The Southgate Water and Sanitation Districts (Southgate), in the Greater Denver area, recently deployed IDModeling’s flagship smart water enterprise software, Sedaru®, with network integration to help leverage their investment in their Cityworks asset management system. The industry’s real-time, decision-support platform for mission critical water network operations and management, Sedaru leverages the company’s proven hydraulic, asset, and operational performance analytics so utilities can anticipate water operations, understand impacts, and solve problems for water loss, energy, quality, and asset management initiatives.
Southgate is responsible for operating and maintaining the water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems for more than 75,000 residents in the Denver, Colorado, area. Southgate contracts with Denver Water to supply treated water to the Southgate system.
IDModeling worked with Southgate to deploy Sedaru as their smart water network, connecting their field and office operations by integrating their Esri GIS Cityworks asset management system and hydraulic model into a single, easyto- use operating platform to enable role-based water analytics that are accessible anywhere, anytime. Southgate publishes and hosts its own GIS and Cityworks map services, and Sedaru connects securely, seamlessly, and efficiently to these services to deploy a lightweight, serviceoriented smart water network. Sedaru ensures that every group—either in the office or in the field—has access to up-to-date, accurate, and analyzed system data for better decision making.
Sedaru connects Southgate staff to a broad range of systems. “Sedaru, working alongside Cityworks, allows our staff to view information in real-time, enabling us to respond as needed. Sedaru brings asset management to life,” said Elthron M. Anderson, GISP, GIS administrator at Southgate. Sedaru’s flexibility means that users both in the office and in the field can use either Sedaru or Cityworks to assign, view, complete, and track tasks. The end result is seamless completion, tracking, and trending of work.
Sedaru’s deep integration with Southgate’s Cityworks asset management system is delivering immediate and positive impacts on decision making and daily productivity by making field data entry quicker, more intuitive, and instantly analyzed. Sedaru’s purposebuilt user interface enables automation of day-to-day operations and maintenance tasks: field crews create Cityworks work orders, complete inspections, enter or update maintenance data, and understand the impacts of decisions—all while out in the field. Data entered in the field is received by office staff in real-time to instantly communicate, share analytics, and take action on any event with informed decision-making.
“Sedaru’s integration with Cityworks allows us to better track customer calls, resulting in lower costs for repairing assets,” said Anderson. Southgate has already used the combined power of Sedaru and Cityworks to develop a number of custom valve and hydrant inspection reports, which calculate condition scores for their assets. Operators answer straightforward questions in their inspection forms and the scores are automatically calculated to help Southgate prioritize their maintenance and capital replacement programs.
Sedaru also serves as Southgate’s easy-to-use network monitoring and predictive operational tool by expanding access to their hydraulic model. This provides immediate benefits to Southgate since they will be able to evaluate system performance and anticipate the impact of water system operations and maintenance, resulting in increased awareness and more efficient, accurate response to planned and unplanned events. “[Sedaru] models water main breaks, and lets us see how [failures will] impact the system hydraulically,” stated Anderson. When tied with real-time system data coming in from Cityworks (such as inoperable valves), this has proved to be a crucial tool for outage response planning.
“Southgate is an established technology leader in the Denver area,” said Kevin Koshko, Sedaru product director. “We’re excited that they recognize Sedaru’s abilities—as well as how it complements their well-established Cityworks deployment—to connect every group in the utility, drive productivity, and deliver business analytics for asset and operational management in a user-friendly, smart water platform.”
Sedaru is the intuitive, always-on smart water network that connects utilities with their data and the collective knowledge of their staff. It paves the way for utilities to move forward, continually improving preservation of their water resources, allocation of staff, and knowledge management. Furthermore, because Sedaru is browser-based, Southgate users can securely access this insightful information anywhere in the world without the need to install any client or server-based software.
By Dave Harrington, Sedaru Product Manager, IDModeling; and Kevin Koshko, Sedaru Product Director, IDModeling