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NEWS

June 28, 2017 – Civica Infrastructure mentioned in the York Region Perspective Magazine.

Since 2012, Civica Infrastructure Inc. has provided industry-leading consulting services for
major municipal and urban development clients across Southern Ontario.We offer cutting edge tools and experience to maximize existing infrastructure, save capital spending, and stimulating economic development, while helping to improve and protect the environment. To learn more and read the entire click here

May 17, 2017 – Civica Infrastructure appoints Geoff Masotti to Vice President

Civica Infrastructure is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Geoff Masotti to Vice
President. Geoff is an accomplished Project Manager and Engineer with over 15 years of experience in Master Planning, Municipal Servicing, Stormwater Management and Water Resources. Geoff is ultimately responsible for ensuring that clients’ needs and expectations are met for the delivery of services at Civica.


 

EVENTS

October 2-4, 2017 – 90th WEFTEC Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois

The conference takes place from October 2-4 at the McCormmick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Come
visit our booth to discuss our latest enhancements to our web-based software application, DataCurrent. We have some new and exciting features added to our water resources data collection software. DataCurrent software is designed to help identify and address the challenges of Inflow & Infiltration (I&I), where stormwater and groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system. Come visit us at booth #7554. See you there!

May 21-24, 2017 – WEFTEC Collection Systems Conference in Omaha, Nebraska

The convention will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Come visit our booth to discuss our managed services for I&I data management using our latest enhancements to our web-based software application, DataCurrent. We have some new and exciting features added to our water resources data collection software. DataCurrent software is designed to help identify and address the challenges of Inflow & Infiltration (I&I), where stormwater and groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system. Come visit us at booth #515. See you there!


 

VISUAL OTTHYMO

August 8, 2017 – VO 5.0 moves from Dongle to Cloud Based Licensing

Currently, Visual Otthymo is licensed via a hardware dongle that is installed on either your local machine or server. Newly implemented, VISUAL Otthymo VO5 is now provided via a new cloud-based licensing system therefore eliminating the need for the dongle-based licensing system. Please contact us at anytime at info@civi.ca to switch over your license to the new VO5 cloud based licensing system.

Transition from Dongle to Cloud

Please Note: there is no additional cost for this transition and is recommended that all network dongle users upgrade from dongle to cloud to eliminate any potential connection issues. After the transition, the dongles will be deactivated and will no longer be in use. To complete the transition, please feel free to contact us at info@civi.ca or at (905) 417-9792.

Cloud License Renewal

The renewal process for cloud licenses will remain unchanged with no need for the dongle number(s).

Dongle to Cloud Installation & Tips

If your subscription is up-to-date and would like to switch to the cloud based licensing system or you are a new client that has purchased a new license of VO5, users will receive an email with both installation guide and license file.

Step 1: Download VISUAL Otthymo VO5 (you DO NOT need to uninstall previous versions of VO but can if you’d like too)

Step 2: Install VISUAL Otthymo VO5

Step 3: Copy and Paste the attached license file into C:\Program Files (x86)\Visual OTTHYMO 5.0 which is created by default during the installation

Step 4: FINISHED – Visual OttHYMO 5.0 will read this file and connect to the cloud automatically

License Check-Out

VO5 will now automatically checks out licenses from the cloud if the cloud license are available. Depending on license availability, the status and outcome may be 1) available and able to connect, 2) all in use and waiting to connect 3) expired with no connection possible.

 

July 7, 2017 – RouteChannel – Second Length and Channel Cross Section Editor

With version 5.0.2006, RouteChannel was updated to:

1. Support a second length to better model low flow and high flow
2. Have a new Cross Section Editor with cross section, main channel and Manning’s n.

Second Length

For nature river channels, the main channel meanders more than the valley corridor. Thus, the channel length for low flow (main channel) is longer than the one used for high flow (valley corridor). With only one length supported in RouteChannel, modellers are forced to make a choice on which length will best represent the channel based on their objectives.

To be more flexible, a second length (FPLGTH) is added. It represents the length for the valley corridor (high flow). And CHLGTH will represent the length for the main channel (low flow). By default, same length is set to both. Modellers has option to assign a short length to FPLGTH. For existing model, the FPLGTH will be set same as CHLGTH.

The second length is sent to model engine for the travel time calculation. When water depth exceeds the main channel level, FPLGTH will be used. Otherwise, CHLGTH will be used. If FPLGTH is less than CHLGTH, the travel time is shorter compared the one from a single length.

An example is shown below. With CHLGTH as 500 m, FPLGTH is set to 400 m and 500 m for two RouthChannels. The travel time is shorter for the 400 m one when water depth exceeds the main channel level. This will result in less attenuation and higher peak flow.

Cross Section Editor

In previous version, the cross section and Manning’s n is edited in separated windows (shown below). It’s difficult to get the full picture of the cross section in one window.

With version 5.0.2006, a single Cross Section Editor is added as shown below. The Cross Section Coordinates table and Manning’s n Values table is on the left and the cross section graph is on the right. For the graph,

•The blue points are the cross-section coordinates;
•The red points represent left overbank and right overbank.
•The Manning’s n values are labeled on the top of the cross section with purple.

These components are updated automatically when the cross-section data is changed.

This window will appear by clicking the edit button for parameter NSEG and DIST/ELEV (shown below).

The Cross Section Editor is similar with the one in HEC-RAS as shown below.

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