In its ongoing quest to equip the global wastewater industry with the world’s most comprehensive and innovative GIS-centric modeling and design solutions, MWH Soft announced the release of InfoSWMM Risk Assessment Manager (RAM). The new InfoSWMM Suite extension gives users expanded power and flexibility in estimating the extent and consequences of overflows and flooding on their wastewater and storm water collection systems, and in formulating and evaluating urban sewer and small stream emergency response, recovery, remediation and operations plans and service upgrades.
The full-featured InfoSWMM urban drainage network analysis and design program delivers the highest rate of return in the industry. The program addresses all operations of a typical sewer system—from analysis and design to management functions like water quality assessment, pollution prediction, urban flooding, real-time control and record keeping—in a single, fully integrated geoengineering environment. InfoSWMM gives users unprecedented strength in managing urban runoff and wet weather water quality problems in combined, sanitary and storm sewers, optimizing BMP and LID designs, and meeting SSO and CSO regulations.
The program can be used to model the entire land phase of the hydrologic cycle as applied to urban storm water and wastewater collection systems, or perform single event or long-term (continuous) rainfall-runoff simulations accounting for climate, soil, land use and topographic conditions of the watershed. InfoSWMM can even predict runoff quality—including buildup and washoff of pollutants from primarily urban watersheds.
The software incorporates full dynamic solution modeling of backwater effects and reverse flow, open channels, trunk sewers, storage and treatment units, pumps and complex hydraulic structures like weirs and orifices. An advanced real-time control scheme makes it easier to optimize storage and operational procedures.
InfoSWMM also supports a variety of specialized treatment plant control devices and river profiles. An Integrated Catchment Management solution allows users to model the sewer system, the receiving water and the wastewater treatment plant in a unified manner.
The new InfoSWMM RAM extension is designed to help wastewater utilities reduce their sewer infrastructure vulnerability and enhance their ability to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, abnormal service disruptions and emergencies. It leverages the power of GIS and advanced graph-theory and computational geometry with inverse distance weighting (IDW) to very accurately represent flood depths and area of spread across the ground model. It quickly determines the extent of sewer overflows and flooding (volume and reach), calculates population at risk, pinpoints sources overloading the system, locates system capacity limitations and blockages, and estimates property damage costs. Overland flow pathways can also be quickly examined, showing the lateral routes and spreading of floodwaters.
“Just over a year ago, we introduced the world to InfoSWMM Suite,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, president and CEO of MWH Soft. “Our goal was to provide the wastewater industry with all the analysis, design, validation, data management and optimization tools they need in one complete, easy to use and affordable package. In adding yet another vanguard complementary module to the program, we are moving to assist wastewater utilities in determining the most cost-effective way to keep their systems operating efficiently well into the future while safeguarding against adverse health and environmental effects. This vital solution will make an immediate difference in people's lives, and we are especially pleased to bring it to the market.”