The Key to Successful Big Data and Analytics Projects

ISM Canada is committed to promoting innovation and collaboration to solve problems. This commitment is combined with a promise to partner with the community to support ethical decision making. ISM Canada is a contributing member of Tech for Good and Data for Good, helping customers harness the power of their data to make informed decisions to improve their communities.

The following are 5 key projects ISM Canada has collaborated on recently:

Wildfire Prediction and Preventative Asset Maintenance

Goal: Develop a platform to ingest real-time weather forecasts to inform wildfire prediction models

Partners: ISM Canada, The Weather Company, A leading power utility company from California

ISM Canada in collaboration with The Weather Company led in the architectural design and implementation of the geospatial platform powering a new application. This information allowed for effective preventative asset maintenance (such as de-energizing key power lines) and the dispatch of emergency response personnel.

Predictive Hydrologic Forecasting of South Nation Watershed

Goal: Develop a platform to ingest real-time weather forecasts to inform wildfire prediction models

Partners: ISM Canada, The Weather Company, SNC (South Nation Conservation), Aquanty

The SNC needed a way to use weather data to inform day-to-day business processes. This included both water management decisions and public safety concerns. In a collaboration between ISM Canada and Aquanty, the solution was a detailed hydrologic forecasting model and platform of the South Nation Watershed. It leveraged weather data from multiple sources including The Weather Company.

Hydrologic Analysis of Assiniboine River Basin

Goal: Develop a detailed water simulation model and platform of the Assiniboine River Basin

Partners: ISM Canada, The Weather Company, Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association, Aquanty

Together with TWC and Aquanty, ISM Canada delivered a detailed water simulation model and platform of the Assiniboine River Basin, to the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association. ISM Canada led in the creation and maintenance of supporting system architecture, and the development and deployment of a web-based portal for visualization and reporting. The system harnesses weather data from multiple sources to provide a better scientific understanding of the region’s hydrology to recommend sustainable policies for land and water management.

Modeling Climate Change to Inform Property Valuation

Goal: Understand and incorporate the effects of climate change into the assessment of arable land

Partners: ISM Canada, The Weather Company, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency

Collaborating with TWC and the University of Regina, ISM Canada is supporting the research and development of updated climate models. The current models have not been re-evaluated in approximately 30 years. This work will allow for both an up-to-date view of climate change factors and more frequent updates. This data can aid in determining whether property values should be adjusted based upon predicted climate factors.

Studying Effects of Weather on Injury Claims

Goal: Analyze and quantify the linkage between injury claims and weather conditions

Partners: ISM Canada, The Weather Company, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

ISM Canada, collaborating with TWC, performed an analysis of a dataset combining client insurance claim data and historic weather in the regions where the claims were made. This analysis was of high value to the client, who was able to confirm (or deny) anecdotal theories about weather’s role in certain claim types, and to allow the clients to quantify the weather factors which had strong associations to the client data.

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