Interactive Simulation for Water System Dynamics

by Neil S. Grigg, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,
Maurice C. Bryson, Assoc. Prof. of Statistics; Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 77-92

Document Type: Journal Paper


The urban simulation modeling techniques demonstrated by Forrester of MIT have attracted wide interest from social scientists and the management science community. The techniques can also be applied to urban water problems, particularly those concerned with the economics of supply-storage-use problems. An example of a rate policy simulation study for Fort Collins, Colo., is presented. The flexibility of the approach is emphasized but the need for valid data, as in all simulation studies, is not understated. The modeling approach presented emphasizes an interactive simulation, written in BASIC language and run on an office size minicomputer, available to practically any engineering office. Although this case was restricted to an urban water supply system, the methodology should be valid for many other engineering-economic problems as well.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Interactive systems | Urban areas | Simulation models | Water supply systems | Social factors | Economic factors | Management methods

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