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Member profile: Aquanty

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Aquanty is a leading-edge water resources science and technology firm specializing in predictive analytics, simulation and forecasting, and research services. Aquanty provides a glimpse into their company, their connection to the University of Waterloo, and what they hope to get out of being part of the GEDI Exchange ecosystem.

In a short pitch, how would you describe Aquanty’s offerings (products and services)? What makes it innovative? What industry sectors and/or customers are you focused on?  

In a nutshell, Aquanty’s software and consulting services focus on providing cutting-edge integrated surface-water and groundwater modelling for water resources management. Our software solutions and services are deployed globally across various industry and government sectors such as watershed management, agriculture, oil and gas, mining, contaminant remediation, and nuclear storage and disposal.

Our products:  

HydroGeoSphere (HGS) is the world’s most powerful integrated surface- and groundwater modelling software solution. HGS is a three-dimensional control-volume finite element simulator that is designed to model the entire terrestrial portion of the hydrologic cycle. It uses a globally implicit approach to simultaneously solve the 2D diffusive-wave equation for overland/surface-water flow and the 3D form of Richards’ equation for variably saturated groundwater flow. 

AgSat is an online toolbox of open source and satellite information that provides farm producers across Canada with essential farm data. Using AgSat, farm producers can optimize their agricultural production decisions and pinpoint areas on their land that may need more attention. AgSat makes it simple and affordable to get high-quality satellite images of farmland throughout Canada year-round. It’s no secret that agriculture’s digital revolution is well underway, and AgSat makes it possible for anyone to put next-generation technology at the centre of their farm operation.   

HGSRT is a cloud-based computing system that combines near-real-time field observations and remote sensing products with meteorological predictions to produce reliable surface- and groundwater hydrological forecasts. With HydroGeoSphere at its core, the platform is robust and applicable to a wide range of hydrological environments. Aquanty has transformed HGS from a what-if scenario analysis tool, into the engine for a real-time prediction platform. 

Providing more detail, what is the value proposition of Aquanty’s offerings? Examples could include the underlying technology, new capabilities, cost reduction, risk reduction, improved performance, new business model, etc.  

We provide next-generation integrated surface-subsurface hydrological modelling and model development to support regulatory approvals and compliance under increased regulator and public scrutiny. Aquanty’s software products and consulting services provide our clients with increased revenue, reduced costs, risk mitigation, and great user experiences. Our advanced, physically-based approach to solving complex water resources problems provides unprecedented skill in the hydrologic sphere, leading to informed decision-making and phenomenal client success. 

What is Aquanty’s biggest achievement/success story to date?  

Aquanty and Natural Resources Canada have recently launched an ambitious new one-of-a-kind project called Canada 1 Water (C1W). Through the C1W initiative, Aquanty will develop a continental-scale integrated surface-water and groundwater model for the entirety of Canada, and Aquanty is extremely excited to be involved in this groundbreaking project.  

The project will integrate a state-of-the-art modelling platform based on Aquanty’s flagship software HydroGeoSphere, for climate and land-use change information to provide decision support for risk-based assessments. State of the art models will be constructed, with simulated climate change scenarios for all six of Canada’s major drainage regions, encompassing almost ten million square kilometres! 

For the first time, Canadians will have a comprehensive modelling platform that is physically-based. Ed Sudicky, co-founder of Aquanty, had this to say about the C1W project: “Canada 1 Water represents a truly 21st-century advancement in integrated climate-surface-groundwater modelling capabilities to assess water resource vulnerabilities across the Canadian landscape. Not only within Canada, but it lays out a science-based roadmap for scientific communities and government agencies around the globe.” 

The project will address the longstanding challenge of understanding the sustainability of water resources, giving all Canadians a window into the future of climate change impacts. This platform will include a decision support framework to inform Canadians about droughts, floods, carbon sequestration, wildfire risk, permafrost changes, ecosystem services, and surface/groundwater quantity. C1W will also help address surface-water and groundwater resource issues associated with Indigenous concerns, such as cumulative effects, permafrost loss impacts, and flooding. 

What does the future hold for Aquanty? 

Aquanty will continue to work at the forefront of the water resources science and technology sectors, leveraging our world-class scientific team to help solve and translate complicated scientific questions into easily understood decision support tools. Our efforts will soon focus on increasing the reach of our highly advanced solutions, making it possible for anyone to use our tools to help them make decisions in the complex (and crucially important) water resources and agriculture sectors.  

What is Aquanty connection to the University of Waterloo?  

Aquanty is a research spin-off company from the University of Waterloo. Founded in 2012 by UWaterloo alumni and the key developers of HydroGeoSphere (HGS), Ed Sudicky, professor emeritus in Earth and Environmental Sciences and graduate of UWaterloo, René Therrien, professor at the University of Laval, and Peter Forsyth, distinguished professor emeritus of the Cheriton School of Computer Science.  

Over half of the Aquanty team are alumni of the University, and three senior staff members are professors in Earth and Environmental Sciences: Steven BergHyoun-Tae Hwang and Steven Frey.  

Aquanty's diverse scientific team are recognized as leading international subject matter experts in hydrogeology, contaminant transport, soil physics, climate change, applied math, integrated climate/surface/subsurface modelling, and we continue to foster close connections with the research community at the University of Waterloo. 

Why did you decide to join the GEDI Exchange? What do you want to get out of it?

Opportunities to build connections with other UWaterloo-affiliated companies operating in the water and ag-tech spaces, along with positive exposure and marketing opportunities to the University community. 

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