Erie, PA, adopts drinking water distribution system modeling solution

Erie Water Works (Erie, PA) has adopted InfoWater Suite software from Innovyze as its standard water modeling, design, and management solution...

Jul 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011 -- Erie Water Works (Erie, PA) has adopted InfoWater Suite software from Innovyze as its standard water modeling, design, and management solution. The software will serve as the foundation for continued development of a comprehensive GIS-centric solution for the Erie Region's complex drinking water distribution system.

Erie Water Works, incorporated in 1865, is located in the northwestern corner of the state. It provides drinking water to over one hundred and eighty thousand people from the City of Erie, the Township of Lawrence Park, the Borough of Wesleyville and McKean, and portions of Millcreek, Harborcreek, Summit and McKean Townships. The utility supplies its customers from two raw water intakes directly from Lake Erie.

Craig Palmer, P.E., Engineering Services Manager for Erie Water Works, said, "We are standardizing on Innovyze engineering GIS-centric technology because the products are very easy to learn and use, integrate seamlessly with our ArcGIS platform, and have the power to model and analyze extremely large and complex water and wastewater networks quickly and reliably. These tools make master planning more efficient, cost-effective, and accurate. That gives us more power to improve the operation, performance and integrity of our existing systems and plan the new facilities we need to accommodate growth."

InfoWater is a fully GIS-integrated application, built atop ArcGIS using the latest Microsoft .NET and Esri ArcObjects component technologies. The software seamlessly integrates advanced water network modeling and optimization functionality with the latest generation of ArcGIS. It addresses all the operations of a typical water distribution system, but also allows engineers to accurately perform the most difficult hydraulic analyses -- including multi-point and extended period fire flow simulations, variable speed pumps, and advanced water quality calculations. Users can then employ ArcGIS presentation tools to showcase the results.

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