IRRICAD ? Computerized Irrigation Design

by Graham Hutchinson, Nelson Irrigation Corp, Walla Walla, United States,
Peter Carran, Nelson Irrigation Corp, Walla Walla, United States,
Ian McIndoe, Nelson Irrigation Corp, Walla Walla, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


IRRICAD is a software program that helps irrigation designers by using a computerized systems approach to design. The program features drawing CAD input, interpolation of elevation data, hydraulic pipe sizing to fit desired pressure windows, economic pipe sizing to balance energy and pipe costs, fittings and materials selection, output to a plotter for professional plans, and reporting that includes bills of materials and hydraulic reports. IRRICAD uses linear programming techniques for pipe sizing routines yet is easily operated on an IBM compatible personal computer. The systems approach to design along with the speed of a computer enable a designer to leverage time, to improve the quality of output, and to improve accuracy in hydraulics and in costing.

Subject Headings: Computer programming | Computer aided design | Hydraulic design | Pipeline hydraulics | Pipe materials | Irrigation | Pressure pipes

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