Corps of Engineers Automation of Real-Time Water Control Management

by Ming T. Tseng, (M.ASCE), US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC, USA,
Earl E. Eiker, (M.ASCE), US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Automation of real-time water control management activities has enabled the Corps to keep pace with an ever increasing workload in a time of fiscal constraint and reduced manpower. Where manual procedures were only recently the norm the entire process is now automated. Data are collected automatically in the field, transmitted through satellites to ground receive stations and relayed to the office mini-computer to be processed. Once into the computer, the data are analyzed and used for evaluation of alternative management strategies to form a basis for water control decisions. The processed data are then disseminated and ultimately stored for future analyses. The entire process permits more data to be collected, more alternative operations to be evaluated and, as final result, leads to better management decisions.

Subject Headings: Automation | Information management | Water resources | Data collection | Satellites | Computer analysis | Permits | Computer software

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