Innovyze Surge Product Line Revs Up Modeling Performance, Breaks Speed Barrier for Analyzing All-Pipe Water Networks

Latest Software Release Supports Faster Time to Design and Lower Analysis Costs

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, June 28, 2011

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced the newest release of its industry-leading Surge product line. Innovyze Surge products give users the power to optimize water supply and distribution systems operation and management — reducing the time and cost needed to foster design innovations, improve system reliability and performance, and protect public health. The advanced technology and performance innovation behind the breakthrough release brings a new level of software and computational power to the simulation of large and complex all-pipe water distribution network models. The program’s demonstrated 10 to 20 times faster simulation speed allows users to analyze models with greater than 10,000 pipes in just a few seconds.

Available for InfoSurge, H2OSURGE, and H2OMAP Surge, the release is ideal for comprehensive water quality applications that require simulation of very large network models under a wide range of hydraulic transient conditions, from routine operation to emergency states. It gives users unprecedented power to establish proper system-wide coverage, asses their susceptibility to low or negative pressures, estimate potential intrusion volumes and risks to public health, control pressure surges, and minimize the impact of pressure transients should they occur, with a high degree of confidence in the ultimate results. The enhanced suite reflects Innovyze’s vanguard position in the water industry and its continuing commitment to delivering pioneering technology for enhancing the safety and reliability of the world’s water supply.

Anticipating and controlling transient response is critical to ensuring the protection, integrity, and effective/efficient operation of water distribution systems. Transient responses can introduce pressures of sufficient magnitude (upsurge) to burst pipes and damage equipment. The resulting repercussions can include extended service outages and loss of property and life. Transient responses can also produce sub-atmospheric pressures (downsurge) that can force contaminated groundwater into the distribution system at a leaky joint, crack or break, leading to grave health consequences when carried out downstream in the pipe system. Sustained sub-atmospheric pressures may also lead to cavitation and water column separation, resulting in severe “water hammer” effects as the vapor cavity collapses.

To yield reliable results and impact engineering decisions, a hydraulic transient simulation must be sufficiently detailed. An increase in detail can have a corresponding increase on the turnaround time for computation; but engineers need detailed transient flow modeling capabilities that don’t increase time to design or exceed budgets. The Innovyze transient flow simulation technology suite addresses every facet of pressure surge analysis and its role in utility infrastructure management and protection while delivering optimum solution efficiency and accuracy. It provides the engineer-friendly simulation framework water utilities need to identify characteristics that can make their water supply and distribution systems more susceptible to transient pressure events. Users can quickly and efficiently assess the effects of power outages, pump shutdowns, startups and speed changes, valve closures, rapid demand changes, and the efficacy of any combination of surge protection devices. The product suite also accurately simulates cavitation and water column separation and evaluates their intensity. Its blazing simulation speed makes transient analysis an easier and more enjoyable task.

Armed with these mission-critical network modeling capabilities, water utilities can more accurately assess their susceptibility to low or negative pressures caused by transient surges, identify vulnerable areas and risks, reduce leaks, avoid breaks, evaluate and design sound control and mitigation measures, improve water quality, and determine improved operational plans and security upgrades.

“The need to analyze highly detailed all-pipe hydraulic transient models is becoming more critical every day,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE, President and Chief Operating Officer of Innovyze. “The newest update of our Surge product line offers some of the most advanced technology ever seen in the water industry and will create a significant competitive advantage for users. It provides speedup ratios that are dramatically greater than previous software releases, with benchmark test results showing 10 to 20 times faster simulation speed. With significantly reduced workflows and increased fidelity when modeling large and complex systems, this release will greatly help users manage and operate better, safer water supply and distribution systems.”

Pricing and availability
The new update for InfoSurge, H2OSURGE, and H2OMAP Surge, is now available worldwide by subscription. For the latest information on the Innovyze Subscription Program, including availability and purchase requirements, visit or contact your local Innovyze Channel Partner.

About Innovyze
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and professional solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasian, East Asian 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, call Innovyze at +1 626-568-6868, or visit

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