The evolution of geographical information systems has led to the availability of very large and comprehensive data sets, which if properly processed can be effectively utilized for creating hydraulic network models ready for analysis.

The Skeletonizer works synergistically with InfoWater Pro to expeditiously process detailed model data and efficiently construct reliable water system network models using the following methods:

Data reduction (Reduce) 

Reduction is the capability to remove excessive pipe segmentation caused by valves, fire hydrants, or other data capture processes, by dissolving interior nodes on pipe reaches and combining the associated pipe segments into single pipes. For example, merging all series pipes of similar diameter, material, and age.

Data skeletonization 

Skeletonization refers to the capability of removing all pipes with diameters less than a specified value (e.g., removing all 250 mm and smaller pipes).

Data trimming 

Trimming designates the capability to remove short pipe segments such as dead ends (branching pipes) and hydrant leads. Trimming is carried out on only those pipes possessing at least one node of degree one, where the degree of a node is the number of pipes connected to it.

Data reduction (Reduce), skeletonization (Skeletonize), and trimming (Trim) applications together are referred to as RST applications.  

Data merge 

Parallel or series pipes can be merged to an equivalent pipe through the merge application. This concept of hydraulic equivalence refers to the idea of defining an equivalent pipe to replace two or more pipes in parallel or two or more pipes connected in series, while preserving hydraulic integrity and is used to simplifying network models.