Haestad Methods Raises the Bar With WaterCAD(R) 6.0 Water Distribution Modeling Software

WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Haestad Methods today announced the latest version release of WaterCAD, the most widely used water distribution modeling software in the world. With Version 6.0's unprecedented breadth of new features, Haestad Methods raises the industry's standards for performance and usability while providing its ClientCare(TM) subscribers with a second major version release this year at no charge.

Developed from customer-driven requests, WaterCAD 6.0's cutting-edge open database architecture, complete customization capability, and easy-to-use interface will enhance efficiency and streamline workflow for modeling professionals.

"This release is exciting, both in terms of the major advancements in WaterCAD and as a powerful demonstration of the value offered by our ClientCare program," said Keith Hodsden, General Manager of Sales for Haestad Methods. "Our customer-focused development process allows us to add and deploy features to our clients as they need them without unplanned upgrade costs for our client base."

Utilizing the power of next-generation Microsoft .NET technology, WaterCAD 6.0's database design reshapes the way in which users can access, view, and manipulate data. This new framework enables seamless data compatibility across the entire suite of Haestad Methods' software, offering ClientCare subscribers improved performance and functionality free of charge. Other notable features available for WaterCAD 6.0 are GeoGrapher(TM) for advanced graphing capabilities; Skelebrator(TM) model reduction tool for the automated skeletonization of hydraulic models; and the Darwin(TM) Calibrator for obtaining accurate calibration for water distribution network simulation.

According to Robert Mankowski, P.E., Director of Research and Development for Haestad Methods, "WaterCAD 6.0 offers a complete, out-of-the-box solution for small and large utilities alike. Its rich API makes interfacing with existing GIS and corporate systems a breeze. It is quite simply the only enterprise strength model available."

WaterCAD 6.0 key enhancements empower modelers to:

     * Leverage improved interface with GIS-style layer management
     * Automatically compute detailed cost estimates for capital improvements
       and energy cost estimates based on pump performance
     * Evaluate multiple designs with Scenario Control Center(TM)
     * Conduct intelligent reduction of complex networks with Skelebrator
       (available for WaterCAD 6.0)
     * Perform system wide multiple node fire flow analysis
     * Accurately simulate variable-speed pumps with APEX(TM) technology
     * Protect water distribution systems with WaterSAFE(SM) technology
     * Control a system in real-time with live SCADA connections
     * Build models from data assets with advanced database connections
     * Customize WaterObjects(TM) to create extensions to suit unique modeling
     * Create winning presentations and advanced visualization with GeoGrapher
     * Visualize customer information, infrastructure assets, and modeling
       results to support critical cost-saving decisions
     * Make changes directly to model data using WaterCAD's new open-database
     * Manage pump curves and re-use existing pump definitions using the Pump
       Definition Manager(TM)
     * Automatically calibrate water models with Darwin Calibrator (available
       for WaterCAD 6.0)
     * Design systems optimized for cost and benefit with Darwin Designer
       (available for WaterCAD 6.0)
     * Select the appropriate interface for the job-AutoCAD(R) or Stand-alone
     * Protect investments with the ClientCare upgrade and support program

ClientCare(TM) Maintenance Program:

ClientCare subscribers automatically receive WaterCAD 6.0 as part of their software maintenance and support package. The ClientCare Maintenance program provides clients with up-to-date modeling advancements, including automatic software updates and upgrades, access to the online KnowledgeBase, and special promotions and discounts on new products and training. For more information about ClientCare, visit http://www.haestad.com/ClientCare.

About Haestad Methods:

Founded in 1979, Haestad Methods provides more than 125,000 civil engineers in over 170 countries with hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling applications, continuing education workshops, and textbooks. Haestad Methods' complete suite of engineering software products for water, storm, and sanitary sewer modeling includes WaterGEMS(TM), WaterCAD®, Darwin(TM), SewerCAD®, StormCAD®, PondPack®, FlowMaster®, CulvertMaster®, HEC-Pack(TM), Skelebrator(TM), LoadBuilder(TM), Scenario Control Center(TM), APEX(TM), GeoGrapher(TM), Pump Definition Manager(TM), WaterObjects(TM), and WaterSAFE(SM).

Haestad Methods trains thousands of engineers each year. It is duly authorized to award CEUs and PDHs and is licensed by Sandia National Laboratories to conduct RAM-WSM (Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities) training.

For more information, call Haestad Methods at 1-800-727-6555 (USA and Canada) or +1-203-755-1666 (worldwide), e-mail Email Contact, or visit http://www.haestad.com, http://www.watersecurity.org, or http://www.civilquiz.com.

Source: Haestad Methods

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