Yakima Remote Control System: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

by William H. Casola, Sutron Corp, Herndon, VA, USA,
Onni J. Perala, Sutron Corp, Herndon, VA, USA,
Daniel W. Farrell, Sutron Corp, Herndon, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


The Yakima Remote Control System is a computerized supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system developed for the operation of the Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima Project in south-central Washington. The Yakima system allows centralized control and monitoring of several remote water storage and diversion dams which provide irrigation water and hydropower. The system controls operating gates and other devices at the dams using line-of-sight radio telemetry. The system is integrated with an existing automated hydrologic data collection and storage system. The system monitoring includes an array of alarms that can be generated by both the remote sites and the central computer.

Subject Headings: Remote control | Traffic engineering | Computing in civil engineering | Spillways | Dams | Information systems | Structural control | Water storage | Washington | United States

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