utilities worldwide face the constant challenge of renewing and replacing aging and failing drinking water and wastewater network 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. “InfoNet offers critical capabilities for meeting this challenge. In particular, the new Weibull analysis can assist in identifying the regions in the network that are most degraded and require immediate attention. The software’s comprehensive asset management, advanced analytics and data collection and analysis capabilities empower utilities to better assess and understand current conditions, predict and fix problems before they occur, and strengthen their infrastructures in a phased manner. They are also invaluable aids in reducing operational and capital spending, meeting service expectations and regulatory requirements, and putting their systems on the road to sustainability. The new release reflects Innovyze’s commitment to continuous product evolution to meet the ever-changing needs of our industry. Our customers count on this commitment to help make them the best-run utilities in the world.”

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