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Next-Gen Water Utility Software With Advanced Pipe Break, Leakage Modeling

InfoWaterSmart water technology company Innovyze has released the V12 Generation of InfoWater for ArcGIS with advanced pipe break and leakage modeling for water utilities and engineering firms.

Globally, water demand is rising, aging water infrastructures are deteriorating, and the impact of water main breaks and leakage is relentless. In the US alone, drinking water systems maintain more than two million miles of distribution mains with about 237,600 water main breaks occurring every year, Innovyze says. An estimated 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water are wasted every day — or 2.6 trillion gallons annually.

With this new version, Innovyze has further refined the water supply and distribution modeling and analysis features. The software maintains its performance and comprehensive toolsets and extensions, the company says.

Now by enabling users to explicitly model water main breaks (and leaks), they can develop effective leakage reduction and control and demand and maintenance management strategies to maximize the quantity of revenue-producing water, ensure hydraulic and water integrity, improve the quality of service, and conserve water.

Breaks can be specified for any pipe in the network along with their location, size and time of occurrence. Small breaks can also be automatically distributed at the two end nodes of a pipe. InfoWater will then compute and report the total water volume lost to breaks and leaks for any user-specified period. It will also report their impact on the hydraulic (e.g., flows, pressures, velocities, and fire-fighting capacity) and water quality (e.g., chlorine concentrations) integrity of the water distribution system.

Built atop ArcGIS, InfoWater integrates predictive analytics, systems dynamics and optimization functionality directly within the ArcGIS setting. From fire flow and dynamic water quality simulations, valve criticality and energy cost analysis to pressure zone management and advanced Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm optimization, the 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.

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