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Friday, September 16 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Web Applications to Support Municipal Water Works

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The interactive and intuitive nature of web applications or “web apps” makes them an excellent medium for creating decision support tools that harness cutting edge modeling techniques and promote the work of engineers. Despite this potential, the technical expertise required to develop web apps represents a formidable barrier for engineers--even for those who have scientific programming background. We discuss some of the specific hurdles that contributes to this barrier and introduce Tethys Platform, an open source development platform, that has been designed to address these hurdles.
We demonstrate how Tethys Platform has been applied to develop web applications that support the engineering of municipalities with a web app that uses EPANET to simulate, visualize, and optimize water distribution systems. This web application can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection, including on mobile devices in the field. Providing a portable modeling framework extends the applicability of the model beyond design tasks in the office to aiding maintenance and daily operations in the field. We discuss the pros and cons of using web apps to support municipal works and illustrate with lessons we have learned while developing the EPANET app.


Friday September 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook A