UK’s Yorkshire Water Company Deploys InfoWorks ICM

Leading Integrated Catchment Modeling Solution to Aid in Managing Flood Risk

Innovyze today announced that Yorkshire Water, a leading UK water and wastewater utility, has purchased multiple licenses of InfoWorks ICM, the industry’s leading integrated catchment modeling solution. By taking advantage of InfoWorks ICM’s powerful 1D and 2D modeling capabilities, predictive analytics and powerful simulation extensions, Yorkshire Water will be better positioned to effectively manage its large and complex sewer networks, develop reliable flood risk control plans, increase operational efficiency, maintain regulatory compliance, and improve customer satisfaction.

Yorkshire Water, part of the Kelda Group, is one of the largest water utility companies in the United Kingdom, supplying 1.9 million households, (over 5 million people) and 130,000 businesses in the North of England with water and sewerage services. The company manages the collection, treatment and distribution of approximately 1.24 billion liters of drinking water each day — the equivalent of a glass of water for every person on the planet. Yorkshire water also collects, treats and disposes of one billion liters of wastewater every day and maintains around 20,000 miles of sewer pipes and over 600 wastewater treatment works across the Yorkshire region. The company was awarded the title “Utility Company of the Year” by Utility Week magazine three years in a row; to date, no other company has won it more than once.

“We selected InfoWorks ICM for its comprehensive drainage systems modelling capabilities,” said Mark Russell, Modelling Manager at Yorkshire Water. “The software will help us develop and validate sound and reliable solutions aimed at best optimizing the operation and performance of our critical sewer infrastructures and protecting property and the urban environment.”

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.

“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. “Yorkshire Water is charged with managing large and complex sewerage network and treatment systems, and we are proud that this leading UK utility has made us a partner of choice in its continued pursuit of engineering excellence and environmental stewardship. We look forward to being a vital part of this respected enterprise’s continued success.”