Innovyze Offers Free Industry-Leading GIS-Centric Water Network Transient Modeling Software to Universities Worldwide

Free Student Edition of InfoSurge Aimed at Giving Students Hands-On Experience to Better Prepare Industry-Ready Workforce and Shape the Future

Broomfield, Colorado, USA, September 22, 2015

Fulfilling its promise to continually raise the bar in water resources engineering education and expand the world of learning, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the availability of its industry-leading GIS-centric water network transient modeling software free to students and professors at higher education institutions worldwide. Its special student edition of InfoSurge, limited to five links, is designed to give global universities a simple, flexible way to use advanced, high performance water modeling software in their classrooms and labs. It will enable students to learn and develop important skills in the design, planning, operation and management of sustainable water supply and distribution systems — skills that will help them stand out in the job market.

Innovyze understands that civil engineering students need to be academically and professionally prepared for an engineering career. For students and professionals alike, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. Knowing this, more and more universities are helping students gain access to state-of-the-art and practical tools in the classroom whenever needed. By tailoring their undergraduate and graduate courses around Innovyze technology, engineering faculty members can be assured they are helping their students get direct access to the powerful tools and latest advances in smart water resources modeling technology they need to succeed — not only in the classroom, but ultimately as professional engineers.

“Innovyze InfoSurge software utilizes the powerful Wave Characteristic Method, the fastest and most efficient algorithm for solving hydraulic transients in large and complex water distribution systems,” said Don J. Wood, Ph.D., Hon. D.WRE, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. “The software is being used by water utilities and top engineering firms worldwide. Having training and education in this mission-critical technology is a major asset in validating our students’ expertise to prospective employers as well as preparing them for rewarding careers.”

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 range from extended service outages to loss of property and life. In addition, transient responses can produce subatmospheric pressures (downsurge) that could force contaminated groundwater into the distribution system at a leaky joint, crack, or break, leading to grave health consequences. Sustained subatmospheric pressures can also cause cavitation and water column separation, resulting in severe water hammer effects as the vapor cavity collapses.

The state-of-the-art, full-featured InfoSurge transient flow analysis solution delivers the highest rate of return in the industry by addressing every facet of pressure surge analysis and its role in utility infrastructure management and protection. The program utilizes the powerful Lagrangian-driven Wave Characteristic Method, with proven superior performance in both numerical accuracy of solution and computational efficiency for transient analysis of large water distribution networks. It provides the engineer-friendly framework needed to quickly assess the effects of pump station power failures, pump startups, valve closures, rapid demand and pump speed changes, then determines the efficacy of any combination of surge protection devices. Its SurgeAnimate module enables users to create live animations of pipe profiles and see and experience model transient activities in real time, helping them assess the effectiveness and strength of their systems. InfoSurge also accurately simulates transient cavitation and water column separation, evaluates their intensity, and estimates their potential effects on the system.

Armed with this information, engineers worldwide can more accurately predict the development of unacceptable operating conditions, identify vulnerable areas and risks, evaluate and design sound protective measures, and devise improved operational plans and security upgrades. The software’s blazing simulation speed and seamless GIS integration totally transform the task of transient analysis, making it simpler, more straightforward, and even enjoyable.

A comprehensive Student Design and Analysis Workbook is included with the InfoSurge Student Edition. In addition to background theory, it provides step-by-step approaches to water network model construction, transient simulation and analysis, along with a variety of carefully selected case studies to reinforce the hands-on nature of learning. These real-life network transient modeling situations enable students to familiarize themselves with day-to-day problem-solving in engineering practice.

“Water utilities and engineering consulting firms around the world rely on Innovyze’s best-in-class smart network modeling and design solutions to manage and operate better, safer and more sustainable and resilient wet infrastructure systems,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “Innovyze is committed to fostering technical achievement and technological advancement in both in teaching and research throughout the engineering community. At a time when universities are faced with tighter budgets, our Student Software Edition offers these institutions the tools they need to teach their students using state-of-the-art technology, helping to prepare them for rewarding professional careers. It allows students who are interested in the field of environmental and water resources engineering to train on the sophisticated technology used by leading utilities and progressive consulting engineering companies on a daily basis. This gives them an unbeatable competitive advantage and helps them thrive. It also gives them the skills they need to meet industry demands, sustain our water infrastructures, advance our economies, and build a better world.”

Availability 
The special student edition of InfoSurge and its accompanying Student Design and Analysis Workbook are available to download free of charge from the Innovyze website at http://www.innovyze.com/education/student/.

About Innovyze
Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, 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 www.innovyze.com.

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