August Newsreel: Stimulus boosts smart metering, Indiana tunnel prevents sewage overflow and more

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8

According to Brad Talley, the city’s wastewater superintendent, a separate project to eliminate the Pearl River lift station overflow point is scheduled to begin in 2021.

The project required specialized equipment. President of Triad Engineering Cliff Kassouf, who worked on the tunnel, said the technology has never been used in Lafayette.

"This was specialized because of the type of ground conditions that we had, something that we designed with the manufacture specific to this project," said Kassouf.

Talley said this is part of a 20-year plan to improve Lafayette's environmental quality.

"We will start the next project in the next one to two years. It will be a parallel interceptor, basically a parallel sewer that runs along from the fairground location to the wastewater treatment plant," said Talley.

Improve workflows with civil engineering and stormwater modeling
Bentley Systems Inc. recently announced the integration of its civil engineering design and stormwater modeling and analysis applications to further enhance workflows and facilitate collaboration. The applications include Bentley's InRoads, GEOPAK, PowerCivil for North America, MXROAD, CivilStorm, StormCAD and PondPack products.

With this integration, civil designers can ensure the accurate location of stormwater infrastructure using geometric and digital terrain data, and generate 3D visualizations and analysis for clash detection and constructability – all from within Bentley civil products. This allows them to assess the feasibility of their designs early in the project design phase. In addition, with the help of comprehensive terrain modeling, catchment delineation, and site modeling tools, they can maximize the return on their investments in engineering data, such as terrain, elevation, and slope information. At the same time, automated drawing production (a by-product of the modeling, design, and analysis process) increases productivity.

Using the scenario management tools in Bentley's stormwater products, the drainage team can further analyze and easily compare numerous design proposals within the same project file. This enables them to avoid the confusion that can result when multiple files are created for comparison and enhances productivity. The stormwater products also provide the ability to simulate complex networks to calculate overflow volumes, determine pollution in stormwater systems, and model tidal and tail water effects and interconnected ponds.