Hydromodel Host is a startup in Barcelona that is working on the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is located on an aquifer. Its role is to provide the Canal authorities and construction companies with information on changes in the aquifer levels.
The Company’s technology allows real-time tracking of the aquifer emptying process and provides transparency to the project. All agencies and companies involved in the project can visualize progress on the aquifer and suggest improvements or detect possible risks.
Hydromodel Host tracks aquifer levels using numerical models that exploit large amounts of data. The Company hosts these models on the cloud, where it also compiles the solutions and improvements suggested by its partners. In this hosting system, each aquifer has a dedicated virtual computer for handling its data, which combines and processes the vast amount of observational data collected, and then generates management scenarios. This enables major savings in water resource management, civil works and mineral exploration, as the computers used for calculation are only “hired” for a required window of time needed.
Hydromodel Host is yet another example of collaboration between disciplines (in this case, computer engineering and hydrology, among others), through shared resources in the cloud, a potential use of cloud computing which remains little exploited.