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  • AI, ML, and sensors: Texas Water is a good measure of the water industry at large

    Buckle your seatbelts, tighten your ball valves, and lock down your manholes because we’re about to explore the developments in the water industry that happened at Texas Water 2024. Now, with an introduction like that you might be wondering: What’s so great about a regional water conference, and why should I read a blog post…


  • How spreadsheets lock drainage designers into formulaic cells

    Spreadsheets are great at crunching data, but not so great as a design tool.


  • Unseen infrastructure: The underground networks that keep the world turning

    Let’s explore unseen infrastructure and examine everything happening beneath our feet, in walls, under roads, and throughout cities.


  • Will the world run out of water?

    Water is one of the most abundant natural resources on the planet. However, it’s also one of the scarcest. While paradoxical, and despite the world’s seeming wealth of water spanning the globe, access to clean, drinkable water is dwindling as the world undergoes climate changes and increasing water pollution makes many sources unusable. Put simply, Earth…


  • 10 reasons water professionals choose InfoWorks ICM

    A few years ago, our product manager for storm sewer and flood products Sophia presented her 10 reasons for why InfoWorks ICM is her flood modelling package of choice. A fair bit of wonderful development has happened since then, so I would like to present the Top 10 in InfoWorks ICM – part 2. The best…


  • How water industry consultants can increase their value to utilities by embracing the cloud

    “There is nothing permanent except change.” Though Heraclitus uttered these words in the 6th century BC, it’s easy to forget that change is necessary for growth. We fall into our comfortable, day-to-day routines and temporarily forget this truth. This can be particularly evident in the workplace where everyone is busy. Change can conflict with a…


  • Our local superpower: end-to-end consulting partners

    With the acquisition of Innovyze in 2021, Autodesk set out on an exciting journey to digitize the global water industry. But we are not doing this on our own.    For over 30 years Autodesk has partnered with thoroughly vetted, professional Solution Providers (SPs), who are located all over the world and whose workforce consists…


  • Can you really calculate a river’s path using Pi?

    We investigate whether Pi (π) can actually be used to help compute details related to a river’s path. Is there something special about Pi that can make modeling rivers, bridges, culverts, spillways, levees, floodplain and floodway delineations, stream diversions, channel improvements, and split flows easier? The constant Pi has been associated with everything from crop…


  • Autodesk Water Solutions for every stage of the water lifecycle

    By 2050, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that water demand will increase by 55%. In the same period, UNESCO estimates that north of 2.5 Billion people could face a water shortage. That’s billion with a B. There’s another side of the coin as well. As prevalent as water scarcity is, extreme weather events are creating an…


  • Choosing a drainage design solution

    What are the factors that should lead us to choose a drainage design solution? Or as I am sometimes asked by customers: “Should I use InfoDrainage or InfoWorks ICM for drainage design?” This might not even be the right question to ask. Perhaps it is more about aligning the right tools with the right problems…