Wellntel Welcomes New Technical and Operations Manager

We’re excited to announce that Jenny B. Ulbricht, has joined Wellntel as its Technical and Operations Manager with the goal of building operational capability, and enhancing our customer’s experience with the Wellntel platform.

Jenny Ulbricht brings deep technical, field and commercial experience, having ran her own soil testing and plumbing company for 6 years and even had a 6-month stint as an apprentice plumber at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station in Antarctica. She was also Technical Sales Manager for Aero-Stream and has a wealth of experience in customer engagement and education, problem solving, marketing and sales.  At Wellntel, Jenny will oversee fleet management, R&D testing, order fulfillment and customer engagement, ensuring customers get the data and insight they need to support sustainable management of their groundwater resource.

Jenny will build on Wellntel’s success in helping private companies and public agency customers across the US implement monitoring networks and manage their groundwater resources. Jenny comments, “I think that groundwater is one of our most important natural resources and Wellntel provides a nimble, robust way of making this hidden resource understood with reliable, real-time data. I am excited to be a part of the conversation to help make groundwater visible and look forward to engaging with well owners, communities, and businesses.”

Nick  Hayes, Co-founder and CTO, said “Wellntel customers will appreciate Jenny’s pragmatic approach to problem solving, her attention to detail, and her friendly, fun, and informative approach to communication and work.”

Marian Singer, Co-founder and CEO added “We’re fortunate to find someone with Jenny’s experience and credentials to fill this role. Her unique blend of technical and commercial experience will help Wellntel continue to bring innovation and exceptional customer support to new customers across the US and into international markets.“

The only downside to Jenny coming aboard is that we have to say goodbye to John Teppler who has had a pivotal role in technical and customer service for the past 2 years. John has driven new process innovation and provided outstanding customer support and service. We will miss him and wish him all the best in his next adventure.

About Wellntel
Wellntel (https://www.wellntel.com ) is a groundwater sensor technology and data science company.  We deliver actionable information and analytical tool to inform sustainable manage of this important, dynamic resource.

For more information, contact
Marian Singer, Co-founder
414-416-6281
mjsinger@wellntel.com

Wellntel Network Operations on Analytics Dashboard

The “Operations” tab on the Wellntel Analytics Dashboard will soon be completing its beta testing phase and will be promoted as a stable feature set. When you login to AD as a sponsor you will soon see the tab labeled “Operations” just after the Download tab.

Wellntel AD Menu

Gone are the days of checking off each system one by one on my.wellntel.com. The Operations feature set enables network sponsors to monitor the operational status of systems and data at a network scale. Sponsors can view metrics like “Data Delivery Rate” and groundwater level “Standard Deviation” to monitor sensor calibration status, as well as view telemetry status (systems online and offline) of the entire network and as a list of individual systems.

Wellntel AD Ops Pie

One of the most valuable features is the Action output available by clicking on alert labeled wells on the network map and with the “Actions” button. Actions output enables a sponsor to view and download a list of priority organized actions based on the latest status of each system in the network. These alert actions, if any are required, will improve network performance and allow network technicians to focus their efforts where they’re needed most to save time and money.

Wellntel Ops Map Wellntel AD Ops List

The Operations features give network sponsors and technicians the freedom to monitor and manage networks without being dependent on Wellntel technical support. However, there may be specific actions or issues that arise requiring Wellntel technical expertise and support. The Operations tab will help direct when this support is needed.

To find the Operations feature, credentialed sponsors should login to your connect.wellntel.com account and click on the “Operations” tab.

If you have questions or feedback about the soon to be stable Operations feature set, please let us know! We’d love to work with you to improve the tools, metrics, and visualizations to be most useful and to meet your needs.

 

Pumping Influence In Central Texas Trinity Aquifer Revealed In Real Time

The Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is employing Wellntel technology to create a cost-effective and powerful groundwater-monitoring network that will greatly increase hydrogeologic understanding and science-based resource management. Their network build-out began in October 2018 with 4 wells, scaling to 10 in early 2019.

“The plan to establish monitoring wells in the Trinity Aquifer has been accelerated since the expense is much less than anticipated with the application of the Wellntel product” said Larry Hull, Board President, Comal Trinity GCD.

In Comal County, Texas are two near-by residential wells completed in the same aquifer within the Trinity Group. During 2019 the changes in groundwater level in these two wells have tracked very closely as seen in the composite hydrograph of Figure 1, rising about 3 1/2 feet in January and then exhibiting a gradual decline of about 7 feet during February through April. The first two weeks of May have seen a rise of about 4 feet.

The hydrograph also shows every occurance of pumping in these two wells, recording the depth to water at Pump Start, Pump Stop, and then through each following defined Well Recovery period. Pumping drawdown has typically been about 12 to 14 feet. All of these data – both timed and pumping measurements – are provided to network sponsors and managers in real time through the Wellntel Analytics Dashboard.

Of particular interest is a period at the end of April during which the well represented by the blue hydrograph was pumped repeatedly over about 25 hours. The pumping events are not individually distinguishable when the entire data set is plotted, but are visible in the closer view when zooming tools are used, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1

The Wellntel sensors for both these wells were set to collect measurements during every pumping event and, when not pumping, timed measurements were on a 4-hour interval. In order to see the hydrologic influence of the extended pumping period on both the pumping well and the neighboring well (red hydrograph)the timed measurement interval was shortened to 10 minutes. This change would have the added benefit of collecting Pump Run depth-to-water measurements since pumping duration is typically shorter than the previously set 4-hour interval.

The active telemetry that is standard with the Wellntel platform made it possible to remotely change the measurement interval for both of these wells. The change was made for the pumping well near the beginning of the pumping period and for the neighboring well about midway through the pumping period. The time during which the 10-minute measurement interval was set for each well is noted on Figure 2.

Figure 2

The influence of the pumping over time is clearly seen for the pumping well in both its non-pumping level and the depth of drawdown. And a related lowering of the water level is seen in the neighboring well. The relation between the cumulative discharge over this pumping period and the quantified response of the aquifer seen in both hydrographs will contribute to the understanding of the aquifer characteristics – such as hydraulic conductivity and storage properties – in Comal County.

A closer look at the data is provided in Figure 3, revealing the significant hydraulic connection that exists in the aquifer between the pumping well and the neighboring well. Once depth-to-water measurements were being collected on a 10-minute interval, the data in the neighboring well (red hydrograph) clearly demonstrate falling water levels during periods of pumping and rising water levels when the pump is off.

Figure 3

The collection of these data is made possible by Wellntel sensor technology that turns submersible pump wells into monitoring points, that tags depth-to-water measurements as timed or relating to pumping activity, and that provides data in real time for action by well owners, network sponsors, or resource managers.  

According to Mr. Hull, “Wellntel’s monitoring system and associated analytical tools have provided real time data across the diverse hydrology within the Trinity Aquifer.”

We look forward to a continuing collaboration with the Comal Trinity GCD to provide important insights – such as groundwater flow dynamics, spatial distribution of recharge, and hydraulic gradients between major aquifers – that the dense data collected from a well-designed network can provide.  

 

Wellntel’s New SP4 Sounder Technology Dramatically Improves Performance, Even During Extreme Weather

At Wellntel, we look at each network every morning and study trends in performance to inform improvements which come in better hardware, better firmware and smarter analytics.

In the last year, we have implemented a variety of major platform improvements that, together, bring fleet Data Delivery Rate* to >97% on new networks and networks that feature all last hardware and software updates. These improvements include:

  • Better gateway firmware that facilitates full data delivery even when the Internet is unstable
  • Simpler message tags and modes to enable very long battery life when it is needed
  • Larger solar systems to ride through even the darkest months in the highest latitudes
  • Better site suitability and installation procedures to streamline network planning, sensor calibration and ensure long-term data quality

That said, by far, the most common failure mode for a Wellntel sensor — and the problem that has caused most interruptions in data flow — comes with extreme weather.

When there are dramatic swings in outside temperature, like at dusk in the fall or spring, large quantities of dew can form in a well, effectively deafening a sensor. Last year, we introduced our SP3 Sounder to address this problem. By sealing the sounder and replacing solid surfaces with slick, flexible ones, 80-90% of dew interruptions were prevented. However, SP3 had limited life, especially in chemical-rich environments and was fragile – it could be easily broken during installation. Then, when SP3 was damaged or came to the end of life, data interruptions followed.

We formed a team to tackle these problems and have done it, in spades.

Wellntel’s new SP4 Sounder is both impervious to dew formation, can handle rough treatment, and promises very long life – longer than warranty.

Wellntel SP4 Sounder

In development, a SP4 pilot network has proven that the technology will deliver >95% Data Delivery Rate despite the worst weather extremes. The only condition that might slow Data Delivery Rate is icing and that will be very temporary. SP4 may experience minor data disruption when this happens, but will also heal and return to full operation when the condition clears. Our SP4 pilot sites have performed flawlessly during blizzards and thunderstorms even as temperatures have swung from well below zero to summer hot.

All systems and network shipped from Wellntel’s factory since March 15th include SP4 as standard.

If you don’t have SP4 on your Wellntel System(s) or Network(s), it is important to upgrade. Network sponsors can expect to hear from a Wellntel representative in the next weeks. Customers with older versions should call (844-935-5426) or contact Wellntel Technical Support or their local representative to arrange upgrade. Charges may apply.

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*Data Delivery Rate is a fleet performance metric that reports the percent of the total reading events triggered by a sensor that were able to determine the water level based on sensor measured statistics associated with raw local data and using the Wellntel plausibility engine in the Cloud.

Sponsors can review Data Delivery Rate for Network fleets, in realtime on the Operations page of Wellntel’s Analytics Dashboard.

 

Actionable Groundwater Information

Wellntel is a revolutionary new way for groundwater managers and their consultants to access, view, explore, and act on data from groundwater monitoring networks.

Wellntel Analytics Dashboard Sample

For example, Wellntel’s Analytics Dashboard is a living library of interactive tools to see groundwater network and well behaviors and interactions in real-time, creating powerful new opportunities for managers and consultants. With Analytics Dashboard, you can:

  • Automate assembly, analysis and reporting of groundwater-level information.

  • Leverage flexible reporting tools: contours, comparisons, pivots or lists.

  • Reveal important conditions like human impacts or environmental pressures on groundwater systems.

  • Implement new groundwater management metrics for better diagnostics, smarter local conclusions.

What can you do with Wellntel’s Analytics Dashboard?

You will understand network, well, and groundwater behaviors and interactions in real time. You can automate the hard work of data assembly, parsing, analysis and reporting of groundwater-level information. You can leverage new classes, organization and depth of information for groundwater models and reports, resulting in better diagnostics and local conclusions.

Wellntel AD Groups

Any network data — time, level, pumping, temperature, calibration data, or use-defined variables — can be reported in just about any way: contours, comparisons, pivots, counts, or lists. Pump Start, Pump Run, Pump Stop, Pump Influence and Well Recovery meta-tags reveal important conditions like human impacts or environmental pressures on groundwater systems and enable new management metrics.

Wellntel AD New Metrics

The base library includes fundamental tools like hydrographs and change maps, and Wellntel Scientists will respond to requests for new visuals or variations within a few days.

Wellntel AD Map

Seats are priced according to network size. One seat is provided with a 10 well network, and an additional seat is provided with each set of 10 additional wells. Additional seats can be purchased.

Existing Wellntel Sponsors will automatically be upgraded to Analytics Dashboard but additional charges may apply, depending on the number of sensors in their network.

Data can be formatted and fed to any website or database, so agencies with public reporting can automate delivery. Sponsors with outside consultants can provide approvals and request additional seats at no charge. Partner Consultants with SAAS and DAAS offers can connect proprietary systems to Analytics Dashboard  via API.

The Wellntel privacy and security architectures remain in place. Sponsors will only have access to wells in sponsored networks with an agreement from owners to share data.


Peak Under the Hood

Come see us at Groundwater Week, December 3-6, 2018, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 871.

If you can’t be at the convention, then sign up for a free Webinar here.

Wellntel Matches Pressure Transducer Performance

In a side-by-side comparison with a combination pressure transducer and barometric pressure logger, Wellntel has shown that with proper calibration and “benchmarking,” Wellntel will deliver accuracy and precision on par with much more expensive and complicated instruments.

Here are the results of a three-month study conducted by members of the South Benton County Community Groundwater Network, the Oregon Water Resources Department and the Wellntel Science Team.

Wellntel Correlates with Pressure Transducer A Collaboration with Oregon Water Resources Department and Members of the South Benton County Community Groundwater Network

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About this test

Page 2 – About this test

 

OWRD comparison of raw data, before Wellntel calibration, with an estimated “Measuring Point” (MP) for simplicity

Page 3 – Initial Results

 

We set MP to the top of the Well Casing for both instruments

Page 4 – Benchmarking

 

We “normalized” elevation to MP, and then applied shallow-well metrics to the Wellntel raw data to account for narrow temperature variation

Page 5 – Calibration

 

Resulting comparison between Wellntel and Pressure Transducer shows very high correlation between instruments

Page 6 – Results

 

Actual difference is usually ½ inch or less (.297%)

Page 7 – Actual variation

 

Conclusions from study

Page 8 – Conclusions

 

Wellntel is proud to be helping concerned citizens in rural Oregon

This press release was issued by a creative and hard-working group of Oregonians. We’re honored to be working with them.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2018. Monroe, Oregon.

Concerns about groundwater availability and development pressure in rural South Benton County have spurred local residents to form a community groundwater monitoring network to study local groundwater resources and possibly impact policies governing rural housing development.

At present, the 14- member group called the South Benton Community Groundwater Network (SBCGN), is a “citizen science” project using well-monitoring equipment designed for domestic pumping wells to gather a range of data on groundwater levels and fluctuations – such as static water levels, pumping impact, and well recovery rates after water draw downs. Gathering such data is possible through emerging technologies that monitor wells less invasively and more economically than prior technologies. The new technology enables network members to view fluctuations and seasonal trends of their own well and the whole network in real time. New members are currently being sought to join this voluntary network.

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has actively participated throughout the establishment of the community groundwater network. Through a series of community meetings, the OWRD has helped local residents understand geologic and hydrologic conditions making groundwater scarcity an issue for many of the area’s residents. Meanwhile, the department continues to validate the groundwater data from the new technology, which it began testing locally nearly two years ago.

“When I began to explore the local groundwater issue, I was surprised by how little information is available,” noted SBCGN member George Wisner. “The absence of data has been caused by cumbersome older technology and lack of OWRD manpower. That situation has now changed due to innovations that are becoming more available.”

The number of local failed and low-producing wells resulted in growing concerns for rural South Benton County residents who depend on domestic wells. Rural home owners have few options and little recourse when their domestic wells fail or falter. Residents with concerns about the productivity of their wells need data to provide the basis for water-management decisions.

“My well has so far has never failed and I seem to have plenty of water, but I know that can change,” said SBCGN member Garrick Balsly. “Many neighbors are having severe well productivity challenges.” Balsly installed the new well-monitoring system and joined the South Benton Community Groundwater Network “to protect my property.”

Without data about the current status of his well, Balsly added, “I would be unable to see any trends in water availability. Without data from the community groundwater network, we would be unable to see broader patterns or trends.”

The South Benton Community Groundwater Network is a unique, community-led, citizen science endeavor. Unlike the growing number of groundwater-monitoring networks in the nation, SBCGN has no sponsoring agency and members have each purchased compatible well-monitoring technology that easily enables data sharing.

“We all came together because we saw a need and public resources were not readily available,” noted network member Evelyn Lee. “My well causes me a lot of concern. I know this project will not give me more water, but I believe it as important to see and understand local trends and be aware of local risks. This project makes it possible for the community to view groundwater pumping impacts on neighbors, and to see seasonal variations and impacts on the resource. With understanding, we have the opportunity to make good choices. Without it we have only our concerns and stress.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Evelyn Lee
541-847-6028

Clean Energy Trust Invests in Wellntel

Milwaukee (May 29, 2018) – Wellntel is excited to announce a first-time investment from Clean Energy Trust. Clean Energy Trust invests in innovative cleantech startups from the Midwest.

The investment was announced at Clean Energy Trust’s #Co_InvestCleantech event in Chicago, Illinois on March 23, 2018.

Wellntel was selected from over one hundred applicants and joins 27 clean tech companies and the 3 additional 2018 investments in Clean Energy Trust’s portfolio. The CET investment in Wellntel recognizes that groundwater – a shared but historically invisible resource – is directly linked to vital systems like food and energy production, economic development and energy efficiency and will help Wellntel to reach its vision: to Make Groundwater Visible.

Clean Energy Trust believes in the importance of entrepreneurship to combat the effects of climate change, revitalize economic opportunity, and enable both high-impact and attractive financial returns.

“Clean Energy Trust is excited to be investing in Wellntel and sees enormous potential in creating a data network of groundwater information to enable smarter business and policy decisions.” – Paul Seidler, Director of Venture Development.

Over 60% of Clean Energy Trust’s investment have female or minority founders. Wellntel was pleased to receive the “ComEd Female Founder” Award which includes an additional $20K over CET’s initial investment.

Marian Singer, Wellntel’s Co-Founder and CEO presented at the Co_Invest Cleantech event. In her talk, Singer emphasized key Wellntel successes, including:

  • Wellntel customers have created over 30 local groundwater networks collecting over 11,000,000 readings, more than all public and academic agencies combines, in the same period
  • Data from these networks is playing a key role in ensuring that resilience of American rural communities, towns, farms,  and businesses
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Wellntel CEO Marian Singer presents at #coinvestcleantech.

About Wellntel:

Wellntel was started by Marian Singer and Nicholas Hayes in 2013, was commercially launched in 2015, and today, has customers in more than 30 states. Wellntel is the only Groundwater Information System suitable for use on domestic and irrigation wells, delivering verifiably accurate model-ready time series groundwater level data including static, pump-influenced and recovery rate information. Since the system is cloud-based, data are highly secure, near-realtime and can be shared broadly or kept private, based on well owner preference. Wellntel’s cloud-based information system is making groundwater visible, actionable and sustainable.  

Groundwater insights allow businesses to meet sustainability goals

It was once thought that groundwater monitoring would be the exclusive purview of government scientists, agencies and regulators. Wellntel upends that premise by enlisting, teaching and enabling citizens and community groups to themselves become collectors of groundwater data. We’ve seen that businesses are as interested as citizens and communities in sustainability, and need groundwater facts to meet their profit goals, their goals for shareholder value, and to demonstrate corporate citizenship.

Wellntel for Business

It is not surprising that businesses would build or sponsor groundwater monitoring. Consider that a 2014 study showed that S&P 500 companies that have built sustainability into their core strategies outperform those that haven’t.

“Without sufficient supply from a sustainable source, a company faces a systematic business risk that often requires considerable mitigation. For some, this may require moving entire factories or reworking the supply chain, while for others it may require changing a product, products or processes.” – Nelson Switzer, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America (via Forbes)

On the ground, and through new customers and projects, we see that businesses must understand the natural resource condition in regions where they operate or invest, and, more specifically, make smarter operating decisions based on facts about groundwater supply and health. A water-intensive business with a portfolio of operating locations, can, for example, shift production to where resources are known to be abundant and renewable, and, then, become stewards to ensure that they will remain that way.

Wellntel makes this possible on scales ranging from small to very large:

  • A mine operator in Wisconsin has built a groundwater-monitoring network on neighborhood wells ringing the mine and then reports on pumping impacts and recovery metrics in a quarterly review with local leaders and citizens.
  • A California vineyard keeps a close watch on local annual recharge and makes seasonal decisions about pumping, storage and irrigation schedules.
  • A growing concentrated livestock operation is enlisting neighbors to collect groundwater level data to establish a baseline against which new water demand is compared and managed.

In each case, a business, as a local and global corporate citizen, works to ensure the long-term health of the water supply.

With Wellntel’s innovative turnkey Network Subscription offer, a business can stand up within weeks or even days a large scale and dense groundwater-monitoring network that is highly secure, and not be burdened with the purchase or management of equipment or new IT systems. Through this industry leading offer, the business customer will receive actionable and accurate data ready for use in reports, for sustainability metrics and assessments, and for investor and management communications.

Call 844-935-5426 or email info@wellntel.com for network pricing.

Wellntel for the Sustainable Businesses

 

Wellntel’s Chuck Dunning presenting at the Annual Texas Groundwater Conference

Texas Groundwater Well

Wellntel will provide an invited presentation at the Annual Texas Groundwater Conference hosted by the American Ground Water Trust. The conference – titled Everything Aquifers and Groundwater Management – is co-sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board.

The event brings together “engineers, scientist, planners, water-resource managers, agency professionals and attorneys to share up to date information regarding the challenges, feasibility, regulatory concerns and the economic and environmental benefits of water management strategies for Texas.”

Charles Dunning PhD, Wellntel’s VP for Business Development will present:

NEXT GENERATION GROUNDWATER LEVEL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR TEXAS: EXTENDING WELL DATA NETWORKS BEYOND THE WELLFIELD TO INFORM OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

Chuck’s presentation will happen during session 6, between 1:40 and 3:40 pm, June 7th.

If you are involved in Texas groundwater issues or have interest in the innovative programs of the American Ground Water Trust and the Texas Water Development Board, consider attending and learning more about Wellntel.

When: June 6 and 7, 2018

Where: Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, TX

Learn more at the Conference Website.