Town of Reading, Mass., Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Broomfield, Colo., Jan. 20, 2015—Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the Town of Reading, Massachusetts, has chosen industry-leading InfoMaster Sewer software to help plan and manage its sewer collection infrastructure improvement program. 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 just 12 miles from the center of Boston and noted for its award-winning schools, the Town of Reading is responsible for maintaining and operating a municipal wastewater collection system comprising 100 miles of sewer mains and 12 pumping stations. It plans to use InfoMaster and InfoSWMM to create fully prioritized short- and long-term sewer main rehabilitation, replacement, maintenance and management plans and develop sound, cost-effective capital programs to support them.
“The combination of InfoMaster Sewer and InfoSWMM gives us a powerful risk-based asset management solution that will help us assess the condition and performance of our sewer assets more accurately than ever before,” said George J. Zambouras, P.E., Town Engineer. “It also gives us the critical information we need to prioritize and optimize our capital planning expenditures with a focus on solving our most critical sewer infrastructure problems, improving system performance, meeting regulatory compliance, and best serving our customers.”
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, 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.
“Strong asset performance modeling and capital planning capabilities are critical components of a smart enterprise asset management strategy,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “InfoMaster delivers detailed and accurate analyses and reports that help utility managers make better decisions on when to repair, replace, or rehabilitate their critical assets. It also supports them in developing reliable long-term funding strategies for such projects. These advantages help utilities ensure the long-term sustainability of their infrastructures and their ongoing ability to deliver the required level of service at the lowest lifecycle cost. Innovyze is proud to be a part of Reading’s success as a key component of this complex synthesis.”
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water and wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasia and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit www.innovyze.com.