Frederick, MD, selects MWH Soft for advanced GIS-based engineering modeling, management

June 24, 2009
BROOMFIELD, CO, June 24, 2009 -- The City of Frederick, Maryland, has chosen MWH Soft's InfoSWMM and InfoWater software as its advanced sewer and water modeling and design solutions...

• City looks to MWH Soft technology to support its water, sewer and stormwater systems

BROOMFIELD, CO, June 24, 2009 -- MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that the City of Frederick, Maryland, has chosen MWH Soft's industry-leading InfoSWMM and InfoWater software as its advanced sewer and water modeling and design solutions. The decision leverages the utility's investment in ArcGIS technology from ESRI (Redlands, CA) by giving it the most technologically advanced GIS-centric software platform available for managing, operating and sustaining its drinking water and wastewater systems.

Built atop ArcGIS with native geodatabase support, InfoWater and InfoSWMM offer a single comprehensive, GIS-centric solution for analyzing and managing the most complex water distribution and sewer collections systems. A seamlessly integrated geospatial framework applies GIS intelligence to engineering-accurate information, coupled with the most advanced numerical computation, genetic algorithm optimization and object-component geospatial technologies in the marketplace. The resulting centralized, multi-function system enables world-record performance, scalability, reliability, functionality and flexibility within the powerful ArcGIS environment, completely eliminating the inefficient, unreliable data synchronization, synching schemes, or middlelink interfaces required by other software. These factors and more translate to increased productivity, reduced costs, greater efficiency and improved designs -- giving water and wastewater utilities a clear competitive advantage.

The City's Water and Sewer Department operates and maintains public water and wastewater systems. The water distribution system consists of 211 miles (340 km) of water lines with six water storage tanks, with a capacity of 6.75 million gallons (26 million liters). The collection system is comprised of 9 lift stations, 160 miles (258 km) of sewer mains and 210 miles (338 km) of stormwater lines.

To help meet the growing demands on these systems, the City has continued to make investments in its enterprise GIS. "GIS has become a central decision making platform for the City of Frederick," says GIS Manager Matt Bowman. "The InfoSWMM and InfoWater packages leverage our GIS investment better than any other tool out there. They integrate seamlessly with our GIS, giving us the most efficient tool set possible to tackle short- and long-term planning issues. Their powerful features allow us to evaluate hydraulic capacity, water quality issues, pumping efficiency and firefighting capabilities faster than ever before. We are better positioned to make informed decisions that are fiscally sound and maintain a high level of service to our customers."

InfoSWMM is a comprehensive, fully dynamic, GIS-centric wastewater and stormwater modeling and management software application that can be used to model the entire land phase of the hydrologic cycle as applied to urban stormwater and wastewater collection systems. The model can perform single event or long-term (continuous) rainfall-runoff simulations accounting for climate, soil, land use, and topographic conditions of the watershed. In addition to simulating runoff quantity, InfoSWMM can also predict runoff quality, including buildup and washoff of pollutants from primarily urban watersheds. Once runoff quantity and quality are simulated and wastewater loads at receiving junctions are determined, the routing portion of InfoSWMM uses either steady routing, kinematic wave routing or dynamic wave routing to transport this flow through a conveyance system of pipes, channels, storage/treatment devices, pumps, and hydraulic regulators such as weirs and orifices. The model also offers very advanced Real-Time Control (RTC) schemes for the operational management of hydraulic structures.

InfoWater is the market-leading geocentric solution for utilities of any size. Addressing all the operations of a typical water distribution system, it allows engineers to accurately perform the most difficult hydraulic analyses -- including multi-point and extended period fire flow simulations, variable speed pumps, and highly advanced water quality calculations. Users can then employ a rich array of ArcGIS presentation tools to powerfully showcase the results.

"The accelerated adoption rate of MWH Soft geocentric technology across the continent reflects a powerful trend among water and wastewater utilities toward our products," said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. "The shift is being driven by a range of compelling factors, including unparalleled ArcGIS integration; speed; brevity of learning curve; powerful, comprehensive feature sets; and superior technical support. We congratulate progressive municipalities like the City of Frederick for their commitment to using world-class software tools to benefit their customers."

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.