Overview

The key philosophy behind all waterRIDE™ development is the firm belief that data should not be “locked up” for use only by those that either created that data, or are experts in the subject matter.

If you need to access certain data to carry out your role, or work with a wide range of disparate datasets, why shouldn’t you be able to access what you need, with minimal fuss, and in a format that is relevant to your requirements?

The key philosophy behind all waterRIDE™ development is the firm belief that data should not be “locked up” for use only by those that either created that data, or are experts in the subject matter.

If you need to access certain data to carry out your role, or work with a wide range of disparate datasets, why shouldn’t you be able to access what you need, with minimal fuss, and in a format that is relevant to your requirements?

To this end, the unique waterRIDE™ environment aims to make both static and time-varying spatial datasets:

  • Less complex
  • More accessible
  • Readily communicable
  • Relevant to the end user

“Complexity, which is sometimes necessary, is not always beautiful, simplicity is.” (Durrel)

With origins in the flood modelling industry, the waterRIDE™ environment provides a powerful means of making your data accessible to all stakeholders, regardless of their expertise.

Welcome to waterRIDE™… “making spatial and time-varying data usable… by anyone”.

waterRIDE™ started as a software development environment for writing tools to service the floodplain management industry in the early 2000’s. The environment was designed to remove the complexity from highly technical flood modelling results, and allow all stakeholders to meaningfully discuss the implications of the modelling.

In this, the ability to present, visualise, and analyse large volumes of time-varying modelling datasets was crucial!

Given that modelling results are very much “real-world”, the highly visual nature of GIS was an ideal environment for the analysis of such datasets. However, the inability of conventional GIS platforms to accommodate integrated time-varying surface datasets was the key driver for the development of the waterRIDE™ platform. Modelling datasets, whilst still valuable in isolation, take on a new level of worth when integrated with GIS datasets to determine the meaning, or consequence/impactof the modelling.

waterRIDE™ was developed to overcome these limitations of conventional GIS. A fully self-contained, GIS engine was created “from scratch” to accommodate integrated time varying spatial data, forming a key part of the waterRIDE™ environment. As a result, waterRIDE™ applications do not require third party GIS applications to operate, although most conventional GIS dataset formats are fully supported by waterRIDE™.

The word waterRIDE™ is an acronym for water Resources Integrated Development Environment, representing the original concept. waterRIDE™ has evolved to encompass a number of other fields where visualisation and analysis of time varying spatial data is relevant. Whilst access to numerical modelling results remains a key focus, the tools are increasingly being used for presentation of GIS data and parametric models, and for field data capture.

From the core waterRIDE™ platform, a number of “off the shelf” software products have been developed to service particular industries, as well as a range of tools and customised applications servicing a variety of industry sectors.

The waterRIDE™ development team consists of engineers from a range of disciplines including: civil, computer, mechanical, materials, chemical and biomedical. This means that waterRIDE™ software is developed from an engineering perspective, by practioners in the fields in which the tools are used.

The most recognised use of the waterRIDE™ platform is in the dedicated floodplain management tool waterRIDE™ FLOOD Manager. This industry leading tool is supported by a number of other waterRIDE™ based packages including waterRIDE™ FLOOD Viewer, waterRIDE™ 1D Surface, and the waterRIDE™ FLOOD Forecast Console.

However, the waterRIDE™ engine is also widely used to develop custom applications across a range of industries. Currently, spatial and non-spatial applications have been developed to service a diverse range of industries including:

  • Engineering
  • Scientific
  • Emergency Management
  • Insurance
  • Asset Management
  • People Management
  • Business Management

 

waterRIDE™ powers applications with a diverse range of uses including:

  • Floodplain data management and communication
  • Flood forecasting
  • Real-time data collection and analysis for process management
  • Spatial data management and distribution
  • System and program optimisation
  • Business interruption
  • Setup and execution of numerical modelling platforms

 

Some of the key benefits of the overall platform include:

  • Simplification of access to complex datasets
  • Ease of use
  • Collation of disparate datasets into coherent “stories”
  • Highly visual GIS environment
  • Flexible access to any dataset