Riverside Technology, inc. is implementing a comprehensive flood warning and
operations management tool for the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC),
which manages a large system of reservoirs, canals, and locks. Leading a team of six
highly qualified water resources, engineering, and surveying companies, Riverside is
deploying a state-of-the-art, real-time data acquisition and modeling system to address
the NYSCC’s numerous operational and emergency management-related needs.
The final system includes a data acquisition component with customized tools to import
real-time data from a variety of local, state, and federal agencies as well as private
entities. To support this development, Riverside guided the NYSCC in monitoring
network design as well as the installation of more than 60 real-time sites. Riverside also
instituted a rigorous system to test the sites for proper functioning and coordinated the
various entities in their data-sharing activities.
A DHI MIKE Customised-based forecast framework is deployed over several high
performance servers to perform the various data import, processing, archiving, and
data dissemination activities required to provide the NYSCC, local stakeholders, and
cooperators with the data necessary to make sound and data-driven operations and
emergency management decisions. This requires the deployment of tools to process
a wide variety of real-time data sets as well as the development of hydrologic and
complex one and two-dimensional hydraulic models to simulate flows and
operations within the client’s system. Functionality to generate and test operations
scenarios is implemented to allow the client to find the best water operations
strategy at all times, including during low flows and flood events.
Riverside is developing a comprehensive situation awareness interface, allowing the
NYSCC to quickly assess the state of its reservoirs, dams, canals, and adjoining rivers, while providing an opportunity to request more detailed information where necessary. We developed a public-facing website to provide important information, such as current flows and bridge clearances, to a non-technical public.
About NYSCC: The New York State Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority. It manages the New York State Canal System, a navigable 524-mile inland waterway that spans upstate New York. The Canal Corporation has transformed the Canal System into a world class recreation-way and emerging commercial waterway, with clustered development to foster recreation, tourism, and economic development, while preserving the natural and historical environment of the System and its adjacent communities.