Advisory System for South Florida Water Management

by Gary F. Goforth, South Florida Water Management, District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


A comprehensive, real-time advisory system was developed for the operation of water control facilities within the South Florida Water Management District. The Operations Assistant and Simulated Intelligence System (OASIS) will monitor and display real-time hydrologic and meteorologic data and structure status, provide multiple levels of current and projected alarm detection, incorporate a versatile data plotting package, and features an operations advisor expert system. After an inventory of documented operating guidelines was conducted, the domain experts, in this case the water control operations decision makers, were interrogated during structured interviews. These sessions focused on decision factors, operating modes, data sources, and expected outcomes of operations for operations within a prototype region of the District. A prototype of OASIS was developed for one of the major hydrologic basins within the District on a Symbolics Lisp machine using the combined development tools of Symbolics Genera 7 software and the Automated Reasoning Tool from Inference Corporation. The capabilities and limitations of the OASIS prototype are currently being evaluated by internal staff and external consultants.

Subject Headings: Water management | Weather forecasting | Computer software | Systems management | Control systems | Hydrologic data | Smart buildings | Inventories | Florida | United States

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