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Improved software for design of long-throated flumes




Wahl, Tony L., author
Clemmens, Albert J., author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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Long-throated flumes have received increased emphasis in recent years as a practical, low-cost, flexible means of measuring open-channel flows in new and existing canal systems (Reclamation, 1997). MS-DOS based software to aid in the design of long-throated flumes has been available for several years from the International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, and was documented by Clemmens et al. (1993). To facilitate the future use of long-throated flume technology, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Agricultural Research Service are presently rewriting this software to operate in a Windows-based computing environment. The updated software will include significant user-interface improvements and new features, and will overcome an incompatibility between Windows 95 and the copy-protection system used on the current software. Some of the new features will include an improved design optimization scheme, integrated printing of full-scale wall gauges, improved graphics and units system support, a simplified system for saving, retrieving, and sharing flume designs with other users, and an online help system. At this time most of the new features are in place and the software is in a beta-testing phase. The completed software will be released at the end of the beta-test program along with updated printed documentation.


Presented at Contemporary challenges for irrigation and drainage: proceedings from the USCID 14th technical conference on irrigation, drainage and flood control held on June 3-6, 1998 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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