Hobas says its centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar pipe is corrosion resistant and provides a low life-cycle cost, with a life expectancy of 100 years or more. It functions in projects such as new construction, rehab for critical applications, and storm sewers. The pipes’ characteristics — a high strength-to-weight ratio, smooth surface, flush joints, smaller installation pits, longer pushes, and hydraulic traits — make them ideal in a variety of installation methods, including open cut, sliplining, jacking, microtunneling, two-pass tunnel, casing carrier, and above ground. Hobas pipes feature leak-free, push-together joints that reduce installation time and costs for contractors, the manufacturer claims. Pipe diameters range from 18 to 110 inches in pressure and gravity applications.
Hobas Pipe USA — www.hobaspipe.com
Water modeling software
XP Software released XPSWMM and XPSTORM v.2010 for stormwater, wastewater, and floodplain modeling. New features include a computational engine that, according to the company, performs as much as 80 percent faster; ability to view system profiles, conduit cross sections, and animations in conjunction with the user-defined XPTABLES; detailed Dynamic Long Section View plotting of dual drainage configurations; use of survey data or existing DTMs to create cross sections, find node elevations, and more; enhanced abilities for sanitary sewer modeling; and support for rainfall dependent inflow and infiltration for continuous simulation modeling. Also new from XP Software is Water Surface Pressure Gradient (WSPG) v.2010, a hydraulic analysis model that computes and plots uniform and nonuniform steady flow water surface profiles and pressure gradients in open channels or closed conduits with irregular or regular sections. The company offers the WSPG 2010, XPWSPG Standalone version, and XPWSPG Add-On Module to XPSWMM and XPSTORM.
XP Software — www.xpsoftware.com
Asset management software
VUEWorks 2009 is a web-based, scalable suite of software modules designed to enable municipalities, utilities, and other organizations to track the condition, minimize failure risk, and prioritize expenditures and service delivery of their physical assets — all while saving time and money. This software features a facilities module that provides flexible tracking of any asset that is typically not identified as part of the GIS data. VUEWorks 2009 also enables users to connect with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and other systems through the ODBC-compliant data link features. The software can assess roadway conditions and record the severity of pavement distresses comparable to ASTM standards. It also enables users to create multi-year budget scenarios based on deterioration curves, which can suggest various repair options based on where the segment falls on the curve.
VUEWorks — www.vueworks.com
Advanced Drainage Systems acquires Piedmont Concrete
Aiming to provide its customers with a total product line offering, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), one of the world’s largest producers of corrugated HDPE pipe, acquired Pineville, N.C.-based Piedmont Concrete. This acquisition follows the recent purchase of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Foltz Concrete Pipe Co. in April 2010. By acquiring a manufacturer of precast sanitary and stormwater structures, and thus adding concrete structures to its portfolio, the company is on its way to becoming a full-service supplier to the underground utility market, according to ADS.
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. — www.ads-pipe.com
Bentley Systems, Inc., integrated its civil engineering design and stormwater modeling and analysis applications to increase productivity and facilitate collaboration. The applications — Bentley’s InRoads, GEOPAK, PowerCivil for North America, MXROAD, CivilStorm, StormCAD, and PondPack — can determine the specific location of stormwater infrastructure using geometric and digital terrain data, and generate 3D drawings and analysis for clash detection and constructability. Integration of its civil engineering design and stormwater management applications enables engineers and designers to build geospatially accurate models for analysis, compare various scenarios, and provide clients with the best possible designs, Bentley said. Results of design work can be presented as reports, charts, graphs, or construction drawings, or simply updated in GIS systems.
Bentley Systems, Inc. — www.bentley.com