Monterrey to model networks

Monterrey, Mexico plans to model its entire water supply and wastewater networks using InfoWorks, the hydraulic modelling software suite from the UK company Wallingford Software, by the end of 2003.

Monterrey, Mexico plans to model its entire water supply and wastewater networks using InfoWorks, the hydraulic modelling software suite from the UK company Wallingford Software, by the end of 2003. The models will comprise almost 10,000 pipes and nodes, making them amongst the largest models in Mexico.

The city of Monterrey faces serious water resource management problems given the size of the population and the age and condition of its networks. Recognising the need to improve its understanding of network performance, Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey (SADM), the local water and sewerage authority, embarked on a major GIS and modelling project under the direction of Ing. Oziel Manzanera Balderas.

SIGSA, a local engineering consulting company, won the tender to provide data collection and network modelling consultancy services, whilst Walllingford Software won the order for hydraulic modelling software.

"As the most important water commission in Mexico responsible for the country's second largest city, SADM needs to develop a well integrated GIS system with fully modelled networks," said Patricio Orozco, Wallingford Software's sales consultant in Mexico.

Once the project is complete all appropriate staff within SADM will have access to the models to assist in networks. Eventually, SADM hopes that all such decisions will be made based on InfoWorks simulation analysis.

Wallingford Software customers in Mexico also include the city of León and the National Water Commission, the regulatory water agency for Mexico.

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