Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of Oakland, California, has chosen industry-leading Innovyze InfoMaster software to help optimize its sanitary sewer infiltration and inflow (I/I) reduction program.
Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth largest in California, and the 45th-largest in the U.S. with a population of 413,775. Its underground contains over 930 miles of sanitary sewer pipes, the approximate distance from its City Hall to Denver, Colorado. The sanitary sewer system includes 31,000 structures and seven pump/lift stations. The City is responsible for the public sanitary sewer main pipes that carry waste to the treatment plant, while the East Bay Municipal Utility District is responsible for sanitary sewer treatment and disposal.
“InfoMaster gives us the critical powers of risk-based asset integrity and mathematical modeling while fully leveraging our existing geospatial asset management solutions and hydraulics and CCTV data,” said Jimmy Mach, P.E., Supervising Civil Engineer for Oakland. “These powerful capabilities will enable us to accurately assess the condition and performance of our sanitary sewer system, effectively solve our I/I problems, prioritize and optimize our capital planning expenditures based on rigorous analytics, and meet regulatory requirements.”
Globally, aging wastewater infrastructures are rapidly deteriorating and sometimes failing — with potentially dire human, environmental and financial consequences. As this aging process continues, the need for effective risk-based asset integrity management becomes more pressing. Maintaining infrastructure assets in fit-for-purpose condition throughout their target lifespans is a primary goal for utilities worldwide, and selecting the right pipes for rehabilitation at the right time is one of the main challenges of asset management. An understanding of when and how pipes will fail, combined with a quantitative grasp of the underlying causal factors likely to induce failure, are essential in formulating a targeted approach to rehabilitation, repair and renewal planning.