Many of the final reports developed by Riverside employees for projects end up as published works, but not all are met with as much acclaim as one recent report for CEATI International’s Hydropower Operations and Planning Interest Group (HOPIG). Riverside Principal Investigators Simon Draijer, P.E., C.F.M., and Jonathan Quebbeman, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., were authors of “Applied Statistical Analysis Techniques for Hydro Generation and Runoff,” which was published in August 2016 and promoted at a recent conference in Seattle. Jon gave a short intro to this study at the opening of the conference, and it received positive feedback from many CEATI members. For more information or to order a copy of the complete report, see: https://www.ceati.com/projects/publications/publication-details/?pid=0426
Approximately a dozen Riverside employees supported the launch of the first of four GOES-R satellites, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, November 19. Riverside supports the GOES-R satellite, the most advanced weather satellite ever built, with the ground systems to capture the high-volume data stream GOES-R will provide as well as the assimilation of GOES-R data into the improved analysis and forecast techniques, which will provide faster, more accurate weather forecasts and warnings.
This satellite is part of a $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting, save lives, and provide better environmental intelligence. This spacecraft will track U.S. weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, and solar flares. GOES-R will churn out full images of the Western Hemisphere every 15 minutes and the continental United States every five minutes. Specific storm regions will be updated every 30 seconds.
Stay tuned for more GOES-R updates!
Two members of Riverside’s Business Development Operations Team, Marti Bruening and Angi Connolly, recently received their Foundation-level Certification from the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP). After more than a year of study, application of principles along the way, and then acing their exams, Marti and Angi built on their already combined 13+ years as proposal development professionals and are eager to continue applying their knowledge and understanding of the proposal industry’s best practices. Congratulations Marti and Angi!
As the Action Officer for the Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA) within NOAA/NESDIS, Kim Eaves works with a team to support the Director and Deputy Director of OPPA by maintaining and managing the office’s document repository, action database, and the shared email account. Kim handles the communications, education, and outreach for OPPA, which includes writing articles, answering questions from reporters and other interested parties, and supporting educational events such as launches. And as if that didn’t keep her busy enough, within the last year and a half, Kim got engaged and then married, had a baby, and moved into a new house in Woodsboro, Maryland. She also volunteers with the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Company, the American Red Cross, and Girl Scouts.
1. What three traits describe you?
Honest, loyal, and altruistic.
- What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had two weird jobs – selling concert merchandise at festivals when I was 14 and working on an assembly line making air conditioning compressors for Honda Civics.
- Who lives in your house (people, pets, etc.)?
My husband David, who is a firefighter; my smart and active step-daughter Bree, who is in kindergarten; and my amazing and adventurous one-year-old daughter Mason.
- Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I teach off-road vehicle safety classes in my free time.
- If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, who makes the guest list?
Elon Musk, Nicola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, and Josh Gates.
- What was your favorite subject in school and why?
Math, because I loved the processes and the fact that they did not change.
- What kind of music do you listen to?
I recently discovered a passion for jazz.
- You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they?
Steak cooked by my husband, fresh peas, and sweet corn on the cob.
- What trend would you like to see go away forever?
Unrealistic images for marketing purposes.
- Tell us about your most unique travel experience.
In February 2015, I got to travel to Cape Canaveral, Florida to support the launch of NOAA’s first Deep Space Satellite DSCOVR. While I was there, my now-husband proposed on the beach. We then finished the trip with scuba diving in the Florida Keys.
- What’s your #1 item on your bucket list?
- What’s on or in your nightstand?
A note pad and pen for those late-night ideas.
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
- Tell us your favorite joke.
A skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer and a mop. (Even writing this, I am laughing!)
- Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?
Al Gore. I got to meet him at the DSCOVR launch.
- Who would play you in a movie about your life? What would be the title of that movie?
Amy Schumer, and it would be called “You’re not going to believe this.”
- What’s an ability you wish you had?
I wish I could play the drums, especially the djembe.
- Tell us about your best live performance experience.
There is this local band out of Dallas, Texas that was performing for a crowd of about 200 at an outdoor venue in Houston. Although I had been teaching hooping (how to hoop and dance with a very large hula hoop) for a while, it was my first opportunity to perform in public. I was able to completely lose myself in the music and just hoop for about three hours straight. It was as if I was in a trance-like state. It was very surreal and one of the most enjoyable moments of my life.
- If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?
An outdoor working space.
Riverside is a member of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), and every year we look forward to participating in their Annual Conference. This year’s conference takes place this week at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL. One of our senior water resource engineers, Michael Thiemann, is presenting two times on Wednesday, November 16: Advanced Forecasting for the New York State Canal System – A Collaborative Approach from 10:30am-noon and Rapid, Dynamic, and Real-Time Inundation Mapping for Emergency Management from 1:30-3pm.
AWRA’s Annual Conference is designed for practitioners, policy and decision makers, and academics across all fields in the water resources community to meet and share ideas. This conference has earned its reputation as one of the most topically diverse and inclusive water resources conferences. This year’s technical program includes more than 280 presentations and 30 posters, as well as plenary talks from some of the nation’s leading water resources experts. For more info on the AWRA conference, visit: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Orlando2016/
We look forward to seeing some of you there!
Riverside recently held its second-annual I3 challenge, an initiative designed to provide our employees with a mechanism to promote their ideas – ideas we know can drive change for our company and our customers. I3 stands for Inspire, Innovate, and Invest, and this challenge is an example of how Riverside lives its mission of providing excellent service for our clients as well as being an inspiring and fun place to work by focusing on innovative thinking to solve challenging water and climate-related problems.
For this year’s contest, 9 teams signed up to present 12 inspiring ideas at a brown bag event. Topics ranged from changing our internal music streaming policy to using drones in our GIS projects, and the teams had five minutes to pitch why their idea should move on to Stage 2. The top four ideas were selected by the Riverside staff, and then those teams had 48 hours (with 20 hours covered by Riverside) to develop their pitches into 20-minute presentations given over a pizza party.
The top four ideas in Stage 2 were:
- The Sky is (Not) the Limit – Drones in Water Resources (Ian Hageman)
- Forecast Product for Columbia River Basin Single Trace Procedure (Ian Maycumber, Noah Friesen, Katherine Balster, Jon Quebbeman, Paul Micheletty)
- Pi Cluster (Paul Micheletty, Jon Quebbeman)
- Riverside Consequence Assessment Tool – RCAT (Michael Crouch, Anurag Srivastava)
From there, our I3 committee selected the winner based on the innovation and beneficial impacts of the idea – and the winner was the Riverside Consequence Assessment Tool. Michael Crouch and Anurag Srivastava were presented with $250 cash, a trophy, and a commitment from Riverside to invest resources to help foster the team’s idea in 2017.
“I3 was a great platform to bring forth new ideas,” said Michael Crouch. “Even better was the fact that we got to build on what we have been developing throughout the course of our work on the Tennessee Valley Authority consequence projects.”
Congratulations Michael and Anurag!
Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District is one of Riverside’s original clients, and we remain actively engaged with their operations. Stan Woodcock, Riverside’s IT Director, and Michael Thiemann, one of our senior water resource engineers, will take the short drive from Riverside’s headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado to Northern Water’s Fall Water Users Meeting in Longmont today. Topics on the day’s agenda include “Water Year in Review” and updates on various Northern projects, culminating in a lunchtime keynote speaker with a 2016 election recap titled “What Just Happened Yesterday?” It’s sure to be an informative and lively day!
Members of Riverside’s RiverTrak team are out and about, exhibiting at the National Hydrologic Warning Council workshop in San Antonio, Texas today and tomorrow. This two-day interactive workshop focuses on flood warning systems performance, flood forecasts and warnings, flood impacts, reservoir operations, and post flood activities across the state. RiverTrak is our new real-time flood inundation mapping product. For more information about RiverTrak, visit https://www.rivertrak.com/. For more details on the NHWC workshop, go to http://www.hydrologicwarning.org/. If you’re in San Antonio, please stop by. We’d love to say hello and chat RiverTrak!
Riverside Technology, inc. is pleased to announce the official launch of the RiverTrak ™ Flood Inundation Mapping System. RiverTrak’s unique process rapidly produces maps in real time, provides forecast maps, and offers a library of scenario maps. These maps give a high-resolution visual of historical floods, current floods and conditions, and floods that may occur in the future.
RiverTrak’s advanced approach rapidly and reliably generates real-time flood extents and depths for use in emergency management and flood mitigation. By providing an affordable and accurate mapping system, RiverTrak puts the power of real-time response, early warning, planning, and situational awareness in the hands of the user.
With RiverTrak, miles of flood extents are processed in seconds, providing immediate flood inundation information. Our Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) approach utilizes a unique hydrologic model, data from river gages, and an underlying digital-elevation model to map where water is going in real time. These dynamic maps reflect forecast and current data and improve communication among emergency management departments, local organizations, and broader support organizations during a flood event.
“Flooding can be a deadly natural disaster when information is not readily available to take the proper action and precautions required,” said Larry Brazil, President and CEO of Riverside. “Riverside has developed RiverTrak to help communities mitigate future loss by understanding past flood events, plan for future flood events, and receive real-time information to respond to flooding.”
The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, home to Riverside’s headquarters, played a crucial role in the development of RiverTrak, serving as a beta tester and providing valuable insight into how RiverTrak’s functionality can best meet the needs of customers. Fort Collins is a national leader in floodplain management, achieving an exceptional Community Rating System (CRS) score of two from FEMA this past May, placing them as one of only five communities in the United States who have met the rating criteria. FEMA recognized Fort Collins as having “developed one of the nation’s most exemplary comprehensive programs.”
“The City of Fort Collins was honored to participate as a beta tester for RiverTrak,” said Wade Troxell, Mayor of Fort Collins. “The City is a platform for assisting innovation in the community. This kind of project also fosters transparent, valuable, and effective government by providing open data in a way that’s easily accessible to residents. We are proud to work with Riverside, a local company, to provide an innovative way for community Emergency Managers to prepare and respond to flooding.”
Visit rivertrak.com for more information and contact Riverside Technology to learn how the RiverTrak System can work for your community.