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Water Distribution


Water Distribution Model

Why model water systems?

There are many questions that may need to be answered about a system, including:

Information Management - the speed of data creation is accelerating throughout water distribution systems.
Growth - can existing infrastructure meet future growth demands or changing landuse areas? If not, how much infrastructure should be planned and phased to meet hyraulic requirements?
Regulatory - where are the most effective areas for DPB sampling? Is existing infrastructure creating mixing zones or areas of high water age? Can new operational or capital scenarios mitigate these areas?
Efficiency - power is typically the highest cost for a utility: can deep tank cycling or off-peak pumping meet pressure requirements? How efficient are pumps at meeting the various demands in the system?

CHALLENGES

Through the course of water network analysis, many aspects need to be repeated frequently. 

  • The ability to manage scenarios in freely available programs is non-existant, and can be data intensive.  This can be incredibly time-consuming if you have to do a complex project.  
  • Every water model has some logic.  Being able to capture the logic correctly impacts the way your model runs.  Having to code your own logic can be repetitive and risks human error.
  • You have access to more data than ever before.  But if you use a freely available software model, using that data can be difficult or even impossible.  

OUR SOLUTIONS:  Don't Repeat Yourself!  (D.R.Y.)

  • Rely on the proven and commonly used EPANET engine.
  • Provide a flexible, traditional parent-child scenario manager that allows you to customize how you create and manage the different events in your system.
  • Allow you to store rules and procedures for repeated use, which reduce modeling time and human error.
  • Make available data from nearly any GIS format for import or export, and allow you to store symbology to that your models look the same in your model and GIS system.