King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wash., Selects InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Innovyze Software to Help Prioritize Operations and Maintenance Activities, Extend Lifespan of Critical Stormwater Assets
Broomfield, Colorado, USA, March 21, 2017
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wash., has chosen industry-leading InfoMaster software for managing its stormwater assets.
With an estimated population of more than 2 million, King County is the largest county in the State of Washington in population, number of cities and employment, and the 13th most-populous county in the United States.
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) provides natural resource management services throughout the county, such as flood risk reduction, stormwater management, and water quality monitoring. InfoMaster will help WLRD develop an asset management system for King County’s 1,100 regional stormwater facilities to prioritize them for repair or replacement.
“InfoMaster enables us to leverage our existing GIS and hydraulic modeling solutions and inspection data and develop a reliable and cost-effective strategy for prioritizing operations and maintenance of our stormwater facilities,” said Shannon Kelly, WLRD Stormwater Asset Management Unit Senior Engineer. “The software will help us optimize our capital improvement program and keep our stormwater facilities operating properly well into the future, protecting public health and safety and yielding significant environmental benefits at maximum cost savings.”
Globally, aging wastewater/stormwater infrastructures are rapidly deteriorating and sometimes failing — with potentially significant human, environmental and financial consequences. As this aging process continues, the need for effective risk-based asset integrity management becomes more pressing. Maintaining infrastructure assets in fit-for-purpose condition throughout their target lifespans is a primary goal for utilities worldwide, and prioritizing the right pipes for rehabilitation at the right time is one of the main challenges of asset management. An understanding of when and how pipes may fail, combined with a quantitative grasp of the underlying causal factors likely to induce failure, are essential in formulating a targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning.
Certified by NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP, InfoMaster is the leading software choice for utilities faced with optimizing their sewer infrastructures and eliminating unwanted overflows. It can accurately estimate both the likelihood and consequence of failure for each individual sewer main in the network, as well as the amount and time of occurrence of future failures. This valuable information facilitates a proactive approach to identifying and managing these critical assets to help preserve structural integrity and keep the network operating well into the future. It also eliminates reactive, and expensive, maintenance: waiting for pipe failures to occur before repairing.
InfoMaster comprehensive GIS-centric risk-based asset integrity modeling techniques provide reliable pipe performance predictions, even for limited failure records and application to different pipe materials. They include the non-homogeneous Markov Chain (NHMC), non-homogeneous Poisson process (NHPP), Linear Extended Yule Process (LEYP), Cox proportional hazards model, and advanced time-based probabilistic Weibull and Herz models. These techniques can be effectively used to evaluate a variety of pipe characteristics related to performance, and can consider all pipes in the sewer network, not just those with breaks or other failures. Armed with these powerful models, utilities can now accurately assess the aging processes of their network pipes and estimate their lifetimes. Such capabilities can greatly assist utilities in assessing their pipes’ expected performance, identifying critical pipes, prioritizing their inspection and determining rehabilitation requirements. This proactive “fix-before-break” approach can help utilities extend the useful life of their assets and improve their performance at maximum savings.
The InfoMaster product suite can import hydraulic modeling data and facilitates significantly better planning and control by giving utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions, aging and work processes. It also features direct integration with Cityworks (Azteca Systems Inc., Sandy, UT), Cartegraph (Dubuque, IA), infraMAP (iWater, Irvine, CA) and Lucity (Overland Park, KS), and can interface with other leading maintenance management software (CMMS). InfoMaster enables utilities to use information and analytics in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility.
The program’s intuitive interface; easy-to-use functionality; and rich analytical, graphing, and reporting capabilities save utilities considerable resources. With minimal effort, users can quickly pinpoint assets at the greatest risk of hydraulic and water quality deficiencies or structural failure, identify the best possible improvement alternatives for optimal system performance, prioritize improvements based on available budget, and realize significant cost savings.
The software also serves as a base platform for advanced asset management extensions including InfoMaster LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis). InfoMaster LCCA lets utilities conduct a wide-ranging risk-based economic life-cycle cost analysis to determine the optimal replacement date for each pipe in the network. This enables users to ensure the smartest distribution of dollars spent on replacement and repair of their assets. It also helps them create reliable, cost-effective, risk-based capital improvement plans that enhance operational efficiency and quality of service and keep assets performing at peak condition while making the most of limited budgets.
“Strong asset performance modeling and capital planning capabilities are critical components of a smart enterprise asset management strategy,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Innovation Officer of Innovyze. “InfoMaster delivers detailed, accurate analyses and comprehensive custom reports that help utility managers make better, more informed decisions on when to repair, replace, or rehabilitate their critical stormwater assets; eliminate potential overflows; and optimize efficiency, maintenance and hydraulic performance. It also supports them in developing reliable long-term funding strategies for such projects. These advantages help utilities ensure the ongoing sustainability and resiliency of their infrastructures and their ability to deliver the required level of service at the lowest cost. As a key component of this complex synthesis, Innovyze is proud to continue to be a part helping King County achieve its goal to be the best-run government in the nation.”
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. Backed by 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 resilient 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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