Santa Clara Valley Water District Selects InfoWorks ICM

Smart Water Solution to Support Integrated Water Management for One of California’s Largest Countywide Agencies

Innovyze has announced that Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California, has selected InfoWorks ICM, the industry’s leading integrated catchment modeling solution, to support its comprehensive integrated water management plan. By taking advantage of InfoWorks ICM’s powerful 1D and 2D modeling capabilities and predictive analytics, SCVWD will be better positioned to optimize its capital planning, strengthen flood protection and maximize value for customers.

SCVWD provides stream stewardship, wholesale water supply and flood protection for Santa Clara County, California, in the southern San Francisco Bay Area. The district encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles (3,400 square kilometers) and serves the area’s fifteen cities and 1.8 million residents. Another part of the district’s mission is to manage flood and storm waters along the county’s more than 800 miles of creeks and rivers and ten district-built reservoirs in an environmentally sensitive manner.

“InfoWorks ICM is a critical component of our flood plain studies,” said Liang Xu, Ph.D., P.E., Engineering Unit Manager, SCVWD Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division. “It will help us accurately model our County’s complex river/creek system, improve coordination with the City of San Jose and neighboring Alameda County Flood Control District, and optimize our capital improvement program.”

A hallmark of InfoWorks ICM is its dynamic integration of one-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels, and pipe networks with two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. The industry-leading software provides a powerful solution for simultaneously modeling belowground and aboveground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths and improve understanding of processes occurring in the holistic environment. The software also takes into account interactions of natural and man-made environments and effectively simulates the water quality impact of polluting runoff and effluent from urban areas. Such advanced capabilities greatly enhance wastewater utilities’ ability to predict overflows; support cost-effective drainage design and management; develop online urban flooding forecasts; conceive and evaluate sound and reliable urban catchment strategies such as storm sewer separation, active real-time control, and provision of adequate additional storage; and improve the operation of any drainage system.

As a sophisticated tool for importing, tracking and auditing large amounts of highly complex data, InfoWorks ICM facilitates the development of cost-effective, innovative solutions to engineering challenges as well as a complete understanding of the processes involved. Multiple simulations can be scheduled across a pool of workstations with results returned to a single location, making for highly effective use of computing resources.

“The Innovyze family of smart network modeling and management solutions continues to be the standard for the world’s largest and most prominent water and wastewater utilities,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Technical Officer of Innovyze. “SCVWD manages a complex river/creek system, and we are proud that this leading water district continues to consider our powerful tools the best alternative for helping them meet their business challenges. In strengthening its comprehensive smart water network solutions portfolio with InfoWorks ICM, SCVWD has demonstrated exemplary commitment to both its customers and the environment. We look forward to being a vital part of this respected enterprise’s continued success.”