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CMAC: The "Smart" Stormwater Management Solution

Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Category: Blog post

Our approach to managing stormwater, and the implementation of stormwater infrastructure, hasn’t kept pace with our digitally enabled environment. Since the first runoff systems designed in ancient times, moving stormwater away from our cities to protect life and property has been our primary concern—out of sight, out of mind. It’s time for us to see beyond this limited perspective.

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A Total Eclipse of the Data

A Total Eclipse of the Data

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Category: Blog post

The effects of the eclipse impacted the data that we received from the above ground sensors at the bioswale installation at UILABS.

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Optimization Opportunities - The Role of Optimization in Future Infrastructure Investments

Optimization Opportunities - The Role of Optimization in Future Infrastructure Investments

Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Category: Blog post

Water technology optimization approaches seek to meet these needs. The word “optimization” is used in many contexts. In operations or capital planning, we are referring to mathematical optimization techniques developed from the field of operations research, such as linear programming, dynamic programming and genetic algorithms. These methods have been used for decades and are now reaching the water sector.

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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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Water: Too Much, Too Little, Not Clean

Water: Too Much, Too Little, Not Clean

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Category: Blog post

Industry leaders, government leaders, academics, and civic technologists are coming together to discuss the risks of water scarcity, quality and flooding. For example, City Digital’s Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring is a project that brings together those players to address the issue of urban flooding. The project seeks to study what happens when you re-introduce green elements into the built environment.

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How Milwaukee Is Driving Innovation in the Cloud

How Milwaukee Is Driving Innovation in the Cloud

Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Category: Blog post

The term “innovation” may elicit images of high-tech companies and modern office spaces, but it actually applies to a wider range of industries. Even though a wastewater treatment plant might not have beanbag chairs, a catered cafeteria or rooms just for thinking, it still generates innovation – especially at Veolia project sites. One such project exists between Veolia North America and a Boston startup called OptiRTC.

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What's The Big Orange Box on Argyle? Science

What's The Big Orange Box on Argyle? Science

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Category: Blog post

When walking the new "shared street" Argyle streetscape, it's hard not to wonder about the big orange box perched at the corner of Broadway and Argyle. The box, which popped up several weeks ago, is a complement to the streetscape and monitors the subtle science behind its design, according to UI Labs, which works with cities to solve large-scale problems through digital innovation.

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Smart Water - Smart Cities: Can Smart Water Technologies Quench the Thirst of our Modern Cities?

Smart Water - Smart Cities: Can Smart Water Technologies Quench the Thirst of our Modern Cities?

Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Category: Blog post

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge CleanTech Committee recently brought together a panel of experts to share their perspectives on how to better manage water resources today and prepare a technology-rich future that will be impacted by climate change.

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How a Smart City Tackles Rainfall

How a Smart City Tackles Rainfall

Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Category: Blog post

By combining sensors and cloud computing, a new pilot project in Chicago provides an innovative solution for what can be an everyday urban problem: rainwater.

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Five Vertical Integration Opportunities for Smart Water and Smart Cities

Five Vertical Integration Opportunities for Smart Water and Smart Cities

Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Category: Blog post

Marcus Quigley, founder and CEO, OptiRTC, noted at the MIT conference on clean city water that “intelligent systems that think on their own” work on the “built environment” to anticipate and address weather information. Through, “redesigning themselves, minute by minute,” they can deliver efficient outcomes. This type of technology wasn’t able to be built just five years ago, according to Quigley.

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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 05, 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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Smart Water - Smart Cities: A Cleantech Event

Smart Water - Smart Cities: A Cleantech Event

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Category: Blog post

It is estimated that it will cost the US $384 billion to upgrade the US water infrastructure, and this number is likely to increase, given the stressors from increasing population, climate change and water pollution. As a result, many cities are looking to new technologies to help them efficiently produce fresh, clean water for its residents.

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The Dirty Truth: Why You Shouldn't Shower When It's Raining and what Opti's Cloud-Based IoT platform is Doing to Help

The Dirty Truth: Why You Shouldn't Shower When It's Raining and what Opti's Cloud-Based IoT platform is Doing to Help

Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Category: Blog post

The digital transformation has created opportunities for businesses to address such capacity problems in ways never previously imagined...

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Can Opti Optimize Stormwater Management?

Can Opti Optimize Stormwater Management?

Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Category: Blog post

OptiRTC is a technology company working to provide innovative solutions for stormwater management to mitigate the impact of increasing numbers of severe weather events.

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5 Innovations in Cyber-Water

5 Innovations in Cyber-Water

Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Category: Blog post

To explore the intersection of technology and water, what’s currently possible and what we’re poised to discover in the future, Water Online reached out to some select leaders in water technology and asked them about their most compelling projects.

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Featured Facility: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Provides Vision

Featured Facility: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Provides Vision

Thu, May 12, 2016

Category: Blog post

Milwaukee region and a cleaner Lake Michigan accomplished through its leadership in attaining zero overflows, zero basement backups, and improved stormwater management. MMSD is partnering with Veolia North America and Opti to study the performance, operation, and maintenance of green infrastructure. The study aims to develop decision-making tools by providing the District and Operations staff with real-time monitoring and performance information about large portfolios of green infrastructure installations.

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Opti: Managing Stormwater for Sustainability at UChicago

Opti: Managing Stormwater for Sustainability at UChicago

Wed, May 11, 2016

Category: Blog post

Opti’s stormwater management system was brought to UChicago as an alternative to the standard, passive storage tank. Using a water level sensor and valve connected to Opti’s cloud–based control, UChicago intelligently manages releases from the storage tank. They also set a goal that to some might seem beyond reach: the ability to harvest rainwater from this tank, a function unheard of in other regional stormwater management systems. Experts with the University aimed to pioneer a new system of sustainable water re–use on campus. UChicago tackled the challenge to achieve the benefits, without the additional investment of a separate rainwater harvesting system.

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Stormwater Made Sustainable – Opti Prepares Us for Tomorrow’s Storms

Stormwater Made Sustainable – Opti Prepares Us for Tomorrow’s Storms

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Category: Blog post

Enter OptiRTC, or Opti for short. Opti was formed as a spin-out in December 2014 to bring innovative software to stormwater management, and currently offers the only industry solution that is truly cloud-based, hardware agnostic, and provides active forecast-based control of distributed stormwater infrastructure.

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Water management in a changing environment

Water management in a changing environment

Sat, Dec 05, 2015

Category: Blog post

For Quigley, the world needs a future of radical transparency of data. With an open explanation of the reality of water, he postulated that this approach will transform the manner in which we act and develop regulations around water management.

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Rising to the Challenge: Floodproofing NYC with OptiRTC

Rising to the Challenge: Floodproofing NYC with OptiRTC

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Category: Blog post

As one of eleven winning teams in our RISE : NYC competition, Geosyntec Consultants will share up to $30 million with the other winners to implement the OptiRTC technology at Sandy-impacted small businesses across the city.

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Technology Spotlight - Opti

Technology Spotlight - Opti

Mon, Feb 09, 2015

Category: Blog post

OptiNimbus is a low-cost, high-impact retrofit solution – providing intelligent active controls to previously passive systems as an alternative to expensive new stormwater infrastructure construction.

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The Internet of Everything Meets Water

The Internet of Everything Meets Water

Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Category: Blog post

To date, dealing with the problem has involved expensive short-term fixes, like building huge tanks in tunnels under a city where water gets dumped, then slowly pumped back and run through a treatment plant. Two years ago, Quigley‘s firm launched [OptiRTC, Inc.] aimed at addressing the problem….. the platform determines how much runoff is likely to occur and then takes action.

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Marcus Quigley on how the Internet of Things is automating city systems

Marcus Quigley on how the Internet of Things is automating city systems

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

Category: Blog post

The Internet of Things promises to bring us into the 21st century in a number of ways, beginning with keeping sewage out of our rivers and lakes.

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Going Against the Flow: Green Tech, Sensors and Industrial Internet Make Sewer Systems Smart

Going Against the Flow: Green Tech, Sensors and Industrial Internet Make Sewer Systems Smart

Wed, May 01, 2013

Category: Blog post

Even though green solutions can also cost billions over time, they yield savings and benefits not possible through traditional infrastructure, including increased property values and improved air quality.

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