Foresight Reduces Risk, Boosts Resilience, Identifies Opportunity


If forewarned is forearmed, then monitoring risk, resilience assessment, and emergency planning are essential to keeping water flowing in the face of surprise developments. At ACE19, Bentley Systems’ Senior Product Manager Tom Walski shared how the company’s modeling software running as a “digital twin” for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure systems is helping utilities improve daily operation resilience, noting “a little bit of work has a lot of payback.” From a valve maintenance perspective, he relates how a combination of modeling, good recordkeeping, and maintenance can keep little pipe breaks from becoming catastrophes. From an energy perspective, he also describes how to find the “little nuggets of energy gold” in the pump station if you know where to look for them — such as modeling pump operations before purchase and installation.