Microcomputers as Productivity Aids for Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects

by Thomas G. Gebhard, Jr., Gebhard Engineers, Austin, TX, USA,
David C. Wheelock, Gebhard Engineers, Austin, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


Off-the-shelf software that has been used to improve productivity includes Computer-Aided-Design-and-Drafting (CADD) systems, spreadsheets, project managers, word processors, and communications programs. Specifically, off-the-shelf-software has been used for additional analyses and detail in hydrologic studies for hydroelectric projects. The ability to compare flow duration curves using the CADD system has provided additional insights into flow variability at a site by comparing monthly and annual flow duration curves for different periods of time and for different stations. Spreadsheets can be used to compute power production from mean daily streamflows loaded directly from the USGS WATSTORE system. The graphic capability of spreadsheets has been used to graph data directly from the WATSTORE system. Additional applications are discussed.

Subject Headings: Spreadsheets | Flow duration | Computers | Productivity | Hydro power | Computer aided design | Curvature | Computer analysis

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