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MWH Soft Enters Pond Design Market with Best-in-Class Geocentric Technology


MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, once again moved the urban stormwater industry to the head of the line for key new modeling capabilities with the release of InfoSWMM PDM (Pond Design Manager), an invaluable detention pond design and management software solution for practicing engineers. Addressing industry challenges that include a shortage of technical staff with specialized skills, pressure to complete complex projects quickly, and the need for designs that safeguard the public against hazards and limit liabilities, InfoSWMM PDM greatly accelerates pond planning, analysis, design and management and helps ensure accuracy. With the introduction, MWH Soft sets new benchmarks in modeling scalability, reliability, functionality and flexibility within the powerful ArcGIS environment.

Detention ponds are designed to provide a range of benefits, including reducing peak discharges and improving water quality. InfoSWMM PDM lets users streamline the design and analysis of single and interconnected ponds, compute pond detention times, and size outlet structures for one or more design rainfall events. It does so by allowing them to take advantage of highly advanced hydraulic and hydrologic computational algorithms without having expertise in this complex field—extending the software’s benefits across the entire enterprise. Users can route flows using sophisticated (fully) dynamic flow analysis, and can also determine the pre- and post-development runoff hydrographs using any of the ten most commonly used rainfall-runoff models: the EPA Nonlinear Reservoir Method, the Colorado Urban Hydrograph Procedure (CUHP), NRCS Dimensionless Unit Hydrograph, NRCS Triangular Unit Hydrograph, Delmarva Unit Hydrograph, Clark Unit Hydrograph, Snyder Unit Hydrograph, Santa Barbara Hydrograph (SBH), Espey Unit Hydrograph, and San Diego Modified Rational Hydrograph (SDMRH). A number of popular infiltration models are also supported, including the SCS Curve Number, Green-Ampt, and Horton Methods.

Powerful, comprehensive and engineer-friendly, InfoSWMM PDM reflects MWH Soft’s time-honored practice of continually adding value to its world-class software and bringing critical new design capabilities to the industry. It allows engineering professionals to quickly and efficiently complete stormwater projects of any size, from basic site designs to complex regional drainage studies. The program’s intuitive interface, easy-to-use functionality and rich graphing and reporting capabilities save modelers hours of manual calculation time by making it very simple to analyze pre- and post- development watershed conditions and size ponds and outlets.

“The operational simplicity, power, comprehensiveness and flexibility of InfoSWMM PDM eliminate the obstacles that can make pond design overly complex and inefficient,” commented Trent Schade, PE, Senior Client Service Manager for MWH Soft and a leading urban drainage modeling expert. “Civil and environmental engineers’ pond design projects are complex, but their tools shouldn’t be. These professionals have long needed a versatile, engineer-friendly product that can quickly and accurately perform a wide range of pond design calculations and speed up project completion, and that’s exactly what InfoSWMM PDM gives them. With this introduction, we now offer the best in urban drainage modeling and design integrated with the best in engineering.”

“MWH Soft has a deep understanding of our industry’s needs and a rich history of commitment to providing the most comprehensive, user-friendly and advanced software tools for the engineering community, regardless of skill level—tools that break down barriers in the modeling community in the interest of getting the job done,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. “This new release is yet another example of our company’s steadfast commitment to innovation and working to respond to our customers’ needs. We are proud to ship another landmark product that will make an immediate impact on our customers’ productivity and performance, and a positive difference in people’s lives and the ecological health of our nation’s waterways.”

“This release is just the beginning,” Boulos added. “We have major plans for InfoSWMM PDM. In months to come, it will grow very quickly to include even more powerful features and capabilities.”


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