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Aquaveo User Conference 2019

The 2019 Aquaveo User Conference is going on now. It started yesterday, October 8th, and will wrap up today, October 9th. We are enjoying meeting with users from around the world. In attendance are users from the United States, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, and other places around the globe.

At the conference, we announced some of the new features and upcoming changes to our products that we are excited about:

  • Making XMS functionality available for use outside of the traditional interface.
  • More web-based applications for portability and ease of access.
  • Simplifying and unifying tools so it is easier to find and use the functionalities available.
  • Project management tools to track the history of a model.
  • 3D bridge modeling in SMS.
2019 Aquaveo User Conference

Talking to those in attendance, we learned they enjoyed:

  • Learning more about software features and functionality.
  • Learning how to improve their model development process.
  • Discovering benefits of Aquaveo’s software over other software.
  • Talking to developers and learning tips for model development.
  • Being able to show off their models and receive feedback on them.
Eva Loch presenting at the 2019 Aquaveo User Conference

We’d like the thank the following for participating during our user conference:

If you couldn’t make it to the Aquaveo User Conference this year, watch our website and Facebook page for future conferences.

New CityWater Pricing

Are you looking at using CityWater? CityWater is a great way to manage water distribution using cloud-based technology.

Recently, Aquaveo changed its pricing system for purchasing a CityWater license. The old system of standard and professional licensing has been modified. When purchasing CityWater, you can now configure CityWater to meet your needs.

Begin by going to the CityWater Pricing page. This page will show you all of the options that can be included in your license. The top of the page shows the core components included in all CityWater licenses. After the core components, a list of components included with each add-on package is shown. Make a note of the add-ons packages needed for your projects and the number of pipes in your largest project before clicking the Configure button.

On the CityWater License Configuration page, you will select the specific features for your license.

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Start with entering the number of pipes in your largest EPANET model that will be used in CityWater. This does not limit the number of models that can be uploaded into CityWater, only the size of model. For example, if your largest EPANET model contains 1500 pipes, you could upload any number of models that contain 1500 pipes or fewer.

If later you find that you need to upload a larger model, contact Aquaveo to receive a quote for adding a larger model.

After entering the number of pipes for your largest model, you can select the packages to add to the license. The components of each package are described in the previous page. If later you discover you need a package that wasn’t originally purchased, contact Aquaveo to receive a quote.

Finally, if you are interested in purchasing an Enterprise License of CityWater, you will need to contact Aquaveo for a customer quote. The price for an Enterprise License depends on the number of additional licenses you will be acquiring and the components of each of those licenses.

When configuring your license, the Subscription Summary will automatically update with a quote based on the number of pipes in your largest model and the selected packages. Clicking Add to Cart will take you to the final page where you can review and pay for your order.

If you have any questions about purchasing CityWater or how CityWater can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@aquaveo.com.

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What We Learned at the 2018 Aquaveo User Conference

Aquaveo held its first annual User Conference from October 16-17, 2018! It was amazing to get to meet so many of our users at once. We hope everyone had a great time.

For us, it was exciting to meet users from all over the world. We met users from the United States, Canada, Portugal, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Guyana, and Thailand. When asked why they came, the attendees said they came to learn:

  • How Aquaveo’s products can help with their projects
  • More of what Aquaveo has to offer
  • What Aquaveo is all about

In listening to what our users had to share with us, we took away a couple key items that you want to see improved in our software.

  1. You want modeling to go faster. We understand the demand to give results in less time is growing, so we will be looking at ways to make the process of modeling take less time and still be accurate. Some of the innovations added into Aquaveo’s software already significantly reduce the time it takes to complete a model. We hope to add more automation and tools to speed up modeling times.
  2. You need to be able to work with big data. More data is becoming available and you want to be able to use it. This means processing large files covering larger areas in more detail. At Aquaveo, we are working on doing this, including optimizing our code and adding new tools to work with large files such as lidar files.

We’d like to thank the following for participating in our user conference:

If you couldn’t make it to the Aquaveo User Conference this year, we will be having another one next year. Watch our website and Facebook page for future details. See you next year!

Converting a NET File to an INP File

Do you have an EPANET project you are wanting to import into CityWater?

When working on a municipal drinking water pipe network, EPANET is a water distribution model created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that is widely used by cities and towns all across the United States. However, not all programs can use the native EPANET project file format. Because of this, you may find yourself needing to convert the standard NET file used for EPANET projects into an INP file that can be imported into CityWater.

The NET file is a binary file format containing all the pipe networks information, including pipes, nodes (junctions), pumps, valves, storage tanks, and reservoirs. It also contains additional project and preference information used by the EPANET desktop application.

INP files are the plain text version of the NET file, and contain the same network information (EPANET 2 Users Manual, pp.128-129). The INP file format allows greater flexibility in how the pipe network is used, and it can easily be imported into CityWater and other programs such as WMS.

The first steps are to:

  1. Download the EPANET installation program (currently version 2.00.12) from the Environmental Protection Agency's EPANET website.
  2. Once the installer has downloaded, run the installation program.

Once the EPANET application is installed, use the following steps to convert your NET project file to the INP text format by doing the following:

  1. Launch the EPANET application.
  2. Open the NET project file in EPANET.
  3. Review the model to make certain the project is set up as you want it, including quality options and default settings.
  4. Select Export > Network... to bring up the Save Network As dialog.
  5. Browse to the directory where you wish to save the INP file.
  6. Enter the file name you wish to use (e.g., Filename.inp) and click Save.

The INP file can now be imported easily into CityWater as the base file for a new project.

Try this out today by converting your NET files and creating new projects in your CityWater project.

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