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British Columbia’s Largest City Selects MWH Soft Engineering GIS Modeling Solution


Advanced Technology Will Support City of Vancouver’s Comprehensive Geocentric Water Infrastructure Management

Broomfield, Colorado USA, July 2008 — MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that after a thorough evaluation of alternative technologies, the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has selected MWH Soft’s InfoWater Suite, to drive its enterprise-wide geospatial hydraulic modeling effort. The purchase equips Vancouver with a full range of high-performance ArcGIS-centric (ESRI, Redlands, California) water infrastructure analysis and management capabilities that will enable it to cope adeptly with fast expansion while optimizing capital planning, operations and community relations.

With a population of over 610,000, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest in Canada, covering an area of 114 sq km. It is recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities, renowned for its innovative programs and leadership in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity. The city operates and maintains a complex drinking water infrastructure system comprising over 1,500 km of pipes ranging from 20 mm to 1,950 mm in diameter. The City plans to harness the power of InfoWater Suite to continue setting tighter organization standards that facilitate better decision-making for more reliable and cost-effective management strategies.

“We determined to standardize on InfoWater Suite because of its widespread use and outstanding reputation in Canada as well as the excellent local technical expertise and support,” said Kathryn McCreary, Waterworks Engineer for the City of Vancouver B.C. “The software’s impressive computational speed was also a big plus as we move to construct and calibrate an all pipe extended period simulation (EPS) model of our water distribution system.”

Offering direct support to geodatabases, the innovative network modeling technology of the MWH Soft geospatial software suite is unlike competing products. It addresses every facet of utility infrastructure management and protection, delivering the highest rate of return in the industry. Users can choose the tools that best fit their needs, from creating detailed all-pipe models, analyzing various hydraulic and water quality conditions, and identifying system deficiencies to designing new facilities, optimizing operations and performance, determining protective measures and security upgrades, and expanding and rehabilitating existing systems. The suite also allows users to share mission-critical GIS and modeling information in real time on the Internet and corporate intranets to facilitate collaboration and decision making.

“Our continued investment in best of breed GIS-centric modeling and design solutions that are easy to implement and use has set an industry standard for mainstream geospatial modeling technology worldwide,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and Chief Operating Officer of MWH Soft. “Those solutions are delivering superior business advantages for our customers in the form of consistent, high quality, high performance engineering GIS modeling data; enhanced efficiency; and reliable, cost-effective projects. We are pleased that a visionary, leading organization like the City of Vancouver B.C. has chosen MWH Soft InfoWater technology to support its enterprise-wide GIS modeling, help manage its water infrastructure more effectively at maximum savings, and support it in delivering the superior quality of drinking water their customers have come to expect.”


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