As part of our Women in Water series, started on International Women’s Day, we are interviewing women across the world who are dedicated to the protection of the water and the environment, and the use of technology to do so. This week, we met with Donna Hollis, an AQUARIUS user from TasWater, and Alice Ohrtmann, a Linko user from Rock River Water Reclamation District.
There is a hidden cost behind the reliance on spreadsheets that is invisible to those who are dependent on them. Most people use spreadsheets for multiple purposes, so using spreadsheets to manage water data seems “free” relative to the cost of purpose-built software for data management. A National Public Radio Podcast about spreadsheets was recommended to me by colleagues at the CWRA conference in Lethbridge last week.
By 2050, a world population of 9 billion will require 60% more food. The security of our global food supply is highly reliant on adequate water supply. According to the United Nations, “agriculture is the biggest water user, with irrigation accounting for 70% of global water withdrawals.” While the global population is growing, water supply is not. So to meet 2050 food demands, it’s important we learn to better utilize limited water resources for optimal agricultural production. Today’s irrigation districts are being smarter about water use!
In my last post, I announced the winners of the 2016 AQUARIUS Impact Awards. I congratulated Chris Smith, Water Resource Analyst at Murrumbidgee Irrigation for his outstanding achievements with AQUARIUS Time-Series. Today, while I visit our customers in Australia, I’d like to celebrate the country’s very progressive water monitoring practices. In many ways, Australia is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to monitoring water.
Last week I attended the Environmental Industry Summit XIV in San Diego, California where Grant Ferrier, President and CEO of Environmental Business International Inc., presented EBI’s annual overview of market performance, segment trends and an outlook for 2016 and beyond. The Summit is a great event that brings together industry leaders to network and discuss opportunities for all of us working in the environmental space. The results for 2015 and the outlook for 2016 are very exciting.
Happy holidays from all the contributors here at Hydrology Corner! It’s been another busy year at Hydrology Corner with more than 30 insightful and important discussions on a range of topics, from Uncertainty and the IoT, to Captain Kirk piping Water from Seattle to California and the Zombie Apocalypse.
It’s all over the news these days: Agile this, Lean that. It seems like another round of business process lingo is having its day in the sun. Remember “Synergies” anyone? But maybe this time there’s really something to it. In fact the whole Agile fad started in the software industry and we software types think it’s a pretty big…
This week, I’m delighted to announce the release of AQUARIUS Time-Series 3.9, which features a wide array of water monitoring industry report templates and an enhanced reporting engine for customized reporting. The new report templates offer flexibility to build and save an unlimited number of customized reports, enabling users to quickly and efficiently derive environmental intelligence…
More funding for water monitoring is critically needed. In our 2012 Global Hydrological Monitoring Industry Survey, we asked over 750 water professionals about the adequacy of their monitoring network …the vast majority indicated that they would need to significantly increase the density of their network to fully meet their program goals.
In my last blog post, I announced the two winners of the 2015 AQUARIUS Impact Awards. We had many applications and I promised I would share additional customer success stories we received in response to this new awards program. This week, it’s my absolute pleasure to share two of the most creative submissions we received….
On the heels of receiving an EBJ Business Achievement Award, I’m excited to share that Aquatic Informatics was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014 and 2015! Now entering its 2nd year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is a national Mediacorp competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises that offer the best…