Information Systems

As background, there is an explosive increase in demand for delivery of goods and services, complex communication and information, and real-time entertainment experiences. This demand is driving the need for greater access and connectivity to the world around us such that the ongoing evolution of commercialization will be driven by big data, business analytics and insights. Therefore, as an international (Canadian) award-winning enterprise, GREENLAND® understands there is significant opportunity for Canada to establish a leadership position via an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) commercialization. This was seen in the vision for a globally competitive Ontario ‘Super Cluster’ ecosystem detailed in the Ontario Super Cluster Big Data Strategy report (Monitor Deloitte, 2014). As new technologies are introduced into the market, GREENLAND® and its business partners will keep pace through their own software development, client training, and dissemination of knowledge on how these systems relate to core business units.


GREENLAND® originally distributed watershed-related software by Environment Canada. We developed a popular hydrologic model (Visual OTTHYMO) still being used world-wide as a stormwater management and master drainage planning tool. Greenland has also developed a proprietary suite of decision support tools known as ISWMS


After fall-out from Canadian drinking water tragedies at the turn of the millennium, GREENLAND® focused its software efforts on source water protection needs. This included the development of an integrated water budget and nutrient loading model. The GIS-based program included an intuitive and stable interface whereby users are able to quickly create models from scratch. We also incorporated features such as customized output files, cross scenario plotting, importing routines and search tools. In November 2004, this project produced CANWETTM (v1.0), the "CANadian Watershed Evaluation Tool". Greenland further adapted the CANWETTM software code in 2005-06 for TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load), assimilative capacity and nutrient management projects and as part of a CANWETTM (Version 2.0) development program for the Province of Ontario. CANWETTM (Version 3.0) was completed in 2007 and with Canadian and U.S. Universities. Version 4.0 was released in 2012 and developed further each year.


In 2013, GREENLAND® and a renowned team affiliated with the University of Waterloo (Canada), initiated an information and communication technology development joint venture called “WatershedAtlas Systems”. The goal and strategy of this alliance is to utilize Canada-wide open government data resources; big data; web-based / mobile application tools; citizen crowd sourcing; social media marketing and other emerging technologies to engage and empower government market places to be more open, efficient and effective. In 2015, the first product by WatershedAtlas Systems was an Internet version of CANWETTM and now called “CANWET-5”. It is being used by GREENLAND® affiliates for high-profile cumulative effects and watershed management projects


In 2016, GREENLAND® formed a strategic Internet-of-Things alliance with renowned university research institutes from Sweden, France and Spain to initiate another IoT platform partnership. The joint venture goal is to develop a cloud-based flood forecasting, flood control and floodplain mapping system (called ‘FLOODVIEW’) for municipality managers and regulatory agencies. It will be used to identify real-time solutions that can minimize mixed rural/urban watershed flood damages and help prevent loss of life from flood disasters. This platform will also be developed for use anywhere else in the world and with an early warning flood forecasting tool; urban drainage system impact tool; Low Impact Development (LID) mitigation tool; and, powerful visualization tools connected to the latest georeferenced HEC-RAS floodplain mapping program. Development of the IoT system will also rely on proprietary GREENLAND® hydrology, storm water management and LID tools. This GREENLAND® (Canada-Europe) team is also consulting with property-casualty insurers in order to integrate an open/transparent system framework that can address climate impact concerns. Other Ontario-based partners include the County of Simcoe; University of Guelph; Communitech Corporation; First Nations; and, University of Waterloo Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and Partners for Action (P4A) network. Finally, the software engineering firm ‘Civil-GEO’ from the U.S., as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will also be participating on this landmark international partnership.


The workshop included lessons on industry standard hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software packages, as well as migration issues related to upgrading projects from older software to newer platforms. Case studies by GREENLAND® complimented the course material. The use of remote sensing technologies, as part of sub watershed and floodline mapping projects by GREENLAND® were also presented.


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Client Testimonials

Simcoe County District School Board

On behalf of the Simcoe County District School Board, I would like to thank the Greenland Group of Companies for their exemplary civil engineering and landscape architectural services. You have been an integral part of the Board’s success in a multitude of new construction projects. Greenland’s commitment, thoroughness, and professionalism have led to the success of each and every one of these projects. Your attention to timeliness and budgetary concerns makes you a leader in the field of consulting services.

Steve Parker
Manager – Design & Construction Services
Simcoe County District School Board

February 3, 2014
 

County of Simcoe

The County of Simcoe is the upper tier government and planning authority for most of the South Georgian Bay – Lake Simcoe Source Water Protection Region. The County, in partnership with its member municipalities, other levels of government, floodplain management agencies and two (2) conservation authorities, also provides leadership through policy, and actively in the restoration and protection of the environmental health and quality of these watersheds. As you know, in order to comply with, and be environmentally proactive with respect to the Province of Ontario’s “Places to Grow” legislation, the County of Simcoe utilized innovative decision support tools such as Greenland’s CANWET™ model. In 2012, CANWET™ was also used by the County to prepare a “Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Visioning Strategy”. To this day, the information in the Strategy’s final report is used by local municipalities, development interests and other stakeholders as a background reference to help identify sustainable development solutions.
 
This letter confirms the County of Simcoe's commitment of support which includes initially facilitating the introduction of this landmark international collaboration with all 16 local municipalities, other governments (small and large) and other agencies that partner now with the County of Simcoe on land use planning; infrastructure renewal; and flooding risk/damage reduction initiatives.
 
As always, I look forward to our continued working relationship with you and your colleagues and the significant benefits these efforts will have for our residents and environment. The County of Simcoe appreciates your efforts towards developing information based decision making tools and we are confident that this project will prove beneficial in our collaborative goal to improve watershed health for all County residents.

Mark Aitken
Chief Administration Officer
The Corporation of the County of Simcoe

October 19, 2015
 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In March of 2013, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. completed a study for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to estimate nutrient loading in small catchment of about 177 square kilometers in the La Salle River watershed in southern Manitoba using the CANWET 4 model. Given uncertainties in some input data and model parameters, the preliminary results using the CANWET 4 model for baseline conditions of stream discharge, nutrient concentrations and loads were satisfactory in our project team as simulated values were within the range of observed values during the validation period.

This study suggests the CANWET 4 modeling approach could be used to predict changes to nutrient loads from changing land use scenarios in watersheds of this region.

Jason Vanrobaeys
Senior Land Resource Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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