Managing critical water assets
Cost-efficient water-cycle services
Awareness & understanding
Increase food production
Welfare & healthy growth
Ensuring safe water
Access to timely water data
Reliable observation and forecasting
Sustainable water infrastructures
Efficient and competitive
Support, prevent and improve
Innovative, fast and low risk
Cost effective and scalable
Increased reliability in water supply.
Irrigated land produces some 40% of the world’s food. In fact, crop yields from irrigated agriculture can be twice that of agriculture that depends on rain only. However many years of insufficient infrastructure maintenance and in some cases inadequate operation that has remained unchanged highlight the need of strategies to make agriculture more sustainable and productive and the need to modernise large scale irrigation.
But the issue of modernisation is not just about infrastructure. Large scale irrigation efficiency is also compromised by poor data collection, or data that is not real-time, making it hard to make good operational decisions.
For one our clients in rural Australia, a combination of lining a porous earthen channel system with EPDM rubber and installation of automated control gates not only allowed on-time and accurate farm supply and measurement but reduced losses in delivery from an historical average of 25% to around 7%. This has meant that it is now efficient to irrigation even in very dry years when water availability is low since losses are low and stable. The EPDM rubber was not only cheaper than concrete lining but has a longer lifespan.
For another client, in Spain, we retro-fitted automation and a SCADA system to the existing manual control structures for delivery to smaller canals: a cost-effective solution for real time information and control. Water use is now monitored and controlled in real time, resulting in water savings and improved efficiency because operations staff did not need to travel to the site to make changes or to monitor flows and could respond rapidly to changes in irrigators needs.
For another client in Spain, we’ve automated pumping systems into in-line storage reservoirs to make efficient use of variable electricity tariffs. These reservoirs then use gravity to feed a network of pipes providing enough pressure to irrigators to run spray irrigation on-demand.
Operational and Planning System
Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd.
Enhancing asset management and customer service levels through business intelligence.
Goulburn-Murray Water Corporation
Increasing the quality and accessibility of water resource information.
Service Cost Modelling
Using machine learning to reduce asset management costs without compromising service levels.