MWH soft unveils highly anticipated infoworks ICM for integrated modeling of above- and below-ground drainage systems

MWH Soft, a leading global innovator of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and technologies, today announced the second quarter 2010 release of InfoWorks ICM. The product enhances the company’s powerful workgroup management modeling platform, InfoWorks, by giving users the ability to model below-ground collections systems and above-ground drainage in one powerful simulation package. The new product further substantiates MWH Soft’s continued dominance of the geospatial hydraulic infrastructure modeling and management market and its ongoing commitment to innovation for its customers.
A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is the integration of hydrodynamic and hydrological models within the powerful workgroup management platform to enable truly coupled drainage systems and receiving environments analysis. InfoWorks ICM provides a new single simulation engine that fully integrates 1D and 2D simulation of above- and below-ground manmade drainage, open channels, rivers and floodplains. This is an industry-leading development and the first software in the world to successfully combine these advanced modeling capabilities in a single simulation engine. InfoWorks ICM will be able to model manholes, pipes, inlets, natural channels and man-made channels. The resulting model contains common hydrology and can include both catchment and floodplain data.
This holistic approach to catchment modeling is especially important in the United Kingdom and across Europe, where legislation and future asset management planning requirements mandate that planners use an integrated model when considering how to assess the more complex elements of flooding across an entire catchment.
“We have listened to our customers’ needs and kept pace with evolving regulatory requirements to develop a groundbreaking technology for our industry,” said Andrew Brown, EMEA Regional Manager for MWH Soft. “InfoWorks ICM is the first product of its kind to truly tackle the complexities of urban environments and river floodplains in one proven stable simulation.”
InfoWorks ICM supports the running of simulations on standalone 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 their own local computers as well as 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 own local computers. The simulation load can be balanced on an individual machine or within named groups of machines, giving equal priority to all users.
The new simulation server also allows users to store results locally or share them on a central server. Simulations can be left to complete and their results uploaded to the central server without further user intervention.
An easy-to-use inheritance tree-type scenario manager allows the user to quickly apply different “what if” scenarios to the base network model. This enables the user to maintain a single model of the drainage system and quickly construct, apply, and evaluate different scenarios as they relate to that model. Scenarios can be cut, copied, and pasted between different branches of the inheritance tree, allowing the user to quickly combine different scenarios to address a particular modeling concern.
The scenario manager also allows for the addition and deletion of network elements, such as pipes, pump stations and storage tanks, as well as network sub-models for each scenario. This enables the modeler to analyze sewerage master plans with future growth and land use changes in mind. A batch simulation feature facilitates efficient examination of alternative modeling scenarios by allowing the user to select which scenario(s) to analyze and then automatically running them.
InfoWorks ICM is a revolutionary product that brings a host of new and highly advanced technology to the world’s wastewater utilities,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, F.ASCE, President and COO of MWH Soft. “By giving engineers easy access to comprehensive and very advanced tools like this one, we can enhance their ability to consistently design and operate safe and reliable infrastructures and effectively protect public health and our waterways. InfoWorks ICM sustains MWH Soft’s record for being first — a distinction that is important only because it extends our customers’ competitive advantage. It will influence hydraulic and water quality engineering for years to come.”
About MWH Soft

MWH Soft is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure modeling and simulation software and professional solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. With unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, MWH Soft’s connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empower thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate and sustain highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems, and provide an enduring platform for customer success.

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