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Opti Feature in World Water: Stormwater Management Magazine

Opti Feature in World Water: Stormwater Management Magazine

Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Category: Journal article

A dry pond in Prince George's County, Maryland, USA, was converted into a wet pond through the addition of continuous monitoring and adaptive control technology. This innovative retrofit achieved the necessary treatment volume at a cost significantly less than a traditional approach involving excavation.

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Chicago's Open Data Portal Now Streaming Data from Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring Pilot

Chicago's Open Data Portal Now Streaming Data from Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring Pilot

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Category: Blog post

Rising temperatures and aging underground infrastructure mean cities around the world need to understand how effective they are at diverting flooding on streets. Like Chicago, cities across the United States have launched open data portals. But streaming data from underground sensors is not always easy, so the City of Chicago has launched a new tool to streamline the process for other cities. The City of Chicago and Opti, a technology company that provides SaaS solutions to optimize infrastructure, worked together to develop a method to stream data from stormwater sensors to Chicago’s Data Portal. The code that streams the information is available online for free, so other cities can relay data from Opti’s sensors to their own open data portals.

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Maryland Retrofit Project Improves Storm Water Management at Elementary School

Maryland Retrofit Project Improves Storm Water Management at Elementary School

Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Category: Blog post

The Conowingo Elementary School storm water retrofit project was initiated to fulfill requirements of Cecil County, Md.’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and the proposed Phase II municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) permit. The WIP and MS4 both require the restoration and treatment of impervious areas to address the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load.

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For this smart garden, no worries when it rains and rains

For this smart garden, no worries when it rains and rains

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

In New York, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is using the cloud to handle too much rain. When Superstorm Sandy dumped more than 7 inches of rain across the east coast in 2012, New York got hit hard. The city sustained up to $19 billion in damages and saw 5 billion gallons of sewage overflow. Those volumes worried the staff of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which had been planning a Water Garden with a pool that doubles as storage for rainwater but feared another overflow. As a result, the mixture of excrement, rainwater and sewage streaming into New York's waterway played a part in the city's first "smart garden." The garden relies on an automated system called OptiNimbus that uses an algorithm to track rainfall and adjusts its water levels accordingly.

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Project at Conowingo Elementary School Wins MdQI Award of Excellence

Project at Conowingo Elementary School Wins MdQI Award of Excellence

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Category: News

The School’s Advanced Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Garden Monitoring system was named as the winner of the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) 2016 Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award during the 24th Annual MdQI Conference and Annual Awards Ceremony last month.

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Opti Raises $5.5M to Scale Intelligent Stormwater Management

Opti Raises $5.5M to Scale Intelligent Stormwater Management

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Category: Press release

OptiRTC, Inc. (“Opti”), announced today that it has closed on $5.5M in equity funding, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) with participation from existing investors including MissionPoint Partners, the Renewal Funds, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Geosyntec Consultants. The funds will be used to scale operations and expand sales and marketing to help Opti accelerate its growth at the watershed level within existing and new sites across the Country.

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How Big Data Can Help Little Green Infrastructure in Chicago

How Big Data Can Help Little Green Infrastructure in Chicago

Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Category: News

“One of the challenges with maintaining cities is that you have these vast numbers of small assets, and green infrastructure makes this problem infinitely more challenging than the historical approach to having large, civil engineering projects that deal with stormwater. Instead of having a million-gallon tank, you may have several-thousand gallon bioretention cells to store and treat this water. And those assets are much harder to track,” says Marcus Quigley, the founder and CEO of Opti, a company that applies internet-of-things technology to stormwater management. That’s the aim of Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring. It’s a system of sensors that combines weather information with surface and groundwater monitoring to determine how much water is present, whether or not it’s entering the green infrastructure, and what’s happening to the water when it gets there.

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From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Category: Blog post

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins to focus on stricter regulations to deter industrial stormwater pollution as one of its National Enforcement Initiatives for the next 3 years, administrators of large industrial properties may want to consider new solutions to maximize the efficiency of their runoff management systems. Emerging technologies — such as cloud computing and geographic information system (GIS) mapping — offer ways for industrial stormwater managers to gather and interpret data as never before possible. Whether planning new infrastructure, optimizing existing infrastructure, or navigating regulatory requirements, stormwater professionals can save valuable time, effort, and funds by embracing new technologies.

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City Digital at UI LABS and Technology Partners Announce Deployment of Solution to Reduce Urban Flooding in Chicago

City Digital at UI LABS and Technology Partners Announce Deployment of Solution to Reduce Urban Flooding in Chicago

Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Category: Press release

Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage. The ability to securely collect, publish, and interpret the data is enabled by combining technology and expertise from Senformatics, a startup that grew out of the University of Illinois; Opti, a provider of continuous monitoring and adaptive control of stormwater infrastructure; and data and cloud capabilities within the Microsoft Azure platform.

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Villa Park Project Protects Lake McCarrons

Villa Park Project Protects Lake McCarrons

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Category: News

An emerging technology called Optimized Real Time Controls (OptiRTC) was installed to maximize the project’s effectiveness… The system is expected to prevent 50 pounds of phosphorous from flowing into Lake McCarrons each year.

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