Three Features That Make InfoWorks ICM Unique

Three Features INFOWORKS

By Doug Benoit, Senior Technical Specialist, U.S. CAD

When it comes to planning and managing flood control, stormwater or sewer systems, few platforms are as comprehensive as Autodesk InfoWorks ICM. This solution uses a centralized database that allows for collaborative modeling, unlimited storage, simultaneous simulations using cloud hardware, and accessibility from anywhere.

But there’s more!

Here are three top features that make InfoWorks ICM particularly unique.

Time Series Database (TSDB):

This feature allows automatic import from sources such as rainfall sensors and flow meters to aid in model calibration against observed flows.

Real-Time Controls (RTC):

This feature allows users to model control structures like pumps, gates, and weirs and then dynamically adjust them in real-time or on-the-fly based on water levels, flows or rainfall to route flows effectively in the sewer/stormwater system. These controls can be programmed with logic rules tied to actual sensor readings and system parameters to optimize performance. The model acts as a digital twin to test the effectiveness of different control strategies before implementation in the field. RTC is particularly useful for applications such as reducing combined sewer overflows or managing detention basins during storm events.

Direct Scripting:  

InfoWorks ICM utilizes the Ruby scripting language for specialized modeling needs and to help automate the building, calibrating and running of models within InfoWorks. Scripting enables tasks like quality checking models, running parametric analyses, or automating reporting to be handled programmatically rather than manually. These scripts can be used to directly interact with and modify the model database objects. Scripts can also be written to automate repetitive modeling processes like building models from GIS data or updating models on a regular basis. Advanced users can develop custom tools, applications, and add-ons that integrate directly with the InfoWorks ICM user interface through the scripting API.

One other important feature about InfoWorks ICM that might get overlooked is the option to perform 1D and 2D hydraulic modeling, depending on the project. For more information, Autodesk has a very good summary about the pros and cons of each.

InfoWorks ICM is ideal for long-term analysis and planning of entire stormwater/sewer networks by utilities. Utilities and public works agencies rely on InfoWorks ICM models as living documents/models to support maintenance, operation, and upgrades across the lifecycle of the asset. Of note, designs completed in InfoDrainage, like BMP layouts and pipe networks, can be imported directly into an InfoWorks ICM model.

For more information about InfoWorks ICM or to see it in action, listen in to the Drainage Design Part 2: Innovyze Water Solutions for Optimal Drainage Designs webinar with Ryan Brown, Technical Solutions Engineer at INNOVYZE. For more information about how to best use InfoWorks ICM, contact us at

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