2018

  • In May and June, GREENLAND® and public sector clients were awarded sizeable funding from Canada’s National Disaster Mitigation Program to further develop ISWMS™ for new projects. ISWMS™ is an Internet-GIS (open source) decision support system with 2-dimensional floodplain mapping and flood forecasting capabilities. ISWMS™ includes HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS modeling functionality; new snowmelt prediction modeling; and, real-time data access to all climate and river flow stations operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada. For one of the projects, the tool will be used with new LiDAR mapping data. Each project includes an Ontario Conservation Authority as the lead agency and with partner lower and upper tier municipalities participating too. Announcements will be made soon about each project.


  • In June, GREENLAND® is invited to present at Canada’s 2018 - National Water and Wastewater Conference in Montreal, Québec. Our presentation in early November will communicate how we are harnessing, combining and implementing industry leading “smart” systems for integrated stormwater and wastewater project applications. The goals of these projects are to address municipal infrastructure life cycle concerns and reduce WWTP energy and water use - while ultimately providing better services to municipal residents.
 
  • In June, the GREENLAND® - ISWMS™ development team at the Lund University (Sweden) published its first research review of the HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS tools included in the new Internet platform version of ISWMS™. As background, Sweden and Nepal are affected by annual floods though their nature and impact due to different geographical and hydrological settings. The Lund University team focused on evaluating the performance of HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS models for the Kankai River basin in Nepal and Kävlinge River basin in Sweden. The study also examined the effects of annual rainfall on surface runoff and peak river discharges, which ultimately produce flood inundation conditions that impact settlement areas within both watersheds.
 
  • In June, WaterTAP Ontario and Global Affairs Canada selected GREENLAND® to join a Canadian Water Technology Tour to Chicago and Milwaukee U.S.A. The team will also participate in the “Water Leaders Summit”. The week will be a proud moment for all participating Ontario companies to showcase “Made in Canada” water technologies; best engineering practices; and, scaling capabilities via introductions by WaterTAP and Government of Canada. GREENLAND® will profile ongoing partnerships with proprietary Internet-based decision support systems and connected “Smart’ (Internet-of-Things) products for river basin protection and urban stormwater management projects.  
 
  • In June, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) approved funding to support a new ‘Smart’ technology collaboration by GREENLAND® and University of Guelph. The project is being led by a renowned mechatronic systems design and rehabilitation robotics expert, Dr. Hussein Abdullah, and who is affiliated with the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences. When completed, the prototype (and focused on health and wellness objectives) will hopefully help those with mobility access issues. This collaboration is another example of the GREENLAND® business brand that is now accelerating its ‘Smart’ social impact partnerships and resulting Internet-related products and database platforms.
 
  • GREENLAND® is retained by municipality clients in Ontario to assist with the preparation of water / wastewater infrastructure and land development engineering standards – including, Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) practices that also have regard for best available science and climate change impact considerations. 
 
  • In May, and following a competitive bidding process, GREENLAND® was selected by the Nickel District Conservation Authority (NDCA) and the City of Greater Sudbury (Ontario) for a Low Impact Development (LID) project on municipal-owned lands. The final design will be constructed this year. Having worked for the City last year on another (and well received) green infrastructure and recreational trail project, the same GREENLAND® team has been assigned to this first LID retrofit project in the City of Sudbury.
 
  • In May, GREENLAND® assisted the County of Simcoe (Canada) to submit an application for "Smart Cities Challenge". Earlier this year, GREENLAND® partnered with many others and the County of Simcoe submission focused on utilizing innovative 'Smart technologies' to reduce future damages and public risk.
   
  • In April, GREENLAND® received an unsolicited letter of support from Collingwood (Ontario) and where its head office has been located since 2003. The Town has been a client since incorporation too. Therefore, giving back to the community in various ways (and on an annual basis) has been important to management and employees.
 
  • Since incorporation, GREENLAND® has been fortunate to receive many letters of acknowledgment from long-standing private and public sector clients, as well as at the start of new relationships. This unsolicited letter of support from LANDREX is very much appreciated and as GREENLAND® looks forward to further working with the Clearflow Group for not only projects in Alberta, but also other Provinces and overseas.
 
  • A few years ago, GREENLAND® was introduced to the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition, partnering agencies and local universities by the Government of Canada. GREENLAND® later hosted representatives in Collingwood, Ontario. In April, further partnering progress was made after GREENLAND® presented its proprietary Internet-based decision support systems to delegates attending the 13th General Assembly and National Watershed Conference.
 
  • The GREENLAND® Group began the 2018 construction season in Ontario with a ‘big bang’ – thanks to new construction administration and management contracts in the South Georgian Bay, Barrie – Innisfil and Greater Toronto regions. The projects include stormwater management, municipal infrastructure and land development related projects.
 
  • Late last year, GREENLAND® completed the initial prototype of the next evolution of ISWMS™. Development began in 2016. It is an Internet-GIS (open source) decision support system with 2-dimensional floodplain mapping and flood forecasting capabilities. ISWMS™ now includes HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS modeling functionality; new snowmelt prediction modeling; and, real-time data access to all climate and river flow stations operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada. This winter, the Saugeen River basin test platform has been operating. It successfully predicted flooding conditions at Walkerton, Ontario from significant January and February 2018 rainfall + snowmelt events. This picture compares the February 2018 forecasted and measured hydrographs. Forecasted water levels from the Saugeen River platform (predicted by ISWMS™ days in advance) were also confirmed by other parties, including a drone video system and bridge water level measurements. The February 2018 flood forecast and independent verification of actual flood conditions is encouraging. Future platform runs will improve (for all seasons) as we incorporate AI-learning capabilities this year. Platform testing will continue on other Ontario watersheds too.
 
  • The GREENLAND® Group is awarded design engineering, construction administration and management contracts for new Emergency Management Services (EMS) facilities in Southern Ontario.
 
  • In February, and another ‘first’ for GREENLAND®, retrofit construction approvals were secured for the Laurelwood Pond #53 facility in the City of Waterloo. Since construction (in 2003), the stormwater pond has accumulated significant sediment from upstream sources. The new GREENLAND® design was derived using a unique “Low Maintenance Approach” and which had regard for cumulative watershed effects (and climate change concerns) using CANWET™. The retrofit will also include proprietary water - sediment removal products by the Clearflow Group. The Pond #53 retrofit is the first time in Canada that these products will be used within a municipal stormwater management facility. In addition to significant cost savings from a life cycle perspective, the Pond #53 retrofit will improve downstream water quality within the Grand River Basin and ultimate discharge to Lake Erie. When implemented on a larger scale (and by any municipality), the financial and environmental benefits from using the same design will be positive. Finally, the project was presented at the 2018 TRIECA conference in Toronto by the City of Waterloo and GREENLAND® team. A copy of the presentation is attached.
 
  • In January, GREENLAND® employees were off to a great start to local community investment support. For example, staff participated in Collingwood’s “Coldest Night of the Year” fundraising event. In February, GREENLAND® was responsible for busing expenses for South Georgian Bay high school students to participate in the 2018 Haste and Hustle event in Toronto. Later this year, GREENLAND® will provide the same support for students to attend other Smart career - information activities involving Communitech in the Region of Waterloo. When GREENLAND® was at the start-up stage and was only able to provide a few modest high school scholarships, the company’s support of public education has grown. Therefore, starting early with local community investments can pay social dividends in the years to come - including high school graduates who are now part-of the GREENLAND® team.


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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 Toronto

Mayor David Miller and Members of Toronto City Council extend appreciation to Greenland Group of Companies for your outstanding contribution to the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Group. As a participant of the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Board, you have contributed tremendously to its leadership role on climate change and helped support the development of the Toronto Green Roof By-law.

This initiative, the first of its kind in North America, sets the standard in designing sites and buildings across the city that are more environmentally friendly, a key strategy in reducing the effects of climate change.
 
We thank you for helping our city achieve its vision and goals on climate change – it is this kind of collaboration that makes us proud, prosperous and successful.

Best wishes for continued success.

David Miller
Mayor
City of Toronto

May 2010
 

Muskoka Watershed Council

The Muskoka Watershed Council’s mission is to champion watershed health in those watersheds that flow into and through the District Municipality of Muskoka. There is no conservation authority in Muskoka, instead the Council is a volunteer-based organization supported by the District of Muskoka, local consulting firms, and local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change offices.

The Muskoka Watershed Council is currently undertaking a project to understand the potential impact of climate change in Muskoka to the year 2050. In working with our municipal partners, decision support tools such as Greenland’s new CANWET-5 model could be useful in informing our watershed management planning decisions in relation to policy development, stewardship priorities and education and communication programs. 

Peter Sale
Chair
Muskoka Watershed Council

November 17, 2014
 

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