News | December 2, 2010

New Bentley Pipe Renewal Planner Assesses Water Pipes To Improve Asset Planning, Increase System Reliability And Capacity

Source: Bentley Systems, Inc.

New Module Is Included in Bentley's WaterGEMS and Available for Bentley's WaterCAD as Add-On

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, recently announced the release of Bentley Pipe Renewal Planner, a new decision support tool that provides water utility owner-operators with a quantifiable and reproducible best practice for optimizing the replacement and rehabilitation of distribution network pipes. Pipe Renewal Planner ranks the worst-performing pipes in the network, helping owner-operators more effectively prioritize network upgrades. Benefits that result include improved asset planning, increased distribution capacity, and maximum returns on capital expenditures. Pipe Renewal Planner will be included in the new release of Bentley's WaterGEMS and available as an add-on module for the new release of Bentley's WaterCAD.

The new module from Bentley helps engineers identify pipes that should be considered for renewal by ranking the worst-performing pipes based on their year of installation, materials of construction, pipe break history, and hydraulic performance under various constraints. The latter is accurately assessed using pipe break, fire flow capacity, and criticality analyses. Through this ranking process, Pipe Renewal Planner helps ensure long-term system reliability by decreasing pipe breaks, leakage, lost revenues, and outages.

Thomas Walski, Bentley product manager for water distribution products, said, "With Pipe Renewal Planner, engineers can integrate pipe scoring and ranking as part of the asset management process. This means they can benefit from an accounting of hydraulic performance and GIS historical data in their main renewal planning decisions."

The user-friendly interface of WaterCAD and WaterGEMS makes it easy to visualize the results from Pipe Renewal Planner. The visualization can be either a thematic map of the network, for clear graphical interpretation, or a detailed tabular report conveniently provided directly in the Pipe Renewal Planner dialog.

The Pipe Renewal Planner feature also can be used as part of Bentley's water loss software solution, reinforcing the infrastructure management portion of a proactive water loss strategy (as described in the International Water Association's four best practices for reducing water loss).

For more information, visit www.bentley.comn/PRP. For more information, visit www.bentley.com/waterloss.

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries, $500M in annual revenues, and, since 1999, has invested more than $1B in research, development, and acquisitions.

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SOURCE: Bentley Systems, Inc.