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Demonstration of gate control with SCADA system in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas




Turan, Burak, author
Fipps, Guy, author
Leigh, Eric, author
Nazarov, Azimjon, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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The management of canal operations with centralized control provides a powerful way to monitor the existing conditions at the site, regulate water demands and supplies, while minimizing delays and losses. Three control structures on lateral E3-A of Delta Lake Irrigation District (DLID) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) in Texas will be automated and integrated with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in two Phases. Control of two gate structures, Check 1 and Check 2, at the most upstream of the lateral will be integrated with SCADA system first in Phase 1. The third gate structure, Check 3, at the downstream of Check 2 will be automated in Phase 2 to conduct research on delivering unknown irrigation demands. This system will be utilized as a long-term management and decision support tool for the district. This study focuses on the methodology of integrating the canal automation with the optimal management strategies of turnout structures to meet on-farm delivery demands. The discussion reviews the identification and selection of the SCADA system components for DLID.


Presented at SCADA and related technologies for irrigation district modernization: a USCID water management conference on October 26-29, 2005 in Vancouver, Washington.

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