Optimization Model for Churchill River Diversion

by Abu M. Z. Alam, Engrg. Systems Analyst; Metcalf & Eddy, Engrs., Boston, MA; formerly, Chf. Hydr. Engr., Underwood McLellan & Assoc. Ltd., Winnipeg, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 8, Pg. 1351-1366

Document Type: Journal Paper


Optimal project configurations for diverting a river system into another are ascertained through the application of mathematical programming. The physical and hydrologic limitations are described by a system of equations and constraints. All nonlinear functions are transformed into piece-wise linear functions preserving essential nonlinear features. The stochastic nature of the inflow is approximated by a deterministic analysis. Optimization is carried out by applying the Separable Programming algorithm of MPS/360. Results of optimal project configurations are presented.

Subject Headings: Optimization models | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Computer programming | Stochastic processes | River systems | Hydrology | Linear functions

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