New Scatter Graph Features!

FlowWorks is happy to publish an update to our already great mapping tools with some frequently requested features from out users. This update includes some great new features, updates, and tools in our Graphing tools set.
New improvements to the Scatter Graph feature:

  • Scatter plots now support 3  data channels:  one on x-axis, two on y-axis.
  • Users can add manual field measurements to scatter graphs.
  • A scatterplot of a time series can now automatically be opened in a separate browser window. This works really well when users have two monitors.
  • A scatter plot now supports the assigning of data channels to either axis in scatter plot under “Appearance –> axis and scaling dialog”
  • Support  has been added for customizing the axis scales in scatter plot mode.
  • User now can select a data point in the scatter graph and the date and time me of a selected data point is displayed. This feature supports multiple values that could occurred at the selected point.
  • Editable Curve fits and Manning’s Curve – users can now easily modify  an existing curve fit
  • We have provided a library of typically used Manning’s Coefficient so  when a user is creating/modifying a Manning’s curve, the user can select coefficients from a  a drop down menu  or enter a user defined value as before.
  • Allowed Custom axis labeling – Under Axis Options, a new option called Axis Labels with text boxes for each axis
  • Improved zooming functions on both scatter and times series modes

We have also implemented the new tree organizer in graphing – so what you see in the map view for stations is now carried over into the graphing view. This brings about a much greater consistency in working with sites in large numbers.

Some of these features were requested via the FlowWorks Community Forums and User Group and FlowWorks is proud to implement user ideas whenever possible. The forums are open to any FlowWorks user, and you can use them to ask questions, start general discussions, requests features, or browse through our ongoing knowledge base articles that are constantly being updated and added to.
This update is just one more way that FlowWorks helps you understand your data, by making it easier, faster, and less complicated to get to the information that you want to know.

See FlowWorks at NEWEA 2013

FlowWorks will again be attending the NEWEA 2013 conference. This year we will be on the 4th floor, in booth #456. Since its formation in 1928, NEWEA has been holding annual meetings to provide a forum for knowledge and technology exchange within the wastewater field. Since then, the NEWEA Annual Conference has not only grown in the size of exhibits and technical sessions, but has become New England’s largest water quality conference.

FlowWorks will be on hand to demonstrate the FlowWorks data management platform and show some of the brand new features and tools that are being built within FlowWorks to help you manage all of your flow data, in once place. The conference will take place in Boston Massachusetts, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. We hope to see you there.

FlowWorks Mapping Updates!

We’ve heard your comments. We heard your recommendations. We shoved a team of developers in a room and locked the door and wouldn’t let them out until they were done. (well, it didn’t EXACTLY happen like that). Welcome to the improved FlowWorks Map View!

Some of the major changes that you’ll notice right away…

  1. Clustered Sites! If you’re a FlowWorks client and have a large number of sites, you know how difficult it was to view everyone site on the map. Sites that are close in geographic region are now clustered into one dot. The dot colour is based on any alarm  conditions within that cluster, based on severity. You can turn clustering on/off in the “Options” menu above the map so you can tailor your view to how you like it. Don’t forget to click the “Remember Options” checkbox! Also, if you have multiple sites at the same location, we’re able to display all of them at once (they’re not overlapped!).
  2. Cleaner, smoother interface. Gone are the days of rectangles and boxes around everything.
  3. Widescreen Support. No matter what screen you are on (4:4, 19:9, whatever), the map will now scale horizontally and fill the entire portion of the screen.
  4. Legend. The legend has been moved to above the map for quick access. Again, just so save some precious real estate.
  5. Filtering. Filtering has been enhanced to allow you to filter based on Alarm Type, Site Type, and Collection Method. This is similar to filtering in the past, but allows more options. You are now able to combine multiple filters as well (show me all active, Telog sewer sites).
  6. Site List. The site list to the left of the page has been revamped, and now shows the site type and site status right in the tree. This will help you locate those sites much faster, and you cane easily see their status.
  7. Google Street View. I’m sure you know what this is, and it’s now native to FlowWorks. Can’t remember what that intersection looks like where that manhole is? Street View to the rescue!
  8. New tree, Site Searching/Sorting, Tree Organization. This one will deserve it’s own blog post, coming soon! This one is a big deal.
  9. And finally, don’t forget you can add or link your GIS files to the map view! Please click here to find out more information, or contact FlowWorks.


FlowWorks in New York!

New York WEA 213FlowWorks will once again be exhibiting at the NYWEA Annual Meeting this February. Stop by booth #151 to see a live demonstration of the FlowWorks platform, and all of the new tools we have developed to help you understand your flow data easier, faster, and better.

This year marks the 85th annual meeting for the NYWEA, and takes place February 4-6th, with the Exhibit on Monday, February 4th and Tuesday, February 5th, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. You can find out more about the conference at the NYWEA website, found here.

FlowWorks Announces New Pump Station Calculator

FlowWorks is pleased to announce our new Pump Station Calculator. Intended for use across a wide range of pump station configurations, the FlowWorks Pump Station Calculator is available to turn mounds of under- utilized data from pump station dataloggers and SCADA systems into valuable pump station performance information. Features included in the new calculator are:

  • Tools to estimate pump station inflows from levels and stop/start times (it’s like having a virtual flow meter installed at the inlet of your pump station)
  • The ability to make ongoing estimates of pumping rates for each pump
  • Optional alarming should pump performance fall outside of normal parameters

We’ve built a lot of flexibility into the Pump Station Calculator to handle a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Support for (2) or more pumps in each pump station
  • Support for non-standard wet well geometry
  • Support for in-pipe storage upstream of the pump station
  • Incorporation of wet well level data when the pump station is overwhelmed during storm events

When the right conditions are met, data from pump stations can now be converted by the Pump Station Calculator into flow estimates for use in inflow & infiltration studies, capital planning, computer model calibration and daily operations and maintenance issues.

A simple and easy-to-use interface is provided to speed entry of required data:


Of course, the new Pump Station Calculator also works seamlessly with FACE: FlowWorks Advanced Calculation Engine. Intermediate equations from the Calculator are available for viewing and the user can direct which data is used in the final flow estimates. If needed, more sophisticated modeling calculations can be set up in FACE with the results directed back to the Calculator for output.

The figure above is the showing intermediate calculation components and hourly average results.

For more information, or a login to the FlowWorks Pump Station Calculator demo, please contact FlowWorks.

Welcome to the Custom Summary Report Writer

FlowWorks reporting tools have always been great: download as an spreadsheet, copy/paste directly into a report or Excel worksheet, export to PDF, etc. But you were always limited to the defined FlowWorks report formats. Well, that has all changed. Welcome to the Custom Summary Report Writer!

FlowWorks has been hard at work creating a Custom Summary Report Writer, and it has now been unleashed on users. The customized reports available with this tool are almost endless.

Found under Reporting > Custom Summary Reports, you can now generate the report you really need. The Custom Summary Report tool can be used to create your own reports to summarize your data. Get the answers you’re looking for by combining multiple sites and channels, choosing from a variety of statistical methods, and grouping your data across various periods. Summaries, channel based averages, roll-ups, hourly/daily/monthly/yearly stats, peak levels; the options are all there. Think of this as our existing Summary Reports, but with a bunch of extra buttons to push and nobs to turn. It’s one of those tools that I could ramble on and on about everything you can do with it, or you can just hop in and start messing around. So what are you waiting for?!

This feature is new to us as well, and we’d like your feedback! Let us know below in the comments how you’re using the tool to help you with your data and day-to-day reporting needs. Hey, maybe you’ll help someone else!