Film Artist April 2017, Weather Decision Technologies

Film Artist for April 2017: Weather Decision Technologies

Filming windows are often very small. When combined with the complex nature of location shoots, ensuring that tiny window of opportunity is maximized is often dependent upon the weather. While most clients search for periods of tranquil weather, others seek out the extreme. Weather Decision Technologies (WDT) is in a unique position to help plan, regardless of the request.

WeatherOps is a service originally designed for enterprise asset protection. It has since evolved into a full-featured risk mitigation system for the entertainment industry. With offices on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus, WDT has access to the best technology and brightest talent in the weather space. They apply these resources to help ensure the safety of people and assets across the entertainment industry, from concert tours and festivals, to stadium events like the NFL and NASCAR, to planned and non-planned site-specific filming.

“Our weather services span the globe so having the opportunity to work with productions on location right here in the state of Oklahoma is extremely gratifying. In addition, Oklahoma weather isn’t the easiest to predict so I believe the value of having an Oklahoma-based company familiar with the ins and outs of complex forecasts in this region is of great benefit,” said Dax Cochran, Director of Global Entertainment services, WeatherOps

Overview regarding how WDT’s services work:

• The staff meteorologist is watching your site 24/7, alerting in advance of pending weather impacts
• Color coded 7-Day Planners – Know what to expect before your shoot
• Daily weather checks break down the forecast – Storms today between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.? We’ll know
• Customized range rings provide lightning alerts in relation to a site
• Custom web-based software maps your site(s) on our weather map allowing staff to visually track weather near a location
• Works globally

Details regarding WDT’s service offering (advertisement version):

24/7 Access to a Meteorologist
WDT’s WeatherOps staff understands the constraints and unique nature of the entertainment services industry. They utilize state-of-the-art equipment, weather models and global weather data sources all with the highest refresh rates. All of this means nothing without the proper people in place and WDT has them just a phone call away.

Ease of Use
All your weather is now in one place thanks to WeatherOps Commander that combines all WeatherOps products and services onto one screen. Easily add users and assets, reference current and past forecast products and view your WeatherOps display from a single webpage. Consumption of critical weather information has never been more effortless thanks to WeatherOps Commander.

Making Weather Palatable
Green/Yellow/Red thresholds are e-mailed daily to your team to let them know days in advance when weather will impact your events. Easy to read forecasts keep your entire team situationally aware of the weather.

WeatherOps Mobile App
Lightning, high winds and severe weather are all threats that commonly affect the entertainment industry and now we’re taking the need to monitor a situation on a computer out of the equation. The power of WeatherOps is now available pocket-sized! The companion application will push hazardous weather alerts to your smart device for your asset locations. Never be caught off-guard by impending weather.

Experience
WDT is the leader in weather support for broadcast events and have grown into film leveraging support from our entertainment insurance partners. Clients include ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ESPN, Turner, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, NASCAR, SXSW, Coachella, Burning Man, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, ULTRA Music Festival, Summer Set Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Hangout Festival and many more.

For more information, please visit Weather Decision Technologies’s listing in the Oklahoma Production Directory.

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