Proactive Approach Keeps Operations in Rural Iowa Town Thriving

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2019 12:42:41 PM / by WinCan

Atlantic, Iowa’s vibrant, historic downtown and community traditions keep the past close, but that hasn’t stopped it from 

modernizing and updating its utility operations.

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Correlating Sewer Data to Geographic Features Yields New Insights

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2019 7:38:00 AM / by WinCan

Utilizing inspection data to manage a wastewater system is a big task. With so many system assets (pipes, manholes, laterals) and so many factors that influence their performance, the amount of data collected can overwhelm even the most experienced manager. WinCan helps you correlate data to real world factors in order to distill insights, develop practical maintenance strategies and maximize your budget. The applications are numerous, and evolving mapping technologies promise to expand on them in the future.

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Earthquake Resilience for Wastewater Operators

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by WinCan

Water and wastewater systems are a vital aspect of our daily lives, and any upset to these systems can have a ripple effect that impacts entire communities. That’s why it’s essential for water utility companies in earthquake zones to understand the threat these disasters pose to their systems and adequately prepare for emergency situations. To minimize damage and decrease recovery time, municipalities need to take an active role in earthquake preparation.

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Take WinCan's Sewer Trivia: Mapping Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 4:56:18 PM / by WinCan

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Prepare for the Unexpected: GIS in Natural Disaster Preparation and Prediction

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2018 5:53:51 PM / by WinCan

Cities are constantly pressured to find new ways to cut expenses while maintaining a high quality of service for ratepayers. Shifts in federal and state funding — in combination with aging, degraded sewer systems — make this task even more difficult. In many cases, municipalities end up working equipment for longer and fall into a pattern of reactive maintenance and delaying major repairs. But there are serious consequences to putting off the inevitable. Crises, by nature, are unexpected emergencies, but that doesn’t mean municipalities can’t plan for them and prepare their collection systems for events like natural disasters.

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How Mixed Reality Became a Reality

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2018 10:32:00 AM / by WinCan

It may be hard to imagine how augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) reach beyond video games and high tech. Yet these technologies, known together as mixed reality (MR), are more accessible than one might think. Mainstream audiences got to experience them every day at Disneyland for fifteen years on Soarin’ Over California. The ride, which debuted in 2001, immersed guests in an MR aerial adventure. In addition to video and audio, flourishes of AR brought the experience to life: Small fans cast a gentle breeze across riders, and an orange-scented mist wafted through the air as they passed over video orange fields. And while the simulated experience didn’t quite capture the real life one, when families stepped off the ride, many felt as if they had truly flown across the state.

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WinCan VX Integrates with ESRI ArcGIS

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2018 5:56:24 PM / by WinCan

When integrated with Esri’s ArcGIS platform, WinCan VX sewer assessment software allows users to navigate and analyze inspection data using a rich GIS (geographic information system) interface. With it, users can click map features to link to section and defect information, or they can click a tabular record in an inspection to jump immediately to its mapped location. With this bidirectional link between GIS and WinCan, inspections can be pre-populated with data residing in GIS (eliminating manual data entry) and GIS data can be updated with results once an inspection is complete. Beyond simply mapping data, the ArcGIS integration allows users to filter results, create reports, browse media and build heat maps according to defect type or severity. It also assists with workflow by allowing you to select regions, assign them to specific inspection crews and then monitor per-crew progress graphically with color-coded indication.

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Plan and Budget Sewer Rehab Projects with WinCan RPM

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2018 6:46:35 PM / by WinCan

Planning a sewer rehab project means weighing many factors for each asset: location; defect type, quantity and severity; surface obstructions; pipe material and age; and more. From his early days in the municipal world, WinCan Business Manager Mike Russin recalls using highlighters with maps tacked to the wall. “It used to be a huge hassle,” he says. “We’d watch VHS tapes, find the spot in need of rehab, use different color highlighters to mark what kind of rehab was needed, and then take the map into the engineer's office at the end of the month to get approval. There were so many hoops you had to jump through.”

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Accurate Mapping with Geospatial Probes

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2017 2:17:59 PM / by WinCan

Not only is precise mapping of a municipality’s underground assets important for maintenance and inspection purposes, it can help avoid cross-bores from directional drilling. The challenge is that municipalities can’t count on as-built plans for accurate mapping of underground assets. In the past, municipalities have relied on locators or on digging up pipes to get a visual. Both of these solutions can prove inefficient and sometimes inaccurate. Increasingly, municipalities are deploying geospatial probes, special sensors that are capable of tracking their position in 3D space using a technology called inertial navigation. The data provided by these sensors can be read by WinCan’s 3DGS Scan module to create in real-time a virtual 3D computer model of underground assets.

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Network Rail High Speed Limited Adopts WinCan Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2016 5:46:02 PM / by WinCan

The High Speed 1 (HS1) route formally known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), is a 109-kilometer (68-mile) high-speed railway between London and the United Kingdom. The HS1 is used for domestic and international train services as well as transporting freight.

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