The WDNetXL is an integrated system for water distribution network (WDN) analysis, planning and management distributed as MS-Excel® add-ins. It integrates advanced and robust WDN hydraulic simulation with topological analysis and optimization strategies to support technicians for complex WDN analysis, design and management problems.
The WDNetXL system permits to realize just-in-time technology transfer from technical research to WDN management sector through a holistic platform, which is ready for possible extensions to the latest innovations, thus providing an upgradable support to match current and future technical needs. This also provides a practical tool for training of engineers ranging from university classes to continuing education at water companies. Its versatility also makes the system dynamic to implement customized solutions through a virtuous cycle between users, researchers and developers.
The WDNetXL system is open source meaning that, although the dlls are binary files, it is possible to use them beyond the templates provided in the original package and link them to GIS or other systems by means of standard programming languages connecting MS-Excel to external applications.
One key ingredient is the hydraulic simulation, which is pretty advanced, and if compared to EPANET2 in terms of robustness, hydraulic consistency and flexibility in analyzing many WDN elements like components of water demand, leakages, control devices, etc.
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