Canada’s Largest City Standardizes on MWH Soft ArcGIS-Centric Technology
The City of Toronto Embraces InfoWater Suite to Support Large-Scale
Enterprise-Wide Geospatial Water Network Modeling
Broomfield, Colorado USA, January 18, 2006 - MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that the City of Toronto, Canada’s biggest metropolis, has standardized on MWH Soft’s InfoWater Suite to drive its enterprise-wide geospatial hydraulic modeling effort. This purchase equips Toronto with a full range of high-performance ArcGIS-centric (ESRI, Redlands, CA) water infrastructure analysis and management capabilities that will enable it to cope adeptly with fast expansion and optimize capital planning, operations and community relations.
The City of Toronto, home to more than 2.5 million people, is the largest of Canada’s vibrant urban centers and the hub of its commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life. Toronto Water (TW), the city’s water division, has been honored with numerous awards, including the OWWA Award of Excellence in Water Efficiency. TW provides drinking water to the City of Toronto and a major portion of the Region of York through a complex system comprising 5,384 km of distribution mains, 469 km of trunk mains, 52,900 valves, 44,460 hydrants, 18 pump stations, 10 reservoirs, 470,000 service connections, and four treatment plants.
Faced with rapid growth and an aging infrastructure (17% of water mains are 80 to 100 years old and 7% of water mains are over 100 years old), TW is estimating future annual capital needs for both water and wastewater will double to more than $500 million by 2008. TW plans to harness the power of InfoWater Suite to continue setting tighter standards within the organization that facilitate better decision-making and more economical operations.
“A growing number of utilities and engineering organizations worldwide are recognizing the unique value of MWH Soft’s superior geospatial technology,” said Christopher W. Baxter, Ph.D, President of HYDRANNT Consulting in Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada. “InfoWater is quickly becoming the industry standard, because it offers the best all-around geocentric modeling capabilities and delivers the most value and power to its users.”
Unlike competing products, the innovative network modeling technology of the MWH Soft geospatial software suite addresses every facet of water utility infrastructure management, optimization and protection - delivering the highest rate of return in the industry. Built atop ArcGIS, InfoWater Suite seamlessly integrates advanced water distribution network hydraulic, water quality and optimization functionality with the latest generation of industry-leading GIS technology.
The suite effortlessly reads GIS datasets; corrects network topology problems and data flaws; extracts pertinent modeling information; and automatically constructs, skeletonizes, loads, calibrates and generates optimized solutions with astounding speed. The result is performance modeling that sets new levels of scalability, reliability, functionality and flexibility within the powerful ArcGIS environment, completely eliminating the need for inefficient, unreliable data synchronization and synching schemes or middle link interfaces required by other software. Using these advanced tools, water utilities can easily simulate and evaluate various operating conditions, pinpoint system deficiencies, and determine the most cost-effective improvements to achieve optimum performance, ensure regulatory compliance, and meet new security challenges.
“As the trend continues to shift toward geoengineering technology, MWH Soft stands out as the only company to offer a comprehensive, fully integrated, true ArcGIS-centric modeling solution - one that enables water utilities to efficiently and cost-effectively manage, maintain and utilize geospatial information using hallmark flow, pressure, energy and quality analysis and optimization tools to enhance decision-making,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. “The City of Toronto is well known for its unwavering commitment to providing first-class customer service and protecting the environment. Its eagerness to leverage the latest technologies speaks volumes about the strategic awareness of its employees and the intensity of their focus on delivering long-term benefits to their customers. We are thrilled that Toronto Water has chosen MWH Soft as its solution partner, and look forward to participating in its continued success.”
About MWH Soft
MWH Soft is a leading global provider of technical and infrastructure software and professional solutions designed to meet the technological needs of utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest North American cities and ENR top design firms. The multifaceted, state-of-the-art CAD and GIS enabled products created by MWH Soft, empower thousands of engineers across the globe to competitively manage, design, and operate highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems. For more information, call MWH Soft at (626) 568-6868, or visit www.mwhsoft.com.
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