The Project Grows
The SDG&E Weather Enterprise Platform
On the heels of the overwhelmingly positive reception to the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, SDG&E contracted MJD to expand the horizons of the project. The group collectively saw an opportunity to use the core ideas of the fire prevention app, but on weather in general. The scope of the project expanded into a enterprise platform, integrating more than 150 weather data sources. This now gives SDG&E an incredibly robust weather forecasting system. This new system allows SDG&E to make intelligent decisions on resourcing particular parts of their service area during significant weather events like storms, heat waves, and high winds. Bringing in such a variety of data required a redesigned user interface. The interface would be viewed on screens as small as a smartphone, to tablets, desktop computers, large screen displays and projected onto SDG&E’s control center in 80 foot high resolution. This was easily the largest range for a responsive application that we had taken on, and it was a great success. There’s nothing like seeing your work a few stories high on a wall.
The amount of data being written into the API based JSON file, along with the requirement to show different sets of data each day, gave us a unique opportunity to create a custom content management system. The data sources feed twenty seven different weather widgets, of which five are chosen on any given day depending on expected weather. We built an extremely easy to use drag and drop system to choose the day’s widgets. We also built a custom interface for SDG&E’s extremely talented weather team to massage the data coming into the system. For instance, if reports were saying it would be 78º, but they knew it would be significantly warmer, they can edit any of the incoming data to their needs. This allows a great amount of precision in their reporting.