A Prototype Distributed Processing System Water Control Data Processing at Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

by Michael D. Perryman, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, United States,
Brian S. McCormick, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, United States,
Clinton E. Word, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers operates 50 multi-purpose reservoirs controlling runoff from all or parts of 7 states. These reservoirs are operated for flood control, water supply, hydropower, water quality, sediment control, navigation, recreation, and fish and wildlife. The need for current and accurate data for reservoir regulation which will address this wide variety of interest causes the District to rely heavily on our automated Water Control Data System (WCDS). The current WCDS consists of a system of data collection platforms and a Harris 1000 minicomputer. Although the current computer system has sufficed for several years, performance, upgradability, reliability/redundancy, and ease of use have made it increasingly unacceptable for current operations. A prototype distributed processing system utilizing industry-standard 386 and 486 microcomputers networked together running OS/2 and LAN Manager is being developed to address these limitations.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Distribution functions | Hydrologic data | Water supply systems | Federal government | Reservoirs | Water quality | United States Army Corps of Engineers | United States

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