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MWH Soft President Paul Boulos to Lead Expert Panel at ACE 2008 AWWA Hydraulic Model Integration Workshop


Premier Event Presents Innovative Technologies Shaping Future of Drinking Water Industry

Broomfield, Colorado USA, April 2008 — MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that its President and COO, Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, will chair the American Water Works Association (AWWA) workshop on integrating hydraulic network models with infrastructure management technology at the ACE 2008 conference on Sunday, June 8, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Sponsored by the AWWA Engineering and Construction Division, “Hydraulic Model Integration to Reduce Capital and Operational Expenses: Creating the Future” workshop will feature a variety of real-world case study presentations by water utility leaders from around the world. Each has hands-on experience in successfully implementing these critical distribution systems strategies. In sharing “lessons learned,” they will help demystify the complex process of integrating hydraulic network models with infrastructure management technology, from maintenance (CMMS), customer service (CIS) and engineering (CIP, GIS) to operations (SCADA).

The effective melding of modeling and management technologies is delivering significant benefits throughout the global water works industry, from enhanced enterprise performance to an improved bottom line. Among its advantages are better design of new and replacement pipes; improved water quality, leakage, energy, project and chemical inventory management; more effective preventive maintenance; and enhanced system security, integrity, performance and customer service levels.

The workshop is a must for water utilities contemplating hydraulic model integration initiatives. Participants will learn about the latest innovations and improvements in water distribution system management and operations with a special focus on integration and automation hearing from experienced industry leaders representing water utilities of many sizes across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Scheduled presenters include American Water, NJ; Cincinnati Waterworks, OH; Denver Water, CO; East Bay Municipal Utility District, CA; Gold Coast Water, Australia; Las Vegas Valley Water District, NV; San Antonio Water System, TX; Thames Water Utilities Ltd, UK; and Toronto Water, Canada. There will be an open panel format discussion period when all speakers will be available to answer questions and discuss specific model integration issues.

“As more water utilities come to depend on infrastructure management technology and hydraulic modeling software to make decisions, pressure is growing to leverage the full potential of integrating these technologies,” said Richard Humpherys, P.E., Associate for Carollo Engineers in Phoenix, Arizona, and chair of the AWWA Engineering Modeling Applications Committee. “This event offers a unique opportunity to hear from key utility figures about proven solutions and cutting-edge developments that can significantly boost productivity and success. I look forward to attending this essential workshop.”

With more than 60,000 members, AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. Its Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE), known as the World’s Water Event, is the most comprehensive and diverse water conference in the world. It is renowned for offering invaluable insights into breakthrough research, presenting the latest updates to government policies, and pinpointing emerging scientific trends in the water industry worldwide. This year’s conference will feature more than 91 sessions and over 530 presentations representing the work of more than a thousand water industry experts.

“As the focus on protecting, improving and sustaining the reliability, integrity and performance of our drinking water infrastructure systems intensifies, the need to collaborate more effectively, share information, and discuss technological innovations and proven, cost-effective solutions is more pressing than ever,” said Boulos. “This industry-leading workshop is an unprecedented opportunity for water utilities, consulting engineering firms, technology vendors and regulators to learn directly from experienced industry experts how best to plan and implement hydraulic model integration projects,” said Boulos.

It’s a must for anyone involved in the operation, production and protection of water distribution systems and the addressing and solving of critical water quality issues. It offers a wealth of invaluable learning experiences shared by people who have successfully made this transition. Attendees will come away with a much more focused understanding of the importance, benefits and shortfalls of integrated network modeling and how it can make their organizations more successful and give them a competitive edge on the future.”


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