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Orlando Protects Citizens During Heavy Rain Events by Optimizing Water Data Intelligence

Orlando, FL, USA

At a Glance

The City of Orlando needed a better way to ensure citizen safety during weather events and protect from infrastructure damage and liability. By integrating disparate data, they achieved data defensibility and could easily share insights between departments and with the community.

Problem Addressed

The City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division oversees upwards of 100 lakes, approximately 147 drainage wells with 70 monitoring stations for lakes and waterways, and 23 rainfall stations collecting data by telemetry over a cellular network. This produces massive volumes of data to normalize, consolidate, and analyze for fast and actionable information.

The amount of water data received on a daily basis—which can be cumbersome to access and manage across various departments, drove the city to adopt digital solutions. By leveraging electronic monitoring, consolidated data management, and automated notifications, the city can operate more efficiently, achieve cost savings, and ensure a scalable future for program expansion and additional monitoring capacity.

The City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division used/is using Aquarius to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

The City of Orlando leverages Aquarius, an end-to-end software platform to consolidate, analyze, and share water insights within the organization or external stakeholders.

With Aquarius, organizations can:

✓ Access Any Data Source In Real Time: Extend the value of your existing investments, third-party sensors or systems, by normalizing any type of data, to manage, qualify, and analyze centrally.

✓ Achieve Context with Unlimited Details: Give raw data colour by applying location details, notes, tags, qualifiers, or any unique identifier for uniformity, accessibility, and fast discovery with robust filters, graphs, and interactive maps.

✓ Perform Complex Analysis—Quickly: Easily visualize, scan, and QA/QC your data with best-in-class rating curves, automated error detection, and intuitive correction tools that compare historic time-series or discrete data with a defensible audit trail.

✓ Unlock Powerful Alerting Capabilities: Define unique compliance parameters to easily visualize status, display warning insights in graphs and maps, or deliver notifications for proactive response.

✓ Share Real-time Insights: Make information available online with user-defined viewing permissions for internal or external stakeholders to self-serve information and increase accessibility.

✓ Visualize for Faster Decision-Making: Use powerful charts and contextual visualization to forecast and convey technical and non-technical information in real-time for faster decision-making.

Outcomes

  1. Integrated sensors within the monitoring network automatically imports and integrates data, giving operators a continuous stream of central intelligence without manual input.
  2. Ensured data’s integrity and defensibility with automatic data transfers, easy and intuitive Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) tools, and audit trail.
  3. Real-time measurement of rainfall events, lake levels, and water bodies for optimized operation, better decision-making, and proactive response.
  4. Digestible and contextual insights visualized in graphs and on maps of different types of data, including meteorological data.
  5. Access to real-time insights through an online dashboard for all stakeholders to prioritize and focus their efforts where needed and for citizens to see rainfall and stage information.

Lessons Learned

  1. Modernizing how water data is managed can maximize the value of existing investments and support the scalability of a growing monitoring network.
  2. Insights were made actionable, digestible, and given meaningful context with easy to navigate online dashboards and maps for technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  3. Utilizing alerts and notifications based on custom water levels helped the City proactively forecast potential problems.

Something Unique

The city plans to add contour elevations in order to correlate lake stages with topographic, bathymetric, and basic water quality information to set the flooding levels at each location and have a better handle on the stage, area and discharge characteristics for each lake.

Who Should Consider?

Cities or environmental agencies managing small, medium, or large monitoring networks with applications for surface water, source water, groundwater, stormwater, water quality, or water availability.

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