Clearwater, FL, selects MWH Soft advanced GIS-centric technology

March 6, 2009
MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced that the City of Clearwater, Florida, has chosen MWH Soft's industry-leading InfoWater Executive Suite to supplant its existing water network analysis solution and drive its enterprise-wide geospatial hydraulic modeling and design effort. The selection is yet another reflection of MWH Soft's leadership position in geospatial hydraulic infrastructure management in the North American market...

• InfoWater Executive Suite to support large-scale enterprise-wide geospatial water network modeling

BROOMFIELD, CO, Mar. 4, 2009 -- MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that the City of Clearwater, Florida, has chosen MWH Soft's industry-leading InfoWater Executive Suite to supplant its existing water network analysis solution and drive its enterprise-wide geospatial hydraulic modeling and design effort. The selection is yet another reflection of MWH Soft's leadership position in geospatial hydraulic infrastructure management in the North American market.

The decision followed an extensive evaluation of leading GIS-based water modeling software packages. The assessment included a detailed feature/functionality list as well as onsite interview and presentation by software vendor representatives to key decision makers. InfoWater Executive Suite was selected for its ease of use, brevity of learning curve, seamless GIS-integration, powerful geospatial modeling and design functionality, graphical presentation and optimization capabilities, quality technical support, and price/performance. The selection equips Clearwater with a full range of high-performance ArcGIS-centric (ESRI, Redlands, CA) water infrastructure analysis, design and management capabilities that will enable it to optimize capital planning, operations and community relations.

The City of Clearwater in Pinellas County, Florida, nearly due west of Tampa and northwest of St. Petersburg, is home to more than 108,000 people. Its water distribution system comprises 588 miles of water mains, 25 miles of reclaimed water mains. 4,036 fire hydrants, and 8,329 valves. This entire infrastructure is captured in a geodatabase in ESRI's ArcGIS 9 platform. The City will use the ArcGIS-centric InfoWater solution to build and calibrate an extended period dynamic simulation model directly from that geodatabase. The model will be used to analyze existing and future hydraulic and water quality conditions, improve system operations, and optimize the City's capital improvement program.

"The City's evaluation team was very impressed with InfoWater's power and simplicity. Our engineers, GIS professionals and Operations personnel are eager to assimilate the historic data related to our critical infrastructure and modeling information to obtain greater business benefits," said Robert Fahey, P.E., Utilities Engineering Manager for the City of Clearwater. "Of particular interest to us were the software's ease of use, seamless ArcGIS integration, versatility, and speed. We were also seeking functionality that could ultimately be used from both a design and theoretical analysis environment while simultaneously functioning as a real-time evaluation and monitoring tool for our Operations staff. With the advent of SCADA technologies and the leaps and bounds that have been made in technology, InfoWater seems to have the best handle on meeting the varied needs of the multiple functioning groups tasked with planning, operating and maintaining a public water system. The Company's technical staff and outstanding customer service are responsive to our queries and respond clearly with an in-depth knowledge of the waterworks industry."

"The City of Clearwater understands that the first step toward developing a reliable, comprehensive geospatial water master plan is equipping their engineers and GIS professionals with the very best tools," said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. "With uncommon objectivity, they laid out their requirements, tested the choices, evaluated results, and made a sound decision. We are thrilled that they have chosen MWH Soft as their solution partner, and we're committed to proving them right every day."

MWH Soft is a leading global provider of technical and infrastructure software and professional solutions designed to meet the technological needs of utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide.

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