H2i provides training courses to national water agency professionals globally

Specialists from the Hydroinformatics Institute (H2i) have completed six months of training for Singapore-based water quality & IT experts on the system architecture, monitoring, and maintenance of the Delft-FEWS platform.

The Delft-FEWS platform is used for disseminating real-time and forecasted hydrologic and water quality information to operators so they can make better-informed decisions. The platform can be customised to the specific requirements of an individual or organisation.

Training – held over three sessions – was conducted between 26 July and 13 December 2018.

The first session focused on the administrative aspects of Delft-FEWS. Participants were taken through the principles of the Delft-FEWS platform, forecast management, the non-ICT focused aspects of system monitoring (foreground monitoring), the admin interface, and the configuration of the platform.

The next session zoomed in on the more functional aspects, including how FEWS – the background component – works. Trainees were given a functional overview of the hardware and infrastructural components, and taken through database maintenance, logging, and data acquisition.

The final session involved a more in-depth knowledge transfer of the root configuration, as well as troubleshooting, monitoring that requires ICT knowledge (background monitoring), maintenance, and discussing the common issues users encounter.

The sessions were well received. Participants said they gained a better understanding of the Delft-FEWS system and appreciated that the course was fully-customised, with examples tailored to their own system.

Keen on upping your digital skills?

H2i provides training courses on a regular basis to water industry and national water agency professionals in Singapore and around the world.

Our expertise includes:

  • Operational management systems

  • Water modelling tools

  • Water quality modelling

  • Hydraulic modelling

  • Hydrological modelling

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If you’d like to upgrade the skills of your team, get in touch. We run our courses for staff at all levels at your facility or in our Singapore training facilities.

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UNDP Challenge Fund supports H2i Balkans project

A partnership consisting of H2i Balkans (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) and EZ Hydroinformatics (Prague, Czech Republic) has won the support of the UNDP Challenge Fund to pilot an early flash flood warning system. The system will serve the flood-prone Ričina basin in the Tomislavgrad municipality of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The grant is part of the Czech-UNDP Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals (CFCS) project, which is aimed at facilitating the transfer of technology and innovative solutions that will help address the region’s development challenges, allow it to better cope with climate change and contribute to the achievement of SDG’s.

Historically, Bosnia and Herzegovina have experienced numerous extreme weather events, particularly flooding. The Local Early Flash Flood Warning system for the Ričina basin will help mitigate the impact of flash floods, a disaster risk that is especially acute in remote valleys without formal monitoring networks in place.  

The system puts in place a warning system that will alert the local communities of Omolje, Seonica and Crvenica ahead of a flash flood. The early warning will make it possible for communities to be evacuated in the case of extreme flood events, and mitigation measures be put in place.

This pilot consists of a relatively simple system: a battery-powered monitoring network of rainfall-gauges and water level monitors, and a web- and GPRS-based IT platform that dispatches early warnings about incoming flash floods. SMS alerts will be sent to various stakeholders, and a local-language web-based dashboard will provide round-the-clock flood information. Local staff will also be trained to maintain the equipment and support the authorities in planning.

Over time, a data repository will be built up, enabling better research and policy making. Once the effectiveness of the system is proven, it can be scaled up or replicated in other towns and cities in the region.

CFCS is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and will be implemented by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub from 2018 to 2021. It is aimed at finding innovative and replicable solutions for situations like these in three partner countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova.

H2i Balkans, an offshoot of Singapore water technology company Hydroinformatics Institute (H2i), specializes in the use of big data analytics, machine learning, and advanced computer modelling to solve real-world water issues.

USAid Diaspora Invest Forum features H2i Balkans

Sarajevo, December 2018: As members of the global business and scientific communities rally behind Bosnia-Herzegovina and invest in its future, local groups mustplay their role in embracing and implementing the technologies they bring.

That will be key to the country’s ability to address its developmental and climate change challenges in the long-term, Director of H2i Balkans,VišnjaĆorić, told the USAid Diaspora Invest Forum in Sarajevo in December.

MsĆorićwas speaking as part of a panel at the USAid Diaspora Invest forum. Other members of the panel included representatives of EDNA Metalworking and Orea.

H2i Balkansis one of the recipients of the USAid Diaspora Invest project , which is financed by the US Agency for International Development, and aimed at facilitating investment into the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina by its diaspora .

H2i Balkans, an offshoot of Singapore water technology company Hydroinformatics Institute (H2i) that was incorporated in April last year,specialises in the use of big data analytics, machine learning, and advanced computer modelling to solve real-world water issues.

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, H2i’s expertise in flood forecasting and mapping of areas susceptible to extreme weather events is critical,enablingearly warning systems and mitigation measures to be put in place.

Historically, the region has been prone to flooding and flood damages. The funded project, Real-time Flood Risk and Pollution Management System through Computer Modelling and Big Water Data, includes technology and training, and the development of an early-warning flood forecast web portal.

H2i Balkansis currently growing its team and providing local groups with the training needed to support its projects, so that simple applications of its technologies can reach even remote parts of the country, including smaller communities in the floodplains.

“Given the extent of our experience in Singapore, which stretches over a decade, we are in a unique position to be able to transferboth our knowledge and technologies to projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the entire Western Balkans,” saysMsĆorić.

MsĆorić ran the Singapore office for Dutch water institute Deltares before becoming Operations Manager of H2i Singaporein 2014. She is concurrently Director of H2i Balkans

“We are committed to providing the relevant assistance and education, but need the support of local communities to implement our technologies where they are most needed,” she says.

Radar rainfall project for Singapore successfully completed

Accurate quantitative rainfall prediction at high temporal and spatial resolution is vital for flood management and operations at Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB.

H2i is proud to announce that the Radar rainfall project has been successfully completed by the end of 2018 as per schedule. Working with weather radar supplier Furuno, H2i has been developing this system for the PUB since June 2016. 

The result is a sophisticated network of 3 X-band rainfall radars; one located in the North, one the East and one in the West of the country. These radars detect rainfall at high spatial- and temporal resolution.

X-band radars are compact, cost effective and energy efficient, however they do suffer from signal attenuation caused by heavy rainfall. To address this, the three radars work in tandem. The system seamlessly merges the observations of the individual radars into a single integrated rainfall map and adjusts in real-time, for any signal attenuation.

All information is disseminated through a H2i in-house developed web interface. The web interface is equipped with a nowcast system predicting in real-time the rainfall for the next 2 to 90 minutes. In addition, the web interface contains many tools for the users. Some tools are used by the PUB operators for live management of (predicted) heavy rainfall; other tools allow for analysis after a heavy events or analysis of a whole season, such as the North-East monsoon season. In case of heavy rainfall within the Marina catchment, SMS-alerts are sent out to relevant PUB staff such that timely mitigation actions can be performed. The System is currently fully integrated into PUB’s Operational systems.

 

H2I Balkans D.o.o. Awarded USAID Grant

H2i Balkans received a Grant award under the program entitled USAID Diaspora Invest Activity, financed by the US Agency for International Development implemented by Financial Markets International (FMI) Inc.

The purpose of the Grant is to provide support to H2i Balkans activities in the field of Real-time Flood Risk and Pollution Management System through Computer Modelling and Big Water Data, in the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with potential extension of these activities throughout the Western Balkans. Supported by the Grant, H2i Balkans will organise Workshops, offer training programmes and develop early warning flood forecast web portal.

H2i Balkans has been incorporated in April 2018 (https://www.h2i.sg/news/2018/4/27/h2i-opens-european-office) as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydroinformatics Institute Pte. Ltd. The intention behind establishment of H2i Balkans is to apply experiences in predictive modelling and real-time flood forecasting from Singapore in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and wider across the Balkans area.

Hydroinformatics Institute Pte. Ltd. is a fast-growing Singapore-registered technology company that specializes in the use of big data analytics, machine learning and advanced computer modelling to solve real-world water issues. It develops, executes and manages specialist consultancy projects in the fields of monitoring, hydrodynamic modelling, water quality modelling and operational water management systems.

Water quality modelling training for ADB staff

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has awarded Hydroinformatics Institute (H2i) a contract for conducting a Water quality modelling training. This one-day training will equip ADB staff with key skills and the necessary knowledge to evaluate water quality modelling studies. These studies are increasingly being undertaken by ADB as a part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), conducted for projects awarded under their funding. The training will also demonstrate to ADB staff the relevance and importance of water quality modelling in EIA studies for large-scale infrastructure projects and will introduce ADB staff to the best current practices in water quality modelling.

The training course will take place in November 2018 and is the first such course given by H2i to a large international funding agency.

H2i provides training courses on a regular basis, mostly to agencies in Singapore as part of ongoing projects. The institute provides training for various water modelling tools as well as operational management systems, such as Delft-FEWS (http://www.h2i.sg/news/2017/10/14/h2i-and-deltares-to-provide-delft-fews-course-in-singapore)