The delegates from the Philadelphia Water Department have decided that they need to change and start creating a green infrastructure, by treating the water through natural systems.
Some of those will include self-cleaning drain liners and wastewater powered fuel cells.
Richard Humphrey, from software design company Autodesk, says that “the next step for municipal water systems is Building Information Modeling (BIM), a tech-enabled process that incorporates 3D geometry with an intelligent data system — what experts call “virtual construction.” Data from traditional surveys, GIS maps and existing databases, combined with new 3D modelling and visualization techniques, form the foundation. From there, water departments, and more broadly all builders, can virtually build on these maps. They can troubleshoot issues, optimize performance and perform real-time simulations from their desktop.”