OptiRTC: Cloud-based stormwater management


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1) Sustainability problem: Water

Existing stormwater infrastructure is ordinarily passive and often serves a limited purpose (Wright and Marchese, 2018). Largely due to global warming, scientists agree extreme weather events and climatic conditions such as floods and droughts are more likely in the future. To keep up, the built environment is changing by integrating smart technologies and holistic approaches to infrastructure design and management, such as Cloud-based stormwater management technology Opti.

2) Technology Summary:  

Article reference: https://optirtc.com/assets/images/resources/articles-and-papers/papers/Continuous_Monitoring_and_Adaptive_Control-The_Smart_Stormwater_Management_Solution.pdf?_cchid=f1515096fa0be256459441ccbf9d24c6

  • Opti is the pioneer of intelligent stormwater management: essentially, a “smart grid” for water infrastructure and a key element for climate change adaptation
  • Opti’s platform incorporates real-time data and weather forecasts to control the timing and rate of stormwater flow through upstream storage facilities, helping transform passive stormwater assets into smart, efficient and resilient systems.
  • The technology integrates cloud-based software, predictive analytics, real-time data monitoring, stormwater asset control hardware and automated control of distributed stormwater assets, improving the performance of assets, reducing flood risk and saving customers money
  • Customers currently include both large cities and smaller municipalities across the US, as well as large commercial property owners

3) Organizational stakeholders 

  • Investors 
  • Property owners
  • Building managers 
  • Technology managers
  • Government
  • Urban Planners

4) 3 steps in deploying this technology

  • Stakeholder engagement: Educate and understand viewpoints of all relevant stakeholders regarding implementation and integration of the new technology. Data transparency is essential to communicate to relevant stakeholders. 
  • Expansion: Craft detailed use cases for the marketing of the platform. Detailed use scenarios will help to sell the technology and scale the business
  • Monitoring performance. Consider issues around process transformation and ongoing lifecycle by setting a schedule and pattern to monitor progress. OPerations and maintenance of the technology requires dedicated personnel that are educated and informed to maximize use of the technology.



Wright J and Marchese D (2018) Continuous monitoring and adaptive control: the ‘smart’ storm water management solution. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Smart Infrastructure and Construction, https://doi.org/10.1680/jsmic.17.00017; https://optirtc.com/assets/images/resources/articles-and-papers/papers/Continuous_Monitoring_and_Adaptive_Control-The_Smart_Stormwater_Management_Solution.pdf?_cchid=f1515096fa0be256459441ccbf9d24c6

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