Repository logo

Modernization project and scientific platform on the Gignac Canal




Vion, Pierre Yves, author
Kulesza, Vincent, author
Malaterre, Pierre-Olivier, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


Theoretical progress in the domain of open channel automatic control has been achieved in the last decades. Controllers are generally designed with the help of mathematical software and tested on computer simulation models. Nevertheless, a phase of real-time testing appears to be necessary before the full validation allowing wide spread implementations of given automatic controllers. This helps taking into account and solving problems linked to the physical limits of sensors or actuators or to usually neglected phenomenon such as communication delays, faults and model errors. The Gignac canal project aims at addressing this issue and sharing a research platform with diverse industrial and academic partners. It involves mainly the equipment of the canal with sensors and actuators, and an opened SCADA system. It has been designed to make possible the test of a wide range of control architectures and algorithms. The equipment also helps the canal manager facing strengthening management constraints. They appear with the strict application of new legislations which lead to diminish intake withdrawals and to modernize parts of the secondary network. The project associates in a scientific committee: the canal manager, research teams, engineering companies, Universities and Colleges. It helps transferring academic knowledge and focusing the experiments on problem solving and end-users' requirements. Universities and Colleges take benefit from the facilities for practical work for teaching programmes in hydraulics and automatics.


Presented at SCADA and related technologies for irrigation district modernization, II: a USCID water management conference held on June 6-9, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.

Rights Access



Associated Publications