BWI digitizes river basins

BWI, which stands for Blue Water Intelligence, is a hydrology startup company established in June 2022 in Toulouse, France. BWI specializes in the monitoring of continental surface water reserves, and forecasting of inland water quality, levels, volumes and river discharge around the globe. Our 4-word pitch is ‘BWI Digitizes River Basins’. Currently, BWI services are available or in the process of becoming available in Europe (France), Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast) and South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Népal), and is willing to expand to new geographical areas.

Basin digitization is what we do

Continental freshwater data & insights

3%

of the Earth’s water is fresh. Together, let’s take good care of this scarce and yet vital resource, so that it will be available for our future generations too! 

A State-of-the-Art approach to predicting streamflow, water levels and water quality

BWI brings together in-situ data, spaceborne observations and machine learning to feed and empower hydrological and hydrodynamical models.

As a provider of online subscription-based services, BWI aims to make scalable – across space and time – hydrological data to address climate change induced water stress.

Help governments and companies adapt to climate change

Improvements in the forecasting of water resource availability, water quality, floods, and droughts both at local and regional scales will help local authorities and businesses build climate resilience, as well as contribute to enabling scientists to better understand the water cycle.

At BWI, we also want to accelerate the transition to a low carbon society by enabling low carbon industries, such as, for instance, hydropower electricity generation or inland water transportation, to grow at maximum speed.

Virtual stations to help our clients digitize river basins

Public authorities & institutions

Predict water hazards and provide water-related monitoring (quality, streamflow, levels, volumes)

BWI builds predictive flood and drought early warning systems for risk managers, municipalities, basin management authorities and international finance institutions. BWI also provides predictive water quality monitoring solutions. To simulate the propagation of turbidity, contaminants and invasive plants along river networks.
Science and risk portfolio managers

Data on water levels, updated daily, from a low-orbit hydrological constellation of nanosatellites

BWI is working on making the SMASH concept (Small Altimetry Satellites for Hydrology), bord at research center LEGOS and designed at CNES (Phase A completed), a reality to cover the globe with continental surface water level measurement points updated on a daily basis. 30.000 comparable inland water height data points updated daily would be tremendous material for scientists, NGOs, governments, basin authorities as well as for global corporations such as insurance and industry.
Run-of-river hydropower operators and energy aggregators

Forecast river discharge and water levels accurately

BWI enables run-of-river hydropower operators to increase revenues by making possible the integration of streamflow predictions in their business processes. BWI is capable of accurately predicting future river discharge and deliver this valuable data to hydropower operators and energy traders through an API.

The people who form the Blue team

Philippe Gautier (FR)

Chairman of the Board

Jeremy Fain (FR)

Chief Executive Officer

Amandine Delom (FR)

Communications Officer

Morgane Carra (FR)

Human Resources Officer

Piotr Stępnicki (PL)

Chief Technology Officer

Olivier Chazal (FR)

Head of Programs

Aurélien Bricier (FR)

Senior Product Owner

Sundara Nataraja Amancharla (IN)

Senior Software Engineer

Anil Kumar Khanal (NP)

Hydrologist

Audrey Gabbay (FR)

Software Engineer

Mathieu Arthaud (FR)

Software Engineer

Mohamad Hamze

Mohamad Hamze (LB)

Product Owner

Thibault Plouviez (FR)

Junior DevOps and SysAdmin

Krish Sri Datta Polina (IN)

Junior Marketing Manager

Didier Alary (FR)

Space systems technical advisor

Henri Jacquet-Francillon (FR)

Hydropower technical advisor

+ 10 open full-time positions (remote, Toulouse, Paris)

+ 10 open full-time positions (remote, Toulouse, Paris)

We’re featuring here our most pressing open positions: Back-End Software Engineer

 

Why join BWI?

BWI is an impact startup on a mission to use data and machine learning to provide governments and companies with basin digitization services in order to help better adapt to the impact of climate change on the availability of water resources.

What are we expecting you to do at BWI?

Basically, the skills you need to be successful in your missions at BWI are the following:

0/ Core skills: Python software development

  • Writing clean, high-quality, high-performance, maintainable code using automated unit testing
  • Expertise in Object Oriented Design, Database Design, and Micro-service Schema
  • Experience with: postgresql, fastAPI, Spark
  • Support test and deployment of new products and features
  • Participate in code reviews

Then, you will necessarily be proficient in at least 1 of these 3 areas:

1/ Mathematics / Machine Learning / Data science

  • ML, in particular time series forecasting and computer vision
  • Numerical simulations (ODEs, PDEs)
  • Mathematical modelling (optimization problems)

2/ Geographic information systems

  • Understanding of GIS concepts
  • GeoPandas/rasterio/shapely/fiona
  • QGIS/ArcGIS

3/ Cloud computing administration – DevOps

  • S3
  • Terraform
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes

Your qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics or physics (or related field) would be a plus
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of hydrology a plus
  • Prior experience with Earth Observation imagery and remote sensing data a plus
  • A professional command of English is a prerequisite, and French is not mandatory as our working language is English

 

Industries

  • Environment
  • Software
  • Space

 

Employment Type

Full-time, onsite, located in Toulouse (France) or Paris (France). In case a hybrid work environment is what you’re aiming at, you may take for granted 1 (one) day of remote work per week.

 

Hiring process

The typical hiring process comprises 3 interviews and will last 2 weeks.

  • The process always starts with a technical interview for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Then, there’s an interview about the role, the project, the team, for about an hour.
  • And last, there’s a last interview during which we’ll be making an offer to you.

Here’s yet another open position: Radar System Engineer

Warning:European citizenship is necessary for your application to be considered for this position.

Why join BWI?

BWI is an impact startup on a mission to use data and machine learning to provide governments and companies with basin digitization services to help better adapt to the impact of climate change on the availability of water resources.

Company Description

BWI (Blue Water Intelligence) is a Toulouse-based company which specializes in monitoring inland surface water reserves globally. The company combines in-situ data, spaceborne observations, and machine learning to empower hydrological and hydrodynamical models and provide clients with data and insights on their points of interest. BWI provides online subscription-based services aiming to make scalable hydrological forecasts to address climate change induced water stress.

BWI also works with Hemeria, a European satellite platform manufacturer, and other partners, on a bespoke space infrastructure which consists in the putting in orbit of a constellation of altimetry satellites to monitor water levels globally with a high revisit rate. This latter project requires radar / RF expertise at different levels (manage RFP of instrument manufacturer, co-design with instrument manufacturer at development stage, manage technical integration project, define and implement command and control spec,…).

Role Description

This is a role for a Radar System Engineer, with either space hardware RF expertise or signal processing expertise, at BWI ideally located in Toulouse, France. As a Radar System Engineer, the successful candidate will be responsible for a range of different tasks, including designing, implementing, and testing various radar systems for automated monitoring of inland surface water levels, working on system integration, and performing software and hardware troubleshooting.

*** The role can be full-time (employment) or/& part-time (consulting contract). In other words, there are potentially several positions to be filled, as a consultant or as an FTE. ***

Qualifications

  • Space constrains (thermal, power, mechanical,…) experience
  • Radio frequency expertise
  • Systems Engineering, Systems Design, and Requirements Management skills
  • Digital Signal Processing and/or Electrical Engineering skills
  • Experience with designing, developing, and testing radar systems
  • Working knowledge of various radar technologies and systems
  • Ability to perform software and hardware troubleshooting and resolve issues
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related fields
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French

BWI’s reference shareholder

BWI technical partners

How about we get in touch? 

Talk to us

Whether you are a talent passionate about water resources monitoring and looking for a new challenge (send us your résumé!), a journalist covering news on climate resilience solutions (we tell a story of hope with passion), an impact/climate tech/infrastructure/SaaS venture fund willing to invest in a more sustainable future (in crisis lies an opportunity always), a potential client (looking to climate proof your assets by digitizing your basins of interest), or a future partner, feel free to drop us a line. We will get back to you shortly!

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