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!

Multi-Create Channel and Multi-Create Calculated Channels (FACE)

Have 2 sites? 50 sites? 300 sites in FlowWorks? If so, at one point I’m sure you wish you had “that channel” for all your sites, but the daunting task of creating them all individually turned you off. We’re here to help…

FlowWorks has released new functionality to allow users to multi-create channels. This allows you to create a new channel on one of your sites, and then chose any other site(s) you want that channel to exist on, and it will automatically create that new channel. In the past, this was a very time consuming task for users, and we heard your cries for help.

When creating a new channel, there is a new “Advanced Options” feature that allows you to add that channel to any other number of channels.

Cool huh?

Wait, there’s more! Now that you have created all these new channels, you need to do something with them. FlowWorks also released new functionality to multi-create calculated channels using FACE!

Using the Create Calculation page, setup your FACE Calculation, and using the “Advanced Options”, choose the site(s)/channel(s) where you want to copy this calculation to, and presto, done!

We feel that these 2 improvements should make FlowWorks a better experience for everyone!

GIS in FlowWorks? You bet!

You asked for it, and we delivered! FlowWorks has just released a new feature that allows you to bring in your GIS data into the FlowWorks Map View. Whether it’s your sewer pipe network, manholes, stream line data, etc., if you have it in GIS, we can display it.

Features include…

  1. GIS data querying (click on the feature, get the attributes (for example, pipe number,  dimensions, material, install date, service area, etc.)
  2. Multiple GIS services via a drop-down (this allows you to have multiple different layers in multiple different GIS services, for example, one service can display your sanitary network, another for storm, and another for legal parcel information)
  3. FlowWorks hosted, or client-side hosted (we can host the GIS data for you, or if you are currently using ArcGIS Server, you can host your own map service and just supply us with the URL to access it)
This new feature is something that we’ve been asked about many times, and we’re glad to finally be able to offer it!
Please contact FlowWorks for more information.