Syracuse chooses H2OMAP Water for water distribution modeling, management

BROOMFIELD, CO, Aug. 5, 2009 -- The City of Syracuse, NY, has chosen MWH Soft's H2OMAP Water Suite software as its advanced water distribution modeling and design solution...

BROOMFIELD, CO, Aug. 5, 2009 -- MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that the City of Syracuse, NY, has chosen MWH Soft's industry-leading H2OMAP Water Suite software as its advanced water distribution modeling and design solution. The selection further substantiates MWH Soft's leadership position in geospatial hydraulic infrastructure modeling and management throughout North America.

The City of Syracuse serves a population of 147,000, delivering water through approximately 500 miles (805 km) of distribution mains at a rate of 25 MGD (95 ML/day). The primary water source is Skaneateles Lake, a "Finger Lake" located approximately 20 miles (32 km) southwest of the City. This supply is supplemented by Lake Ontario, along with two storage reservoirs, three tanks, and two standpipes.

"H2OMAP Water lets us simulate a range of possible conditions and determine the most cost-effective physical and operational improvements," said Eric Murdock, Chief Engineer, City of Syracuse Department of Water. "The program has a broad range of capabilities designed to help us achieve optimum performance and regulatory compliance while enhancing community relations. MWH Soft is known for being first to introduce important new features and for providing robust, responsive support. That's a winning combination."

Built using an advanced Object-Oriented Geospatial Component model, H2OMAP Water provides the most powerful and practical GIS platform for creating water utility solutions. The stand-alone GIS-based program combines spatial analysis tools and mapping functions with sophisticated and accurate network modeling for complete infrastructure (asset) management and business planning. It performs fast, reliable and comprehensive hydraulic and dynamic water quality modeling, energy management (with true variable speed pumping), real-time simulation and control with online SCADA interface, and complete fire flow analysis.

H2OMAP Water fully supports geocoding and multiple mapping layers, which can be imported from many data sources including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings (dwg, dgn, dxf), CAD world files, standard GIS formats (Shapefiles, Generate files, MID/MIF files, and ArcInfo coverages), Vector Product Format (vpf) files, Spatial Database Engine (ArcSDE) Layers, attribute tables, grid data, image files, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface, and Comma Separated/Delimited Text (CSV) files. The program also supports the geodatabase standard of ArcGIS through an ArcSDE connection.

The City of Syracuse also opted to extend the power of H2OMAP Water by acquiring the suite's add-on modules. These extras enable them to perform valve criticality modeling, pump scheduling optimization, automated demand allocation, on-demand contaminant and main break customer notifications, automated hydraulic design, and Genetic Algorithm-based model calibration.

"The City of Syracuse is a prime example of a leading water utility that understands the power of MWH Soft tools to optimize short- and long-term capital planning and infrastructure sustainability," said MWH Soft Vice President of Sales and Client Relations J. Erick Heath, P.E. "Clients of this caliber inspire us to continue to invest in best-of-breed GIS-centric modeling and design solutions that are easy to implement and use, and give our customers a significant business edge. "By delivering consistent, high quality engineering GIS modeling data, enhanced efficiency and reliable, cost-effective project plans, our products enable users to realize measurable improvements in productivity, system performance, return on investment, and customer satisfaction."

About MWH Soft
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. Its clients include the majority of the largest North American cities and ENR top design firms. The multifaceted, state-of-the-art CAD, GIS and Internet enabled products created by MWH Soft empower thousands of engineers across the globe to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, maintain and operate highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems. For more information, call MWH Soft at (626) 568-6868, or visit www.mwhsoft.com.

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