National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Selects AQUARIUS
Software to Manage New Zealand's Hydrometric Data
Aquatic Informatics' leading software for water time-series data
management will replace NIWA's in-house solution Tideda, modernizing
hydrometric data management nationally.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/15/13 -- Aquatic
Informatics Inc., a global leader in providing innovative software
solutions for hydrologic data management and analysis, is announcing
today that the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Ltd. (NIWA) has selected AQUARIUS Software to manage all hydrometric
time-series data, including water level, flow, and rain data
collected from over 3,500 open and closed sites throughout New
Zealand. AQUARIUS will be the primary platform used to store,
process, compute, correct, validate, and display all time-series data
within the NIWA Hydrometric Network (NHN).
With over 625 staff, NIWA's core purpose is to enhance the economic
value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources
and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the
atmosphere, and to increase resilience to weather and climate
hazards, improving safety and the well-being of New Zealanders.
"We are excited to have selected AQUARIUS as our modern water data
management system. By updating our system, AQUARIUS will allow for
the integrated and seamless management of water data collection
through the data lifecycle," said Dr. Jochen Schmidt, Chief
Scientist, NIWA. "AQUARIUS will improve data accessibility across 14
offices. Rating curve development and maintenance will be enhanced.
And, metadata will be centralized with raw and processed data.
AQUARIUS will allow NIWA to determine data quality and accuracy in
near real-time, while allowing us to track data corrections and
The request for proposal was issued in March 2013. NIWA was looking
to replace its existing Tideda (TIme Dependent Data) system,
developed internally in 1974, and other supporting legacy systems. It
was seeking a modern solution that would provide wider controlled
access to hydrometric data and metadata in an environment of
ever-shortening timeframes between data collection and the
availability of quality indicators. It was important that the
solution maintain full traceability of changes and be easily
integrated within NIWA's IT architecture. The solution needed to
support industry best practices and methods for managing data in the
hydrologic domain, including tools for rating maintenance and
development. After a formal evaluation process, NIWA selected
AQUARIUS will improve work flows, enhance consistency, ensure quality
in the processing of water data, as well as improve system
maintainability. NIWA has selected a secure, modern, robust platform.
AQUARIUS offers an extensible and scalable architecture and a modern
solution for capturing, storing, editing, displaying, distributing,
and presenting analyses of time-series data. With AQUARIUS, NIWA
offices will see increased system performance, efficiency, and
"NIWA is renowned throughout the South Pacific region as a leader in
advancing hydrological monitoring methods and practices," said Ed
Quilty, President and CEO of Aquatic Informatics. "By choosing
AQUARIUS, NIWA will be expanding hydrometric data standardization and
inter-operability with North America, where AQUARIUS is used by the
largest environmental monitoring agencies, including the U.S.
Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, U.S. Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Water
Survey of Canada."
AQUARIUS is the leading software for water time series data
management. The world's most advanced environmental monitoring
agencies trust AQUARIUS to achieve higher data integrity,
defensibility, and timeliness. Its simple design delivers the latest
hydrological science and techniques in an intuitive interface.
AQUARIUS allows water resource managers to correct and quality
control time series data, build better rating curves, and derive and
publish hydrological data in real-time to meet stakeholder
expectations, improving decisions about the world's precious water
About Aquatic Informatics Inc.
Aquatic Informatics(TM) provides software solutions that address
critical water data management and analysis challenges for the
rapidly growing environmental monitoring industry. Aquatic
Informatics is the trusted provider of hydrologic management
solutions to hundreds of federal, state/provincial and local
government departments, hydropower operators, mining companies,
academic groups, and consulting organizations around the world, who
collect, manage, and process large volumes of water quality or
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About National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a
Crown Research Institute established in 1992. NIWA's mission is to
conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable
management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.
NIWA's purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable
management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to
provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase
resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve the safety and
wellbeing of New Zealanders.
For more information about NIWA, visit www.niwa.co.nz
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