Client Type: Waterloo AC Clients
At Vidya, our business is to create intelligent or ‘smart city’ software that inspires environmental change. Through our one-of-a-kind software (IRUS), Vidya has created a solution that blends the clarity of environmental visualization (or pictures and interactive animations) with the data-driven power of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to illustrate environmental futures. IRUS allows users to make planning and design changes and simultaneously evaluate those changes in terms of measurable indicators such as cost, energy efficiency, carbon emissions, flood risk, etc. For municipalities and designers, analysis during conceptual design is no longer a fantasy. For developers, the consequences of planning and design decisions can be evaluated before the shovels hit the ground, saving time and money. For property insurers, IRUS provides a defensible means of assessing flood potential at the lot level, communicating flood risk to potential and current policy holders and evaluating alternative adaptation measures to address flood vulnerability.