Mike Urban combines DHI’s 30 years of experience in water modeling with ESRI’s GIS technology.
Mike Urban combines DHI’s 30 years of experience in water modeling with ESRI’s GIS technology. The result is a complete urban water modeling and GIS system. The concept behind the system is to have one software package for all urban water modeling activities. This allows users to maximize their productivity and fully leverage their investment in GIS and water modeling software tools. Regardless of which engine or model, all data is stored in one geodatabase. Mike Urban uses an ArcGIS™ GeoDatabase for storage of all network and catchment data, allowing users to view and edit data with ArcMap™ or any other compatible application.
DHI Water & Environment
Integrated workflow software
Bentley Water V8 XM comprises comprehensive water distribution design software that helps engineers and GIS professionals in water utilities and municipalities design, document, and manage potable water distribution networks more efficiently. The software provides all the capabilities of Bentley Map including map management, thematic and overlay analysis features, business and topological rules enforcement, and accurate editing. In addition, it allows easy access to enterprise data to improve the management of the asset lifecycle. Bentley Water V8 XM integrates with Bentley’s Haestad Methods hydraulic modeling and analysis software, allowing users of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER to share network connectivity, maintenance records, and operational data to run hydraulic simulations of their potable water distribution systems.
Meter-reading routing software
RouteSmart Technologies offers a computerized routing system for utility meter reading that works in a GIS-based environment and leverages existing data to sequence meters in read order. It integrates route and meter data with handheld, automatic meter reading devices and helps reduce personnel, vehicles, vehicle mileage, and downtime and overtime costs. The system automatically balances cycle days and driving, walking and combination travel mode routes.
Automated messaging system
The subscription-based HouseCalls automated messaging system from TeleVox Software is designed to help utilities communicate more effectively with customers, keeping them informed and up-to-date with the current status of their service. All messages are recorded by human voice talents, created by professional script writers and can be delivered in a variety of foreign languages. Messages can be customized to include customer names, locations, amounts due or other specific instructions. The system gives customers a variety of response options, allowing them to make payments, speak with a service representative, choose language preferences,repeat the message and more.
TeleVox Software Inc.
Process alarm, notification software
Exele TopView® process alarm software constantly monitors process measurements from instruments and devices throughout a plant and automatically sends alarm messages to designated personnel via cell phones, email, pagers, PCs, and other smart devices immediately when a problem is detected. New features include the availability of summary reports of alarms and conditions that occurred during user-designated time periods; alarm limit deadbands to provide alarm hysteresis; and the ability to assign alarm priorities to each monitored measurement point. TopView software works seamlessly where SCADA, PLC, OPC, and historians are established.
Exele Information Systems Inc.
East Rochester, NY
Remote field station monitoring, control
Automata Inc. introduces the MINISAT ™ Field Station, providing remote monitoring and control from anywhere in the world. Satellite direct transmission produces communication between the remote field station and the Internet for unlimited networking capability. It can be centrally located in the field, at a pump station, or at a water level monitoring site. The MINI-SAT is suitable for agriculture, water distribution and light industrial environmental sites. The user can be notified of any changes through email or via pager, or can view any changes on the Internet. Automata Inc.
Nevada City, CA
Pump station performance monitoring
The Verbatim SCADA System from RACO ensures continuous monitoring, reporting, data logging and alarm autodialing while offering remote access on-demand. “Report by exception” functionality ends constant RTU polling — you only get called when there is an alarm. The system is scalable, making fleet expansion easy, and it’s now available for Windows.
RACO Manufacturing and Engineering Co.
The Cues GPS Backpack Mapping Kit allows field users to collect sub-meter accurate GPS coordinates with “hands free” operation and perform data entry while using a mobile PC. The kit works with the Granite XP Software and, optionally, the Granite XP ESRI module, to provide an accurate locating solution for field crews. The kit offers the ability to display/record sewer (manhole & lateral assets), storm, fiber, and gas pipeline coordinates from a GPS receiver and transfer the information to Granite XP for mapping. A Trimble ProXT receiver is included for a complete turnkey solution.
Maintenance data management
AllMax Software has released Antero v4.10, secure maintenance data management software that can help eliminate unnecessary maintenance costs, increase productivity and improve efficiencies. Among the new features is a Work Order Request function that enables users to submit a request for a specific task or piece of equipment. The work order request can include the date, time, priority, equipment, description, who requested the work order and other relevant information. Open Work Orders for selected pieces of equipment can now store equipment downtime status information. In the Equipment Downtime section, users can enter the shutdown and startup times for equipment. An Open Work Order General Report has been added to the report options, which will include equipment downtime information.
AllMax Software Inc.
Exaktime has developed JobClock.NET, a service that enables subscribers to transfer time and attendance records over the Internet from the field. The service brings added convenience to users of the company’s JobClock System who have jobsites located far from the main office. Because the attendance records can now be securely transferred on the Internet, customers no longer have to drive into the office, saving time, transportation and labor costs. Most subscribers simply use a PDA with an Internet connection to transmit time data. Data transmission is secure, and the system maintains a backup of all records on its server.
Los Angeles, CA
Wallingford Software has released InfoNet v 9.0, the latest version of its asset management software solution for the water and wastewater industries. Analysis of water network data and integration of network data with other corporate systems dominate a long list of new and enhanced features. The system’s strengths in water network data integration and analysis have led to its use in asset planning, asset performance and control, operations and engineering departments. V9.0 includes a number of enhancements to the collection of network data including the ability to incorporate the results of individual Drain Test surveys and the ability to link and analyze network events with specific properties or customers. Data analysis is enhanced through the expansion of the SQL function library and the ability for users to define which fields are to be displayed when the cursor is ‘hovered’ over a network object.
Fort Worth, TX
Laboratory information management
Sample Master® Pro Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Version 8 from Accelerated Technology Laboratories provides an automated, secure, data-sharing environment for water utility laboratory staff. It eliminates the time-consuming job of entering data into multiple spreadsheets and systems, increasing the accuracy of results while decreasing the workload of data entry personnel. The system supports instrument integration, reducing transcription errors and allowing the laboratory team to do more with limited resources.
Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc.
West End, NC
With aging systems requiring attention, lack of coordination among water utilities,gas utilities, highway agencies, towns and cities is very costly to the public and those managing infrastructure renewal. A web-based solution from Envista Corporation aims to help multiple project owners work together efficiently. The solution integrates three technologies: internet mapping, geospatial database capabilities, and Web 2.0 technologies. Envista stores and displays project data from multiple players to streamline water utility maintenance and simplify aging infrastructure repair and replacement. Envista enables map-driven, real-time sharing of construction and maintenance project schedules among water utilities, municipalities, highway agencies, gas and other utilities. Project leaders can view projects on a map, and see what work is planned in a specific geographic location during a particular time period, which can help water utilities troubleshoot potential conflicts.
Asset management system
The latest release of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management will allow utilities to take advantage of out-of-thebox integration with Oracle Application Server MapViewer, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle Application Server MapViewer displays geospatial data from a number of sources, including Oracle Database, Oracle Spatial, utilities’ GIS systems and external geospatial websites accessible through Web services. The integration will enable utilities to use the spatial query capabilities within Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management to identify assets of interest, including those associated with work orders, and then “see” these assets in a map context with a single click. This capability is important for utilities that manage widespread infrastructure assets like lines and piping.
Redwood Shores, CA
Enterprise asset management
Asset Suite is Ventyx’s comprehensive enterprise asset management solution that gives water utilities “deep” asset management capabilities for both equipment and infrastructure. Asset Suite provides asset and work management functionality to enable enterprise-wide visibility and lifecycle management for physical assets to decrease costs, increase availability and minimize downtime. Materials and procurement management help clients leverage their corporate buying power by centralizing purchasing for multiple locations and facilitating the management and optimization of spare parts inventory while minimizing carrying costs and providing inventory visibility. Safety and compliance management helps clients comply with regulatory mandates while reducing non-compliance penalties and improving asset utilization and uptime.
Meter data management software
Itron Enterprise Edition™ Meter Data Management version 6.0. IEE MDM offers a solution for the collection, validation, calculation, and management of utility metering data for AMI, AMR, and commercial and industrial metering deployments. IEE version 6.0 features a number of enhancements, including a new web-based tool called Mass Market Customer Care that enables residential mass-market customers to manage their energy and water usage and costs. In addition to being deployed with Itron’s OpenWay® and Fixed Network AMI and AMR solutions, IEE MDM is also deployed and in production with five different third-party AMI and AMR vendor systems.
Liberty Lake, WA
PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences offers a market-specific LABWORKS ™ Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) package for water laboratories. LABWORKS waterLIMS™ simplifies data management by providing an integrated suite of software applications, interfaces and reports based on the fundamental needs of most water laboratories. The systems increase operational productivity by managing complicated sampling schedules, alerting the lab to hold time requirements, streamlining the collection and evaluation of data from a variety of instruments, and providing the results in both printed and electronic formats to the laboratory’s customers. Further efficiencies may be achieved by interfacing LABWORKS waterLIMS to handheld field devices, GIS applications, Plant Information Systems (PIMS) and Environmental Enforcement Data Management Systems (EEDMS).
Real-time information management
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms enhances its HMI/SCADA portfolio with the announcement of Proficy® HMI/SCADA – iFIX 5.0. This release transitions iFIX into a next-generation visualization, control and real-time information management solution, enabling users to drive better analytics and leverage more reliability, flexibility and scalability across the enterprise. iFIX 5.0 features a new interface for Workspace and Database Manager, which allows users to easily access tools during application development and configure Quick Access Toolbars to access frequently used tools. iFIX 5.0 is operating system neutral.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
Neptune’s ARB FixedBase System provides daily timesynchronized, system-wide reading from all MIUs — supporting non-revenue water and conservation initiatives while addressing off-cycle readings for high water bill complaints and move-ins/move-outs. The system offers auto-discovery over the network, allowing utilities to confirm communications and proper MIU and register operation before leaving an installation site. The system optimizes read success rates through a high-power, two-way licensed transmitter, avoiding RF collisions and interference associated with unlicensed bands. The long-range, secure RF link between the transmitters and collectors reduces collector infrastructure, lowering total deployment costs.
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Wireless water nodes
EkaNet Water Nodes are battery-powered wireless endpoints for encoder-based and pulse-generating water meters. Water Nodes wirelessly link to a nearby EkaNet Electric Meter Node that is part of a fixed EkaNet AMI network. Once connected to an Electric Meter Node, a Water Node extends two-way communications to the water meter, incorporating water applications into the overall EkaNet AMI solution. EKA-1600 Nodes allow utilities to configure and modify a water meter’s read and report intervals during installation and any time thereafter. Alarms and leak detection flags are also read from encoders and transmitted. Supporting both residential and C&I applications, EkaNet Water Nodes are suitable for new deployments as well as retrofits.