Kisters

Water Resources Management

AUSTRALIA
Unit 4, 24 Mahony Court 
Weston Ck, ACT 2611
Phone: +61 2 6154 5200
Email: support@kisters.com.au

UNITED STATES
7777 Greenback Lane, Suite 209
Citrus Heights, CA 95610-5800
Phone: 916.723.1441
Fax: 916.723.1626
Email: kna@kisters.net

 

Modules

The WISKI solution is series of fully integrated modules that work in combination to meet the needs of our clients globally.  Some of these modules are so powerful that they are actually able to operate as stand alone applications with their own graphical user interface!

Our clients enjoy the flexibility in our module selection, being able to pick and choose new modules as their needs change over time.

KiWIS - Web Interoperability Solution

KiWIS (KISTERS Web Interoperability Solution), is the first commercially available and robust service module on the market for sharing hydrological data using open standards. Used in combination with WISKI or Hydstra, KiWIS is able to both consume and publish real-time hydrological data over the Internet (http://kiwis.kisters.de) using open standards like WaterML 2.0 and SOS. This combination can also be placed “on-top” of existing time series data archives, providing a quick and efficient method for disseminating and retrieving data from the Internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Please read the press release for further details.

BIBER - Discharge Measurement Manager

wiski-biber-cross-section.jpgBIBER is a discharge measurement application that you can use in the field, as well as in the office. BIBER offers all functions for direct collection of discharge measurement data by means of a field computer and for manual collection and calculation of the flow measurement data in the office.

In the field, BIBER works with all conventional measuring devices like the Price meter and FlowTracker. BIBER also includes support for ADCP measurements from major suppliers. Within WISKI, review your discharge measurement results and integrate them into the SKED to develop or update your stage/discharge rating curves.

SKED - Rating Curve Editor

rating-curve-3pt.jpgThe rating curve editor SKED is a tool for creating, managing and optimizing non-linear conversions of input parameters from the hydrological point of view. SKED is used for the creation of effective storage capacity curves or for generating stage-flow relations (rating curves).

SKED is fully integrated into WISKI but can also be applied as standalone software. There is a direct communication between WISKI, SKED and BIBER.

The following methods for the creation of rating curves are supported in SKED:

  • Interpolated Skeletal Points (USGS)
  • single point method with spline interpolation
  • power law method with and without zero offset
  • power law method in sections
  • predefined weir functions (e.g. V-notch weir)
  • formula editor for functions that can be defined freely

Water Quality

and efficiently supports the actions necessary to fulfill all water quality related requirements.

The KiWQM water quality module is part of the environmental data management system developed by KISTERS and efficiently supports the actions necessary to fulfill all water quality related requirements. The WISKI Water Quality Module is a comprehensive module for managing all water quality samples.

Water management is now faced with new challenges which require the use of software to actively support the decision making process in water quality management. WISKI can now offer directly coupled quantitative and qualitative data through the WQM water quality module extension.

With WISKI WQM, you can record sample data manually or automatically, flexibly manage this data, evaluate and display it on a time series level, configure classification systems, configure substance, parameter, and comparison lists as well as data from measurement programs and data exports in various formats. Furthermore, WISKI WQM allows you to automatically generate maps of various qualities for bodies of water through a connection to a geographical data system.

wiski-waterquality-collage.jpgThe KiWQM manages:

  • Analysis methods and laboratories
  • Parameter lists
  • Comparison lists
  • Classification systems
  • Measuring programs
  • Samplings and samples

 

Learn how organizations like the New South Wales Office of Water have adopted the Water Quality module HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Web Input Mask

WISKI Web Input is an inexpensive web solution that allows the client to deploy (either internal or external or both) data entry directly into WISKI Time Series database. WISKI Web Input when properly deployed allows a user to log in and see a specific set of predefined time series. The user can then enter data from field observations. WISKI Web Input can be deployed for Public use and Agency use with all access controlled by User Administration.

Key features of the WISKI Web INPUT functionalities are:

  • Configuration of stations/time series via WISKI and WISKI Web
  • Show read-only time-series for comparison purposes
  • Validate entered information on browser and server side
  • Show time ranges and existing (already available) information
  • Pre-produce a time grid for non-regular time-series
  • Show multiple time series per station (with multiple parameters)
  • Show multiple time series per parameter (with multiple stations)
  • Enter comments
  • User login mechanism with assigned groups
  • Assign types of input dialogues and stations to user

SODA Telemetry

The SODA telemetry system is the ideal platform for remote data collection. SODA consists of hardware especially designed for telecommunication and software that leaves nothing to be desired in the field of remote data collection. Two different hardware platforms are available, depending on the size of the data collection network and on whether expandability is desired. SODAcompact is for smaller applications and has only four communication lines; SODAmodular is a larger-scale solution with up to 64 communication lines.

soda_US_dell_frontpic_small.jpgThe functionalities of SODA include:

  • Easy GUI deployment (installation/updates)
  • High scalability (more than 10.000 Loggers/Meters)
  • Multi user capability (transaction/thread save)
  • Support of multiple clients (domains)
  • Scheduled Logger/Meter reading
  • Support of multiple Communication types
  • Support of a lot of Logger/Meter types
  • Easy enhancement with new drivers
  • Bidirectional communication (Push and Pull)soda_US_dell_openboxpic_small.jpg
  • Modular architecture
  • Localization

 

 

 

 

 

Field Notes

wiski-field-notes.jpgWISKI Field Notes is a versatile module for the paperless collection of field data. Easily collect observed values and station comments for predefined monitoring routes in the software.  Loaded onto a rugged field PC, WISKI Field Notes even allows you to bring much more than just the last value from the database with you into the field - load as much historical data as you need to help you confirm what you are seeing in the field.  Even download helpful stations documents like photos and PDF manuals for equipment to your laptop.

With convenient bidirectional replication capabilities, update your field time series measurement data, water quality sample data, instrument information, and site and station meta data.

Mobile Data Acquisition

wiski-mda.jpgThe WISKI MDA module (Mobile Data Acquisition Tool) is designed to simplify the task of field data collection on a handheld PDA.  The field to office transition is also streamlined with a simple synchronization of the handheld with the WISKI database at the end of the field work.

Operating on Windows Mobile 2005 OS or higher, the MDA enables field technicians to execute pre-defined sampling rounds, perform in-field calculations, and store important remarks while on their route.

When the technician returns to the office, measurement results and remarks are easily synchronized between MDA and the WISKI database.  This can also include tour data, including basic data, previous readings, limit values and plausibility checks.  Min-max plausibility checks of the entered measured value(s) can also be configured in MDA to ensure high quality field data is captured and errors are reduced.

KiWorkflow - Workflow Management

wiski-kiworkflow.jpgThe KiWorkFlow module handles the complex task of workflow management in large organizations.

The intuitive graphical interface allows users to visually model the various workflow processes. The workflow is XML-based and allows users to create application definitions, both established and open standard. KiWorkflow handles work items and actions for end-users, like To-Do lists and job management.

KiWorkFlow also tracks all system actions and user interactions (who, what, when).  Monitoring and display of workflow status and history is at your fingertips.  It can also handle the management of multi-user / multi-domain scenarios and user groups with ease.

KiDSM Distributed Services Manager

wiski-kidsm.jpgThe KISTERS Distributed Services Manager (KiDSM) simplifies the communication and data transfer between KISTERS relevant processes. KiDSM is a server framework to define, execute and schedule tasks.  

Input and output channels through FTP, directories, email, SMS but also SOAP and Sockets are available.

 

 

 

Modelling

wiski-modelling.jpgWISKI offers two distinct modelling module options - a full featured Link-and-Node modelling module, and a statistical forecast modelling module.

The Link-and-Node modelling is an application that has been developed to help you simulate time-dependent behaviour of systems.  The package grew out of a need for hydrological inflow forecasting, but has been designed for use in a wide range of modelling situations, wherever time series data is available. For example, it has applications in meteorology, manufacturing, mineral processing and finance.

The Link-and-Node modelling module can operate in multiple manners;

  • Direct linking of external models (eg. USGS, USACE, EPA, and in-house developed, etc..) into the operational data stream.
  • An embedded conceptual model builder that allows users to implement a model directly into the WISKI software system. The conceptual model builder includes a large library of hydrological processes/ toolbox for conceptual models. No extra work on interfaces and data flows is needed!

wiski-modelling2.jpgThe statistical forecast module offers;

  • Fully integrated statistical forecasts using Artificial Neural Networks, Adaptive Logic Networks, (Neuro-) Fuzzy Logic, ARMA, ARIMA, ARIMAX, and Kalman filtering methodologies.
  • Near real time response time with minimized data and calibration demand, and robustness.
  • Direct implementation in the operational data stream.

DIGIT Strip Chart Digitizer

digit.jpgDIGIT is a tool that provides a method for transferring all of your ‘paper-based’ data from chart recorders, whether from normal charts, drum or roll plotters to be input directly into the WISKI database.

DIGIT allows for the collection of time series or mass plots of all parameters on any paper formats. The digitization can be connected either directly to a WISKI database, or operated as a stand-alone version outside of the WISKI environment. DIGIT works with most of the common digitizing tables in DIN A4 to DIN A0 formats. Over 60 different models are currently supported, including well-known brands like Calcomp, Wacom, and Summagraphics.

CALAMAR Gauge Adjusted Radar Rainfall

wiski-calamar.jpgCALAMAR was developed to provide real-time measurement and short-term forecasting of rainfall on each square kilometer of a given area covered by radar hydrometeorology.  CALAMAR is a genuine decision-making tool when combined with probabilistic (risk indicator) or deterministc (rainfall flow) models. CALAMAR enables the forecasting of rainstorms which are accurate enough to give flood management and emergency operations teams sufficient time to react and warn the public of imminent dangers.

CALAMAR is also available in an off-line mode.  In this mode, CALAMAR enables a rainfall event to be reconstructed with a great amount of accuracy to aid in the deterministic hydrological and hydraulic modeling of a watershed or sewershed.  This mode also enables the causes of any difficulties to be identified and corrected, providing better environmental protection.

CALAMAR's technology is patented in both the USA and Canada and still proves to be the most accurate gauge-adjusted radar rainfall product on the market today.

User Administration

The User Administration module in WISKI allows you to securely control data access through a flexible and highly configurable set of administrative roles and rights.  It simplifies the task of managing complex user groups in an organization - from one to hundreds of users.  You can even integrate it into your existing LDAP system.

ArcGIS Extension for WISKI

wiski-arcgis-extension.jpgUse the WISKI PlugIn for ESRI ArcGIS or ArcView to bring time series data from WISKI into the GIS World. The KISTERS Navigation plugin shows WISKI Treeviews directly in the ESRI Desktop Application. The WISKI Data – Station Basic Data, Time Series and quality samples – are in direct access and can be analyzed with GIS functionality.

The barrier-free integration into GIS gives you the option to load current values as symbols for a specified time series group directly within the ArcGIS session. You can also digitize and adapt station coordinates on the basis of available background maps if no measured coordinate information is available.

 

 CLICK HERE Learn more about WISKI's Integration with ESRI GIS solutions

Web Pro and Public

wiski-web.jpgWISKI Web makes serving your data to the Internet an easy task.  Whether you are managing a robust public flood information site, or serving the data needs of a large number of internal staff, KISTERS has a web solution that will fit your needs.

WISKI Web Public offers a number of preset page layouts that include graphs, CSV and PDF file downloads for weekly, monthly and yearly data sets, as well as maps with color-coded alarm thresholds.

WISKI Web Pro provides data consumers with a direct connection to the WISKI Database and a wide range of tools for visualizing your data.  User specific logins with user type-specific access rights for stations, parameters and time series provides controlled access to custom data sets.

WISKI Web is a flexible framework that can easily be integrated into your existing website.

 

Web publishing examples may be found here

Alarm Manager

wiski-alarm-manager.jpgOffered as an intergrated module or deployed as a stand-alone application, the Alarm Manager is packed with features for complex alarming needs.

Its listener is able to receive XML alarm messages and receive dial-in notifications from loggers. The alarm configuration component enables uses to classify multiple alarms by rules, as well as configure alarm windows.

Alarm Management capabilities include the ability to manage recipients by availability and media, create media/template pairings, and define various acknowledgements and escalation procedures.

The alarm manager module can communicate over various channels, including FTP, FAX, Email, SMS, and Voice messages.  It can even be configured to execute applications and notify users via pop-up windows.

KiDAT Data Acquisition Tool

KiDAT was designed to collect data from websites, convert common data files and manage third party applications as a service. The three main capabilities of KiDAT are:

Web scraping

KiDAT has the ability to retrieve data for any parameter published on the USGS website with the “USGS Web Service” task.  KiDAT is also able to retrieve data from any publicly accessible website with the “Configurable (Web Service)” task and the ability to write Visual Basic code.

File conversion

KiDAT has the ability to convert data files with any specified delimiter to a zrxp format with a “Configurable (File Conversion)”.  Exchange numbers (time series identifiers for time series data destination navigation) can be created from the data file name and/or any number of delimited blocks within the data file.

Scheduled task execution

KiDAT can allow a user to schedule an application to be run in the background, or to run an application continuously.  If the application stops, it will automatically be restarted. The user has the option to specify an application on the local computer of KiDAT service, arguments that should be applied to the application, user account to use when starting the application, and how often the application should be executed.