Brief Description of Castor Software for Management of Reservoir Systems

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by P. Vassilev, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Canada,
D. Martin, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Canada,
M. Tremblay, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Canada,
C. Marche, Monenco Consultants Ltd, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers:

Abstract: The CASTOR group, started in 1984 at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada), is a major software development project for an integrated CAD system related to hydro projects. Based on a University-Industry collaboration, the project covers a number of specialties such as hydraulics, hydrology, reservoir operation, site characterization, geotechnical engineering, structures and turbine design. Twentyfive products were developed, including the reservoir operation model (HG). This software is a multireservoir, multipurpose model for simulation of a system of reservoirs operated for flood control, hydropower, irrigation and conservation purposes. The model transforms a reservoir system into a capacitated flow network. The penalties or cost of flow coefficients indicate relative preference for the distribution of water. The solution to a system can be changed by simply altering the penalty. The simulation approach is based on several hierarchy levels. The structure of the model, its computational technique and its pre and post processors facilitate the interactive implementation of user imposed decisions. The program has been successfully used on several hydropower studies and is demonstrated on the St-Maurice River System (Quebec).

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Systems management | Computer software | Hydro power | Hydrologic models | Irrigation systems | Computer aided design | Geotechnical engineering | Hydraulic design | North America | Canada | Quebec | Montreal

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