INFRASTRUCTURE design software developer Bentley Systems has launched a new range of products for the analysis and design of wastewater and stormwater systems.

The company’s SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, CivilStorm, and StormCAD V8i programs, known together as the SELECTseries 4, will help to streamline the information modelling process, Bentley said.

The new releases will provide advanced hydraulic and operational capabilities for greater depth of information modelling, and assist users to evaluate and compare a wider range of network considerations, as well as to assess trade-offs across disciplines and systems to enhance cost, time, and efficiency.

Bentley’s director of product management Gregg Herrin said the new package enabled users to evaluate every aspect of existing systems and compare possible new designs.

“Simulations can predict everything from flooding to hydrogen sulfide formation, and then assess the effect of alternative designs to alleviate problems,” he said.

“By delivering functionality that lets users create their models faster, such as the determination of manhole rim elevations from terrain data, more of the modellers’ time can be spent on analysis and design instead of data management – and the further addition of capabilities such as SCADAConnect helps users confidently align their models with real-world conditions,” he said.

The new functionality in the SELECTseries 4 releases will help SewerGEMS users leverage SCADA systems and data loggers through SCADAConnect, supporting calibration and operational efforts, as well as helping them to model hydrogen sulfide formation to decrease the risk of pipe damage, prevent odour complaints, and improve safety.

Users of SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, CivilStorm, and StormCAD users can conveniently trace and display the surface water flow direction across any terrain, ensuring proper location of inlets and other drainage infrastructure under the system.

They will also be able to import MX drainage files easily and efficiently, facilitating ready access to the data, to automatically assign elevation data to manhole elements for faster model building and updating and explicitly model headwalls and endwalls for culverts more efficiently.

Users of SewerGEMS and CivilStorm can design stormwater ponds more quickly and easily using PondMaker, and along with SewerCAD users can utilise ILSAX hydrologic calculations.

In addition, users of any of the new SELECTseries 4 releases now benefit from the products’ support of AutoCAD 2015, giving them the ability to model from within the latest AutoCAD version.