Overview

Overview

Hydro-Logic® Aquator is a modelling software platform that enables engineers and analysts to create and run complex models of real-world water resource supply networks and systems, giving water utilities, regulators and consultants the critical insight they need in order to make better water management decisions. 

The software incorporates a full component toolbox that enables the modelling of all components typically present in a water resource system. Complex operating rules can be developed that accurately reflect real-world operational constraints such as reservoir control curves, abstraction licence conditions, minimum flow requirements and leakage.

Hydro-Logic® Aquator is the only water resource supply software in the world approved to use Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) to customise its models—making it uniquely capable of helping people to address their most important water management challenges.

Applications

  • Complex urban networks
  • River basins
  • Canal systems
  • Lakes and reservoirs
  • Industrial versus domestic supply and demand
  • Hydropower systems
  • Auditing and policy development
Benefits

Benefits

Plan and manage water supply and demand

Hydro-Logic® Aquator enables water providers to determine whether or not existing or planned water networks are able to supply sufficient water to meet customer demand—and to take action accordingly.

Audit suppliers and develop policy

Environmental and legislative agencies need to understand the supply and demand models used by water providers, and they need to factor in future supply and demand in order to develop meaningful water abstraction policies. Hydro-Logic® Aquator provides this critical insight. 

Develop the right models for your system

From simply models with a few components to large, complex models with over a thousand elements, Hydro-Logic® Aquator provides the modelling flexibility that water suppliers and environment agencies need to understand the water environment. 

Answer critical questions

Hydro-Logic® Aquator can help users to address issues such as:

  • Future climate change assessment
  • Asset management decision making
  • Strategic scenario planning (e.g. water trading)
  • Alternative option/solution testing
  • System yield estimation
  • Extreme weather and system resilience testing
  • Outage reviews and operational efficiency
  • Reservoir control curve optimisation

The Hydro-Logic® Services team offers customisation and modification options and will be happy to develop custom models to meet these kinds of applications as well as any others that you might require.

If you require assistance from Hydro-Logic® Services in this area please contact us

How it works

How it works

Users construct a representation of a water system by dragging and dropping components from a toolbox onto the schematic area. Users then enter values for the parameters required by each component in order to generate a fully working model.

Each component encapsulates a set of operating rules; Hydro-Logic® Aquator seeks to satisfy daily demand by automatically enforcing these rules no matter how complex the system.

While obeying these rules Aquator executes a linear optimisation algorithm known as Aqua solver, which tries to find the best solution for daily water movement by supplying at lowest cost when water is plentiful or supplying according to the state of resources when water is scarce.

Custom rules and modifications

If custom rules specific to an organisation are required, or complex interrelationships exist between components, users can use Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) to modify the built-in rules.

While users might be comfortable using VBA themselves, the Hydro-Logic® Services team offers customisation and modification options and will be happy to develop custom models.

If you require assistance from Hydro-Logic® Services in this area please contact us

Technical information

Technical information

Technical specifications

  • Windows 7 / Windows 8 or Windows 10, 32 or 64 bit
  • Recommended screen resolution: 1600 x 900 (HD+) or better
  • Recommended processors: Intel Core i5 (or equivalent) or better for large models
  • Recommended RAM: 4GB or greater

Note: Hydro-Logic® Aquator does not run under any Windows Server edition or Windows RT

Versions

Hydro-Logic® Aquator XV

XV is the latest version of Hydro-Logic® Aquator, and is a complete re-write of the modelling platform using the latest Microsoft development tools. It implements the same optimisation algorithm (Aqua-Solver2) that was provided in the previous release of 4.3.

Hydro-Logic® Aquator XM

XM (eXecution Manager) is a control program for undertaking different types of analysis based on Hydro-Logic® Aquator water resource system models.

XM can execute multiple instances of Hydro-Logic® Aquator simultaneously to complete the analysis in a shorter time than would be possible using a single instance of the software.

Both Hydro-Logic® Aquator XV and Hydro-Logic® Aquator 4.3 are supported. 

Hydro-Logic® Aquator 4.3

Hydro-Logic® Aquator 4.3 is a legacy version of the software. It is currently fully supported but is no longer under active development. We reserve the right to change this at any time. 

Resources

Resources

Case Studies

Case Studies

FAQs

FAQs