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News - USGS Selects AQUARIUS Software

September 25, 2012
USGS Selects AQUARIUS Software by Aquatic Informatics to Centralize National Water Data Management & Operations
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will replace its ADAPS and legacy solutions with AQUARIUS to optimize workflows, consistency, and data quality across the United States.

Portland, OR, September 25, 2012Aquatic Informatics Inc., a global leader in providing innovative software solutions for hydrologic data management and analysis, is announcing today from the USGS National Water Data Conference in Portland, Oregon that the USGS has selected AQUARIUS Software for water time series data management. By centralizing real-time operations on the AQUARIUS platform, the USGS Water Resources Division will optimize efficiency in the storage, processing, and publishing of hydrological data collected from its 7400 stream gauging stations across the United States.

The USGS is the most widely used provider for hydrological and environmental data, helping resolve complex natural resource problems across the U.S. and around the world. The USGS is a recognized global leader in natural sciences and is renowned for scientific excellence.

“We are deeply honored to have been chosen by the USGS, the world’s preeminent water agency,” said Ed Quilty, President and CEO of Aquatic Informatics.  “The USGS first chose Aquatic Informatics in 2005 for a customized version of an AQUARIUS toolbox to develop consistent, accurate, and defensible rating curves for computation of flow in streams and rivers within the United States.  The USGS will now be expanding its use of AQUARIUS, making it the primary platform for hydrological data storage, processing, and publishing by 3000 staff.”

In addition to increasing operational efficiencies, adopting one platform will allow the USGS to further sharpen internal consistency, data comparability, and reliability nationwide. Added benefits will include reduced training and IT system operational costs.

The Request for Proposal was issued in March 2012, and following a lengthy formal evaluation process, the USGS selected the innovative and intuitive AQUARIUS Software. The USGS was seeking a qualified contractor to supply commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and technical services to replace its Automated Data Processing System (ADAPS) and a number of other legacy software used for time-series data processing. The USGS will work with the expert services team at Aquatic Informatics to ensure a successful deployment of AQUARIUS. Professional services will include system architecture design, data migration, telemetry integration, customized workflows to support USGS business rules, quality controls, and tailored reporting and publishing.

The basic methods, techniques, and technologies developed or adopted by the USGS for hydrological data measurement, computations, real-time communications, and reporting have been subsequently adopted worldwide. The USGS is a recognized leader in the development of international standards through its work with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC 113 Hydrometry, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology (CHy), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Hydrology Domain Working Group, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and other organizations.

“AQUARIUS Software is designed to match the standards set out by the USGS and the ISO and follows recommendations put forth by the WMO and OGC,” said Alastair Foreman, Product Manager at Aquatic Informatics. “AQUARIUS allows organizations of all sizes to conform to these international standards since it is the software used by the very agencies who are the leaders in defining the standards. AQUARIUS is the solution trusted by leading environmental monitoring agencies, including the USGS and Water Survey Canada, and is setting the standard for hydrometric data production software.”

About Aquatic Informatics Inc.

Aquatic Informatics™ provides software solutions that address critical water data management and analysis challenges for the rapidly growing environmental monitoring industry. Aquatic Informatics is the trusted provider of hydrologic management solutions to hundreds of federal, state/provincial and local government departments, hydropower operators, mining companies, academic groups, and consulting organizations around the world, who collect, manage, and process large volumes of water quality or quantity data.

For more information about Aquatic Informatics, go to www.aquaticinformatics.com

About the U.S. Geological Survey

The USGS provides science for a changing world. A bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

For more information about the USGS, visit www.usgs.gov