Operations Automation Solution
The software has a record of all current water orders, of the capacity of every canal pool back to the storage, and of the rate of change at which flow can increase or decrease in each pool. With this knowledge, the new order can be placed in a way that reduces flow changes and canal level fluctuation. This smooths peaks and troughs in demand, to make maximum use of the canal’s delivery capacity and thereby more farmers can have their deliveries fulfilled over a given period. When control gates along the length of the canal are still manually operated, the software also reduces the number of control changes required.
After this automatic calculation, the farmer receives an immediate response rather than waiting for human planners to complete their planning cycle. If the request cannot be fulfilled at exactly the time requested, a range of adjacent alternatives are offered to the farmer from which to choose. With this immediate confirmation, farmers feel empowered and in control of their irrigations.
When famers’ turnouts are automated with a SlipMeter or FlumeGate, the planned delivery is sent directly to the device so that it will open automatically at the desired time and deliver exactly the requested volume of water. The farmer can be confident that the water will be delivered without the need to manually open, close or monitor.
Features and Benefits
Better environmental outcomes
The Operations Automation solution is made up of modular TCC® technology: