Seepage rate estimation from total channel control data during periods of shut down: preliminary data quality assessment. Case study: Coleambally irrigation system

Shahidi, A. M. and Smith, R. and Gillies, M. (2013) Seepage rate estimation from total channel control data during periods of shut down: preliminary data quality assessment. Case study: Coleambally irrigation system. In: 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies , 11-13 Dec 2012, Adelaide, Australia.

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In recent years, major south-eastern Australian irrigation companies have invested heavily in modernization which includes installation of automatic control structures with remote monitoring, the so called total channel control technology (TCC). Main objectives of using TCC technology are to supply water near-on-demand and to control channel water levels. TCC includes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology which will result in production of integrated databases based on real time measurements of the whole system. This data has the potential to be used to identify sections of channel with high rates of seepage or leakage. Pondage tests are acknowledged as the best direct method for seepage measurement, and the recorded water level data from automated systems during periods of gate closure can be treated as pondage test data. The purpose of this paper is to report on a preliminary quality analysis of such data during periods of shut down in the system in order to investigate the feasibility of using such data in seepage rate estimation. Coleambally irrigation district in southern NSW was chosen as the case study it being one of the first automated irrigation districts in the world and having three years of historical data. The analysis was done for all pondage conditions during the 2010 irrigation season and based on criteria requirements, accepted samples were categorized in different groups. The analysis showed that out of the total number of 1073 possible pondage conditions, 51% of them met the 70% criteria requirements and can be used for the purposes of this study. Examples of some individual periods of ponding are provided. Furthermore, it is concluded that TCC data is suitable for seepage and water loss analysis.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published in: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment vol. 168. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 06:26
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2017 23:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: seepage estimation; total channel control; pondage test; irrigation channels; Coleambally
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2495/SI120101

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