Beacon Award Winning Sunderland City Council Selects InfoWorks ICM for Local Flood Risk Management
Broomfield, Col., Jan. 19, 2016 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that Sunderland City Council, UK, has selected InfoWorks ICM Suite, the industry’s leading integrated catchment modeling solution, for local flood risk management. Taking advantage of InfoWorks ICM’s powerful 1D and 2D modeling capabilities, predictive analytics and powerful simulation extensions will better positioned Sunderland to implement an effective, reliable strategy for local flood risk management and maintain regulatory compliance.
Sunderland, a city of nearly 280,000, is one of the largest in the North East of England and one of the UK’s greenest cities. It has undergone a radical transformation over the past three decades, as its focus has switched from coal mining and ship building to a modern, green industrial base. The city has always taken an innovative view of technology and has won two prestigious Beacon Awards (established to recognize excellence in UK local government). It has also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award as one of the world’s seven most IT-intelligent communities.
“InfoWorks ICM Suite is a critical component of our flood risk management strategy,” said Paul Armin, Flood and Coastal Group Engineer for Sunderland. “The software will help us develop and validate sound and reliable 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.
Councillor Micheal Mordey, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “We are continually looking for innovative and cost effective ways to look after our city. Flooding is not a widespread occurrence in Sunderland, however I’m sure the recent events in Cumbria have been a stark reminder to every one of the impact a flood can have and also the importance of planning for any such event. The information provided by this system will not only help in future design planning to minimize such risks but also to better inform our continually developing emergency planning operations.”
InfoWorks ICM Suite also serves as a base platform for advanced integrated catchment modeling extensions. Among these critical applications are ICM RiskMaster (economic evaluation of flood risks), ICM TSDB (real-time data and event management), and InfoWorks PDM (probability distributed moisture modeling).
“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, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M. ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “We are pleased that Sunderland has chosen InfoWorks ICM Suite to help them gain a better understanding of current and future extents and impacts of flooding in their areas. The software’s 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 their continued success.”
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.