The consulting firm of Baxter & Woodman has selected Optimatics’ award-winning Optimizer™ software to develop capital plans to upgrade the stormwater collection system for the City of Belvidere, Illinois. Baxter & Woodman’s modeling staff, trained by Optimatics’ experts, are leading the Optimizer optimization analysis.

The Belvidere stormwater project is one of a number where Optimizer has been applied in 2017-18 to evaluate a full range of conveyance and storage options. It represents an excellent example of how smaller communities are applying the optimization software to develop highly cost-effective plans to help solve their flooding problems—with Belvidere serving approximately 25,000 people.

The Baxter & Woodman team, supported by Optimatics, got off to a fast project start and in just two weeks had the project scoped, the software procured, the staff software training completed and initial Optimizer runs and results reviewed.

“Optimatics is very pleased with how the Belvidere stormwater collection system optimization has proceeded and the results being obtained in a timely manner. The Baxter & Woodman team has been impressive in applying the Optimizer software to evaluate a large range of potential high performing and cost-effective stormwater upgrades,” said Dr. Joshua Cantone, Optimatics Product Manager.

Optimizer™, a cloud-based optimization software solution, comprehensively analyses water and wastewater systems by evaluating hundreds of thousands of asset options and capacity combinations against multiple objectives such as cost, hydraulic performance, energy, and water quality. In contrast to traditional approaches that combine best engineering judgment, trial and error, and limited scenario evaluations, Optimizer automates the scenario analysis process and produces many potential combinations that meet the desired requirements. Optimizer allows planners and engineers to focus on effective results and avoid costly over-designs.

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