Retirement of InfoWorks CS is now complete

The formal announcement of the retirement of InfoWorks CS was made on the 1st December 2014, following the successful introduction of InfoWorks ICM SE (Sewer Edition) in 2013.

Press Release: Innovyze Retires InfoWorks CS with Launch of More Powerful Next-Generation InfoWorks ICM SE (Sewer Edition) Software

Following this schedule, the Support Program for InfoWorks CS was formally closed on 15th December 2015. All existing customer support contracts for InfoWorks CS have now expired. This does not affect support contracts for any other Innovyze products.

As a result of this, Innovyze is no longer able to provide technical support regarding the use of the InfoWorks CS product. Customers with valid InfoWorks CS licences are, of course, fully entitled to continue using the software, but usage will be unsupported by Innovyze. The Innovyze User Forums at http://forums.innovyze.com/ continue to be available for questions to be put to the wider wastewater modelling community.

The following link answers a number of questions regarding the retirement of InfoWorks CS.

Blog Article: Frequently Asked Questions regarding sunsetting InfoWorks CS

The official upgrade program from InfoWorks CS to InfoWorks ICM closed at the end of December 2015. This program allowed customers with supported InfoWorks CS licences to receive a trade-in discount valued at 100% of the current list price of CS when upgrading to InfoWorks ICM. If you have not upgraded your license as of 31st December 2015, but are still interested in migrating to InfoWorks ICM, please contact your local Innovyze Sales Team or your local Channel Partner, either of whom will be able to prepare a formal quotation. Worldwide contact details can be found at http://www.innovyze.com/contactus/

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    InfoWorks ICM : Network Dongle Selection Method

    If you have multiple Network Dongles for InfoWorks ICM they can all be hosted in the same physical server. The end-user accesses a particular device by referencing the dongles Hardware Serial Number.  This is a unique 10 digit number set by the manufacturer at the time pf production, it’s not the InfoWorks Licence number that Innovyze assign to the dongle when you buy a software licence.

    Local Licence Key Wizard
    When the InfoWorks ICM software is first installed on PC (or when a new version is installed for the first time), the licence wizard must be run once with the “All Users” setting.  Choose a dongle that anyone who might be using that PC would normally expect to utilise (i.e. the default choice).  Selecting the “All Users” option needs an account with elevated Windows permissions because it sets an all-important registry key for that version of the InfoWorks ICM software.

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      When the IIF() Function is Your Friend. Part 2.

      Following on from my previous post, which you can read here, on the incredibly useful the IIF() function, I have been working on an example of nested IIF() functions. This inserts an IIF() function within another, with another, within another ad-infinitum.

      As an example let’s imagine that what I’m after is, the week that a specific date falls in, within a given year. The first week NOT starting on January 1st, but rather the first Monday of January. This can be thought as the difference between the date and the first Monday of January divided by seven. We must then take the value returned and round up (or take the ceiling).

      As example we’ll generate a table with the following 11 fields…

      1. CCTV Survey ID
      2. Survey Date
      3. Year of Survey
      4. Day on 1st
      5. Day on 2nd
      6. Day on 3rd
      7. Day on 4th
      8. Day on 5th
      9. Day on 6th
      10. Day on 7th
      11. Week Of the Year Starting On 1st Monday Of the Year

      … to do this we of course use a SELECT statement. The first 10 fields are easy enough:

      Initial SELECT Query

      Initial SELECT Query

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        Innovyze RDII Analyst for the Analysis and Calibration of RDII, DWF, DWF Patterns and GWI in Sewer Collection Systems

        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 one of the  end results of RDII Analyst – a correlation plot of Observed versus Calibrated RDII Volume for the simulated events.

        RDII Analyst is a significant improvement over the EPA SSOAP program, performs QA/QC of rainfall and flow monitoring data and decomposes the flow data into Dry-Weather Flow (DWF) and Wet-Weather Flow (RDII) components using criteria such as rainfall threshold. The DWF component is further analyzed to construct a DWF pattern that can be used to simulate the collection system using InfoSWMM. The DWF pattern is then assigned to the source nodes that contribute DWF to the meter location in proportion to sewershed areas or based on other criteria. The RDII component is then analyzed to determine RDII events and to calibrate parameters of the RTK synthetic unit hydrograph so that the RDII flow simulated by the RTK method closely matches the RDII flow obtained by the decomposition process. The RTK unit hydrograph parameters are calibrated with genetic algorithm optimization. The calibrated RTK parameters and the DWF patterns are then passed to InfoSWMM to carry out detailed dynamic flow routing through the sewer system and evaluate system response to support the development of an optimal capital improvement program. You can read the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress paper by Misgana and Boulos (2008) with a complete description and validation of the RDII Analyst workflow process for both RDII Analyst and for the InfoSWMM Calibrator Add-On in the InfoSWMM Suite (Boulos, 2005)

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        Figure 1. Correlation plot of Observed versus Calibrated RDII Volume for the simulated events.

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          Floating Licences : Network Dongles vs. Software Keys

          Floating licences can be deployed via either Hardware Locks (Network Dongles) or our in-house software based authentication system. Some consider that Hardware Locks provide a more robust solution for organisations with complex network infrastructure and they are currently the preferred solution for many of our larger InfoWorks ICM users. The Sentinel HASP HL Net Dongle supplied by Innovyze offers an overview of licence use (and misuse!) through a web-based interface. The web-interface can also control licence usage, including the ability to re-claim licences from inactive users.

          HASP HL Net

          However, the logistics of a Network Dongle solution can be more complicated for organisations who have a broad range of InfoWorks ICM licence sizes and configurations, because a Network Dongle can only host licences of the same size/configuration.  Those with different sized licences need multiple Network Dongles.  Luckily, the new Network Dongles we supply for InfoWorks ICM and InfoNet can co-exist with each other in the same server, so just one physical machine can host multiple Network Dongles without any problems.  You can, of course, put them in different machines as well – it makes no difference to the end-users, it’s just a logistics issue for the IT Department. Continue reading

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            Hydraulic Gradient Line and Total Energy Line

            In version 4.5 of ICM there was new functionality introduced that would place a new trace on long section views for results. The existing hydraulic gradient line still exists, shown as a blue line indicating the water surface level, in addition to this there is now a new pink line present which represents the total energy line.

             Long Section

            The total energy line represents the hydraulic grade line with the velocity head component (v²/2g) present as well. The functionality was added to provide users with better understanding of the energy loss through a long section, in addition to the headloss that might be present.

             

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              When the IIF() Function is Your Friend

              Why is this function your friend?

              Well because it is flexible, allowing you to choose between two alternatives, which can be simple values or even other functions, including nested IIF functions. The IIF function is defined as follows.

              IIF(condition, first alternative, second alternative)
              The IIF function returns the value of the second parameter if the first expression evaluates as true, otherwise returns the third. e.g.

              IIF(service_total_score > total_score, service_total_score, total_score) > 20 will select those objects with the maximum of the service_total_score and the total_score being greater than 20

              Take the case where you want to generate a table using a SELECT statement. But because in a SELECT query you cannot use a WHERE statement more that once then we have to look to another function and this is where our friend IIF() can help us. Take for example if you wanted to create a table showing catchment ID on the left hand most column followed by columns for length of structural grade 4 and length of grade 5 pipes. The following SQL returns and error:

              SELECT doesn’t like more that one WHERE clause

              SELECT doesn’t like more that one WHERE clause

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                New Feature in ICM 6.5 to Copy a Specific Committed Version of a Network

                One of the most useful features within InfoWorks ICM is the version control which allows uses to build their model iteratively, committing (Saving to the master database) at regular intervals and keeping a full QA of the model commit history together with users, versions, data/times and details in the form of user notes.  This allows modellers, managers and end clients to see the full history of the model development and go back to any of the previously committed versions if desired.

                Although in most cases such a commit history is useful to modellers and end users, some modellers wanted a final version of the network without the commit history QA or the various iterative version during the model build process.  Prior to version 6.5, there were various roundabout approaches to do this, but now in version 6.5 there is a much more efficient method to copying a particular committed version, together with it’s scenarios, into another location in the Master Database from where it can be copied and pasted into a transportable database as required.  This approach removes the QA information, the version history and in some instances reduces the file size of the final network when copying to a transportable database for transfer to another user.

                To copy a particular commited version, firstly open the Commit History (Network-Version Control-Show Commit History), select the version you want to copy, select the ‘Copy’ button and then choose where you want to save that version too.

                Figure 1: Copy a Network Version from the Commit History

                Figure 1: Copy a Network Version from the Commit History

                After a short moment you will then be able to access the new network, with a copy of the data for the selected commit versions without the previous commit history.

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                  InfoWorks ICM v6.5.2 (Build 13012) is now available for user download

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                  InfoWorks ICM v6.5.2 (Build 13012) is now available for user download
                  ICM Workgroup Client Innovyze Workgroup Client 6.5.2.13012 Setup (x86 and x64)
                  ICM Remote Agent Innovyze Remote Agent 6.5.2.13012 Setup (x64 only)
                  Workgroup Data Server Innovyze Workgroup Data Server 6.5.2.13012 Setup (x86 and x64)
                  System Requirements
                  Compatible 32-bit OS: Desktop: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10

                  Server: Windows Server 2008 R2

                  Compatible 64-bit OS: Desktop: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10

                  Server: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

                  Prerequisites: Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 (must be full install, not client profile)
                  Hardware Requirements: CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz minimum or higher; Hyper-threading (HHT) or Multi-core recommended. Processor: Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater). Memory/RAM: 4 GB minimum, at least 8Gb recommended. Screen Resolution: 1440 x 900 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi). Disk Space: 720 MB of free space to accommodate all installation files.  Additional disk space needed for database and/or temporary working files.  Keep at least 50Gb of disk space available for results files. Virtual memory system needs additional free disk space when working on large models. Video/Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce, Quadro, NVS and TESLA GPU cards supported for 2D Simulations. Only TESLA cards are supported for simulations conducted on remote hosts (needs very latest NVidia drivers). Networking Hardware: Simple TCP/IP, Network Card or Microsoft Loopback Adapter is required for the Dongle License Manager and Remote Simulation/Meshing connections.
                  Software Authentication Choice
                  Software Key Local Licence Key or Floating Licence Key served by a Floating Licence Manager.
                  Hardware Lock (Dongle) Local USB Dongle (Sentinel Pro, HASP HL Max) or a Network USB Dongle (HASP HL Net) for LAN/WAN installations.
                  Optional Components
                  Compatible GIS: ESRI ArcGIS 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2 or 10.3 (Check your PC ability to run ArcGIS)

                  MapInfo Professional 10.5 or above

                  Compatible Database: Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012; Oracle RDBMS v9i, v10g or v11g

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                    New Theme for Controlled objects in InfoWorks WS

                    In the process of setting up a model for simulation, many objects will have control applied. To find Controlled objects you can visit each object and inspect its control tab but that could be rather laborious. A new Valve and Pump Status Theme can be used to show valve and pump control status in the Geoplan.

                    Available since version 16, this new Theme can be applied to valves and pumps whenever control is available. Before and after simulation, the Pump and Valve control Status theme can be applied in addition to link and node themes.

                    Accessed from the Theme menu, the Valve and Pump Status Theme can be customised to the user’s requirements and may be applied to the Geoplan of the static Network and Control or the Geoplan of results.

                    A new “Has Valve” option has been appended to the pipe grid. When the “Has Valve” option is checked for a pipe and the Valve and Pump Status theme is applied, a small symbol appears at the centre of the pipe link. The symbol is green if the pipe is open and red if it is closed.

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