Nov 16, 2010

Veolia Water North America Selects MWH Soft’s InfoNet for Comprehensive Underground Asset Management

Advanced Data Analysis and Asset Management Modeling Tools Make InfoNet a Top Choice.

Broomfield, Colorado: MWH Soft announced that Veolia Water North America (VWNA) has selected MWH Soft’s InfoNet as its platform of choice for managing water and wastewater assets. The software will serve as the foundation for continued development of VWNA’s underground asset management strategies and provides a comprehensive geospatial solution for both Veolia and its clients. VWNA has worked exclusively over the past 18 months with MWH Soft to design an easily configurable solution that takes full advantage of VWNA’s field operations and comprehensive asset management strategies. The selection underscores MWH Soft’s position as a market leading wet infrastructure technology provider.

Veolia Water North America serves more than 14 million people in 650 communities and provides industrial water solutions at about 100 industrial facilities. They treat more than 2.2 billion gallons of water and wastewater daily. Veolia Water North America is part of Veolia Water, a division of Veolia Environment (NYSE: VE; Paris Bourse: VIE), the world´s largest environmental company. Veolia Water designs, builds, operates and manages various types of facilities, programs and systems. Their services include operations and maintenance services, design-build-operate services, water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, reuse programs, biosolids and composting facilities and related distribution programs, asset management programs, and technology solutions. InfoNet is a purpose built, out-of-the-box, asset and data management system for water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater networks. Using advanced analysis and data validation tools it ensures informed, swift and cost-effective decision making both for day-to-day management and long term network planning. Designed for managers, engineers and planners in the water industry, InfoNet enables users to manage, integrate, validate, analyze, and report on their network data to provide accurate, auditable up-to-date information and report on network infrastructure and performance, presented in easy to use formats. InfoNet provides for the integration to different applications and data sets already in use including Esri Geodatabase, generic GIS, corporate databases, CMMS, field data systems, SCADA, hydraulic modeling analysis software or other corporate applications to ensure that managers have a clear single picture of their network infrastructure.

InfoNet also allows engineers the ability to analyze all aspects of the network life cycle. With a robust query engine, users can filter, sort, and make complex selections based on virtually any criteria related to their underground assets and related events or inspections. Its geospatial environment lets the user create thematic maps with flexible symbology and rich detail. Its built-in report generator comes with dozens of standard reports or allows a user to quickly build custom reports and graphs against any piece of data stored in the system.

“InfoNet has become an invaluable tool for our Underground Asset Management Group,” said Benoit Cliche, Senior Vice President for Veolia Water North America. “In the United States, almost every water utility faces an infrastructure funding shortfall and the need to better prioritize their rehabilitation and replacement strategies. InfoNet provides a key piece of technology to make this decision making smarter. The systems’ technical and functional characteristics offer our utility clients an expedient and cost effective competitive alternative to the more traditional asset management technology implementation programs. Our asset management programs are productivity and results oriented. We strive to implement programs to leverage existing utility infrastructure information and iteratively build programs that quickly mitigate risk and improve the life-cycle costs of the clients’ assets. InfoNet provides us the needed flexibility to offer one-off solutions in a variety of service delivery models ranging from full O&M outsourcing to a data and information management solution to enhance the exiting capabilities of the field, planning and engineering operations. Pound for pound, InfoNet stands apart from other solutions and allows us to take full advantage of a sophisticated information management system to address real world problems.”

“MWH Soft continues to invest in advanced asset management modeling solutions because they give our customers a significant business edge,” said J. Erick Heath, P.E., MWH Soft Vice President and Americas Business Director. “Veolia has joined the legion of many utilities that have chosen MWH Soft products because they deliver consistent, high quality engineering GIS data, enhanced efficiency and reliable, cost-effective planning. These advantages lead to measurable improvements in productivity, system performance, return on investment, and customer satisfaction.”