As shown by the July 29th water main rupture which spewed millions of gallons of water onto Sunset Boulevard and the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, the problem of aging infrastructure that faces recently water utilities has reached a critical state.
However, water utilities now have access to new tools to help identify hidden problems in water mains and the distribution system – as well as prioritize maintenance, repair, and replacement. IDModeling, Inc., a leading global provider of smart water network software and services, provides such a tool in its software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, Sedaru.
Using Sedaru, utilities can monitor their network, and apply data from acoustic leak , pressure, and flow sensors in the field, to simulations that can not only predict when and where breaks and other operational events are likely to occur, but also analyze the different outcomes resulting from shutting off a valve, series of valves, or facilities. Likewise, the utility can better prepare for outages.
“In the UCLA main break, crews found that they couldn’t shut off a particular valve because there were other leaks further down, and closing the wrong valve may have caused a new water main break to occur,” said Paul Hauffen, CEO of IDModeling. “That illustrates how interconnected the problems with aging infrastructure are – and why it’s important to manage a utility’s entire water network, critically and holistically.”
Sedaru is designed to provide findable, shareable, and actionable insights, in real-time, across personnel and departments throughout the utility. By sharing and utilizing data more effectively, maintenance crews can address field issues more proactively, engineers can model impacts throughout the system, and management can better prioritize investments and allocate resources.
With diminishing water supplies in so many areas of the country and world, utilities can’t afford to wait until a major rupture happens. The time to save time, resources, water, and money is now.
About IDModeling, Inc.
Infrastructure Data Modeling (IDM) delivers next-generation network management software and services for the smart water industry to build the world's water network. IDM connects the past and models the present to prepare for the future, with fully-connected, real-time, user-friendly products designed to bring immediate value to its customers. IDM operates Sedaru as a service (SaaS) for utilities to access information, communicate across the organization, and simulate performance of their water systems.
Sedaru is What Happens Next when water utilities need to make the right decisions. With connected decision support analytics, Sedaru creates findable, shareable, and actionable insights for any role within the utility, including Management, Engineering, Operations, Water Quality, Maintenance, and Customer Service. For more information, visit www.sedaru.com.
SOURCE: IDModeling, Inc.