HydroLogics Team joins Hazen and Sawyer
Hazen and Sawyer has announced that Megan Rivera, Mike Sheer, Steve Nebiker, Tony Pulokas, Casey Caldwell, and Eliot Meyer – all formerly with HydroLogics – have joined the Hazen Water Resources Practice. Dr. Dan Sheer, founder and Chairman of HydroLogics and a pioneer in advancing the management of water resources through scenario planning and modeling, will serve as an exclusive Special Consultant to Hazen. Hazen has also purchased the widely used HydroLogics OASIS water supply planning software suite. More information available here: https://www.hazenandsawyer.com/news/hazen-expands-water-resources-practice/
Water Research Foundation Q&A -- Dynamic Reservoir Operations
In the most recent quarterly publication of its Advances in Water Research, with the theme "Powered by Science", the Water Research Foundation (WRF) interviews staff from HydroLogics and the utility Suez about putting dynamic reservoir operations into practice. This builds on a WRF study led by HydroLogics on the role of such operations in addressing climate change.
Not only are dynamic reservoir options a "no regrets" option for dealing with future climate, but as this nicely organized two-pager indicates, they can be used to optimize overall system management under current conditions, particularly during drought.
Dan Sheer receives ASCE Julian Hinds Award
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored Dan Sheer, founder and president emeritus of HydroLogics, with the 2017 Julian Hinds Award for his contributions to the field of water resources management and for his innovative solutions to major water supply challenges. The Julian Hinds award is given annually to an individual for notable performance, long years of distinguished service, or specific actions that have served to advance engineering in the field of planning, development, and management of water resources.
System Optimization -- Durham, NC
HydroLogics worked with Hazen and Sawyer to revise the city's drought plan and use forecasts to decide when to invoke water conservation. The update to the drought plan is part of an overall effort to improve reliability and lower cost of its supply operations. OASIS is being configured with a powerful dashboard tool to allow planners and operators to make real-time decisions on moving water from its different reservoir supplies and tapping into outside supplies through interconnections.
Operations Support Tool -- New York, NY
HydroLogics has had a key role in developing and implementing New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Operations Support Tool (OST). The National Academy of Sciences is now publishing the Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply. The review includes a thorough overview of the OST's functions. Among the committee's conclusions and recommendations:
OST is one of the most advanced and complex support tools for water supply operations in the world. The Committee regards the NYC DEP as a leader among water resource agencies nationwide at applying these types of tools to inform system operations. The Committee strongly endorses the use of probabilistic forecast tools to inform NYC DEP’s management decisions, allowing it to explicitly balance the risks of water shortage against the risks of having too much water (and the turbidity issues that come with high-flow events). Moving forward, OST offers a dynamic water routing platform that is both adaptable and capable of continuous improvement if properly resourced with data, validation, and most importantly, continued maintenance and growth of institutional expertise.