Corey Williams, Optimatics President and CEO, recently presented ‘Large and Small Municipal Utilities Benefit as Optimized Decision Support Identifies Least-Cost Improvements’ at the 2015 Utility Management Conference.
The presentation introduced the audience to an optimized decision support approach that has helped municipal wastewater and stormwater utilities identify lower-cost, better performing planning and design solutions as compared to current practice. The structured approach allows a better understanding of acceptable improvement options and ultimately to low-cost, unbiased, defensible solutions embraced by utility managers and staff, elected officials, stakeholders and the public.
The presentation highlighted a number of case studies undertaken by both large and small utilities aimed at reducing combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows, and /or system surcharge and flooding under design storm events. Case study representatives, and co-authors, included Tom Hickmann, Director of the Engineering and Infrastructure Planning Department, City of Bend, OR; Fernando Gonzalez, Assistant Division Manager, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, CA; Andy Cronberg, Assistant Director-Engineering & Fiscal Services, City of Fort Worth, TX; Steven Eubanks, Director Stormwater Management Division, City of Fort Worth, TX; and Wendy Reust, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Sewer, City of Fort Wayne, IN.
The Utility Management Conference is co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation.
Optimatics is the world-leading provider of infrastructure planning software that enables water and wastewater utilities around the globe to avoid billions of dollars in costs while ensuring optimal performance. Its OptimizerTM software is the industry’s most powerful tool for analyzing hundreds of planning options across multiple asset types, determining the best plan to reduce capital, operating and energy costs, while meeting all of the organization’s planning objectives. The unbiased and defensible outcomes promote financial stewardship and ensure sustainability for an organization and its stakeholders.
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