A Microcomputer Reservoir Decision Model

by Raymond Walton, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Boston, MA, USA,
Guillermo J. Vicens, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The paper discusses the development of a dynamic programming model to optimize reservoir operations. Given statistical summaries of inflows, forecasts of near-term inflows, and cost statements about the consequences of various operating conditions, the model calculates the probable optimum operating procedure to maximize costs. The model consists of two programs. The first, MANAGE, is a data base management program. The second, NOWWOT, is the reservoir operating decision code. Both are written in FORTRAN compatible with an F77 standard compiler, and presently operate on an IBM P. C. This paper discusses the development of the model. An application to a hypothetical reservoir and sensitivity analyses are presented.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Reservoirs | Hydrologic models | Computer analysis | Dynamic models | Inflow | Computer software | Sensitivity analysis

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