EI Technologies Introduces New & Innovative Wastewater Decision Support System for Use by Utilities
PARKER, CO — June 15, 2008
EI Technologies, LLC a full-service GIS consulting firm specializing in the planning and implementation of GIS solutions for government and industry has announced the availability of a new Wastewater Decision Support System. The Wastewater DSS uses rainfall, snowmelt, demographic, and flow measurements to identify underground wastewater main lines that should be replaced based upon mass balance calculations of field measurements and demographic information.
EI Technologies’ Wastewater DSS allows users to visualize data in multiple ways. First it uses dashboard technology from Dundas Visualization to plot time-series data obtained from weather stations, underground flow meters, and customer billing databases. Users can remove or interpolate missing data points caused by faulty equipment using organization-defined policies and procedures.
The tool also uses mapping functionality built into ArcGIS technology to show the age, composition, and other information about buried infrastructure. A combination of ArcInfo/ArcEditor/ArcView and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst generates the maps using data loaded into a geodatabase platform. Engineers then use these data to develop more cost-effective infrastructure replacement programs on a line segment-by-segment basis.
The Wastewater DSS was developed for Regional Municipality of York, Ontario, to provide the agency with a better way of identifying deteriorated infrastructure. In an area where the wastewater infrastructure is old and subject to numerous physicochemical impacts the tool can be a cost-effective solution to maintaining a buried network of main lines. The tool can also reduce regulatory fines resulting from groundwater contamination and help keep customers satisfied with their utilities’ services.
“We are extremely happy that the tool does everything that York Region wanted it do, plus more,” said Nirav Shah, president and CEO of EI Technologies, LLC. He added, “This tool will save local government agencies and utilities time and money as they try to maintain their aging underground wastewater and sewer networks.”