Demand-Integrated Network Control Solution
With the Demand-Integrated Network Control solution, farmers enter and manage their water delivery requests through a website called Customer Connect. As soon as a request is entered, the software immediately checks the farmer’s usage and any other rules and regulations necessary, and then calculates whether the canal network can deliver the water. The request is then confirmed to the farmer or adjacent time slots offered for immediate selection. At the same time, demand peaks and troughs are smoothed and orders linked to better utilize the canal’s capacity and to deliver to more farmers simultaneously.
At the delivery time, the farmer’s automated turnout opens and all of the check gates along the length and breadth of the canal system coordinate to supply just the amount of water needed by the farmer at the requested flow rate.
With this level of flexibility and responsiveness, farmers are back in the driving seat. Confident of water delivery, they can increase productivity.
Combining the automated coordination of FlumeGates along the length of the canal in the Network Control solution with the demand smoothing of the Operations Automation solution ensures that the canal capacity cannot be exceeded even in times of high water need.
The result is that the whole canal system behaves with nearly the same responsiveness and efficiency as a pipe but without the high cost of piped networks.
Features and Benefits
Water delivered nearly on-demand
Fairer, better service
Better environmental outcomes
The Demand-Integrated Network Control solution is made up of modular TCC® technology:
response of each FlumeGate, and coordinates the propagation of flow information up (or down) the canal.