The Capital of Silicon Valley Chooses InfoWorks ICM for Smart Water Network Modeling


The Capital of Silicon Valley Chooses InfoWorks ICM for Smart Water Network Modeling

San José, California, Looks to Innovyze Solution to Manage Its Wastewater and Stormwater Networks



Broomfield, Colorado USA, July 31, 2012 — Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of San José, California, has selected InfoWorks ICM to meet its complex sewerage and stormwater modeling requirements. With this purchase, San Jose gains access to the most advanced and comprehensive collection system modeling and management applications in the industry.

The City of San José serves nearly a million residents and businesses spread out over 178 square miles (461 km2). It owns and operates a sewer collection system consisting of approximately 2,259 miles (3,636 km) of sanitary sewer mains (varying from 6 to 90 inches in diameter), 45,000 manholes, and 15 pump stations. The collected wastewater is conveyed to the city’s Water Pollution Control Plant by major interceptor pipelines located in the northern part of San José.

“San José is committed to continuous improvement of our system and finding the most economical ways to improve its performance,” noted Shelley Guo, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer. “We’ve started using InfoWorks ICM within both our sanitary master planning group and stormwater group to help us achieve this goal.” The City will also see a productivity boost by utilizing the InfoWorks ICM simulation server to run modeling simulations in their data center, freeing up their modeler’s computers for other tasks. 

A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is its dynamic integration of one-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels, and pipe networks with two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. This industry-leading software provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modeling belowground and aboveground 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 wastewater utilities’ ability to predict flood risks; support cost-effective drainage design and management; develop online urban flooding forecasts; conceive and evaluate sound and reliable urban catchment strategies such as storm sewer separation, active real-time control, and provision of adequate additional storage; and improve the operation of any drainage system.

A sophisticated tool for importing, tracking, and auditing large amounts of highly complex data, InfoWorks ICM allows the development of cost-effective, innovative solutions to engineering challenges as well as a complete understanding of the processes involved. Multiple simulations can be scheduled across a pool of workstations with results returned to a single location, making for highly effective use of computing resources.

“We are proud to add San José as the latest leading sewer utility to switch to InfoWorks ICM,” said J. Erick Heath, P.E., Innovyze Vice President and Director of Americas Operations. “This vanguard product has proven to be the top choice of collection system engineers charged with planning, designing, operating, and sustaining safe and reliable drainage systems and protecting the public health and our waterways.”