When knowledge is power: Riverside integrates software and water resources to provide state-of-the-art solutions

by Monte McDonald, Senior Information Systems Engineer

Our world is filled with data of all kinds. There are an unlimited number of events that can be measured and recorded and when analyzed, provide us a wealth of information about our environment. Riverside’s core business is helping people make decisions using all this data and information. The key to making these decisions is being able to capture, store, and analyze these streams of data over time. Enter time series software.

Riverside has years of experience working with software packages that provide tools to store and analyze time series data. One of our favorites is AQUARIUS Time Series by Aquatic Informatics (AI). Riverside began working with AQUARIUS about four years ago for one of our large clients, The City of New York. AQUARIUS provided the platform for the data analysis, but we wanted to push it further, including real-time data collection, automated gap filling, and quality control routines. Not only did we become experts with the software, but also since we’re engineers, we had to dig a little deeper.

We became very good at understanding the underlying data architecture and began using the application program interface (API) to push AQUARIUS to do things not feasible using the already robust graphical interface. AI recognized our capabilities and began to introduce us to clients using AQUARIUS who had unique problems to solve and would require deeper integration with their business processes than could be achieved with an off-the-shelf solution. One of those clients is the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA).

For MWRA, we used AQUARIUS as a foundation to build a robust Water Quality Reporting System that automates data acquisition, flagging, and EPA and DEP reporting, freeing up their staff to focus on other aspects of their jobs instead of running reports. Leveraging that experience allowed Riverside to become the first certified AQUARIUS integrator.

We are currently helping the British Columbia Ministry of Environment get their snow and groundwater data moved into AQUARIUS and integrating the tool into their core business processes. AQUARIUS is an extremely valuable tool and, combined with Riverside’s vast experience with systems integration and our deep understanding of environmental science, we can create great solutions for our customers.

Riverside client highlighted in HydroWorld.com article

One of Riverside’s recent projects for the Tennessee Valley Authority included providing inputs to TVA that were used to determine the correct course of action on repairs to the Boone Dam in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The dam, which is 160 feet high, 1,532 feet long, and impounds water for an 89-MW hydroelectric powerhouse, was experiencing seepage in the form of a sinkhole at the base of the structure. Riverside provided a consequence analysis for the $200-$300 million project. For a quick synopsis of the work on the Boone Dam, click here: http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2015/07/tva-chooses-solution-to-rehab-boone-dam-seepage.html

Riverside Featured in City of Fort Collins Newsletter Article


Riverside was recently the focus of an online newsletter article for the City of Fort Collins, “Small Business Corner.” Through interviews with Riverside’s CEO, Larry Brazil, and our Director of Business Development, Brian Ashe, the article highlights Riverside’s 30th anniversary and discusses the global impact of a local business. Visit the following link to read the full story: http://www.fcgov.com/sustainability/archive/201505-newsletter.php?cmd=5

Riverside Fisheries employees get published

Two Riverside employees, Simon Gulak and Armando de Ron Santiago, both located in our NOAA Fisheries Panama City lab in Florida, conducted an interesting study that was recently published in the African Journal of Marine Science. The study looked at fishing methods to reduce mortality for longline-captured sharks. Often, the scalloped hammerhead and great hammerhead sharks are caught as bycatch and face very high at-vessel mortality. Because they are endangered, it was essential to study alternative ways to fish that reduce that high rate of mortality. To read more, see the attached full article: Hooking mortality of scalloped hammerhead and great hammerhead