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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            Every Drop Counts – A Call to Innovation

            by Zach Sample, P.E.
            Stormwater Products Manager

            A Request for Startups post on January 3rd on the Y Combinator Blog caught my eye.  The blogger talked about the need to prepare for things to get worse with regard to climate change, and called for applications for funding from those working on new technologies that could inexpensively produce clean water.

            Being someone with a background in Water Resources Engineering, water in the environment and its part in the cycle of life is near and dear to my heart. Current water-related events in our world have shown that even when water is abundant (which isn’t always the case), we often still can’t drink it. Not only is safe drinking water an underappreciated and terribly important need (see Flint’s problem, which is still ongoing!) but safe non-potable water of all kinds is a litmus test for the health of our society.

            What really piqued my interest was the concept that innovation within the greater water resources realm is at a point where small ideas and support could lead to large positive change for everyone.  Change doesn’t require huge or costly innovation or technology.  Successful startups disrupt and/or energize established market components.  The Request for Startups post illustrated to me the built up potential that is waiting to be unleashed in the water resources realm.

            Here at home, I generally spend a majority of my time considering the various facets of stormwater engineering – how we plan, design, construct, utilize, demolish and reuse the world around us and how stormwater is affected or alternatively affects the various parts of the infrastructure lifecycle. I recognize that there is still a lot I don’t know and a lot of habits I have professionally that could use more critical analysis.  What small thing could I do that might impact the larger picture?

            It got me thinking about which professional education opportunity I could pursue, conference I could engage in and local company or team practice I could improve. Once I started looking there were a range of things that I could easily accomplish that could make positive impacts far beyond just myself or even my company. I’ll be presenting this year at Stormcon and the Ohio Stormwater Conference, and listening to ideas and input from other stormwater professionals that we might use to improve software tools – which could in turn help people improve our infrastructure.  I’m learning why habits are so hard to change in “The Power of Habit”.  Change can be great but it’s almost never easy.  I ask to sit in on meetings with departments outside my team to learn how they overcome challenges in what they do to see if I could use their ideas.  This is just my starting point.

            With that I raise a call to action:

            Look around yourself in your work/life and consider what small practices or habits you could improve upon.  Keep in mind that when it comes to water resources, small changes can have a big collective impact. Private engineers, city officials, contractors, permit reviewers, surveyors, and the industry sector as a whole work together on stormwater issues by communicating and implementing their individual portion of the greater process. Small improvements, small boosts in efficiency or clarity of communication impact the larger process. Find something that will engage you, enlighten you or simply make your work easier – I imagine you will have a lot of fun and we will all benefit from your innovative contribution.  Thank you for that.

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              What’s the purpose of the River Section Panel Markers in InfoWorks ICM?

              A question we often get asked is does the presence of panel markers in a river reach section matter? Does it affect results?  The answer to both is yes, particularly in the case of extended river sections to represent out-of-bank flow.

              With a river reach section, a conveyance profile is generated based on the cross-section area and wetted perimeter of each vertex within the river section as shown by the equation below:-

              Figure 1: Conveyance Calculation

              Where K is the conveyance, A the area, n the Mannings’ n roughness value and P the wetted perimeter.  This conveyance term is then used in the St Venant equations which determine the flows and depths within the river sections. Continue reading

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                A Method (RUBY Scripting) to Import an InfoWorks ICM Model into InfoNet.

                Over the years there has been one question from my InfoNet clients that has consistently popped up; “How do I import an InfoWorks ICM Model into InfoNet?”. I must have been asked this a squillion times, and the answer has always been the same.

                “Since models don’t necessarily reflect what is in the ground, through model thinning, simplification or optioneering, InfoNet does not provide an importer, InfoNet is about data certainty and confidence.”

                Because of the many import/export options available in both InfoWorks ICM and InfoNet there has always been the tedious and very long winded method of exporting data from InfoWorks ICM and then importing this into InfoNet. This meant exporting data to separate tables (CSV, TAB SHP etc.) from InfoWorks ICM and then importing these individually into InfoNet via the Open Data Import Centre (ODIC). That is creating a configuration for each table and then going through the myriad clicks in InfoNet ODIC to import one table at a time, which on top of the tedium, this manual method is also open to error.

                So from all this demand (aiming to keep you all happy and avoid you tedium) as well as there now being a method to automate processes in InfoNet and InfoWorks (Ruby Scripting within the Innovyze Workgroup Client) I have devised/scripted a method that will first export from an InfoWorks ICM Model into an InfoNet Collection Network. Continue reading

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                  Simple vs. Rule-Based Controls in InfoWater

                  InfoWater contains two ways users can apply controls to different model features: Simple controls and Rule-Based controls.  Simple controls  can be accessed within the Model Explorer after selecting a pipe, valve, or pump.  These controls can be used to change the status for pumps, valves, and pipes based on changes in time, pressure/head at nodes, pipe flows, etc.  For most models, these simple controls are flexible enough to satisfy rules the user wants input into the simulation.

                  However, if more customization is needed, users can access Rule-Based controls (InfoWater > Edit > Rule-Based Control…).  These controls can include If-Then-Else statements based on a wide range of system parameters and can be prioritized as well.  Note also that if the user wants to user these Rule-Based controls within a simulation, they must check the ‘Enable Rule Control’ option in the Simulation Options window. Continue reading

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                    How to Safely Clean Working and Results Files in ICM

                    As you work in InfoWorks ICM, you may notice that you are running out of space on your hard drive. This can happen when you work in ICM often and make loads of changes to your model without cleaning out the working folder, but is mostly due to unused and temporary results files. This blog post will cover how to clean up both working and results files.

                    To clean out local working files (this also applies to InfoNet):

                    1. Open a master database in InfoWorks ICM
                    2. Commit your changes to all networks and close them in the GeoPlan (it’s OK to leave some uncommitted changes, but the files associated with those networks will not be cleaned out).
                    3. Go to Tools>Options>Local Folders.
                    4. Make sure that the Working Folder is selected from the dropdown as shown below.
                    5. Click on the ‘Clean unused files from the folder for this database’ button to clean out the Working Folder.

                    6.  Repeat steps 1-5 for each master database.

                    To clean out the local results folder: Continue reading

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