Project Bundling – Post Rehab Plan

At the end of running a rehab flowchart, the rehab summary report is generated which shows the assigned rehab action for each pipe. However, many utilities and engineering consultants do not perform rehab actions on an individual pipe basis, but on many pipes grouped into individual projects. This blog addresses how InfoMaster users can bundle pipes into work orders and projects.

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    Importing Custom Service Requests, Inspections, etc.

    Many times, our clients will have custom inspection data for assets and will want to bring that information into InfoMaster.  Because InfoMaster is extremely flexible with both GIS and tabular data, there are lots of ways of doing this, but the technique below is one suggested method.  The following steps describe how custom inspection data can be brought into InfoMaster through the Work Manager tool.

    1. First, convert your survey data to an attribute table and import this attribute table into your InfoMaster project database.  Below is my example:

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      The Trick to Applying 1D Initial Conditions to ICM Simulations

      In InfoWorks ICM, it is possible to assign initial node levels or inflows as well as initial depths and flows along a river reach. If you have attempted this by creating an Initial Conditions 1D object and applying it to your Hydraulic Run only to find that the initial conditions specified were not applied, you might have been missing a few crucial steps. This only occurs if the initial conditions have been partially applied, ie, not all nodes/links have had initial conditions specified.

      Simply applying your Initial Conditions 1D object to your run here may not ensure that the initial conditions will be applied if some of the adjacent nodes/sections do not have their initial conditions set.  In which case there will be a message in the log file:

      Warning 1124: Some nodes and links in the network are not in the state.  SIM will fill in levels from known state nodes.

      There will then be an initialization phase which propagates any defined levels from the 1D initial conditions object throughout the network.


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        Exporting Map Themes from InfoMaster

        One of the main benefits of InfoMaster is the ability to leverage all of the different applications already within ArcMap.  Because InfoMaster is completely built within the geodatabase structure, all InfoMaster data is also ArcGIS data.  This makes it very easy for users to generate data and results with InfoMaster and then transform that data into a raw attribute table, feature class, or shapefile, so that anyone with ArcMap can view the data.

        Below is a quick example of how seamless and user friendly this process can be.  Say, for example, that you want to export out your risk results from your gravity main facility type as a map display.  First, you would generate a map display by right-clicking on the desired risk analysis and selecting Map Display…

        In the Thematic Mapping dialog, select the display preferences and then click update.  Users can adjust weights, colors, labels, etc. and save the theme so that it can be easily be recalled in the future.  Also note in the screenshot below that InfoMaster’s Thematic Mapping window has be simplified for a more user friendly experience in InfoMaster Update 8.1. Continue reading

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          CoFs & LoFs: Pie Charts and Risk Weights

          Ever wonder how the LOF and COF Contribution Pie Charts  are generated in InfoMaster?  If so, read on!

          The percentages are calculated when InfoMaster sums the total COFs and LOFs in the risk report.

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            The Relationships between Rehab Tables

            In InfoMaster, there are five special tables to help users go from defect codes to costs for completing rehab actions. These five tables can be found under the main InfoMaster dropdown:

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              Failure Modeling In InfoMaster 8.0

              Along with many more subtle updates to InfoMaster 8.0, what used to be called Reliability Analysis in InfoMaster has now been upgraded and renamed as Failure and Deterioration Modeling. The Failure/Deterioration tools in InfoMaster allow users to select from a multitude of industry-adopted deterioration models. These complex models will provide estimated failure probability for pipes as a function of time. Advanced knowledge of statistics is NOT required to run these models! Rather, the user must simply have an understanding of which pipes have already failed (and the criteria that defines such), and of course, the data to back it up.

              Getting started with these models is as simple as working your way down through the four steps in the Failure/Deterioration Modeling module.

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                InfoMaster Advanced Reports – User Guide

                InfoMaster’s Advanced Report and Report Designer options create a powerful tool for users wanting to convey specific InfoMaster results. These tools allow total customization for how an analysis can be displayed, as well as allowing users to perform other analysis outside of InfoMaster’s traditional toolkit! Custom functions and calculations can be created within these reports and applied to any InfoMaster data tables. For example, pump efficiencies and costs may exist only in tables right now, with custom reports, a user could create an equation that evaluates which pumps are candidates to be replaced based Return-on-investment and Life-Cycle costs (just as an example) and then produce a report that lays it all out. Users can create pivot tables, charts, add pictures, flowcharts, etc. from their InfoMaster model and save it as a custom template for future use or even share these templates within their organization or other InfoMaster users. These custom report templates are file-based and thus they are shareable!

                With nearly unlimited customization, however, comes an added layer of complexity.  To assist our clients wanting to harness this powerful tool, InfoMaster comes preloaded with a Custom Report template library (which continues to grow) and additionally Innovyze is happy to provide the attached user guide specifically for customizing Advanced Reports.  Please use the link below to download.

                Advanded Report_Report Designer User Guide

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                  InfoWorks ICM and ICMLive in Japan

                  Recently I had the fortunate experience of visiting the Japan Sewage Works Exhibition ’17 at the Big Sight, Tokyo with our Japanese distributors, Emori Infotec (https://www.i-emori.co.jp/product/), to meet our Japanese customers and learn how they are using Innovyze software such as InfoWorks ICM and ICMLive in Japan.

                  The exhibition was a fantastic opportunity to meet our customers who are using ICMLive. I had the opportunity to meet MetaWater (http://www.metawater.co.jp/eng/) who have been undertaking pilot studies as part of the Breakthrough by Dynamic Approach in Sewage High (B-DASH) Technology project (http://www.nilim.go.jp/lab/ecg/english/b_dash.htm) to use ICMLive to provide a monitoring system, forecast sewer water levels, to support flood preparation and improved operation of the sewer system.

                  The pilot project was carried out in Fukui, the capital city of Fukui prefecture on the west coast of Japan, with a population of approximately 265,000. Fukui has a warm and temperate climate with on average 2400mm of rainfall per year. The rainfall events appear to come from nowhere (‘guerrilla’ rainfall) with very short, intense rainfall.

                  High Resolution Rainfall Radar data for the study area was collected via Furuno Radar and automatically harvested and imported into ICMLive. The observed radar has a spatial resolution of 50m and a temporal resolution of 1 minute. Forecasted rainfall had a spatial resolution of 250m and a temporal resolution of 5 minutes. The rainfall radar data is also output to a website as in Figure 1.

                  Figure 1: Public Website for the pilot study (created by MetaWater) showing the forecast rainfall radar data for Fukui, Japan.

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                    InfoNet Dashboards

                    Dashboards allows users to display their data graphically, thus drawing out and displaying it as useful information. Dashboards in InfoNet display simple graphics (called ‘widgets’) like a numerical, a pie chart, graph or simple table. Note that it is SQLs that are used in Dashboards to supply the widgets with the data.

                    As an example for this blog, I’m going to outline how to create an example dashboard, built around Customer Complaints and some Customer Complaint statistics that I think may be of interest. Note that a dashboard can display widgets about any InfoNet object or set of objects on the one dashboard. I am simply choosing, keeping things simple, to build a dashboard with widgets built around just Customer Complaints.

                    First of all I’ll create the filing structure i.e., Asset Groups in which to create my dashboard and the required SQLs.

                    Asset Groups and Files

                    Asset Groups and Files

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