August 2021

Case Study: Narrabri Shire Council

Narrabri Shire Council in north-western NSW transitioned their on-premise waterRIDE-based automated flood certificates system to waterRIDE CLOUD in mid-2020. The primary driver of this transition was to provide a simpler means of accessing the system remotely, without the need to install any software.

Councils planning team manages flooding on behalf of Council, without the benefit of a formal floodplain management officer. Accordingly, Council sometimes finds itself in the position where it requires advice from floodplain management consultants. Through their waterRIDE CLOUD framework, Council has been able to engage directly with relevant industry experts, and receive and implement their professional advice, all completely remotely.

This provision of remote professional services is particularly interesting. Not only does Council have access to a wider geographic spread of experts, those experts also have instant access to Councils information, without the need to move 100's of gigabytes of data around. Naturally, the same principle could also apply to the sharing of datasets to other relevant users such as developers.

Adding a WaaS subscription (waterRIDE as a Service) has allowed Council to completely streamline the way it uses waterRIDE and effectively "outsource" management of its flooding datasets. For example, when the recently adopted Boggabri Flood Study was completed, the datasets were added to Councils certificates system seamlessly. Council received an email indicating that the work was complete and staff were able to simply logon and the Boggabri data was ready to use.

Cara Stoltenberg, Councils Strategic and Major Projects Planner says "The whole cloud experience has been great. All members of my team need only logon to find the information they need or to generate a flood certificate. If we need anything updated, we send an email and it all happens behind the scenes."

Whilst this approach may not be suitable for all Councils, it does highlight how these next-gen cloud platforms are shifting the way we work with our flooding information. waterRIDE has always made your flooding information easy to access and understand, but using it on the cloud shifts the focus away from managing extremely large and cumbersome datasets, to the wider use, engagement and understanding of what the information actually means.

Don't forget, you can run waterRIDE Cloud on your internal network. You still get no-install browser-based access to waterRIDE, it's just hosted locally, not on a cloud server. 

Webinar: Making your flooding data even easier to access - Tue 24th August 12-12:30pm (AEST)

In this 20 minute webinar (+10 minutes of questions) we’ll explore some ways you can make your flooding data easy to access by anyone.

We’ve been working hard to make your waterRIDE experience seamless, and the tips and tricks we cover in this webinar will help even the most inexperienced of users get the most of your flooding datasets.

During the webinar we’ll cover:
- Master projects, the Enterprise framework and the new Home button
- Master/Detail projects and the role of auto-linking for multi-catchment data access
- Managing user access to specific datasets
- Clarity in project building
- The role of flood intelligence
- Sharing information (downloads vs logins)
- waterRIDE CLOUD vs Classic

The webinar can be viewed here.

waterRIDE Training – 14th and 15th September

The next waterRIDE training sessions are on in 4 weeks. We continue to run these sessions virtually using waterRIDE CLOUD.

This has allowed us to offer highly interactive sessions whilst encouraging broader geographic attendance which, over the past year, has led to many interesting cross state/country discussions and ideas.

Sessions are as follows:
- Tue 14th September, 2021 – Essentials
- Wed 15th September, 2021 – Advanced

Places are limited, so book your spot early to avoid missing out!

Attendees will benefit from having 2 screens (one for the instructor-led screen, and one for you to follow along with).

Bookings and pricing/session details are available on the Training page.

The sessions will be facilitated by Trent Laves. 

waterRIDE FLOOD v10.00.70 released

Those with active maintenance plans will have received a download link for the latest release of waterRIDE FLOOD. Under the one waterRIDE framework, this update covers Manager, Viewer and Data Manager modes.

If you have not received the link, please contact us.

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