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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.



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!



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 new cloud-based licensing system therefore eliminating the need for the dongle-based licensing system. Please see below to learn how to switch your license to the new Civica Infrastructure VO5 cloud based licensing system.

Cloud License File

Users will receive a cloud license file to setup the connection to the cloud. An example file is given below. “CUSTOMER Civica isv=civica server=ls30.rlmcloud.com port=5053 password=lamkhaxwn0wwww7v”

This file will be unique for each customer and generated by Civica. It must be placed in the installation folder. When the license is renewed, this file stays unchanged. Customers has options to have multiple license files for their different offices. Each license file will have certain number of licenses to share.

License Check-Out

VO automatically checks out licenses from cloud if the Cloud License File is available. Depending on license availability, the status may be 1) available, 2) all in use or 3) expired as shown below. If there is no cloud license available, VO continues to check out license from dongle system.

When Cloud License is Available


When ALL Cloud Licenses are in Use


When Cloud License is Expired


User Portal

A web-based user portal will be provided to view the usage of the licenses. It’s useful to understand how many licenses are still available and who are using the licenses. An example is given below. It shows that there are total of 10 licenses and 1 of them is checked out by user@niro-pc at August 4 18:21. More functions please refer to VO License document.


Transition from Dongle to Cloud

There is no extra cost for this transition. It’s recommended that all network dongle users upgrade from dongle to cloud to eliminate any potential connection issues. After transition, the dongles will be deactivated and the dongle number is no longer used. To complete the transition, please contact us at (905) 417-9792.

Cloud License Renewal

The renew process for cloud license is kept unchanged. The only difference is that the dongle number is no longer used.


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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