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Special Events

EPANET and SWMM Model Updates

Sunday, June 3, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

SWMM and EPANET have long been the premier open source software products for modeling and analysis of storm water and water distribution systems respectively.  Since their inception, the EPA has been the primary home for developing and supporting these programs.  Over the years, university researchers and private industry have developed modified versions of EPANET and SWMM to meet their own needs, and in recent years, an open source community emerged to further develop these programs.  In 2016, the National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management was established and awarded a US EPA grant as a sustainable center charged with the responsibility of facilitating tech transfer of EPA’s open source water infrastructure models including EPANET and SWMM.  NCIMM is intended to support three critical components to the advancement of these models: novel research, community support and outreach, and model and code development.  There is great value in these diverse contributions but there is the potential for an even stronger modeling community and better performing software tools with some level of coordination and focus among these groups.

In recognition of the importance of ensuring that “these hallmarks of professional practice can be maintained, promoted, and developed going forward," EWRI is convening an EPANET Summit and a SWMM Summit in April 2018. The purpose of these Summits are to exchange views and to develop a shared vision among EWRI, NCIMM, EPA, the open source community, commercial developers and others in the EPANET/SWMM communities as to the path forward for EPANET and SWMM, both immediate and long term. This summit’s discussions will help to define EWRI’s future role as a professional, member-driven organization and the concrete steps/activities where EWRI should invest to promote our expertise in water distribution system and storm water modeling and the capabilities needed to ensure that EWRI remains both a trusted professional resource and a leader in innovation in this field.

This session is to inform Congress attendees about what was discussed at these summits and to provide a forum for additional input and discussion regarding the future of EPANET and SWMM.

Stormwater Quiz Show

Monday, June 4, 2018
5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Students & New Professionals: Come test your knowledge on stormwater, drinking water and wastewater! This is a social event to learn about the projects the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Council is doing, how we integrate with other councils, and opportunities to get involved. Light refreshments will be served.

Key Social at the Mill City Museum (ticketed event)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Price: $75.00/person

Busses for key social will stage at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Nicollet Mall.

The EWRI Congress is excited to hold the key social at the Mill City Museum this year. The museum features exhibits about the history of Minneapolis, flour milling machinery, a water lab and a baking lab. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the multistory Flour Tower, where visitors sit in the cab of a freight elevator and are taken to different floors of the building, each designed to look like a floor in a working flour mill. Voices of people who worked in the Washburn A Mill are heard throughout the show. Visitors exit on the 8th floor, where extant equipment is interpreted by staff, and are then led to the ninth-floor observation deck to view St. Anthony Falls.

The first Washburn A Mill, built by Cadwallader C. Washburn in 1874, was declared the largest flour mill in the world upon its completion, and contributed to the development of Minneapolis. On May 2, 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust within the mill, creating an explosion that demolished the Washburn A and killed 18 workers instantly. The ensuing fire resulted in the deaths of four more people, destroyed five other mills, and reduced Minneapolis’s milling capacity by one third. Known as the Great Mill Disaster, the explosion made national news and served as a focal point that led to reforms in the milling industry. In order to prevent the buildup of combustible flour dust, ventilation systems and other precautionary devices were installed in mills throughout the country.

In 1991, a fire nearly destroyed the old mill, but during the late 1990s, the city of Minneapolis, through the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, worked to stabilize the mill ruins. After the city had cleared the rubble and reinforced the mill's damaged walls, the Minnesota Historical Society announced plans to construct a milling museum and education center within the ruins.

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