DISCOVER HOW OPTIMATICS CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR SYSTEM
All aspects of a system must function for the whole infrastructure to work.
Optimatics specializes in finding the optimal plan of action to improve each facet of a system which results in creating maximum benefit to the entire network.
Asset Management | Asset Sizing | Master Plans | Capital Improvement Plans | Operational Planning | Capital Expenditure Avoidance | Stakeholder Engagement | Redundancy | Source Evaluation and Integration
Consent Decree | Combined Sewer Overflows | Sanitary Sewer Overflow | Green Infrastructure / Low Impact Development | Flow Routing Study | Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Reduction | Flooding Mitigation
Optimizer is an important component of any robust asset management program; assisting in the decisions associated with location, sizing, rehab and replacement prioritization, and most critically, stretching available dollars to make the overall program more affordable. Optimizer helps avoid common pitfalls of “like for like” thinking; enabling planners to evaluate all options and make the most informed decisions.
Optimatics gives you the tools to effectively maximize the value of capital, as well as operations and maintenance expenditures in the constant renewal and replacement of infrastructure assets. Infrastructure plans developed using Optimatics are typically 10-30% more cost effective and have greater hydraulic capacity than plans derived using traditional methods.
Optimatics takes all of an organization’s planning objectives into account in helping it to navigate laws, regulations and issues involved in planning.
A city’s source, storage, treatment, and delivery systems must be accurately evaluated to guide future water utility decisions. Prioritizing capital improvements, modelling hydraulic distribution systems, determining capacity and estimating and ranking needs and deficiencies are what optimization does better in a sliver of the time it takes manual trial-and-error methods.
Capital Improvement Plans
CIPs are shorter-range plans, usually four to ten years. They outline the capital projects and equipment purchases, provide a planning schedule and identify financing options. Optimized solutions take all issues and objectives into account and recommend defensible solutions which represent the best use of available funds in each year.
Optimization helps utilities and their partners determine the best combination of pump schedules and key valve settings to ensure power consumption is minimized while water quality is maintained. Using Optimizer™ on a daily or monthly basis informs operational strategy, resulting in increased efficiency without the costly expense of a fully-integrated real-time system.
Capital Expenditure Avoidance
Deferring infrastructure spending can help arrange appropriate financing and develop effective plans using existing plant capacities. Optimization generates plans that maximize efficiency using existing assets and therefore deferring the need to upgrade.
Optimizer is able to incorporate the preferences of all stakeholders and generate plans that make the trade-offs between each stakeholder’s preferences transparent. With transparency comes open dialog and compromise, because when plans consider all the options that all the parties find important, negotiations go more smoothly.
Optimatics has the ability to assess supply security by analyzing multiple emergency conditions a system may experience. As Optimatics’ computational intelligence identifies the assets covering all possible emergency conditions, a level of redundancy is designed into the system to enhance the security of supply.
Source Evaluation and Integration
Each municipality is different. Optimatics takes what’s real and possible and blends it with what is needed and feasible. Integrating treated wastewater for non-potable purposes? Expanding an existing plant or importing water from a neighboring system? All the possibilities need to be assessed with an understanding of the impacts on the existing system, as well as the variety of future scenarios, to determine the clear winner.
Water age is a key contributor to poor water quality yet competing objectives such as reliability and fire reserves encourage operators to be conservative in managing storage volumes. Optimatics uncovers ways to improve water age and storage turnover often without the need for new infrastructure.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Blending two high-quality water connections doesn’t guarantee a great result. Optimatics weighs these considerations factoring in high service pumps, treatment plants and blending plants, pressures and everything required for recommendations that typically offer previously unforeseen suggestions.
Bakersfield District, California
Fire Flow Analysis
Testing a plan against fire flow design criteria can be a complex task using time-dependent system performance information and spreadsheets. Optimizer can consider fire flow design criteria and suggest the most efficient set of new and rehabilitated infrastructure to meet fire flow design standards.
Gold Coast Water, Queensland
Recycled Water and Irrigation
Optimizer has been utilized for many recycled water and irrigation projects to provide engineers with an integrated picture of complex problems; providing insight into pressure, flow, sourcing alternatives, and other performance characteristics and influences. Field verified in the extremes of the worlds most notorious drought locations and some of its greatest wine producing regions; Optimizer is the reliable tool for providing water where it is needed through the most efficient means possible.
As part of the planning, Optimatics works with the rezoning process in conjunction with the other partners and the utility. This process is frequently the first step in the land development process and becomes part of the considerations pertinent to the optimization outcomes.
Los Angeles, California
There is a direct link between the pressure in a water distribution network and the incidences of leakage, bursts and changing usage patterns. Optimatics helps water authorities find the right balance between adequate levels of service and minimal excess water usage.
Utilities across the country are facing the challenge of meeting compliance issues related to combined sewer and sanitary sewer overflows. Many cities are faced with multi-million dollar CSO/SSO consent decrees while at the same time struggling with aging infrastructure and falling tax revenues. Optimatics gives confidence to the planning and decision making involved in these critical system renovations.
Combined Sewer Overflows
Combined sewers collect sanitary flows and stormwater runoff in a single pipe system. Serious water pollution problems can arise due to overflows caused by large variations in flow between dry and wet weather. While older cities operating combined sewers work to improve their systems, Optimatics can to help plan and stage alternatives which minimize costs and overflow volumes.
Sanitary Sewer Overflow
Sanitary sewer overflow is when untreated sewage is discharged into the environment prior to reaching sewage treatment facilities typically caused by excessive rainfall or the malfunctioning of any number of sewage lines, pumps, or operators. The obvious consequences and hazards to humans and animals have given rise to higher standards by governing bodies putting more pressure on utilities and making Optimatics’ optimization of wastewater systems of even greater value.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Green Infrastructure / Low Impact Development
LID works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. The idea is to preserve and recreate natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product. The question is, how best to direct investment in LID to create the biggest benefit and avoid or offset capital expenditure in the conveyance system. Optimizer has the answer.
South Bend, Indiana
Flow Routing Study
Evaluating alternative pathway of options while considering the impacts on flow rates, velocity, water quality and energy for various water, wastewater and stormwater systems gives Optimizer a chance to demonstrate its superiority to trial-and-error methods. Considering sensitivity to inputs, determining the best routes and capitalizing on existing infrastructure can avoid millions in costs.
Los Angeles, California
Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Reduction
One of the largest single performance issues facing utilities is in the sweet spot for Optimatics. Using multi-objective evaluation techniques to prioritize not only the cost of I/I reductions programs and their influences on treatment facilities but equally their impacts on the home owners and businesses of the community. Leaving no viable option open, Optimizer dynamically sorts through the identified problem areas to ensure all objectives and sometimes competing priorities are addressed.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Flood mitigation is managing and controlling flood water movement. This includes redirecting flood run-off through the use of floodwalls and flood gates. Optimatics performs prevention and mitigation flooding studies on a number of levels ranging from small communities to whole towns or cities.