Calculating NSF Water Quality Index (WQI)

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Calculating NSF Water Quality Index (WQI)
Written by Mr. Brian Oram, PG

Water quality index is a 100-point scale that summarizes results from a total of nine different measurements when complete.

Using the book Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring, the National Sanitation Foundation surveyed 142 people representing a wide range of positions at the local, state, and national level about 35 water quality tests for possible inclusion in an index. Nine factors were chosen and some were judged more important than others, so a weighted mean is used to combine the values.

So that field measurements could be converted to index values, respondents were asked by questionnaire to graph the level of water quality (0 through 100) corresponding to the field measurements (e.g., pH 2-12). The curves were then averaged and are thought to represent the best professional judgment. The updated calculator allows you to enter the latitude and longitude for the site or pick this location from the Google Earth Map. The calculator completes the individual and group calculation and permits you to generate a customized report.

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Testing your drinking water is very important, outdoor test system is completed. We have the indoor water testing system going live very soon, which includes hundreds of index tests with scientific results.

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Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus Outbreak

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Adept Technologies is a totally distributed company, so everyone works from wherever they are in the world. It could be a coffee shop, it could be their home, it could be a co-working space, it could be in one of our offices. We hire people regardless of where they are.

Over 80 percent of our workforce already work from home. This ideology has been in action for almost 19 years. It works, but now with this Coronavirus Outbreak issue, it is shocking how other corporations including clients that have asked us for guidance. We are helping, the technology is easy and available to setup. Our systems are SaaS and are available to access as long as you have an internet connection. We recommend if your software vendor doesn’t allow remote access, to get rid of them!

We are confident that this Coronavirus Outbreak will wind down. But we as a planet need to learn from our past mistakes. We are happy that 19 years ago our business model was right on. We never thought of the Coronavirus back then, just losing talented people that didn’t want to move to Florida or New York.

We at Adept are very busy, no down time, and we are available for anyone that needs help.

Be safe out there.

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Adept Virtually Eliminates Permit Processing Backlogs and Increase Inspections by 180%

Adept Technologies, the recognized leader in permit software innovation, helps Governments and Business Offices to streamline operations by virtually eliminating processing times for permit applications and licensing. Permit application backlogs can be reduced by at least 180%, thereby increasing enforcement inspections and landowner activities monitoring.

The Adept Enterprise Permitting system consolidates the management of operations into one easy to use package, providing easy access to permit data coupled with full GIS integration for accurate, on demand information.

Adept Enterprise

1) Increases productivity and reduces errors by efficiently tracking permits, permit modifications, transfers of ownership and certified dock builders.

2) Provides easy access to landowner and parcel information, reviewer comments, fee tracking, alerts, photos and violation history, conveniently exportable using Microsoft Word document templates.

3) Dynamic workflow automation allows multiple staff to track and manage tasks, violations and permit process timelines.

4) Integrates with existing GIS systems. Start the permit process directly from the GIS parcel maps.

The Adept Enterprise system is scalable to expand workloads incrementally. The Adept system is also configured to provide online portal permitting features allowing property owners to download permits issued via the Internet for added convenience and cost savings.

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Machine Learning 2020

Machine Learning is a field of study that gives computers (machines) the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. -Arthur Samuel

Explicitly programmed is defined as writing out the instructions in order to accomplish a change manually. A non computer writing each and every instruction for the machine’s (computer’s) action.

I have been coding in multiple languages since the 1990s. I have designed, coded, implemented, gone live with numerous enterprise government and business software systems and supported these systems since the 1990s.

The most exciting time and there have been many over the years, but for me was when a machine wrote code that was impossible for me to write, and to watch it write the code to solve the problem based on what it discovered. This was with a cyber security inventory system I wrote for NERC (North America Electrical Reliability Corporation) compliance.

Machine Learning 2020

The system scans the networks inside Power Plants and creates an inventory of all the machines on the network and what ports are open and what machines are talking to inside and outside the networks. Then it defines what machines are high risk, medium risk and low risk. It produces numerous reports that go to NERC and cyber security humans then go in and investigate and fix potential security risks. This system identifies hacking problems like Black Energy malware and others before they are activated and all were and still are successfully removed.

I know this system would not have worked if it wasn’t for the software being able to write it’s own code. It is not if and then statements either. I get sick and tired of reading or listening about people saying this and other nonsense when it is simply not true about machine learning systems. I also see the same people and corporations talk about Block Chain and A.I and throw these terms around and that is all make believe when it comes to real world machine learning. It appears these people and corporations do not have real world problems to solve and are only looking for other people’s investment money.

The rules of coding, client side and server side seem to me to be what limits machines from learning. Obviously, this is changing, but rules are rules. You have to have code. In order for the machine to work it is driven by code. Now when the machine experiences events that does not exist in it’s programming it needs functions to produce code. This is what I wrote, and it worked. I also created functions to removed code, that the machine removes because it is no longer used or needed. Which was a very cool to watch that work. What was interesting too, was the machine wrote the code based on the rules of coding and the rules we told it could use.

Without the software having this capability and if written via the explicitly programmed method it took almost 2 weeks to scan an operating power plant. With Machine Learned Coding (MLC) it took 28 minutes to scan an operating power plant.

Machine Learned Coding (MLC) is just a stepping stone. I keep thinking about where will this technology go? These are very exciting times, but very frustrating times too. I feel that the rules of coding must expand.

The human mind is very complicated, and by comparing a machine being run by its programming is not the same thing as a human mind which is probably a very good thing. Hopefully Machine Learned Coding (MLC) might be able to change the human rules that produced the coding languages, that will allow for a huge expansion on capabilities. We will see this in Machine Learning 2020 and beyond.

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