MWH Soft has released InfoWorks ICM V1.5. Since its release in early 2010, utilities, municipalities, local authorities and their consultants around the world have adopted this solution for integrated river, sewer and overland flow modelling. InfoWorks ICM V1.5 incorporates many of the features requested by the customer base.
A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is the dynamic coupling of 1D and 2D hydrodynamic models to comprehensively simulate urban flooding. By allowing the simultaneous solution of the processes of rainfall and runoff, urban drainage, river flow, and flooding, InfoWorks ICM is able to efficiently predict flood risks and support cost-effective drainage design and management. It can also be effectively used to develop online urban flooding forecasts and improve the operation of any drainage system.
The InfoWorks ICM fully integrates one-dimensional (1D) hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels and pipe networks with two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. This industry-leading software provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modelling below-ground and above-ground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths and improve understanding of the processes occurring in the holistic environment. The software also takes into account interactions of natural and man-made environments and effectively simulates the water quality impact of polluting runoff and effluent from urban areas. Such advanced capabilities greatly enhance the ability of water utilities to conceive and evaluate sound and reliable urban catchment strategies such as storm sewer separation, active real-time control and provision of adequate additional storage.
Version 1.5 adds key features to support more advanced 2D overland flow modelling. Users can now implement a 2D infiltration model by defining infiltration surfaces and choosing between a constant, fixed or Horton infiltration methodology. It is also now possible to model water quality in the 2D network. The 2D water quality engine is able to model advection and diffusion of the same pollutants that can be modelled in the 1D network. Available sources of pollutants in the 2D zone are river banks, manholes, point sources and external boundaries.
Updates to the InfoWorks ICM SQL engine are also featured in this new version. Using Structured Query Language (SQL), users can perform queries and update data on virtually any object within their InfoWorks ICM model. Version 1.5 adds more sophisticated data processing and trigonometric functions along with other advanced SQL processing options for advanced users.
MWH Soft has also continued to refine the InfoWorks ICM simulation server. The product supports the running of simulations on stand-alone workstations, within a workgroup sharing computer resources, and within an enterprise system with dedicated servers and central storage. Users can monitor and control the progress of selected simulations and the queue of simulation jobs on a straightforward user interface. They can schedule simulations on local or remote computers, setting them to run as soon as possible or after a specified time. Simulations on remote computers can continue even when users have disconnected their local computers. The simulation load can be balanced on an individual machine or within named groups of machines, giving equal priority to all users.
A complete listing of new features is available in the 'What's New' section of the online help in InfoWorks ICM V1.5.