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User testimony from the Philippines


Urbano Hydra: An awesome Water Distribution System software

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This is a short testimonial from three students from the Philippines that Used Urbano Hydra.
Serje, Kim and Vincent – thank you very much and keep up the good work!

In the design of an effective water distribution network, modern tools are being used to be able to calculate every detail of hydraulic systems that includes pipes, nodes, reservoirs, and other essential components, run simulations and analysis, and produce promising results and data that will further be used in making the desired network into reality. Such tools are widely being used by engineers and consultants across the globe, either for designing in a smaller scale such a towns or villages or in a larger scale such as municipalities and cities.

Studio ARS d.o.o, a software company based in Matulji, Croatia, created the Urbano Infrastructure design software, developed more than 20 years, caters the needs of engineers, consultants, and companies of their needs in designing systems related to civil engineering especially in hydraulics, architecture, and geodesy. Studio ARS’s developed systems of software are based on Autodesk Technology, with expandable features and modules that are user-friendly and can easily be understood in a short amount of time. Such systems of software are directly added to AutoCAD as a plugin, with respect to Autodesk’s versions of AutoCAD and to their respective system requirements.

One of Studio ARS’s software, Urbano Hydra, specializes in the design of water distribution networks, from layout of different hydraulic objects and respective analysis, to the optimization of the whole network project. It can be used for creating a water distribution network, retrofitting andoptimizing existing networks, and provide several modes of analysis to determine the behaviour of a network over various aspects such as in terms of time, and consumption.

As civil engineering students, and future professionals in the future, we are obliged to perform research and development that may contribute to the betterment and sustainability of the community. During the fifth year of our term in civil engineering, we were tasked to accomplish an undergraduate thesis, as part of the requirements for the course, and with that, we chose to design a revamped water distribution for Barangay Godofredo Reyes Sr., Ragay, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

We were to redesign the existing water distribution network that has been subjected to deterioration for over two decades, as well as resolve the community’s issue on groundwater dependency, exposed pipes, and pipeline connections.

With that, we used different software to meet our demands in providing a reliable distribution system for the community to make of use for years to come. Google Earth, QGIS, EPANET, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D. But one software stands out for the best experience for our team. It was the charm of Urbano Hydra that gave us excellent remarks from our panelists during the final defense of our undergraduate project. It was unlike any other various software out there.

The software interface is quite easy to grasp, and with the webinars provided by StudioARS, we were able to optimize the water distribution network with more detailed information and schematics. The user-interface of Hydra was indeed user-friendly, which enabled us to design the network carefully and efficiently, without experiencing difficulties. From pipeline detailing to pipeline optimization, we were able to produce a project that can also be used by neighboring communities.

We were also able to explore a lot of functions Hydra has to offer, but due to the recent pandemic, we were time-constricted and had little to no communication to our team, but that does not stop us from learning about the software. We had to push forward even if there were lots of limitations. Even if our undergraduate project is over, that does not mean that we will just stop there. We would still make sure that the project will be materialized in reality, so that the community will actually be supplied with water, as they should be. We would still continue to re-learn and discover more about Urbano Hydra, and maybe in the future, the various software Urbano has to offer to us.

We would like to express our gratitude to StudioARS, for allowing us to experience the amazing features of Urbano Hydra. To Mr. Mihael Vaic, we thank you for providing us the opportunity to learn the concepts of one of your Urbano software. We are so grateful of the services you and your team have provided for us. We would be glad to share our wonderful experiences to our colleagues and to our university.

Mnogo vam hvala!
From Kim De LeonSerje Dapo, and Vincent Alvarez