Riverside turns 30!


2015 was a milestone year for Riverside Technology. It marked our 30th year in business providing environmental solutions to government and private industries worldwide. What began in 1985 as a very small company that focused on monitoring, environmental baseline data collecting, and permitting has grown into a 160-person company with an emphasis on forecasting, with projects ranging from large-scale decision support systems  to customized software solutions across the globe.

March 22 was our official birthday, but we’ve been celebrating all year long. We enlisted the help of our partner One Tribe Creative in developing a special commemorative logo, which we’ve proudly displayed throughout our office, on giveaways, on printed materials, and even on personalized chocolate bars. In May, Riverside was the featured small business in the Sustainability e-newsletter for our hometown headquarters, the City of Fort Collins: (http://www.fcgov.com/sustainability/archive/201505-newsletter.php?cmd=5).

We were recognized by the City again in October, with a City Council reading of a Proclamation designating December 2015 as Riverside Technology month. Our CEO, Larry Brazil, and one of our original founders, Doug Greer, were on hand to accept the honor, while the rest of our local crew celebrated back at headquarters with a happy hour watch party.

An additional accolade came in the form of a recognition letter from US Senator for Colorado Michael Bennet, in which he praised Riverside for our “commitment to make our local and global communities better places through providing products, services, and solutions that meet their long-term environmental needs.”

Riverside is proud of the work we do improving lives and livelihoods here at home and in other parts of the world that need our help. Some of our first customers, like Denver Water, remain valuable clients, and we’ve added close partnerships with the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tennessee Valley Authority, the World Bank, Nile Basin Initiative, and Panama Canal Authority, among countless others.

We look forward to wrapping up this very special year and moving forward with enthusiasm into our next 30 years!

Riverside begins 2016 by heading to New Orleans for annual AMS meeting

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Each year, Riverside looks forward to attending, exhibiting, and presenting at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, which is where more than 3,000 scientists, researchers, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community come together to share, learn, and collaborate. Five of Riverside’s top brass are headed to the 96th annual meeting in New Orleans January 10-14: Larry Brazil, President and CEO; George Smith, Senior Program Manager; Brian Ashe, Director of Business Development; Brian Mischel, Director of Federal Programs; and Ward Seguin, Program Leader.

Stop by our booth, #225, in the Exhibitor’s Hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to pick up some information about us, get treated to a short presentation, or just to say hello. We are also co-chairing and presenting at a number of events.


Tuesday, January 12, 3:30pm

Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) session

Co-chairs: Larry Brazil and George Smith

Topic: APIs and Web Services for Accessing, Integrating and Using Weather, Water, Climate and Societal Information via Desktop and Mobile Platforms

Location: Room 348/349


Tuesday, January 12, 3:45pm

Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) session

Presenter: George Smith

Topic: Increasing the Availability and Utility of Weather and Climate Data to Meet Decision Maker Needs

Location: Room 348/349


Wednesday, January 13, 8:30am

Transition of Research-to-Operations session

Co-chairs: Brian Mischel and John Pereira, NOAA/NESDIS

Topic: Advances in CubeSats and SmallSats to Improve Earth Science and Weather Forecasting

Location: Room 338/339


Wednesday, January 13, 10:30am

Transition of Research-to-Operations session

Co-chairs: Brian Mischel and Robert Bauer, NASA/ESTO

Topic: Advances in Satellite Observations and Earth Science and Observing Technologies

Location: Room 338/339


Thursday, January 14, 8:30am

Transition of Research-to-Operations session

Co-chairs: Brian Mischel and Stephen A. Mango, NOAA/NESDIS Affiliate

Topic: Weather Modeling and Data Assimilation to Provide the Science to Serve Society — Part I

Location: Room 338/339


Thursday, January 14, 11am

Transition of Research-to-Operations session

Co-chairs: Brian Mischel and Stephen A. Mango, NOAA/NESDIS Affiliate

Topic: Weather Modeling and Data Assimilation to Provide the Science to Serve Society — Part II

Location: Room 338/339

For more information about the conference, visit https://annual.ametsoc.org/2016/. #AMS2016

Riverside joins the team effort to advance the Net Zero Water concept

Net Zero Water Toolkit Framework

Companies, governments, and organizations are increasingly realizing and addressing the risks posed by climate change, specifically its impacts on water. Yet, unlike topics such as energy and carbon emissions, tools to help strategically plan for using water more efficiently and reducing water quality impacts are lacking. Building off the principles of net zero energy and climate neutrality, Net Zero Water (NZW) is a concept that aims to change the way water resources are managed by making water resource planning decisions based on local conditions.

Rather than going out and securing water supplies to meet historical demand patterns, a net zero water approach looks at local precipitation patterns and tries to maintain consumption at or below that available local supply. And, rather than allowing water quality impacts from stormwater runoff in developed areas to f low downstream, a net zero water approach looks to treat runoff on-site. NZW, or being water neutral, means using only as much water as falls on your site and eliminating all water quality impacts from the site.

Riverside was recently part of a project team that developed a planning toolkit for building-scale Net Zero Water (NZW) usage. The project team also included the Brendle Group, BHA Design Inc., Aqua Engineering Inc., and Lamp Rynearson & Associates.

The first release of the Net Zero Water Toolkit includes a Microsoft Excel-based analysis tool and companion guidebook for building-scale analysis. The toolkit and guidebook walk users through the process of calculating their current water quantity and quality footprint, setting goals, and choosing reduction strategies to meet those goals. The toolkit also includes additional modules for developing an implementation plan and progress tracking. As part of the project team, Riverside’s staff primary role was developing the Excel-based analysis tool.

This toolkit will help users asses and meet growing water conservation needs, especially in the western United States. Depending on traction and funding, future versions of this toolkit could web-based version that includes expanded scales, such as a cluster of buildings or university campus. Migrating to a web-based tool would also allow for a broader reach and improved functionality.

For more information or to download the tool kit, go here: http://www.brendlegroup.com/water/netzerowater/buildingtoolkit


“Realizing Our Vision” – Riverside’s Business Development team puts on 2016 Strategic Planning Summit

Members of Riverside’s Business Development team gathered at our headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado in late October for our Second Annual Business Development Strategic Planning Summit. Our summit, which this year was titled “Realizing Our Vision,” is designed for our team to prioritize our business development objectives for 2016 and develop strategies for accomplishing those objectives. As the theme of the summit illustrates, we were particularly focused on making sure our objectives support Riverside’s corporate vision of improving lives and livelihoods while solving the world’s most challenging water, land, and climate-related problems.

BD Summit Poster 2015

Our BD team members include: Larry Brazil (CEO), Brian Ashe (Director of BD, Product Development, and Fort Collins Federal program area lead), George Smith (Sci-Tech Program Manager), Brian Mischel (Director of Federal Onsite programs), Tim Martin (Strategic Initiatives and International program area lead), Jay Day (Chief Engineer and Eastern US program area lead), Cathy Sump (Manager of BD Operations), Marti Bruening (Proposal Development Specialist and Marketing Lead), Angi Connolly (Proposal Development Specialist and Pricing Lead), and Michelle Woodworth (Administrative and Marketing Support). Fred Zeile, our project manager for our work at the Stennis Space Center, and Vern Settle, our CFO, also participated in the Summit.

During the summit, we spent time looking back at our performance in 2015 from a corporate and financial standpoint, reviewing outcomes of our submitted bids and proposals, revisiting our 2015 goals, and reporting on our accomplishments and challenges in each program area. The second day, we focused on defining our key initiatives moving forward into 2016, touched on our marketing strategy, and set our upcoming priorities so we can start off the new year with renewed purpose.

“Our BD summits give us the opportunity to capitalize on the team energy and enthusiasm we have when we are together,” said Brian Ashe. “It’s invigorating to plan big things for Riverside’s future.”

We managed to take time for a little fun, too. We enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant where some of us tried blackberry and bacon pizza for the first time. Others participated in the office-wide Halloween costume contest and festivities, culminating in an office-wide happy hour. After all, part of our corporate mission is to have fun!

As a result of this hard work, the Business Development team is looking forward to an exciting and prosperous 2016!

From France to Wisconsin, Riverside employees spread their knowledge

Two Riverside scientists supporting our work at NOAA/NESDIS and the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) recently presented at two prestigious conferences: the 20th International TOVS Study Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and 2015 European Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT) Meteorological Conference in Toulouse, France.

Kevin Garrett and Erin Jones traveled to Toulouse in late September to present the results of their individual studies to an audience of scientists from EUMETSAT and Météo-France, the French national meteorological service. Kevin presented his assessment on the impact from a degraded polar satellite constellation to NOAA operational Numerical Weather Predictions, and Erin presented her results on the assimilation of microwave sounding data from the SAPHIR instrument on the joint Indian-French Megha/Tropiques satellite.

Toulouse, France

Then in late October, Kevin and Erin made their way to Lake Geneva. Kevin spoke on the latest developments and applications from the Multi-Instrument Inversion and Data Assimilation Preprocessing System (MIIDAPS). The MIIDAPS is a prototype 1DVAR preprocessor for satellite observations in the NOAA Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) data assimilation system.  Kevin demonstrated the application of MIIDAPS on SNPP ATMS brightness temperature observations, including the use of MIIDAPS to perform quality control on the observations and increase both the number and quality of observations assimilated. Erin also led a talk on the assimilation of new microwave imagers and sounders including AMSR2, GMI, and SAPHIR into the NOAA Global Data Assimilation System (GDAS).

Also at the TOVS Study Conference, we presented a poster by Riverside colleague Dr. Zaizhong Ma on the assimilation of Himawari-8 AHI observations. This project is in preparation for the launch of GOES-R in early 2016, and the poster demonstrated the process and impact of assimilating geostationary radiance data in NOAA NWP.

Kevin and Erin’s work and subsequent presentations assists future assimilation work as well as future collaborations and knowledge sharing with other NWP centers. Their constructive interaction with communities worldwide exemplifies one of Riverside’s core values – leading with technical excellence and quality. Way to go, team!