2017

  • In July 2016, GREENLAND® received funding approval from Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) – IRAP program to further develop ISWMS™.  This includes an open data, internet and GIS-based decision support system (originally called ‘FLOODVIEW’) for real-time flood control management. The 2-year project is being co-funded by similar national grants from Sweden and France. For a week in January 2017, GREENLAND®  team members met at Lund University (Sweden) with all other European partners. The platform architecture was finalized and priority milestones were confirmed, including the completion of the initial prototype (for use in Canada) by January 2018. Further announcements about the project will be made later this year.


  • The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) at the University of Waterloo (Canada) is leading a project to calculate the monetary value of natural wetlands to effect flood risk mitigation within proximity of urban development. The project will determine wetland flood attenuation economic benefits from the standpoint of flood damages avoided within Ontario river basin (pilot) sites. GREENLAND® was retained by the University of Waterloo to assist with determining annual flood damages at municipal infrastructure assets (e.g., roads, sidewalks, bridges, culverts) for multiple mid-summer return period events and wetland modeling scenarios. The hydrologic and hydraulic (2-dimensional) modeling approach includes baseline (existing) watershed conditions and loss of wetland scenarios.   


  • Cumulative effects assessment and river basin management requires several key components: 1) integrated monitoring to measure environmental changes due to a resource or land development; 2) modeling to predict future environmental changes from different development scenarios; 3) policy, land use planning and watershed planning to establish the vision for the landscape; and, 4) a regulatory system to respond to monitoring results and ensure development is progressing along the planned trajectory and correcting the course, if necessary, through regulatory drivers. Significant progress has been made in Canada on modelling, policy, planning and development of regulatory systems. However, development of integrated monitoring tools (with wireless / internet capabilities) to support these components has not progressed to the same level. It is a significant limitation to tracking and assessing environmental change due to development activity and adaptive management. Cumulative effects management recognizes the sum of impacts from all landscape changes and actions. In January 2017, GREENLAND® presented to Alberta-based resource industries and environmental stakeholder groups a new Internet version of the ‘THREATS’ Decision Support System. Additional consultations are now underway with First Nation communities. Feedback to-date about this real-time data access and integrated GIS analytics platform has been positive. Other announcements will be provided once the platform is completed this summer.


  • In February, PLAN by DESIGN initiated a strategic alliance with GREENLAND® . PLAN by DESIGN was established to provide comprehensive consulting services in Urban Land Planning and Landscape Architecture. The company is licensed by the Canadian Institute of Planning and Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and provides urban design, landscape, architecture, site planning, land use planning, and site development services to private and public sector clients. PLAN by DESIGN is committed to providing excellence in community design and implementing appropriate solutions for complex land development problems. Supported by GREENLAND®  , PLAN by DESIGN will continue to create “distinctive places and beautiful spaces.” Joint venture projects with GREENLAND® team members will include streets, waterfronts, parks, trails, urban spaces and natural systems.


  • After a competitive process, GREENLAND® is retained by the Town of Blue Mountains (Canada) to prepare a Master Drainage and Wastewater Servicing Plan for the Price’s Subdivision. An article about the project’s importance can be seen HERE .


  • Watershed modeling is widely used to better understand processes and help inform planning and watershed management decisions. Example uses include identifying impacts associated with land use change; investigating outcomes of infrastructure development; evaluation of policy options; predicting effects of climate change. In March, GREENLAND® and a research team at the University of Guelph (Canada) submitted a proposal under the SOSCIP Talent-Edge Program. An initial prototype will be completed by the summer 2018 and see the evolution of the desktop based watershed modeling and decision support system version of CANWET™ with new science-based features and into a web based platform that will allow greater access by decision makers and stakeholders. When completed, the platform will advance the idea of evaluating cumulative effects in the watershed decision making process (at any watershed scale) rather than the current practice of assessing proposed changes in isolation. The proposed software evolution will also take advantage of high performance computing resources offered through a partnership with IBM Canada and by porting current source code assets to a higher performing language and restructuring to operate using parallel or multi-core processing. When completed, CANWET™ will enable GREENLAND® to continue providing niche consulting services and project scaling potential with second-to-none “Big Data” analytics capabilities.


  • GREENLAND® is invited by Developer Groups to provide environmental assessment, engineering design and construction management services for new development phases, as well as a new water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure systems. This work also includes cumulative watershed effects modelling to ensure that the urban growth does not impact the receiving river systems, and specifically water chemistry, temperature and stream bank erosion, while also having regard for climate impact factors


  • After a competitive process, GREENLAND® and PLAN by DESIGN are retained by the County of Grey (Canada) to prepare a regional recreational trail system plan.


  • GREENLAND® and Dillon Consulting complete a regional septage and leachate treatment master plan for the County of Simcoe (Canada). The final report was unanimously accepted by Council members. The Terms of Reference included these major tasks:
 
1.      Review and summarize background information pertaining to existing septage generation and disposal capabilities at the local municipal level throughout Simcoe County;
2.      Include an evaluation of the feasibility of treating landfill leachate from County owned landfills, where leachate is not already directed to a municipal sanitary sewer system;
3.      Identify potential costs and implementation steps for the range of potential opportunities identified; and,
4.      Review and assess any relevant legislation from the Province of Ontario and local municipalities which would impact the proposed solution.


  • GREENLAND® and Clearflow Group (Canada) renew a joint venture agreement. A similar agreement with another niche technology provider was renewed concurrently and to also participate in the GREENLAND® - Clearflow design-build partnership. The project team will focus on municipally-owned/operated stormwater management facilities, as well as transportation corridor (highway and rail) and resource (mining and pipeline development) projects that require sediment runoff control during construction activities and the implementation of other cost-effective surface water treatment systems. To-date, projects have been secured with the City of Waterloo (Canada) and City of Markham (Canada). Other similar opportunities have been identified and consultations are underway. Further announcements will be made soon.


  • In March, GREENLAND® participated in a national stakeholder group led by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) at the University of Waterloo (Canada). The project title is “Flood-Resilient Community Design: Developing a National Standard for New Residential Subdivisions in Canada”. GREENLAND® has supported this important initiative from the outset. An outcome from the latest workshop was a cooperative announcement between the ICCA and the Standards Council of Canada. Click HERE for more information. 


  • From May 3 – 5th, GREENLAND® will sponsor the 64th Annual OSUM (Ontario Small Urban Municipalities) Conference to be held at the Blue Mountain Resort in the Town of The Blue Mountains (Canada). The conference theme this year is “Rural Meets Urban”, recognizing the challenge many face as areas become increasingly urbanized through growth and the migration of people from larger cities to rural municipalities. Whether it is coping with increasing development pressures, managing the expectations of our more urban residents or handling the challenge of new homes being built near working farms, we all face this pressure in some form. While those of us in the middle of this type of “urbanization” have one set of issues, many other communities are looking to attract new residents and business from the urban core. For them, the challenge is attracting urban attention and selling the many benefits of living in a more rural setting. In addition to an evening address to conference delegates, GREENLAND® will profile its unique corporate brand that includes “Smart’ (Internet-of-Things) joint ventures involving proprietary water systems/products that can also protect homeowner properties too.


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Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

On behalf of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, we would like to thank you and your consulting firm for your technical capacity in completing the CANWET model with baseline conditions in our watershed.

I have worked closely with Greenland Consulting Engineers (Greenland) over the past two years as part of this project. We also value your staff’s ability to troubleshoot issues and respond on time. Greenland’s commitment, thoroughness, and professionalism have led to the success of this project with the addition of a new routine to the CANWET software.

It has been a great pleasure to work with Greenland and we look forward to using your expertise again in the near future.

Sobhalatha Kunjikutty, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Water Resources Engineer
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

February 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

 

City of Ottawa

On behalf of the City of Ottawa, we would like to thank Greenland International Consulting Limited, and in particular, Don Moss for his exemplary efforts in his role as Model Keeper for the City of Ottawa… Greenland has achieved a high level of confidence with Senior Staff and City Council as well Conservation authority and the Ontario Ministry of Environment… The City is appreciative of the new Modelling Tool developed by Greenland which will assist the City in conducting timely and efficient development reviews. The City will now be able to test proposed infrastructure with the overall development, determine changing impacts to existing infrastructure as ponds, as well as any changes to the receiving watercourses.

Don’s knowledge, dedication and professional approach over the past five years has been a crucial factor in the success of the project under very challenging circumstances.

Don Herweyer, MCIP, RPP
Program Manager
City of Ottawa

February 11, 2014
 

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