Growing Texas City Counts on Innovyze Software to Help Manage Rehabilitation of Underground Distribution Infrastructure
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced that the City of Denton Wastewater Department in Texas has chosen industry-leading Innovyze InfoMaster Sewer software to help manage the replacement and rehabilitation of its underground distribution infrastructure. 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 north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, Denton is one of the 25 fastest-growing cities in the United States. From 2000 to 2010, the city grew by 40% and today encompasses a population of 123,000. To serve this burgeoning community, Denton maintains more than 500 miles of wastewater collection mains distributed over four main basins and 33 sub-basins. It also operates its own cleaning and closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection program.
“InfoMaster Sewer is a powerful and reliable risk-based asset management solution that will help us accurately assess the condition and performance of our existing sewer assets,” said P.S. Arora, Denton’s Assistant Director of Wastewater. “It also gives us the critical information we need to prioritize our time and money expenditures to fix our most critical sewer infrastructure problems, meet regulatory compliance and protect public health.”
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 and 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.
“The City of Denton is clearly committed to cost-effective rehabilitation of its sewer system,” said Innovyze Vice President and Americas Business Director J. Erick Heath, P.E. “InfoMaster Sewer gives the Denton Wastewater Department the ideal analysis tool for meeting this challenge — combining GIS, CCTV, cost and budgeting data, and advanced decision support in one seamless package.”
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 industries, 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.