Beyond A Project Model: Why You Need a Sewer / Storm Master Database

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January 21, 2021

The Core Challenges of Single-Use Project Models

The status quo of modeling is ready for change. For years, engineer and planning teams have used hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) models to adjust and plan for long term changes to the system. Many times, when the core project of the model is completed the model is left without updates for long periods of time.

Instead of investing in single use project models, Utilities and engineering firms are using interconnected modeling databases to support ongoing planning, operations, and real-time system management.

These are the key challenges and questions that come with the single-use project model paradigm that you might relate to:

Model Management
• Where are my archived models?
• How do I know I’m using the latest version?

Data Integrity
• What is the most recent version of the model?
• Who changed this parameter and why?
• Were these changes intentional?

Accurate Data
• How do I know my data makes sense?
• Is the data informing the model up to date?
• Is it truly representative of field conditions?

These challenges are pushing innovative engineering groups to look for solutions that are collaborative, provide the ability to operate in near-real-time, and ideally, the ability to access cloud computing for faster simulations. Having a master model database is crucial to these digital transformation efforts.

2 Key Benefits of Having a Master Model Database

1). Cross Functional Integration

When it comes to underground infrastructure modeling this crucial fact can go overlooked: hydraulic performance is directly related to asset management.

Too often models get developed, are used for a one-off project, and then left “collecting dust” until the next major update needs to occur. For an aspiring digitally savvy utility, this ends up leaving unrealized value on the table.

What if you could review hydraulic performance, up-to-date condition assessments, geo-coded survey data, financial estimates and more in a single platform? The opportunity for improved operational decision support is massive and can put your utility’s digital transformation years ahead of the curve.

2). Teamwork Enablement

We’ve all been there. Your team has been put on a big project that will require a major model update – or an entirely new model build. You start with a master copy, and as the project progresses things change.

Who modified the headloss coefficients? And why? Was this a major or minor change? Am I working on the latest version of the model? Over the course of a year, many hours end up being wasted in model merging tasks and archiving while the data quality never seems to get better. Many data integrity issues can still go unnoticed when the team doesn’t want to get involved in model editing.

The most reliable models are ones that enable the best engineering minds to work together. A framework that supports this type of collaboration is storing the mode in a workgroup database. Everyone can work from the same information, and easily know what model version is the latest.

How InfoWorks ICM Excels as a Master Database

InfoWorks ICM is a world class numerical modeling package that handles 1D hydraulics and 2D hydrologic simulations, it is the preferred choice of leading engineering firms and utilities.

ICM offers sewer and storm modelers the chance to model with traditional SWMM methods or leverage the unique ICM simulation engine that is renowned for both speed and accuracy.

For digital water leaders, InfoWorks ICM can connect to InfoAsset Manager for seamless data syncs that can align hydraulic performance with asset management objectives and plans.

The solution enables both small and large modeling teams to work intelligently and efficiently. With multi-user access to shared databases, data validation and version control, teams that work in the InfoWorks ICM environment know that their models are up to date, reliable, and able to quickly render results.

Go beyond the status quo and request a demo today at InfoWorks ICM