WaterOutlook sponsors Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day
WaterOutlook is proud to be a sponsor of the Kai Iwi Lakes Open day to be held in January 2017 as part of the World Wetlands Day. The Open Day is being organised by Whitebait Connection, a division of Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust, in conjunction with the Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, the Department of Conservation and other environmental and community groups. The aim of the Open Day is to give a sense of ownership and inspire people to help protect the lakes and wetland habitats.
WaterOutlook is also working with Whitebait Connection to look at providing a national platform of to assist with the gathering and monitoring of its data.
WaterOutlook's first International Conference
For the first time, WaterOutlook clients on both sides of the Tasman came together in Newcastle, NSW, in November to share information and experiences. The conference was hosted by SAFEgroup Automation, WaterOutlook's value-added resellers in the Government sector.
The Conference included site visits to:
- Mardi Water Treatment Plant. This plant was a direct filtration plant taking water from two different surface water sources. Total capacity approximately 120 MLD (similar in size to Hamilton City), and to
- Kincumber Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is a conventional activated sludge plant servicing a population equivalent of 350,000.
Kapiti Coast's, Ben Thompson, gave an excellent presentation on his Council's unaccounted for water case study where WaterOutlook was used in the tracking of night flows as an indication of water loss in KCDC. Jeff Bridges, WaterOutlook's Chief Technology Officer, outlined the four different ways WaterOutlook collects data from SCADA systems and outlined the multilevel backup routines deployed by WaterOutlook.
Various other uses of WaterOutlook were presented that covered:
- Energy optimisation
- Byron Bay Council
- Wagga Wagga Council
- Goldenfields Regional Council
WaterOutlook wins award!
We're back from the WaterNZ Conference & Expo in Hamilton, and what a great Conference it was. WaterOutlook was delighted to win Best Multiple Stand at the Expo – judged by the staff of Water New Zealand and Avenues Event Management as having best visual appeal and best use of space. In choosing the winners, the judges noted that innovative products and suppliers are vital to the success of any industry. Equally important is effective communication of the technical advances made by suppliers, to users. The Conference Expo assists in meeting this need.
The Best Exhibition Award was set up in 2002 to recognise excellence on the part of the proprietors of the best exhibition stands at the Annual Conference.
Our prize was a free stand at the next WaterNZ Conference & Expo in 2018.
We'll definitely be there!
WaterOutlook named finalist in NZ Innovators Awards
WaterOutlook has been named a finalist in the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2017 in two categories:
- Innovation in Technology Solutions
- Emerging New Zealand Innovation
The Innovation in Technology Solutions award celebrates customer offerings focused on solving problems and creating value through the application of technology across any industry.
The Emerging New Zealand Innovation Award celebrates companies that are active in their markets and growing.
The Awards will be announced on Thursday 19th October, 2017.
See us at Water New Zealand's Annual Conference
WaterOutlook will be at the Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo taking place in Hamilton 20-22 September. Come along and see us on Stand 106/107 and check out some of the new innovations we have in store.
WaterOutlook now in Australia
WaterOutlook is pleased to announce it has moved into Australia and appointed two re-sellers to help bring on new clients.
Stewart McGlashan, Thixo Pty Limited. Stewart is based in Brisbane and has brought JBS Australia to WaterOutlook. JBS Australia is the largest meat processing company in Australia and a division of JBS, the largest animal protein processing company in the world, working in the areas of food, leather, products for pets, biodiesel, collagen, cans and cleaning products.
Stewart McGlashan, Thixo Pty Limited:
New South Wales:
James Bailey, SAFEgroup. SAFEgroup is a respected engineering company servicing a diverse range of industries within Australia and Internationally. Existing SAFEgroup capabilities are extensive and well recognised by leading practice organisations throughout Australia. James is based in Newcastle and has brought the following new clients to WaterOutlook:
- Byron Shire Council
- Goldenfields Water
- City of Wagga Wagga
James Bailey, Sales Product and Service Manager, SAFEgroup:
Welcome to new clients
A big welcome to the following new clients who have joined WaterOutlook recently:
- Invercargill City Council (brought to WaterOutlook via Downer)
- Auckland City Council Small Water Supplies
- Thames-Coromandel District Council
- Hurunui District Council
- Gore District Council
WaterOutlook named finalist in NZ Hi-Tech Awards
For the second year running, we are delighted to have been named a finalist in the NZ Hi-Tech Awards, Best Public Sector Technology Solution.
A record number of entries were again received this year. Winners will be announced on 20 May 2016 at Gala Dinner in Auckland.
Welcome to new clients
Three new clients joined WaterOutlook recently.
A big welcome to:
- Tasman District Council (brought to WaterOutlook via Downer)
- Fulton Hogan (who have taken over the WaterOutlook system for the Chatham Islands Council)
- Christchurch City Care Operations Team (who have adopted WaterOutlook as their field data entry portal)
WaterOutlook recently hosted 12 clients from around the country to a two-day training session. One of the big advantages of having people from different Councils and agencies together was the opportunity to interact about similar and different issues and to forge friendships and contacts across the Local Government sector. Participants' feedback was excellent with everyone finding value in the training and topics presented as well as the interactions between sessions. Further training sessions at the WaterOutlook offices in Auckland are planned – so watch this space.
International giant teams up with WaterOutlook
A new alliance between WaterOutlook and global giant ABB means there is now an option to have AquaMaster 3 flow and pressure meters integrate with WaterOutlook via SMS text messaging that allows flow and pressure monitoring to go directly into WaterOutlook from the field.
The first New Zealand implementation of this technology is at Waikato District Council. The new technology means for the first time there is a "plug and play" flow meter available that's ready to go on installation.
New Public Facing API now live
With WaterOutlook's new public facing API, administrators can easily make data available to public facing websites, or to external parties, without needing to be part of the process. Access is given by administrators in a per-parameter basis and can be disabled at any time. This speeds up the transport of data to third parties, while at the same time not disrupting the administrator's own workflow.
WaterOutlook named finalist in NZ Innovators Awards
WaterOutlook has been named a finalist in the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015 – Innovation in Sustainability & CleanTech.
This category was created as a result of phenomenal growth in the development of new technologies and businesses in the area of sustainability and clean technology. It celebrates innovation for a sustainable and prosperous future and includes eco products and services, innovative projects in sustainability, sustainable production and a wide variety of environmental and sustainable initiatives.
WaterOutlook is delighted to launch its new website complete with our new branding. The old branding had been around since the company was launched, and it was time for a new, fresh look in keeping with our services – both current and new. We hope you like it as much as we do.
See us at Water New Zealand's Annual Conference
WaterOutlook will be at the Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo taking place in Hamilton 16-18 September. Come along and see us on Stand 74 and check out some of the new innovations we have in store.
Chatham Islands on WaterOutlook
Chatham Islands Council was one of the first to jump on the WaterOutlook bandwagon in October 2011. If you think your Council has some remote plants, just consider this: the Chathams are 869 kms from Christchurch; their data is hosted in Wellington so pings off 767 kms every night and then pings up to Auckland as a back up some 1075 kms away from the Islands as the albatross flies then back to Environment Canterbury. In New Zealand, it doesn't get much more remote than this.
WaterOutlook facilitates shared services
In the Taranaki Region, New Plymouth, South Taranaki and Stratford District Councils wanted an efficient way to have integrated shared services for their water and wastewater SCADA information. This included New Plymouth District Council's laboratory and the Independent Eurofins Laboratory. As a Regional Group, Taranaki sought help do this from WaterOutlook which now interfaces with all three Councils and facilitates shared services and data management for operations across the region.
WaterOutlook wins Kapiti Coast DC tender
WaterOutlook has won a second contract with existing client Kapiti Coast District Council to upgrade Council's Corporate Environmental Database. This involves managing data for all energy consumption across the district and integrating it with SCADA and lab data. This will also be used as a basis for reducing Kapiti Coast District Council's carbon footprint.
Welcome aboard City Care
Christchurch City Council had a key database dating back to 1995 that used outdated and unsupported technology. WaterOutlook was called in and we have replicated the database which has been integrated into WaterOutlook and deployed with City Care using QR and NFC tags across the entire Christchurch City region. This system holds data for managing pump stations, diesel tank levels and other daily operational activities and holds approximately 500,000 data points across 2000 different parameters.
QR Codes and NFC now on tap!
Entering data in the field is now easier than ever before. The WaterOutlook Mobile App deploys QR Code and NFC technology to allow quick navigation for the user. For data entry it is now a matter of the user either running QR Code or swiping their phone over a NFC tag and the WaterOutlook app will be driven to the entry location. Quick, easy and accurate.
Great turnout at LGNZ Conference
WaterOutlook spent a couple of very pleasant days at the Local Government New Zealand Conference in Rotorua recently.
We enjoyed catching up with many Local Government Senior Leaders on our stand and made some great new contacts. We hope all those Councils who attended found it as worthwhile as we did.
Celebrating one year since first water ML2 achieved
Southland Regional Council celebrates one year since it achieved the first Water ML2 (a CSIRO standard) in New Zealand. This standard was adopted by Regional Councils as the way water data will be transmitted around the country.
WaterOutlook sponsors Raumati Beach Clean Up
WaterOutlook was proud to sponsor the Raumati Beach Clean Up on the Kapiti Coast following the massive flooding they experienced in June 2015.
Our sponsorship went towards prizes for the community children who turned out to clean up the beach. The sponsorship was a good fit with WaterOutlook as we facilitate collection of the Operational and Compliance Environmental data for Kapiti Coast District Council.
WaterOutlook named finalist in Hi-Tech Awards
Following nomination from Christchurch City Council, WaterOutlook was delighted to be named a finalist in two sections of the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2015 for:
- Best Public Sector Technology Solutions 2015, and
- Innovative Hi-Tech Service 2015.
This year, there were a record 150+ organisations that entered the awards. To be named a finalist in two categories was a testament to the regard our WaterOutlook system is held in.
Christchurch City becomes first NZ Council go paperless
Christchurch City Council has moved to paperless compliance reporting to Environment Canterbury using WaterOutlook data management for water abstraction consent reporting. WaterOutlook transforms the SCADA data into the form that Environment Canterbury needs for compliance reporting and transmits this data in WaterML2.0 form using the WaterOutlook synthetic SCADA system.
Matamata-Piako manages Data Flow through WaterOutlook
Matamata-Piako District Council manages their data information flow by using WaterOutlook to collect data from various systems and transmitting it where it is needed. One aspect is bilateral data flow to Mott MacDonald allowing Council SCADA data transmission to the Mott MacDonald H2knOw-how process modelling package. Data is also transmitted back from the Mott MacDonald system to WaterOutlook for storage and integration into reports.
WaterOutlook also collects data from Mott MacDonald for integration into other Council consent reports for the Waikato Regional Council.
This SCADA data is also augmented with manual data input by both the WaterOutlook LabOnline system and from site operators/contractors – all input into the wider WaterOutlook system.