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.
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.