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Niagara Falls to Host Prestigious MWH Soft International User Conference for Water/Wastewater and GIS/IT Professionals


Comprehensive Event Sponsored by ESRI, the Regional Municipality of Niagara and Leading Engineering and Technology Firms Will Explore Power of Tomorrow’s Technology Today

Broomfield, Colorado USA, August 30, 2006 - MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today finalized the technical program for its 2006 International User Conference, slated for October 2-3, 2006 at the Marriott Fallsview & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Widely considered to be the most comprehensive and significant infrastructure modeling and management technology conference of its kind, the premier event is targeted to industry executives and decision makers around the world who are involved in all aspects of the operation, production and protection of water distribution, sewer collection and urban drainage systems.

This year’s conference is sponsored by the Regional Municipality of Niagara, ESRI, the Environmental Protection Agency and a roster of top engineering and technology firms including Earth Tech, Elber De Jesus Hernandez Ingenieria Civil & Ambiental, Flow Science, Hydrannt Consulting, KYPIPE LLC, and MWH. The foremost engineering, regulatory, technology and security authorities in the water and wastewater field will be on hand to discuss the latest technological innovations, real-world strategies, practical solutions, proven infrastructure protection measures, and technical information.

As more utilities come to depend on hydraulic geoengineering software to make decisions that benefit communities around the globe, there is a growing pressure on the geoenvironmental community to leverage the full potential of advanced geospatial applications software. The MWH Soft International User Conference (IUC) provides an interactive forum for presenting the state of the art in water and wastewater infrastructure geoengineering; facilitating ongoing cooperation and exchange of technological innovations and proven solutions; and discussing the issues, regulatory activities and technological challenges that face the geoenvironmental community.

“The IUC is the single most significant event of the year for the water and wastewater hydraulic modeling community,” said Jeff Cowburn, AScT, design technologist and hydrotechnical specialist for the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Canada, and co-chair of the conference. “Because this major conference attracts a large international gathering of leading experts, it offers industry professionals a unique opportunity to explore exciting new technologies, join in the modeling debate, benchmark against and network with their peers, find solutions, hone their management skills, enhance their own operations, and boost their future productivity and success.”

During two days of content-rich gatherings focused around this year’s theme, “Advances in Geospatial Infrastructure Modeling and Management Technology,” attendees will get a sneak peek at the latest geospatial solutions and learn how to gain a competitive edge in an increasingly difficult economy.

Peter Smith, Senior Consultant for Public Works for ESRI, the world’s leading GIS software vendor, will open the conference by spotlighting breakthrough solutions and innovations in geocentric infrastructure modeling and management applications for the water and wastewater industries.

Other highlights include twenty-four carefully selected state-of-the-art, real-world situations, presented by modeling experts from progressive utilities and leading engineering firms. Additional topics include the latest advances in transient analysis, leak detection, real-time monitoring, and GIS-centric modeling and control applications; development of improved water quality models; optimal online sensor placement; design of effective unidirectional flushing programs; and construction and calibration of large-scale dynamic hydraulic water and sewer models. Experts will also discuss the management of urban runoff and wet weather water quality problems in combined, sanitary and storm sewers aimed at optimizing BMP and LID designs, meeting SSO and CSO regulations, optimizing system design, rehabilitation, expansion and operation, and improving infrastructure security.

The event will look at the latest developments in other critical areas, including innovative master planning technologies and the role of GIS and asset management in improving business performance. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with MWH Soft product managers and technical specialists, and a number of IUC networking sessions will provide opportunities to give feedback on product direction and share information with other users.

“IUC gives the MWH Soft team an unprecedented opportunity to get close to our customers, talk face-to-face about today’s business challenges, and share ideas in an environment designed to foster innovation, inspiration and creativity,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “It also offers our customers a wealth of critical learning experiences and a dynamic forum in which to network and exchange cutting-edge developments and proven solutions with key industry figures. Attending IUC is a terrific way to meet influential industry pioneers, glean ideas on taking operations to the next level of productivity, and gain a competitive edge on the future.”

Paul M. Hauffen, President of IDModeling, a hydraulic network modeling specialty firm headquartered in Brea, California, is among the top professionals looking forward to the conference. “Industry-leading events like MWH Soft IUC provide a rare and invaluable forum for utility and consulting engineers, technology suppliers, water purveyors, and regulators to discuss technological innovations and how to leverage advanced geospatial technologies,” said Hauffen. “The sessions are packed with powerful ideas for improving our ability to manage water, wastewater and urban drainage systems efficiently. I greatly look forward to attending this year’s conference.”

To register and reserve seats to IUC 2006, visit the Conference Web site at or contact the Conference information office by telephone at (604) 639-7167, by fax at (604) 537-8313, or by email at Because space is limited, early registration is advised. The conference technical program is available at

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


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