Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
User-Centered Design (UCD) is an iterative process that allows designers and developers to create useful products. Using a combination of brainstorming, in-person interviews, usability testing, and design evaluation, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) is building a web portal to deliver Montana’s Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) data in an efficient manner.
Data from the MBMG and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) are currently being collected and stored. The MBMG has more than 100 surface-water monitoring sites in its Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) database. In addition, the DNRC has stream stage (ft), discharge (cfs), and water temperature (deg C) data for 34 real-time stations and more than 130 seasonally downloaded stations across Montana. Working together with the Water Management Bureau and Information Technology staff at DNRC, the MBMG developed a database to import an automatic data feed from Aquatic Informatics’ AQUARIUS software. The surface-water data are imported into the system every 30 minutes using a combination of the AQUARIUS API, FTP, Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, and custom software.
The SWAMP database and website are recent additions to the MBMG Data Center at http://mbmg.mtech.edu/datacenter.
Buckley, Luke, "APPLYING USER CENTERED DESIGN PRINCIPLES TO DELIVER SURFACE WATER DATA TO DIVERSE AUDIENCES" (2018). Graduate Theses & Non-Theses. 155.