Don’t miss these Wellntel talks at 2016 NGWA Groundwater Week

Wellntel at Groundwater Week

For the third year in a row, Wellntel will be featured at the largest, most attended Groundwater show in the country, the NGWA’s Groundwater Week. This year, Team Wellntel is stepping it up another notch.

Here are some of the don’t-miss hands-on demos and presentations by Wellntel experts. If you’re planning on attending the expo, we hope you’ll visit one or all of these important sessions.

Wednesday December 7, 2016

  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hands-on Activity (Lee and Marian)
    • “Installing and Making the Most of Customer Wellntel Systems”
    • Exhibit Hall – Activity Area B
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Hands-on Activity (Joe and Nick)
    • “Utilizing Groundwater Data for Science and Management with Wellntel”
    • Exhibit Hall – Activity Area B

Thursday December 8, 2016

  • 9:45 AM – 10:05 AM – Session Talk (Joe)
    • “New Groundwater Insights and Practical Advantages of Monitoring Pumping with Wellntel Systems”
    • Room – N117
  • 10:25 AM – 10:45 AM – Session Talk (Nick)
    • “The Missing Ingredient to Healthy Farming: Understanding Groundwater Supply”
    • Room – N117

Wellntel System Impresses in USGS Pump Test

At the invitation of scientists at USGS, a Wellntel system was deployed alongside redundant in-water level sensors in a monitoring well and gathered groundwater level data during pumping tests to evaluate groundwater availability. The result: a compelling argument for Wellntel as a dependably accurate instrument that can engage stakeholders with shared facts, in near realtime.

The test is one of several completed and ongoing sensor comparisons which validate Wellntel system accuracy for measuring groundwater levels.

Test process and results

  • The pump test consisted of two wells: a pumping well and a monitoring well situated about ¼ miles away.
Overhead map of pump test site
  • A Wellntel system was installed on the monitoring well in addition to a level logger and a surface-vented pressure transducer to monitor water level changes associated with pumping at the pumping well.
  • A preliminary 90 minute pump run at variable gpm (gallons per minute) up to 600 gpm confirmed hydrologic connectivity between the two wells.
  • A 72 hour pump run at 900 gpm drew down water in the monitoring well from a static water level of approximately 123.4 feet (below a measuring point) to about 171 feet.

Both pumping events can be seen in the provisional data charted on the USGS website.

USGS Pump Test Hydrograph
  • During both tests, the Wellntel system measured water levels within a fraction of an inch of the pressure transducer on average after:

… accounting for measurement point differences between the two sensors,

… correcting sensor timestamps to the same time zone, and

… linearly interpolating Wellntel sensor measurements to match the timestamps of the pressure transducer readings to allow for direct comparison

Pump Test Impacts on Monitoring Well: Wellntel and PT Data Wellntel Time and MP Matched Data Vs USGS Pressure Transducer

Perhaps as important as the close relative accuracy of the data is the way the information was accessed during and after the test. While the in-well devices collected local data that required subsequent manual evaluation and scrubbing, the Wellntel system shared near-real-time results on a website accessible to scientists both on-site and in offices in other parts of the country. 

Wellntel Pump Test Screen Shot

It was clear to all involved in the test that Wellntel creates an all new paradigm and opportunity in groundwater information gathering and sharing. Large-scale model-ready datasets for science or engineering can be accurate, clean and fast, speeding decisions and engaging stakeholders.

Thanks to USGS scientists for making room for Wellntel on this test. The USGS makes no product endorsements, and none are implied here.

 

New Features on Wellntel Dashboard; including Smartphone Hydrographs

Earlier this week, we posted new features to customer dashboards to provide easier access to the most important groundwater information, improve communication, increase system accuracy and uptime. Here are a few of the highlights:

1.) Mobile Web includes Groundwater and Tank Level

When you login to your Wellntel account using a smartphone, you’ll be able to choose between your Wellntel systems (if you have more then one), and then be presented with all readings in a familiar and zoomable hydrograph.

Wellntel Mobile Web Hydrograph

2.) Network alerts keep your data flowing

To call your attention to a possible network issue and prompt local action, we’ve created a new alert that tells customers (and us) when a Gateway hasn’t been heard from in 24 hours and explains what to do and how to do it.

We’re coupling this alert with the launch of Wellntel Managed Systems, a new service for vital data applications.

3.) Opt-in or out of temperature reminders

We sometimes send customer reminders to check groundwater temperature. Their observations and contributions are important to improving the accuracy of the Wellntel system. However, some customers either can’t access water temperature, or don’t have the time to participate in the collection of temperature information. So we’ve added the option to opt-in or out of this program.

4.) Enhanced temperature compensation

Temperature compensation is important to Wellntel accuracy. We measure the temperature at the wellhead with each reading and combine it with USGS data and your observations to estimate the temperature deeper in the well.

A new algorithm allows our calibrations team to account for local variations in the temperature in a specific well based on new factors like geology, latitude, and well depth.

Wellntel Local Temp Refinement

Wellntel expands, opens Global Groundwater Center in Milwaukee

To accelerate and expand production, customer service, and new product development, Wellntel, Milwaukee’s hottest watertech start-up* has moved into a new facility on Milwaukee’s historic lower east side. The new space boasts a water lab, high-tech just-in-time production cells, a fabrication shop, fulfillment center, high-speed internet, natural sunlight, a store front, conference center, ample parking, and room to grow.

Wellntel is pleased to join a neighborhood of hard-working, fun-loving Milwaukeeans, surrounded by great restaurants, coffee shops, ethnic food stores, public transportation, bike paths, parks, music, and minutes from three world-class research, engineering and water-centric universities: UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, Marquette University and MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering).

*Wellntel is not really a start-up anymore: the business formed in 2013, launched commercially in 2015 and has customers in three countries and 21 states. In the last year, Wellntel has collected almost 3 million groundwater measurements for stakeholders so that they can make smarter resource and water use decisions. At this pace, Wellntel is providing more useful, local, realtime facts about groundwater – a hidden but vital resource – than all of government, academic and scientific agencies, combined.  

Here is where groundwater innovation happens:

Wellntel's Global Groundwater Center

Wellntel’s New Global Groundwater Center

 

Wellntel Gateways coming off the line

Wellntel Gateways coming off the line

 

Kanban and Just-In-Time all around

Kanban and Just-In-Time all around

 

Wellntel production lit by the sun

Wellntel production lit by the sun

 

Space for all the awards

Space for the smarties and all their awards

 

Light, light and more light.

Light, light and more light.

 

Helping everyone everywhere Know Their Groundwater Well. #MilwaukeeHome

Helping everyone everywhere Know Their Groundwater Well. #MilwaukeeHome

 

Wellntel’s new address is:

906 E Hamilton St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

See it here:

Comparing Wellntel to conventional technology for accuracy, performance, and cost

Groundwater professionals, stakeholders and the science-minded are keen to take advantage of the massive scientific, social and economic benefits of Wellntel, but understandably, they need to know how Wellntel compares in terms of accuracy, performance and cost, compared with technologies that they currently use to measure groundwater levels.

So in test sites all over the US, Wellntel is being compared to pressure transducers, piezometers and level loggers.

If you’re interested in setting up your own test, consider attending an upcoming Webinar to learn how.

One such test, started in June ’16 and ongoing, is demonstrating how Wellntel can outperform on many dimensions: reading accuracy and consistency, simpler set-up, and lower up-front and ongoing costs. Moreover, this is the second test in which Wellntel helped the testers find inconsistency on their existing set-up and methods with the conventional equipment. It turns out, a system that doesn’t touch water can outperform one that does.

Key takeaways, to-date:

  • The median daily variation between the Wellntel and the Geokon VWP sensors was approximately 1 inch at 90 feet (.09%) with a daily deviation in the Geokon data driving this variance to a range of 0 to 2 inches.
  • Wellntel showed negligible susceptibility to environmental factors and didn’t require external equipment and reference points. Lacking on-site references from additional instruments, the Geokon data deviated.
  • Even with much lower hardware and ongoing service costs, Wellntel provided greater consistency of readings and accuracy than the conventional technology.

Here is the preliminary data review:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groundwater and water storage on one dashboard: Introducing TANK

Wellntel is pleased to present a major innovation for water management on homes, farms, and natural lands.

Wellntel TANK continuously and remotely monitors the level of water in a storage tank, a cistern (or with some special provisioning, a stilling well) and can be programmed to send email or text alerts for conditions like when the vessel is near full or near empty or a surface water source is high or low. Information is accessible via the Wellntel Dashboard using a computer browser or smart phone via a private login.

For Homeowners and Farmers with Tanks: With Wellntel TANK you can spot leaks, know when it is time to turn a pump on or off, conserve water when to makes sense. You can set alerts and receive a text message or email when a tank is full or empty.

When Wellntel Tank is combined with a Wellntel Groundwater Information System, like a Static or +Pump Level Sensor, you can you can track water underground and in storage, look for relationships between pumping time in a submersible well and tank capacity, and know if it is time to increase storage capacity.

For the Hydrologist or the science-minded, Wellntel TANK adapted for stilling well duty situated near to a Wellntel Science or Static or +Pump kit on a groundwater well can create a groundwater-to-surface study tool. Using these two sensors, it is possible to spot hydrologic relationships between pumping and stream or pond levels, for example. Since each site is different, please contact a member of our science team at info@wellntel.com.

My New Wellntel Tank

In this screen grab, you can see two watering events and a pumping event to refill the tank. The owner was alerted via text message when the level reached FULL and pumping was turned off.

 

Wellntel TANK is designed to be mounted on and above- or below-ground storage tank, as long as the roof or hatch are accessible and can be adapted to recieve the Wellntel system. It can be power by battery or an optional solar panel or AC power if available.

Data is intuitive and simple to understand. You tell Wellntel TANK how deep your tank is, and it will tell you when it is full or empty, or anywhere in between. You can set reading intervals and alert ranges and formats, choosing text, email and sharing.

Installing Wellntel TANK is easy. We provide all the parts and pieces to mount the sensor on a tank, including the sensor, a special tank tower/mount (to get it up and away from doors and hatches and lift the antenna), drill/cut patterns and complete instructions for installation.

Wellntel TANK on Bench

Orders received before the end of August, 2016 should ship within three days of receipt. Contact your local Wellntel dealer or get yours here.

If you’re unsure about what you need or need help picking the right system, call us at 844-WELLH20 (844-935-5426) or email info@wellntel.com.

 

29-Jul server updates complete, performance normal

July 31 2016 update:

Server performance has returned to normal after slow response times and database access during updates on Friday (29-Jul) and Saturday (30-Jul).

A few customer may receive an email or text alert saying that a sensor or gateway is down as stored messages dequeue. Customers can choose to temporarily disable this alert until the upgrade is complete by logging in and going to Manage System > Manage Wells > Alerts, or ignore received service alerts.

Follow www.twitter.com/wellntel for the most up to date information about this issue or other developments at Wellntel.

Contact techsupport@wellntel.com with questions or concerns.


Original Message:

Wellntel customer are reporting slowness since July 29, 2016 at my.wellntel.com.

Our technical team is closely monitoring the issue to make sure that data is complete and secure. All systems are up, just slow, as the production database grinds through the update of a massive amount of records to enable new functions. These updates are taking longer than tests suggested they would, and that we expected. We anticipate that server performance will return to normal before the end of the weekend (as of morning Saturday July 30, 2015).

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate patience as the work is completed.

 

Alert errors reported and corrected.

Earlier this week (week of July 25, 2016), some customers received text alerts saying “No measurements have been received from your Wellntel sensor…. ” though a quick check of the dashboard showed sensors continuing to perform.

Thanks to those of you who reported the oddity.

The alerts were sent by mistake by one of our back-up servers. This specific server is a redundant repository for code and data that is maintained as a backup in case of a primary server down time. The back-up has the ability to send alerts, but normally that function is disabled. During a routine upgrade of software, the alert function was inadvertently switched on. Since sensors don’t point to that server, it confused lack of communication with an alert condition. Meanwhile, sensors continued to send and receive information from primary servers. If you had a “no measurements” alert set, you may have received texts by mistake. There was no interruption in service coinciding with this minor, albeit potentially annoying, bug.

The situation is corrected and we don’t expect it to happen again.

As always, email us at techsupport@wellntel.com with questions or comments.

What’s the difference between Wellntel’s Static and +Pump Kits?

… the difference is in the data.

In this short video, you can see that the Wellntel’s +Pump Kit knows when the pump us running or not, so that you can or include or exclude local pumping influence from your dashboard.

In general, the +Pump Kit is great when you want see and be able to distinguish between changes in water level in the well from internal (your family showering) and external (the neighbor water the lawn) influences.

The Static Kit is great when there isn’t a pump in the well, or when you’re trying to spot larger trends.

The technical difference is that the +Pump Kit includes a sensor that monitors when a pump turns on or off, and the software “tags” pump-triggered readings as such.