Innovation and Technology Evolution in Water Resources Engineering: Where are we headed and how will we get there?

Seminar Recording


Marcus Quigley, D.WRE, PE CEO, EcoLucid

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:00am


The incorporation of new digital technologies into practice has been pivotal to water resources engineerings’ ability to continue to improve outcomes for people and the environment.  From the digital computer’s introduction in the early 1970’s followed closely by personal computers in the late 1970’s, to ARC/INFO GIS emerging 1981 and AutoCAD’s release first release in 1982, the Internet/World Wide Web in 1990, Blackberry email in 1999 and modern smartphones (iPhone) in 2007, and more recently cloud computing, ubiquitous wireless communication, and emerging technologies such as low cost commercial drones and ubiquitous low earth orbit microsatellites, change is one of few constants in the industry.  With many of our water resources challenges getting more complex and uncertainty in future conditions increasing, it is imperative that we effectively plot a path for integration of innovation and technology.

In this seminar Marcus will focus on technology, context, and process discussing what is possible now, will soon become available, and how do we make the right technical and strategic choices to deliver meaningful change both in the practice and more importantly for communities.

Speaker Bio


Marcus works to inspire world-class teams working together to innovate, transform, build, and grow enterprises and organizations to solve our most urgent and complex civil and environmental problems at scales that dramatically improve outcomes for people and communities. He brings more than 25 years of deep technical, business, and industry experience leading and managing major programs and projects and creating and growing organizations.

In March 2019, Marcus founded EcoLucid, a Boston based company working at the intersection of technology and practice. EcoLucid focuses on providing trusted services to private and public clients and their consultants. EcoLucid imagines and delivers novel solutions to position clients uniquely in the market and is a partner to organizations seeking to evolve thoughtfully with an emphasis on helping utilities through digital transformation. Marcus also currently the Technology Practice Lead for the Environmental Finance and Consulting Group (EFCG).

Marcus’ experience in digital evolution includes leading and overseeing one of the most successful digital water technology companies in the country. Specifically, he founded OptiRTC, Inc. in 2014. He led the Company as its CEO and a member of the Board between 2014-2019 as the first provider of software-as-a-service products for intelligent, real-time monitoring and control of stormwater. The approaches Marcus pioneered at Opti will directly prevent over 1B gallons of wet weather discharge in 2019 to receiving waters in 21 states.

Prior to founding a technology and software company, Marcus worked in water resources engineering consulting on a broad range of projects of national import, including extensive work for more than a decade on the EPA, ASCE, and WERF led International Stormwater Best Management Practices Database Project. Marcus established a Brookline, MA satellite office of Geosyntec in 2008 and oversaw its operations between 2008-2014, was elected to Principal in 2010, and subsequently was elected to the Board of Directors for 2011-2012.

Marcus’ professional technical expertise includes civil and water resources engineering focusing on digital and intelligent systems, design, green infrastructure, water quality and hydrologic modeling, data and statistical acquisition and analysis, and execution of major compliance auditing and litigation projects. Marcus has co-authored national guidance manuals for monitoring of stormwater and evaluating and designing stormwater best management practices, has worked on key federal rule making efforts, and helped states in developing standards. Marcus regularly speaks at national technical conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous papers and journal articles.