Water
A more efficient future for the most precious of substances

Keep it flowing, safe, viable, and sustainable: the water industry, with its responsibility for the one thing that supports all life, bears the heaviest digital business transformation burden of all. At Digital AECOM, we gather data and generate insights to help water infrastructure assets last longer, work smarter, perform better, and use less energy.

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Data-driven asset management

Understand, forecast, and improve with our tools for asset assessment and management (AECOM Assessor, InfoAsset Manager, InfoAsset Planner, SewerLogic), predictive intervention (Asset Predictor, Watermain Predictive Failure Toolkit), capital planning (Risk and Criticality Toolkit), and performance and deterioration (Inflow and Infiltration Optimization Tool).

Water infrastructure assets across the world are looking for data-driven answers to critical questions around reliability and quality in the face of ever-increasing demand – balancing cost and risk with energy-efficiency and smarter design – and climate change impacts such as flooding. Our data-driven assessment solutions integrate financial, operational, and engineering data to track cost against the maintenance cycle, enabling you to prioritize spending for maximum strategic and environmental returns, and flag the need for improvements and upgrades before failure happens.

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Smart water systems

Monitor and correct asset behavior for better outcomes with solutions that integrate hydraulic and weather forecast data for a near-real-time view of network performance (ICMLive) and streamline repeatable component supply across the life cycle (digital libraries).

Smart water systems enable you and your teams to predict how assets will behave, optimize your capital improvement programs, and identify opportunities to save energy and operate more sustainably. At Digital AECOM, we harness real-time data feeds from internet of things (IoT) devices, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, building management systems (BMS), and many other sources – and add value to them using artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and advanced analytics. From this, we build custom scripts and applications that reduce energy costs, improve reliability, support advance warning systems, and reduce costly, unplanned shutdowns.

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Disaster resiliency toolkit

Confront climate change, recover, and save lives with our disaster resilience toolkit, which is used by multiple government agencies to enable smarter use of data and help asset owners and operators reduce flooding and loss of life.

We have built tools, collected and processed data, and created visualizations to allow stakeholders to better understand complex large-scale natural processes such as storm surge and hurricanes. We’ve built and maintain software tools including FEMA’s Substantial Damage Estimator, which assesses post-event damage to structures. We have assessed the impacts of building code enhancements on residential and non-residential structures at the parcel level across the U.S. through complex workflows and large-scale processing of data using cloud architectures, and we have assessed data for communities that are vulnerable to sea-level rise, such as those along Alaskan shorelines.

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Digital twin asset management

Drive decisions with data for highly efficient, reliable assets using our customizable digital twin platfom and Unreal Engine solutions to capture and replicate the physical asset and its behaviors in digital form.

Understanding how an asset behaves, and interpreting the data it generates, uncovers hidden opportunities to lower costs, reduce risks, improve performance, and minimize energy consumption and carbon impacts. Our digital twin asset management solutions leverage the data-rich graphical and non-graphical models created as part of the BIM development process to build a custom, cloud-based tool that brings valuable asset data to digital life – supporting smarter, more informed decisions that drive better project, operational, and environmental outcomes.

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Advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of wastewater/water treatment plants

Treat more water with less space with our solutions for CFD modelling. We use tools such as ANSYS, Flow 3D, and OPENFOAM to model real-life scenarios virtually before the assets are in operation, optimizing their real-world performance.

While energy and cost savings are important metrics in water and wastewater treatment, doing more with less space and achieving more stringent effluent limits both make for a more efficient, environmentally sustainable asset. We put our wide array of wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies to work to deliver both the former and the latter, modeling and testing “what if” scenarios to improve effluent quality, lower energy consumption, increase capacity and reliability, and maximize product quality – often with no on-site measurements or intervention needed.

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Machine learning (ML) for estimating water demand

Get ahead of demand every time using our ML solutions for water/wastewater treatment. We leverage Python, Pytorch, and R scripts to optimize operational states utilizing data mining algorithims.

Servicing demand for a critical service can lead to overestimation – which wastes energy, resources, and money – or underestimation, which can put communities’ wellbeing at risk and endanger credibility and reputation. Our ML solutions for estimating water demand release value from internal and external data sources to make more accurate, data-driven demand predictions. They work with both structured and unstructured data, including historical water/treated sewage effluent (TSE) usage reports, demand patterns, weather forecasts, and more, to enable your asset to perform effectively and efficiently when it is needed most.

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Design automation solutions

Get design done quicker with automated design solutions, which have been shown to deliver 80% pumpstation design completion in hours rather than the days required for a manual design.

Repetitive tasks make inefficient use of teams and resources in the water sector, slowing down innovations and improvements that can materially enhance critical performance, cost, carbon, and sustainability metrics. Our design automation solutions combine standard library components with inputs from asset calculation spreadsheets and import them into Revit via Dynamo scripts, producing automated designs that speed up delivery.

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How we can help

Minimize renewal costs, maintain service
Understand asset performance and anticipate issues before they happen.
Do more with less space
Optimize capacity and reliability and maximize product quality.
Reduce energy consumption
Leverage custom asset energy optimization scripts and applications.
Supercharge design
Automate repetitive processes to accelerate design as much as 50 times faster.
Protect local communities
Build flood prevention and disaster resiliency into your operations.
Stay permanently ahead of demand
Deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence for consistently accurate forecasting.

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