Wastewater, stormwater systems in Kitchener, Ontario, to adopt infrastructure modeling, design solution

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BROOMFIELD, CO, May 12, 2010 -- MWH Soft, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced that the City of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has chosen industry-leading InfoSWMM software as its advanced sanitary sewer and stormwater modeling and design solution. The decision helps the city leverage its investment in ArcGIS technology from ESRI (Redlands, CA) by giving it the most technologically advanced GIS-centric software platform available for managing and operating its wastewater and stormwater systems.

Kitchener is a city of over 200,000 people located approximately 70 miles (110 km) west of Toronto in Ontario's "Technology Triangle." Since its origins in the 1850's, it has grown to be the 11th largest metropolitan area in Canada. Its sewer system contains over 12,000 pipe segments with an overall length over 480 miles (770 km).

Jonathan Harrison of the city's engineering division said that Kitchener selected InfoSWMM after an intensive comparison process. "A core team of city employees from Engineering and GIS devised an objective weighting and scoring system," he said. "Then we held a model selection workshop where the most commonly available model packages were scrutinized. We based our evaluations on a number of criteria related to our specific needs, including operational and technical requirements, general software capabilities, data management, costs, technical support availability, and software popularity amongst peers. Based on this rigorous process, we felt comfortable that InfoSWMM was the best fit for the city's needs."

"MWH Soft continues to expand its relationship with municipalities and utilities throughout North America," said, J. Erick Heath, P.E., MWH Soft Vice President and Director of Americas Operations. "Kitchener's thorough evaluation of the tools available in the marketplace and subsequent selection of InfoSWMM confirms that our products are performing at a high level for the industry and helping engineers create sustainable wet infrastructure."

Built atop ArcGIS with native geodatabase support, InfoSWMM offers a single comprehensive, GIS-centric solution for analyzing and managing large and complex urban drainage systems. It can be used to model the entire land phase of the hydrologic cycle as applied to urban stormwater and wastewater collection systems. The model can perform single event or long-term (continuous) rainfall-runoff simulations accounting for climate, soil, land use, and topographic conditions of the watershed. In addition to simulating runoff quantity, InfoSWMM can also predict runoff quality, including buildup and washoff of pollutants from primarily urban watersheds. Once runoff quantity and quality are simulated and wastewater loads at receiving junctions are determined, the routing portion of InfoSWMM transports this flow through a conveyance system of pipes, channels, storage/treatment devices, pumps, and hydraulic regulators such as weirs and orifices, using either steady, kinematic wave or dynamic wave routing. The model also offers very advanced Real-Time Control (RTC) schemes for the operational management of hydraulic structures.

About MWH Soft
MWH Soft 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, Australasia 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 MWH Soft connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empower thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provide an enduring platform for customer success. For more information, call MWH Soft at +1 626-568-6868, or visit www.mwhsoft.com.

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