DEC Data Systems was founded. The initial version of the company's flagship software, DataWise®, was
developed that year by Donald E. Colton, and was based upon the experience and skills gained from his years of work in
the National Weather Service, Sierra-Misco, and several other private companies. While the DataWise® software suite
is mature and stable, it continues to evolve to take advantage of the ever expanding capabilities of hardware, software, and
First copies of DataWise® implemented for the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, San Jacinto
River Authority, City of Petaluma, St Johns River Authority, and Salto Grande Dam in Uruguay / Argentina. Data
acquisition method was ALERT.
Charles Luchessa partnered with DEC Data Systems taking the position of International Sales Manager and
Janice Cowden joined DEC Data Systems as a programmer, developer, and documenter.
DataWise® is implemented on a basin-wide system in the Narmada River system in India. The system uses over 45
remote sites covering an area of over 38,000 square miles. Telemetry method was INSAT (India Satellite).
DataWise® implemented on basin-wide system on the Caroni River in Venezuela. Telemetry method was GOES.
Brady Colton joined DEC Data Systems as a programmer and developer.
Implementation of DataWise® at 13 locations in Arizona Statewide flood warning system.
Beginning of the nation-wide telemetry system installed for Thailand National Weather Service. This
implementation was accomplished over several stages, with the telemetry methods including GPRS modem over the
internet, line of sight radio, and microwave.
San Antonio, Texas city-wide low water crossing system implemented.
Western Region of the National Weather Service selects DataWise® as its front end data acquisition and data
Implementation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data quality validation routines into the DataWise® software
County-wide low water crossing system implemented for Bexar County, Texas.
Implementation of module to store validated data into a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CWMS database.
Brady Colton becomes Vice President and Senior Developer of DEC Data Systems.