XP Solutions Articles

  1. Wastewater Management System Helps City With Consolidation Of Data, Reduction Of Manual Input

    On the banks of Puget Sound and in the shadow of Mount Rainier exists Tacoma, Washington. The city is home to approximately 211,000 residents, making it the third largest in the state of Washington. Tacoma’s vision is one focused on stewardship and resiliency, as outlined the Environmental Services Department strategic plan: “We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.”

  2. Central San Reduces Capacity Improvement Projects By 30% With Dynamic Sewer Modeling

    Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) has always been on the cutting edge of sewer modeling technology. From an early adoption of PCs for tabular hydraulic analysis, to using a custom solution for a semi-dynamic 1985 Master Plan model, and then a custom GIS-based model in 2010, innovation has always been top-of-mind for Central San’s sewer modeling team. Following that trend, the District naturally evolved from steady-state to dynamic modeling. To tackle that challenge, Central San, with the help of Woodard & Curran, turned to InfoWorks ICM.

  3. West Yost Associates Empowers Clearer Determination Of Risk

    Lani Good, P.E., is an Asset Management Practice Leader. During her 5 years at West Yost Associates, she has specialized in Utility Asset Management. Her organization exclusively focuses on water, wastewater, and stormwater systems to ensure longevity for typical water infrastructure assets – pipes, pumps, storage and treatment plants.

  4. Need Speed? Get Model Simulation Results, When You Need Them

    There’s no shortage of modeling packages available to calculate flooding depths. But what if you need to model 1D infrastructure and 2D surface flooding? Freely available 2D analysis tools can take hours, or days, to run complex rainfall scenarios and don’t have the capability to accurately portray constructed flood catchments. And in an age when engineers have to do more within the same amount of time to stay ahead, analysis time is critical.

  5. Enable Your Drainage Design Toolbox To Tackle Gutter Spread And Inlet Capacity

    Excel spreadsheets, hand calculations, or simple calculator utilities have long been trusted tools used by engineers to forecast road inundation due to runoff and how well storm inlets will work. But are they the most effective tools available? Even more, flow paths can be complex and difficult to accurately forecast with manual tools or calculations.

  6. Leaks And Bursts: Find, Fix And Prevent Them

    If you’re concerned about leaks in your water supply network – whether they’re steady, or sudden bursts – they can be addressed. Reducing leaks and non-revenue water (NRW) means happier customers and regulators, savings on wasted water, and fewer fines.

  7. In Engineering, Change Is Good

    Earlier this year, a small, simple internet meme on Linkedin caught my eye.  The meme contrasted the present state of “What is” and “What we need” against a future of the state of “What could be” and “What should be.”   As I pondered this meme, a key unspoken element apparent to me is the requirement and ability to embrace change.  Change can be difficult.  Change is also known for being uncomfortable, stressful and fraught with uncertainty.    

  8. Continuous Simulation: Make Stormwater Assets Great Again

    More than 20 years ago I wrote a Master’s Thesis about software tools that could be put together with EPA SWMM to create a toolbox for very long term continuous simulation for stormwater and watershed simulations. I was inspired at the time by Dr. William James who was my advisor for that research. 

  9. Every Drop Counts — A Call To Innovation

    A Request for Startups post on January 3rd on the Y Combinator Blog caught my eye. The blogger talked about the need to prepare for things to get worse with regard to climate change, and called for applications for funding from those working on new technologies that could inexpensively produce clean water.

  10. Rise Of The Stormwater Design Machines? I Don’t Think So.

    Conversation at the 2016 SESWA Stormwater BMPs, LID and Green Infrastructure Seminar in Atlanta GA that I attended recently touched upon the idea of computers taking our jobs and ‘Engineering Bots’. This has of course happened in other industries, but I didn’t anticipate it happening in the stormwater planning, design and management world.