Smart water management: New software for better mapping

Smart water management US utilities using new software
Smart water management: Trimble’s new version of its field software can help support smart meter deployment

US utility field software company Trimble has launched this week the latest version of its smart water mapping and work management cloud software Trimble Unity version 2.0.

The new iteration of the software is designed to automate a variety of industry workflows through individual apps that can support smart meter deployment, assess the condition of assets, help with leak repair and reduce non-revenue water losses.

The field management software can also locate and map critical infrastructure using Trimble GNSS mapping technologies and has the new feature of Bring Your Own Device mapping receivers for smart devices and cloud-based single sign-on integration with Esri ArcGIS Online.

Utilities can use the product to search and group different types of assets, including meters, pipelines, valves and hydrants, into prioritized collections of work that can be assigned to crews for completion.

Trimble claims the new features will allows utilities to reduce the time and cost associated with water asset repair and installation work.

Rami Naber, product manager for Trimble Water, said: “Water utility workers in the field have a wide variety of products they use on a daily basis, so we’ve designed Trimble Unity version 2.0 to be compatible with a broad range of devices—including Trimble handhelds and iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets.”

Trimble Unity offers a unified cloud-based and mobile collaboration platform for smart water mapping and work management.

The California-based company said Trimble Unity version 2.0 is available now from Trimble’s Water Division and distributors.

Smarter distribution networks

In other smart water management news, the Water Authority of Dickson County, in the US state of Tennessee has adopted a smart water network modelling technology supplied by UK smart infrastructure company Innovyze.

The municipal water authority said this week it will use the smart water management software InfoWater to support its large-scale geospatial water distribution network modeling and management needs.

Built on an ArcGIS platform, InfoWater claims to integrate predictive algorithms with water quality simulations and valve criticality.

Engineering manager at Water Authority of Dickson County Michael W. Rogers said the smart water management tool interfaces with the utility’s GIS and will help optimize the performance, sustainability and resilience of the water distribution system.