Designing Better Water Systems – Part II


pwsp-pipelineGuest author: Tracey Stone

Dewberry presents the Loudoun Water project: Potomac Water Supply Program Visualization

This presentation is from AU2014 – Infrastructure Symposium breakout – Designing Better Water Systems.  The presentation was made by Codi Pennetti, Dewberry.

Located just northwest of the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Loudoun County is one of the largest and fastest-growing counties in Virginia. Loudoun Water provides public water and sewer service to residents of the unincorporated areas of Loudoun County. As the area’s population and businesses grow, Loudoun Water is launching a new capital improvement program to sustainably expand its water supply capacity. The Potomac Water Supply Program involves withdrawing raw water from the Potomac River, conveying it through pipelines that will be installed along existing utility easements, storing the water in a quarry-based water banking system, and purifying the water at a new state-of-the-art water treatment plant.

Video segment 1 – Project Overview

Dewberry was responsible for the design of the raw water transmission main that runs roughly six miles through Loudoun County. Dewberry used Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite to develop and document its design for the proposed pipeline. In addition, the firm used Autodesk software to replace traditional paper exhibits with highly detailed 3D models and visualizations, enabling a more accessible means of communicating the project to the extended design team—and Loudoun County residents.

Video segment 2 – BIM best practices

Dewberry used Autodesk solutions to model and visualize the pipeline alignment in context, and to effectively communicate the mission of the Potomac Water Supply program to customers and the public.

Video segment 3 – Benefits of BIM

Dewberry won 2nd place in the 2014 Excellence in Infrastructure competition.  Check out the competition showcase book here.  Learn more and submit to the 2015 Excellence in Infrastructure competition here.


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