Commission aims for higher efficiency with WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS software
Bentley Systems Inc. announced that the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) selected Bentley’s WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS software. According to Bentley, WaterGEMS enhances water distribution and modeling capabilities, while SewerGEMS improves the modeling and management of sanitary sewer systems. Together they enable the utility to better support master planning workflows and operational analyses, and to increase efficiencies and the accuracy of data delivery in workflows between WSSC and site developers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, Maryland. WSSC is deploying WaterGEMS for system-wide planning and development-level projects and SewerGEMS for site development workflows.
“Interacting with developers can be challenging, requiring frequent changes in specifications,” said Richard Zambuni, Bentley global marketing director. “These are highly complex workflows, which previously required data to be manually re-entered before a new model could be generated to determine pipe sizes and the optimal network configuration. All of this takes time and can lead to costly input errors if not done carefully. When using its previous software to tackle complex projects, WSSC used to need as much as 120 days to perform hydraulic evaluations and furnish developers with pipe sizes, capacities and the other hydraulic information needed to provide service to proposed developments. At the same time, WSSC had to perform other hydraulic reviews such as preliminary site-plan reviews, service category change requests reviews, county re-zoning reviews, private system connections reviews, water main replacements reviews, partial release reviews and more. WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS will help WSSC work toward reducing the modeling process during these review processes.”