Bentley Systems recently launched its WaterCAD, WaterGEMS and HAMMER V8i (SELECTseries 5) information modelling software for the analysis and design of water distribution systems.
Bentley is a leading company that provides comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Its latest software BIM advancements extend information mobility across water system planning, design and operations – improving collaboration within and between these phases of the infrastructure lifecycle and facilitating better decision making for enhanced project and system performance.
New real-time-based simulation capabilities in the SELECTseries 5 releases improve visibility, forecasting, and decision-making support for both modellers and operators. System modellers benefit from the fact that supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) data can be automatically imported into their hydraulic models for use as initial conditions. System operators benefit from the ability to publish model results to the utility’s existing SCADA system control screen, helping forecast operating conditions.
The SELECTseries 5 releases enable WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, and HAMMER users to view both real-time and historical SCADA data and to compare data between SCADA and model results – including the display of alarms within the hydraulic model. Strong visualisation tools empower hydraulic modellers to monitor SCADA signals as they change in response to real-time events – similar to a human machine interface (HMI) screen – to help them see events as they happen and improve decision making.
Unlike software that aggregates water usage data from multiple water customers to a single spatial location, the WaterCAD and WaterGEMS V8i (SELECTseries 5) software explicitly models water demands for individual water customers in their correct physical locations. This provides modelers with better visibility and control over where demands are allocated, helping them manage those demands with finer granularity.
The SELECTseries 5 releases also include the following capabilities:
• WaterCAD and WaterGEMS users can run multi-species water quality analyses.
• HAMMER users can run multiple scenarios as a batch run, similar to the batch run functionality in WaterCADand WaterGEMS.
• WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, and HAMMER users can: publish hydraulic models (including results) as i-models for use in Bentley Map Mobile, an app that works on Android, iPad, and iPad mini tablets; model from within the latest versions of MicroStation, AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015), and (exceptWaterCAD) ArcGIS (including ArcGIS 10.2).