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Second Largest Port in US Selects IDModeling for On-Call Modeling Contract

Second Largest Port in US Selects IDModeling for On-Call Modeling Contract

March 4, 2011

The Challenge:

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is one of the busiest ports in the world and the second largest port in the United States, handling more than 6.2 million containers and over $140 billion worth of cargo annually. The domestic water system serving the POLB includes approximately 90 miles of pipeline serving a unique group of customer types that includes administration and office buildings, container terminal areas, large vessels, and other customers. POLB utility staff must manage a diverse and complex set of needs for multiple departments and as such, is challenged with the resources to address all of the requirements to address unforeseen issues and long-term maintenance and improvement planning.

The Solution:

IDModeling (IDM) was selected by POLB for an on-call modeling contract in May, 2010. Under this contract, IDM serves as an extension of POLB staff, delivering both hydraulic model support services and hydraulic model training to identify recommended improvements for improved operations, meet fire flow requirements, cost-effectively maintain its water system, and bolster in-house staff modeling capabilities. Examples of task orders that have been completed or in-progress as part of this as-needed contract for Pier G, F, and J analyses including sizing of new pipelines, redundancy, or replacement projects that meet predefined hydraulic performance and operational criteria (such as extreme depth of pipe considerations), while maintaining cost effectiveness and constructability. A valve criticality analysis is being completed to identify the most critical valves within the domestic water supply system if a valve should fail, and prioritize recommended improvements to meet near term operational needs for most critical valves as well as long-term maintenance requirements.

Through the on-call model contract, IDM has also contributed model updates to ensure that the POLB water model is reasonably representing in-ground, planned, and future facilities and performing within acceptable tolerances for existing and future improvement scenarios. IDM has enhanced the usability of the model for daily operational analyses and ongoing capital planning through strategic fields and model element attributions for ease of access and locating key information.

Through this on-call modeling contract, POLB has joined IDM's Online Hydraulic Model Training Program and currently participates in the InfoWater software platform tract. Participation in IDM's equivalent SewerGEMS training program may be well justified following the completion of this Sewer Master Plan for maximum retention and application of the sewer collection system model.

IDM hydraulic modeling experts have trained thousands of engineers and technical professionals in multiple software platforms across the globe, since 1999. Our team provides a unique support system for engineering, hydraulics, systems operations experience, hydraulic model software, and training expertise.

The POLB InfoWater hydraulic model is approximately 12,000 total pipes, with 6,500 pipes currently modeled in active scenarios. Including the City's water system, the current model includes a total of 110 miles of pipeline, 85 miles of which belongs to the POLB.

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The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is one of the busiest ports in the world and the second largest port in the United States, handling more than 6.2 million containers and over $140 billion worth of cargo annually.