South Placer Municipal Utility District Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the South Placer Municipal Utility District (SPMUD), California, has chosen industry-leading InfoMaster software to help plan and manage its sewer collection system improvement program. The decision helps SPMUD leverage its investment in CMMS and ArcGIS technology from Esri (Redlands, CA) by enhancing it with the most technologically advanced GIS-centric analytics-driven software modeling platform available for wet infrastructure capital planning and renewal.

South Placer Municipal Utility District serves the communities of Rocklin, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, and portions of Granite Bay and unincorporated Placer County (an equivalent population of approximately 75,000). The District owns, operates, and maintains a collection system which consists of approximately 270 miles of mainline pipe (ranging from 4 to 42 inches in diameter), over 5,000 manholes, thirteen lift stations, and ten permanent flow monitoring stations. It plans to use InfoMaster to create fully prioritized short- and long-term sewer main rehabilitation, replacement, maintenance and management plans and develop sound, cost-effective capital programs to support them.

“InfoMaster gives us the power of risk-based, analytics-driven asset integrity modeling while fully leveraging our existing geospatial asset management and CMMS solutions to help the District accurately assess the condition and performance of our sewer assets,” said District Engineer, Eric Nielsen, P.E. “It is an essential tool in our asset management toolbox by enabling the District to prioritize and optimize our capital planning expenditures with a focus on solving our most critical sewer infrastructure problems, and to exceed operational quality standards by extending both asset service life and overall reliability and performance with an emphasis on cost containment and savings.”

Globally, aging wastewater infrastructures are rapidly deteriorating and sometimes failing — with potentially dire human, environmental and financial consequences. As this aging process continues, the need for effective risk-based asset integrity management becomes more pressing. Maintaining infrastructure assets in fit-for-purpose condition throughout their target lifespans is a primary goal for utilities worldwide, and selecting the right pipes for rehabilitation at the right time is one of the main challenges of asset management. An understanding of when and how pipes will fail, combined with a quantitative grasp of the underlying factors likely to cause failure, are essential in formulating a targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning.

Certified by NASSCO PACP, MACP and LACP, InfoMaster is the leading software choice for utilities faced with optimizing their sewer infrastructures and eliminating unwanted overflows. It can accurately estimate both the likelihood (probability) and consequence (severity) of failure for each individual sewer main in the network, as well as the amount and time of occurrence of future failures. This critical information facilitates a proactive approach to identifying and managing these high-risk assets to help preserve structural integrity and keep the network operating well into the future. It also eliminates reactive maintenance: waiting for pipe failures to occur before repairing.

InfoMaster comprehensive GIS-centric, risk-based asset integrity modeling techniques provide reliable pipe failure predictions, even for limited failure records and application to different pipe materials. They include the non-homogeneous Markov Chain (NHMC), non-homogeneous Poisson process (NHPP), Linear Extended Yule Process (LEYP), Cox proportional hazards model, and advanced time-based probabilistic Weibull and Herz models. These techniques can be effectively used to evaluate a variety of pipe characteristics related to failure, and can consider all pipes in the sewer network, not just those with breaks or other failures. Armed with these powerful models, utilities can now accurately assess the aging processes of their network pipes and estimate their lifetimes and structural/functional failure potential and distribution over time. Such capabilities can greatly assist utilities in assessing their pipes’ propensity to fail, identifying critical ones (more prone to failure), prioritizing their inspection and determining rehabilitation requirements. This proactive “fix before break” approach can help utilities extend the useful life of their assets and improve their performance at maximum savings..

InfoMaster also automatically imports InfoSWMM hydraulic network models and facilitates significantly better planning and control by giving utilities critical insight into all enterprise assets, their conditions, aging and work processes. It also features direct integration with Cityworks (Azteca Systems Inc., Sandy, UT); Cartegraph (Dubuque, IA); infraMAP (iWater, Irvine, CA); and Lucity (Overland Park, KS) and can interface with other leading maintenance management software (CMMS). InfoMaster enables utilities to use information and analytics in new ways to drive higher productivity and quality while managing costs and increasing operational flexibility.

“Strong asset performance modeling and capital planning capabilities are critical components of a smart enterprise asset management strategy,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, President, COO and Chief Innovation Officer of Innovyze. “InfoMaster delivers detailed, accurate analyses and reports that help utility managers make better decisions on when to repair, replace, or rehabilitate their critical assets. It also supports them in developing reliable long-term funding strategies for such projects. These advantages help utilities ensure the long-term sustainability of their infrastructures and their ongoing ability to deliver the required level of service at the lowest lifecycle cost. Innovyze is proud to be a part of SPMUD’s success as a key component of this complex synthesis.”