Real-Time Water-Control System for the Trinity River, Texas

by David T. Ford, David Ford Cons. Engr., Sacramento, United States,
J. Russell Killen, David Ford Cons. Engr., Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


To provide information for improved flood prevention and control in the Trinity river basin in Texas, we developed a real-time water-control system that (1) retrieves rainfall and streamflow observations, (2) processes, files, and manages these data; (3) estimates basin average rainfall and forecasts runoff, and (4) simulates reservoir operation. This system uses custom software for data transmitting and processing, and Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) data-management, rainfall-analysis, runoff-forecasting, and reservoir-simulation software. To integrate these disparate programs, we developed a specialized program manager.

Subject Headings: Rainfall-runoff relationships | Rain water | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Hydrologic engineering | Floods | Control systems | Texas | United States

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