Dr. Paul Boulos Presents the Agreement of Cooperation between the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Federation of Lebanese Engineers

On April 7, 2016, Dr. Paul Boulos presented the Agreement of Cooperation between the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Federation of Lebanese Engineers (FLE). Present at this auspicious occasion were Mr. Khaled Chehab, FLE President, Dr. Abdulmenhem Alameddine, Former FLE President, Dr. Makram Suidan, Dean of Engineering at the American University of Beirut and the Honorable Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, President and CEO of AMIDEAST. Continue reading

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    Semi- and fully-distributed modelling with Infoworks ICM

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    Infoworks ICM includes many of the latest modelling capabilities in the market and fully-distributed (FD) modelling is one of these abilities. Usually, urban stormwater models are semi-distributed (SD), i.e. are based on subcatchment units, where rainfall is applied and transformed into flow hydrographs that discharge to 1D nodes. FD models do not consider subcathments and apply the rainfall directly on surface elements of the 2D overland model. SD models have been applied in the water industry, but FD models can be more detailed and theoretically more realistic.

    These two types of models were compared with two real case studies in the paper suggested below. The selected case studies have been investigated in the last recent years: Cranbrook catchment, London, UK; and Zona Central catchment, Coimbra, Portugal. The Cranbrook catchment has an area of 8.5 km2 and a flat topography, while the Zona Central is a very steep catchment with an area of 1.5 km2. In the Cranbrook catchment, modelling results were compared with monitoring data collected in the sewer network, and in the Zona Central catchment floodplains were analysed with photographic records of flooding events. Continue reading

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      What to do with an Unexpected number of bytes read from file error in InfoWorks ICM

      Very occasionally a user may open their InfoWorks ICM simulation results and obtain an error suggesting that there was an ‘Unexpected number of bytes read from a file’.

      Figure 1: Unexpected Number of Bytes Error

      Figure 1: Unexpected Number of Bytes Error

      The file referred to is the .iwrcache file.  When you open simulation results for the first time, you will see a progress bar as ICM is scanning the results, looking for the minimum and maximum result values and creating a cache of results.  This is when the .iwrcache file is created.  This cache of results means that this process of scanning the results does not have to happen every time the results are opened. Continue reading

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        Dr. Paul Boulos Attends the AMIDEAST Gala Dinner in Lebanon, Helps Raise $170K in Scholarships for Needy Students

        During his short visit to Lebanon, Dr. Paul Boulos attended the AMIDEAST fundraising dinner at the Phoenicia Intercontinental hotel in Beirut. The event hosted over 500 VIP guests and raised over $170K in needy scholarships! This amount will provide unprecedented scholarship opportunities and hope for Lebanon’s youth who face economic hardship by affording them an American education that’s second to none. This education will help open the door for them to excel and succeed, shape the future of their country and the region, and help build a better world for the greater good.

        “I am honored to have participated in this signal event,” said Dr. Boulos. “But this gala is not about how many dollars it raises; it is about how many lives it changes. You can’t go anywhere in the world today without meeting proud AMIDEAST alumni. They are successful entrepreneurs and leaders in business, engineering, government and education – positions they never could have dreamed of attaining without AMIDEAST support. Their effect extends far beyond their careers to involvements that draw their families and communities together.”

        AMDIDEAST continues to play a vital role in the future of the region.

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          New Quick Run Button in RDII Analyst for Fast RTK Calibration

          One of the most powerful InfoSWMM and H2OMAP SWMM Application Tools from Innovyze is RDII Analyst.  RDII Analyst will separate out the Groundwater base flow, Dry Weather Flow (DWF), DWF Patterns, estimate the Wet Weather flow component or RDII  Rainfall -Derived Infiltration Inflow (I&I) and use a Genetic Algorithm to find  the best fit 12 RTK parameters for RDII modeling.  This powerful tool can  be used for RTK flow in InfoSWMM, H2OMAP SWMM, InfoSewer, SWMM 5 and InfoWorks ICM.  Figure 1 shows  the new Quick Run Button.  New to 2016 and  RDII  Analyst 2.0 is the Quick  Run Button which allows you to quickly recapture a previous run’s DWF,  DWF Pattern, GWI,  RDII Time  Series and the last RTK Calibration. This blog is an update  of a previous RDII Analysis Blog on the Innovyze Blog site.

          Figure 19. New Quick Run Button allows you to quickly recapture a previous run's DWF,DWF Pattern, GWI, RDII Time Series and the last RTK Calibration.

          Figure 1. New Quick Run Button allows you to quickly recapture a previous run’s DWF, DWF Pattern, GWI, RDII Time Series and the last RTK Calibration.

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            InfoWorks ICM v6.5.7 (Build 13019) is now available for user download

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            InfoWorks ICM v6.5.7 (Build 13019) is now available for user download
            ICM Workgroup Client Innovyze Workgroup Client 6.5.7.13019 Setup (x86 and x64)
            ICM Remote Agent Innovyze Remote Agent 6.5.7.13019 Setup (x64 only)
            Workgroup Data Server Innovyze Workgroup Data Server 6.5.7.13019 Setup (x86 and x64)

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              Using multiple GPU Cards with InfoWorks ICM

              Custom GPU Settings – available since InfoWorks ICM v6.0

              When a Desktop or Workstation contains multiple GPU cards, the 2D engine in InfoWorks ICM will cycle through all the available cards and pick one to use for each simulation. The criteria to select a card is based on the memory available in the card.TESLA-QUADRO

              Custom GPU settings can be used to force the 2D engine to use a specific card, or to loop through a list of GPU cards in a specific order (as specified by the user) and then select the one with the highest free memory. The Custom GPU settings can also be used to force the 2D engine to ignore certain cards.

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                InfoWorks ICM appearing in a number of recent academic publications

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                In the past couple of years there have been a number of academic papers highlighting InfoWorks ICM and various modelling approaches which can be utilised within the software.  Below is a small list of some recent ones which may be of interest to users: Continue reading

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                  Little Gems Of Functionality – Layer Lists Reassigning Paths

                  Right clicking on a Layer List and choosing properties from the pop-up menu brings up the Properties dialog box, the ‘Layer List’ tab displays the mapped drive (such as X:\) or UNC paths (such as \\servername to the GIS Layers).

                  Layer List - Properties

                  Layer List – Properties

                  GIS Layers have moved? No problem. Use the following method to reassign the path. Continue reading

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                    Small Icons in InfoWorks ICM/Infonet/InfoWorks RS or InfoWorks WS?

                    Screen resolutions of monitors and laptop screens are getting increasingly higher with 4K screens becoming more and more popular. The 4K screens have an increased pixel density which can mean that some of the icons in InfoWorks ICM, Infonet, InfoWorks RS or InfoWorks WS appear smaller than would be expected and than appeared on a screen with a lower resolution.

                    The solution is to add a shortcut to the software. In the shortcut target, append the following commands to open the software with larger toolbar icons, menus and tree items:

                    • /bigtoolbars
                    • /bigmenus
                    • /bigtreeicons

                    The 3 command line additions can be used individually or combined to be applied simultaneously.

                    Figure 1: Larger icons command line setting for InfoWorks ICM

                    Figure 1: Larger icons command line setting for InfoWorks ICM

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