In recent years, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of software applications that have been designed to analyze water distribution systems, optimize the water supply pipe networks, etc., for both public and commercial domains.
As the new softwares are frequently releasing, it is becoming a daunting task for the designers and system managers to select the most suited software that could easily align with the local needs and prevailing circumstances.
Here in this blog, we have discussed the top 10 water distribution and hydraulic software. So, let's get started.
Aquanet software is utilized for simulation and modeling for pressurized pipe systems. This software includes a graphical user interface for data analysis of the user input along with a separate computational engine.
The specialty of this software is that it provides components to pumps, model pipes, storage tanks, valves, nodes, and reservoirs. The advantages of using this software include its reliability, speed, unlimited model size, and the portability of the operating system.
WaterGems provides you with a comprehensive tool for the water distribution network. This software helps you enrich your knowledge about water infrastructure, such as how it behaves as a system, how it should expand with rising population and demand, and how does it react to operational strategies.
It is a flexible multi platform that helps the user with water quality simulations, energy cost analysis, and much more. Some of the premium features of the software include
Intelligent planning- This software helps you to identify all the potential problem areas, provide service to the area, and plan all the capital-related improvements.
Optimized operations- WaterGEMS software allows you to optimize the pumping strategies and plan in advance all the shutdown and routine operations to minimize any disruptions that might occur.
Accountable asset renewal decision support- To prioritize the renewal decisions, this software provides the user with the pipe renewal planner to make the task of replacing the water infrastructure much easier by comparing and analyzing a wide range of variables.
Capabilities of waterGEMS software
- Build and manage hydraulic models
- Develop flushing plans
- Design water distribution system
- Identify water loss
- Prioritize pipe renewal
- Manage energy use
- Simulate networks in real-time
EPANET was developed by the Water Supply and Water Resources Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Risk Management Research Laboratory. This software application is used throughout the globe to model water distribution systems. It even performs simulations within the pressurized pipe network for hydraulic and water quality behavior.
The specific objective of developing EPANET was to help water utilities improve and maintain the quality of water that is delivered to the consumers through their distribution systems. EPANET can also be used to plan the system's hydraulic performance and improve it.
Some of the activities that the software can assist with includes-
- Pump, pipe, valve placement, and sizing
- Fire flow analysis
- Energy minimization
- Vulnerability studies
- Operator training
H2Onet is one of the most important water distribution modeling, analysis, design, and optimization software. It was released in 1996 and is now used globally by all satisfied clients.
The software includes an online SCADA interface and performs quick, reliable, and comprehensive services such as hydraulic and dynamic water quality modeling, real-time simulation and control, energy management, energy consumption, leakage management, valve tracing, hydrant analysis, and fire flow analysis. The software can even be used for the analysis of the pressurized sewer systems in an effective way.
CROSS software is specifically designed for the hydraulic calculation of water supply networks by considering all the existing network elements such as (reservoirs, pumps, hydraulically operated valves, pressure controls, etc.).
The software calculates flow rates, pressure heads, velocity, and loss of pressure. Different pressure zones can be considered in the calculations through pressure boosting, pressure regulators, and pressure reductions.
In addition, the software can even construct a site plan if coordinates are available. All data is stored in a Microsoft Access database format, so it can easily be linked with GIS applications.
6. WaterCAD 5.0
More than a decade ago, WaterCAD was released as a complete tool for water distribution analysis and its design.
WaterCAD software is mostly used to analyze the good pumps, sewage force mains, raw water pumping, fire protection systems, potable water networks, and much more.
With this tool, one can easily conduct operational studies, develop master plans, calibrate the large distribution networks, determine fire flow requirements, and even perform cost analysis.
Users can use this software either to get a snapshot view of the entire distribution system with steady-state analysis or can see the behavior of the system over a period of time with extended period simulation.
The software was developed with an aim to help developing countries to plan and design water distribution systems that are better suited to their needs. The development of the software was financially supported by the World Bank and the UNDP Inter-regional Project.
LOOP software is mostly used to stimulate all the hydraulic characteristics of a looped and pressurized water distribution network, entirely made of pipes and nodes.
The data required for the software include a description of the network's elements such as the diameter of the pipe, length of the pipe, friction coefficient, ground elevation, nodal demands, and all the data that describe the geometry of the network.
The most important use of this software is to employ at least one hydraulic gradient of a network to simulate its hydraulic response to a single or multiple inputs.
STANET was released in 1984 for simulation and distribution of network analysis. This software is used to calculate the gas and fluid flowing inside the pipes. This software is mainly used for water networks, pressure air and gas networks, steam networks, electrical networks, and district heat networks.
Apart from the task of calculation, the software also includes graphic output and input and a database browser. STANET can also be used as a network information system.
The software even performs a stationary simulation of looped water, gas, steam, electricity & oil networks. It allows modification of networks and provides flexible ways to edit the network and analyze it.
ARCHIMEDE software was developed by PROTEO S.r.l., a software house. Its development involves hydraulic network analysis, automation of major water systems, and remote control since 1986.
This software helps the user to simulate the steady-state flow conditions in distribution networks of pressurized pipes. The algorithm of the software can solve all the complexities of the network formulas to derive the energy losses in pipes.
It even calculates the equation of motion in all the elements of the pipes and flows in different points of the network using real field data as input.
10. Pipe 2000
PIPE 2000 is a pipe network hydraulic modeling software for both simple and complex pipe systems that can handle both transient and steady-state analysis and modeling for rural and municipal distribution systems.
This software provides the ability for water quality modeling as well as hydraulic modeling. It even provides advanced modeling capabilities, which consist of the development of system curves, calculation of operational and design parameters, automatic aging of pipes, optimized calibration, and much more.
It is widely used for chilled water, hot water and possesses water systems.
Nexus Waters - Water Resource Engineering Services
Nexus Waters provides water resource engineering and design services for water distribution and hydraulic modeling. The objective is to improve the management of the water distribution systems by proper hydraulic and hydrological modeling solutions.
The team at Nexus waters utilizes all these softwares to render the most effective management and advisory services that can ensure an optimal water supply and distribution system.