Operations Models for Central Valley Project

by Leonard Becker, Postdoctoral Scholar; Engrg. Systems Dept., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Calif.,
Donald Sparks, Operations Research Analyst; Div. of Data Processing, Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, Calif.,
Dan M. Fults, (A.M.ASCE), Hydr. Engr.; Water and Power Control Div., Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, Calif.,
William W-G. Yeh, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Engrg. Systems Dept., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 101-115

Document Type: Journal Paper


System optimizing procedures are being developed for on-line use in the operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP), a complex multiple objective water resource system, in California. The project is subject to requirements and interagency agreements. A practical optimization method must address not only these requirements but also the continuing needs of day-to-day operation, and the necessity for interposing the project managers in monitoring and final decision roles. The basic technical difficulty with an optimizing algorithm for a complex water resource system is the dimensionality which can easily run into the tens of thousands of decision variables and constraints. The method being developed for the project provides the necessary decomposition and involves the project managers, assisted by an integrated group of multiple policies based on interconnected monthly, daily, and hourly models, using iterated linear programming-dynamic programming techniques.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Project management | Optimization models | Managers | Computer programming | Agreements and treaties | Algorithms | Decomposition | California | United States

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