Southern Water Implements ICMLive
Broomfield, Colo., Oct. 20, 2015—Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that that Southern Water, UK, has selected ICMLive, the industry’s leading real-time integrated catchment modeling solution, to help manage and operate its large and complex sewer collection system. The purchase will allow Southern Water to harness the power of real-time data, scenario planning and predictive modeling to improve the operation and management of its collection system and better anticipate and mitigate the effects of extreme weather-related events.
Southern Water is one of the largest water and wastewater companies in the South East of England, serving an area of some 4,450 sq. kms. Each day, it treats and recycles 730 million liters of wastewater for more than four million customers at 368 treatment works once it is conveyed through a 39,000 kilometer sewer network.
“Our wastewater system spans an extensive network of pipes, and we continually seek out the best modelling technology to help us effectively optimize performance and sustainability,” said Andrew Adams, Asset Manager for Wastewater Infrastructure at Southern Water. “This technology will help give us more timely, accurate and reliable catchment forecasts – supporting our progress from largely reactive to more proactive network management. This could result in significantly more efficient and economical network operations, greater network integrity, improved network maintenance and customer service.”
A powerful risk assessment and real-time decision making tool, ICMLive enables managers and operators to consider the influence of a full range of catchment factors in the management of flooding and reduction of unregulated discharges; the enhancement of storage and existing infrastructure for savings on capital works; and the optimization of pumps to lower energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions. The software is designed to work automatically. Once a system is configured, real-time data is continually and automatically harvested and quality-checked. Simulations are run automatically at a user-defined frequency. They draw on the full hydrodynamic and technological capabilities of the industry-leading InfoWorks ICM, including one- and two-dimensional modeling techniques, real-time control, dynamic water quality analysis, and GPU-enhanced and remote simulation. Simulation frequency can change in response to user-defined conditions.
ICMLive lets users quickly assess events as they occur, identify potential problems before they reach a critical level, respond decisively to operational challenges, reduce overflow volumes, and minimize downstream effects. For example, operators can analyze the impact of a predicted incoming storm event and identify all areas with the potential to be impacted by flooding or overflows. Alternative mitigating solutions can then be rapidly and accurately analyzed and compared to determine the level of effectiveness and associated cost, and the most appropriate solution can be quickly acted upon.
ICMLive also allows users to perform additional scenario analysis simulations, exploring alternative real time control scenarios and quickly seeing the effect of these changes on the system. ICMLive’s wide range of capabilities make it a key tool in the decision making process, enabling users to take action to avoid system issues, release timely alerts, and quickly deploy response teams if necessary.
“Water is a precious and increasingly scarce resource essential for life, and its effective management is critical for all water authorities to ensure long-term viability and keep the communities they serve strong, safe, and sustainable,” said Ruth Clarke, Client Service Manager for Innovyze. “We are proud that Southern Water has chosen ICMLive to play such an important part in its critical work to optimize the operational management of its sewer network.”
Added Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, Innovyze’s President, COO and Chief Technical Officer, “Southern Water has always been at the forefront of smart water network modeling innovation. We’re delighted to know that our industry-leading solutions will continue to be helping this progressive enterprise optimize the operation and management of its sewer system and better serve its customers.”
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 visit www.innovyze.com.