INNOVATION IN WATER RESOURCES
united Water Adopts innovative Modeling Processes to improve Water System Management
Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, United States
united Water, which provides water and wastewater services to 7 million
people in the United States, and IDModeling, a hydraulic modeling specialty
company, developed four models to represent systems in Connecticut,
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. These models are being used
for evaluating designs, master planning, water-quality studies, energy
management, operation scenarios, and capital improvement plans.
The primary goal of the project was to standardize and streamline the
way that these models and future models are built, developed, calibrated,
documented, and updated using WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS. Standards
allow United Water to streamline processes and better coordinate work
among its employees and contractors, hand off data electronically, and
negotiate change orders involving model criteria, rework, and completion.
ALSO NOMINATED IN SPECIAL CATEGORY: ATTAINING RETURN ON INNOVATION
Jacobs Carter Burgess
WaterGEMS Modeling for Sewer System Operational Supports
Collier County, Florida, United States
collier county’s current wastewater collection system was analyzed, designed,
and constructed using modeling software with a GIS system interface to
AutoCAD. Since then, Collier has invested significant resources in GIS, with
special emphasis on its utility infrastructure system, and wanted to incorporate
computer modeling software capable of interfacing with the Florida County’s GIS.
The team expanded the WaterGEMS model in phases by adding all pump
stations (county-owned and private) and pressure and gravity mains into
WaterGEMS and recalibrating it using updated flows. In the modeling
enhancement and calibration process runs, 697 pump stations were modeled.
The WaterGEMS model was successfully enhanced so it can interface with the