Wellntel Analytics Dashboard User Interface Upgrade

The Wellntel Analytics Dashboard has been given a user interface upgrade! Each dashboard feature now includes scrolling functions that allows for easy navigation of aggregation, filtering, and sorting functions without disrupting the view of the chart or analysis.

 

When analyzing a hydrograph (above) or a map (below) options to update or modify the visual or analysis can be made without excessive scrolling on the page requiring tedious tasks common with viewing data and options on web browsers.

Although this seems like a simple upgrade, it represents a big step in Wellntel’s effort to provide a clean, intuitive, and useful groundwater data analysis and analytics platform.

For more information see: Wellntel Operating Manual

For technical support email techsupport@wellntel.com (include `Analytics Dashboard` in the subject line) or call 844-935-5426 between the hours of 8-5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. If you reach us after hours, we will promptly respond the next weekday morning.

Enter and Save Well Alias or Identification Codes on Analytics Dashboard

The Wellntel Analytics Dashboard now includes a feature to add and save an additional well identifier such as a name, alias, or code.

Wellntel monitoring networks are often built to expand, support, or enhance existing monitoring networks. In these applications monitoring sites, wells, and sensors may have specific institutional naming or coding protocols and conventions that enable cohesive integration of data into databases and models.

The addition of the “Well Alias” field, and the ability to enter, save and update this from the Wellntel Analytics Dashboard, allows for the inclusion of these naming conventions for data handling and integration while retaining intuitive names for Wellntel monitoring locations that allow for easy data visualization and site navigation.

To enter a Well Alias, click on the “Locations” tab in Analytics Dashboard. Under the “Well Alias” column, double click on the row for the well you would like to enter information for and enter the required information in the field that appears. When complete, click “Save Edits” and the entered aliases will be saved in the Cloud.

Well aliases entered and saved will be available as a field in the Wellntel API, Download, and other offline data access features.

For more information see: Wellntel Operating Manual

For technical support email techsupport@wellntel.com (include `Analytics Dashboard` in the subject line) or call 844-935-5426 between the hours of 8-5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. If you reach us after hours, we will promptly respond the next weekday morning.

New Analytics Dashboard Average, Minimum, and Maximum Features

The Wellntel Analytics Dashboard now includes options to plot maximum and minimum water elevation and depth to water values in addition to average levels.

This upgrade requires a reorganization of options on the Hydrograph and Compare features including an “Aggregate by” option, so that when “Day”, “Week”, “Month”, “Quarter”, or “Year” are selected an additional option to view data as “Average”, “Maximum”, or “Minimum” becomes available. If “None” is selected for “Aggregate by”, then the “View as” option does not appear.

It is important to note that when using the maximum and minimum options to chart water level data, the selection of “Elevation” or “Depth to Water” is critical to interpretation of the chart. Water elevation is the height of the water surface in the well above mean sea level which means that the maximum water elevation will be the shallowest water level in the well and the minimum water elevation will be the deepest water level in the well. When water depth in the well is selected, the opposite will be true.

This can be highlighted by comparing the daily maximum water elevation and depth to water of a domestic well that pumps regularly. The daily maximum water elevation produces a hydrograph of the shallowest water levels in the well for each day reflecting the water levels that are closest to “static” water levels, or water levels at their most recovered state each day.

The daily maximum depth to water (with same aggregation and viewing options, but different water level type) produces a plot of water levels that include deeper water levels reflecting the maximum water depths in the well each day which includes the maximum drawdown of pumping events when and if they occur each day.

Maximum and minimum options are already available in the Wellntel API, however, adding this option to visualization features represents another step towards an ever more useful online platform for real-time groundwater data analysis.

For more information see: Wellntel Operating Manual

For technical support email techsupport@wellntel.com (include `Analytics Dashboard` in the subject line) or call 844-935-5426 between the hours of 8-5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. If you reach us after hours, we will promptly respond the next weekday morning.

Tagged water-level measurements provide greater insight into network aquifer characteristics and pumping activity

Wellntel systems collect detailed data on pumping activity, tagging these data to be useful in understanding the groundwater aquifer and the operational characteristics of network wells.

Data Tagging

The data that can be collected, tagged, and displayed in real time are:

  • the water level in the well during each timed measurement – tagged as Timed
  • the water level in the well at the start and stop of each pumping event – tagged as Pump Start or Pump Stop
  • the water level in the well during each pumping event – tagged as Pump Run, and 
  • the recovery of the water level following the end of pumping – tagged as Well Recovery.
Wellntel Tags

Since every measurement taken by Wellntel systems is tagged in this way, data can be filtered and sorted to create data sets most useful for analysis across a network. For instance, analysing specifically the Well Recovery data to quantify aquifer characteristics, or looking at only Timed measurements to understand trends in static water level, or looking only at Pump Run measurements to track changes to the pumping drawdown.

Aquifer characteristics

The dynamic response to a pumping event is a direct reflection of the physical nature of the aquifer and to a varying extent the well. In particular, measurements that record the water-level recovery following a pumping event – tagged by Wellntel as Well Recovery – are an extremely valuable data set for quantifying aquifer characteristics. When combined with an understanding of the rate and cumulative water withdrawal of any pumping event, the aquifer characteristics that can be estimated include specific capacity, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, and storage properties.

The six plots of Wellntel data that follow, illustrate a range of examples of Well Recovery curves that provide this critical data for aquifer analysis.

High Capacity Irrigation Well:

High Capacity Irrigation Well

With Wellntel sensors, network sponsors may also have the opportunity to measure the effect in one network well of the pumping in another network well – this is an additional type of analysis that can provide important insight into aquifer characteristics.

Frequency and depth of pumping

Very often, Wellntel systems are installed on wells for which there have been no water level measurements collected other than an occasional tape down – in particular, there have typically been no measurements collected during pumping. So, the data collected by Wellntel provides the first view of how pumping is affecting water levels and the operation of the water-supply systems. As a result, assumptions that network sponsors and well owners may have about the frequency and depth of their pumping will often change when these data become visible. And it is not uncommon that these data will prompt a well owner to make adjustments to the settings/conditions that trigger pump runs or even conduct an integrity evaluation to check for system leaks or other problems.

The plots that follow present hydrographs of pumping activity revealed by Wellntel tagged measurements – some activity was quite unexpected by the network sponsor and well owner.

Residential Wells:

Residential wells

Residential Well 2

Municipal well:

Municipal well

Well operational characteristics

As a history of tagged water-level measurements is collected, the individual characteristic of pumping frequency, drawdown, and recovery for a well become visible. As shown in the preceding and following hydrographs, there is a great variety of well operational characteristics revealed. The individuality is a function of the aquifer, the well, the pump, the well head and surface equipment, and operational practices. These data can inform the wellowner of the aquifer response to pumping operations and suggest whether those operations need to be changed in any way in the present, or in anticipation of seasonal trends or extreme weather. 

Municipal wells

Municipal wells Municipal well 2

Tagging of water-level data to identify the type of measurement enables sophisticated sorting and filtering of network data to streamline analysis and increases the value of local and regional interpretations. Contact Wellntel to receive more information on this and other features of the Wellntel Groundwater Information platform.

Contact Wellntel’s VP/BD Charles Dunning, PhD, to explore Wellntel for your monitoring network.

 

Irrigation Management is improved with realtime groundwater-level monitoring

The Wellntel Groundwater Information System provides a complete analytics platform – sensors, telemetry, and realtime analytics – that integrate real-time water-supply data with consumptive-use requirements to provide decision support for operational hydrology.

As agricultural operations continue to expand in areas where available groundwater supplies are restricted either by lesser saturated thickness or by allocation limits, often the full consumptive-use demands of some crops cannot be met using typical irrigation approaches. Under these conditions, Limited Irrigation Management is being applied to influence crop rotation decisions and water management during the vegetative growth stages – these farming practices are intended to minimize water stress during critical growth stages and to protect crop yields.

Groundwater managers, irrigation consultants, and research scientists are expanding groundwater-level monitoring networks to provide the greater spatial and temporal density of data required to manage these restricted groundwater supplies. However, monitoring expansion has been traditionally constrained by the costs of siting and installing new monitoring wells and equipment, and the inability to monitor on private water supply wells. With the Wellntel Groundwater Information System, expanding monitoring to private agricultural production is now a cost-effective reality.

Simple non-invasive sensors at the wellhead eliminate the risk of contamination to groundwater or damage to equipment in wells with submersible pumps. Connecting these sensors via telemetry to a cloud-based data visualization and analytics platform provides the means to track and understand real-time water-level measurements that are tagged to quantify pumping influence. The Wellntel system provides real-time online access to the analytics platform providing network scale research- and management-ready data.

An example of data provided through the Wellntel Analytics Dashboard is shown below – the hydrograph for this well reveals that the non-pumping water level has stayed fairly consistent over the past 9 months. However, the trend of the drawdown curves clearly indicate the impact of continued pumping in this aquifer. If supply were limited by the need to maintain a minimum saturated thickness, observing these trends in real time would be invaluable to optimizing operations. The detailed data collected for each individual pumping and recovery event also records pumping duty and helps quantify aquifer properties. Cumulative discharge can also be an output of the analytics platform so as to monitor production relative to allocation.

Pumping Activity in an Irrigation Well

With the Wellntel Groundwater Information System, operators employing Limited Irrigation Management can now integrate a real-time assessment of the restricted groundwater supply with the field-scale data that define consumptive-use requirements. By integrating water availability and the consumptive-use need, the best irrigation options can be identified to minimize crop stress during critical growth stages and to maximize crop yield under these water-limited conditions.

Contact Wellntel’s VP/BD Chuck Dunning, PhD, to explore Wellntel for your farm business.

 

Introducing the New “Regional” Subscription for Wellntel Analytics Dashboard

Many Wellntel public sector network sponsors partner with agencies, consultants, researchers, and other organizations at the local, state, or aquifer level. These regional organizations may also partner with other sponsors of Wellntel networks. This multi-network, regional association necessitates access to data across multiple networks as well as analytics and visualizations that extend across networks boundaries to include all wells and data associated with regional organizations.

For private sector clients, like water operators or large agricultural companies operating in more than one location, a Regional Subscription assembles data from many local networks into a single “enterprise” dashboard.

To meet these needs, Wellntel is launching a new Analytics Dashboard (AD) subscription called a “Regional”. A Regional subscriber is one with access and view data from many networks and wells using the Wellntel AD.

Regional view of three Conservation District Wellntel networks with monitored wells within various Edwards Aquifer Authority jurisdictional boundaries (shape file of Edwards Aquifer Authority GMAs available here). Map generated using Wellntel Analytics Dashboard.

Regional users are able to log in to Wellntel AD, view all well information, access and visualize all groundwater-level data and analytics provided through AD for all wells across associated networks. Wells can be organized into groups independent of network sponsor group organization enabling useful filtering and visualization of data for management at the regional level.

Aquifer zones in the Edwards Aquifer Authority region of Texas. Map generated using Wellntel Analytics Dashboard.

The new regional user type was built as a many to many relationship with Wellntel network sponsors (Figure 3). This means that regional users have the flexibility of association with multiple networks, while networks also have the flexibility of association with multiple regional organizations supporting relationships across management, research, consulting, and private sectors.

Example of a many to many regional to network sponsor relationship. In this case, regional 1 is associated with networks 1, 2 and 3, regional 2 is associated with networks 2 and 3, and regional 3 is associated with networks 1 and 2. Each network is associated with more than one regional and each regional is associated with more than one network.

The Wellntel platform provides access to groundwater data at multiple levels. Wellowners can view data and useful metrics for their well at my.wellntel.com while network sponsors, technicians and managers can access data for entire networks including network focused data visualizations and analytics through Wellntel AD. With the addition of regional users/subscriptions for AD, Wellntel now provides a complete bottom up and top down platform for all groundwater stakeholders. 

Regional seats, or licences, can be purchased from Wellntel that include setup of the necessary regional-to-network associations in the Cloud as well as the necessary login credentials for AD. Enterprise level network and regional licences are available for organizations with multiple AD users requiring multiple sets of AD login credentials. Contact Wellntel directly for information on enterprise level subscriptions.

Regional subscribers have access to data that are shared with them based on permissions and privacy agreements between the Regional organization, the Network Sponsor, and Network Members. All Wellntel Privacy commitments apply.

A Better Way to Group Network Wells in Wellntel’s Analytics Dashboard

Wellntel Analytics Dashboard (AD) is living set of data tools, visualizations, and analytics designed to be the most useful feature sets for analyzing, understanding, and presenting groundwater data. Recently feedback suggested that the Groups feature would be a more intuitive and easy-to-use tool if wells could be grouped in large batches, rather than one at a time.

We are excited to announce the roll out of these upgraded features. 

The newly upgraded Groups tab, “*BETA* Groups v2”, is currently in its beta testing phase. While beta testing, both the Groups v2 and the original Groups tabs can be used to group wells and manage group names without conflict.

The biggest upgrade to the new Groups tab is the Group Assignment Table. This table lists the network well names as rows, and the group names as columns. Check boxes fill the table enabling well group assignment in a matrix format. Using this tool, wells can be added to a group by simply checking the box at the intersection of the well name and group name. As with the original Groups feature set, wells can be assigned to as many groups as necessary and any group can have as many wells assigned to it as needed.

A second upgrade is a set of tools added to the map feature. The two new boxes, which show a square or a polygon icon, enable you to select wells by area directly on the map to focus the list of wells shown in the Group Assignment Table. By clicking or dragging a square, or by clicking points creating a polygon around an area, wells inside the square or polygon will be listed in the Group Assignment Table excluding all others. The focused list enables quick batch group assignment. To restore the full list of well names, click the “List All” button on the left side of the Group Assignment Table.To remove the area selection, click on the button with a trash can icon, click on the area selection, and then click “Save” in the small pop-out option.

In addition to the map selection tools, a manual filtering option is also available. This filtering option, labeled “Well Filter Tool”, includes two buttons that will either list all wells in the Well Assignment Table or list no wells in the Well Assignment Table and includes a box with a clickable list of the well names. 

The box with well names can be used to select specific wells to be included or excluded from the Well Assignment Table. To remove a specific well for the Well Assignment Table, select the well name in the filter tool box and press delete on your keyboard. To add specific wells back to the table, click in the filter tool box. A drop down menu will appear allowing for individual well selection. When a well is clicked it will be added back to the filter tool box and the Well Assignment Table. The two buttons can be used to reset the listed wells after filtering with the box or the map tools.

The new Groups feature set enables for quick assignment of wells to groups, individually, or in batches. All updates to group assignment are saved in the Cloud by clicking the “Save Edits” button. A saved edit can be canceled by clicking the “Cancel Edits” button, but only the last round of saved edits can be cancelled. 

For technical support email techsupport@wellntel.com (include `Analytics Dashboard` in the subject line) or call 844-935-5426 between the hours of 8-5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. If you reach us after hours, we will promptly respond the next weekday morning.

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.