Innovyze Releases InfoMaster Sewer; Next Generation Analytics-Centric Asset Management for Smart Water Networks for Digital Utilities

Innovyze Releases InfoMaster Sewer;
Next Generation Analytics-Centric Asset Management for Smart Water Networks for Digital Utilities

Groundbreaking Release Leverages ArcGIS, Advanced Analytics and iOS Mobile Technology,
Setting New Standard for Collection System Optimization and Regulatory Compliance


Broomfield, Colorado USA, May 15, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide release of InfoMaster Sewer for the enterprise management and analysis of sewer collection system data. The InfoMaster product suite provides critical insight to all utility enterprise assets, their conditions and work processes, for better planning and control. It lets utilities use information and analytics in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality, while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility. It is available exclusively for the Esri (Redlands, CA) ArcGIS 10 platform and includes components to run on the desktop, web, tablet, and smartphone environments.

InfoMaster revolutionizes the business analytics and optimization (BAO) industry for water and wastewater utilities with its “out-of-the-box” approach to geospatial wet infrastructure asset management, a distinct point of differentiation from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. The typical enterprise software deployment requires a 12- to 18-month implementation cycle, but InfoMaster can be deployed in just a day to a few weeks — creating a never before opportunity for small to medium sized utilities to optimize network management at a very low cost. Where other ERP systems are focused on electronic records management,InfoMaster is built from the ground up to provide superior business analytics and modeling capabilities. This unique offering allows utilities to manage and control for the first time both the flow of data and the flow of water for better, faster and more accurate decision making. And because InfoMaster allows data to be organized by project, a single BAO package can now be utilized by both the utility and its engineering consultants with enormous flexibility to manage data for multiple utilities.

“Wastewater utilities have struggled with limited budgets and reduced staffing and in order to maintain quality standards and efficiencies require an empowered workforce. InfoMaster provides the real time power to manage a 24/7 operation at every level of the organization,” said wet infrastructure asset management and finance expert Gregory Baird. “When time is money, the high speed implementation cycle demonstrates the ease of the mobile application while leveraging the utilities investment in Esri's ArcGIS. The ArcGIS geodatabase as the repository is the key with the biggest ROI. Esri's interoperability combined with Innovyze's mastery of data analytics and reporting, enhances work order maintenance management systems and infrastructure asset management programs.”

With InfoMaster Sewer a utility can manage its entire underground infrastructure directly from the Esri geodatabase. Because any analysis is only as strong as its underlying data, InfoMaster includes direct support for pipes, manholes, pump stations, closed circuit television (CCTV) inspections, manhole inspections, smoke testing, customer incidents, and other field activities. Data can be read directly from an enterprise geodatabase, imported or linked to third-party ERP systems, or entered directly through the desktop, web, or its companion smartphone or tablet applications.

Also released are InfoMaster FieldWork and InfoMaster FacilityWatch, two easy-to-use, easy-to-implement mobile apps designed specifically for onsite inspections and investigations. These iPhone and iPad applications connect directly to the InfoMaster server and ensure secure mobile (connected or disconnected) access to enterprise asset management data and maps for entry, viewing, and updating. Each application can be customized by an administrator for maximum efficiency and flexibility. In addition, InfoMaster FacilityWatch can be configured to allow access by the general public, enabling utility customers to submit an incident directly to the utility from their preferred mobile device. Mobile inspectors using the apps on their iPhones or iPads can complete onsite inspections—from initial log-in to submittal—and also can view and update their inspection details. The apps prevent remote data loss in areas with limited or no cellular service by saving all work locally to the device and seamlessly submitting the information when a connection is available.

InfoMaster Sewer analysis tools are unparalleled in the industry, giving utilities the ability to validate and then “slice and dice” virtually any piece of data. Armed with clean data, a utility can use InfoMaster tools and wizards to move nimbly to optimize operations. Sample applications include establishing a prioritized capital replacement plan based on inspection data from pipeline assessment and manhole assessment certification programs (PACP and MACP); reducing the number of “hotspot” cleaning activities by comparing current cleaning schedules to upstream blockage complaints reported; and overlaying smoke testing defects reported in real time through an iPhone with Bing (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) aerial maps to facilitate identification of older houses with cross connections.

“We continue to move up the technology stack into the highly innovative, high-growth business analytics and optimization (BAO) space, setting new standards in smart water networks and for the digital water utility,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, F.ASCE. “With InfoMaster, we have added a very powerful and flexible business-critical decision support tool for water and wastewater utilities worldwide, giving our customers the broadest, deepest and most integrated product offerings in our 15-year history. This breakthrough technology uses geospatial and real-time data and advanced mathematical, modeling and optimization tools to help utility owner-operators find problem areas in their water and wastewater systems, solve infrastructure issues, help prioritize projects and investment requirements, enhance security and operations, and optimize business performance. It can be effectively used in all phases of the asset lifecycle from early detection and assessment of risks to long range budgeting and planning. Our mission is to help customers solve their business challenges and produce the best, most innovative solutions. With our support, they can aim high and deliver — consistently.”