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The infrastructure equation has changed forever. It is no longer enough to focus on periodic planning, piecemeal renewal, and tactical efforts to manage the “infrastructure gap.” In a world where communities are bogged down with aging infrastructure and have borrowed to capacity, infrastructure leaders are now faced with a fundamental shift in expectations and economic constraints. Combined with the high political cost of raising rates, new environmental and resiliency mandates, and a climate where everyone is an “expert” and every decision is questioned, it’s clear the industry has hit a tipping point. Manual, iterative infrastructure planning processes that organizations have leaned on for decades are no longer equipped to deal with these changes. Based on 30-year-old engineering standards, traditional infrastructure planning was designed for buildout—not renewal. It assumes static conditions and unlimited capital. It’s focused on mechanics, not outcomes. And it fails to address the explosion of factors infrastructure leaders must grapple with today. In addition to cost and hydraulics, this now encompasses quality, political implications, social and community impact, regulatory decrees, and existing technologies, to name just a few. It’s clear a new strategy is required to adequately balance cost, risk, and level of service—one that handles a multiplicity of conditions and can exhaust all possibilities, quickly. One that is dynamic and living, and can continue to adapt to changing conditions. And one that drives full transparency and engagement for everyone involved. Only through clever innovation and strategic partnerships have we at Optimatics found our niche in the water and wastewater utilities industries.

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Optimizer™, a cloud-based optimization software solution, comprehensively analyzes water distribution and collection systems by evaluating hundreds of thousands of asset types (pipes, pumps, storages, and control facilities) and size combinations against multiple objectives such as cost, hydraulic performance, energy, and water quality. The software enhances an organization’s current hydraulic modeling experience by automating the traditional ‘trial and error’ planning approach, producing many potential combinations that meet the desired requirements. Optimizer™ allows planners and engineers to focus on results and avoid costly overdesigns.

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, modeling hydraulic distribution systems, determining capacity, and estimating and ranking needs and deficiencies are all tasks Optimatics does more efficiently and in a fraction of the time it takes manual trial-and-error methods.

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 that 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.

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 dialogue 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.

Each municipality is different. Optimatics takes what’s real and possible and blends it with what is required and feasible. Integrating treated wastewater for non-potable purposes? Expanding an existing plant or importing water from a neighboring system? All 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.

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Aperture™ is Optimatics’ cloud-based dashboard and data platform leveraging the core Optimizer™ solution. The product interfaces with the desktop software to support infrastructure planning projects using the power of optimization. Optimatics helps utilities leverage their data so they can make informed decisions to improve their networks. Aperture enables engineers and executives to interpret, action, and communicate their Optimizer™ results with data visualization and analytics on the Web.

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