Thursday, 16th July 2020

Improving Irrigation Efficiency and Customer Service - Murrumbidgee Irrigation Operation and Planning System (Australia)

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd.

Areas of Activity: Information Systems

Sectors of Operation: Irrigation Modernisation



“The innovative approach of the MIOPS project has been a significant step forward for MI’s Operational and Asset Planning teams. The improved data management and business intelligence will provide greater support to all business functions.”
Dave Gilbert - Executive Manager Planning, Murrumbidgee Irrigation

Faced with the challenge of future changes in water availability, Murrumbidgee Irrigation had to understand better the hydraulics of their distribution networks to improve distribution efficiency but without compromising the best possible service to irrigators.

To do this, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd (MI) engaged Adasa to implement a Decision Support System to improve the day to day system operation efficiency, to address short to medium term water and asset planning and to assess requests for water trading.

Adasa designed and built the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Operation and Planning System (MIOPS) to respond to the needs of a complex delivery system driven by customer demand and which includes infrastructure that ranges from manually operated structures to remote manual operation and fully automated channels.

The key benefit of MIOPS has been to improve decision making by providing quick and easy access to information from various sources and to gain better knowledge of hydraulic behaviour using virtual real-time information from forecasting models and visualisations. Amongst the sources of data the forecasting models incorporate information from scada systems, delivery planning systems, satellite imagery, channel topology, soil surveys and meteorological systems.
At the same time, enhanced data quality and consistency has improved customer service by providing tools to assess water trading requests and assist equitable water order scheduling to meet customer expectations and compliance with company water policies.

· Maximised use of water diverted into the scheme, through better storage, capture and reuse, and by optimising the use catchment runoff and of water resulting from miss-match of orders.
· Improved operational and planning knowledge associated with water delivery, water scheduling and ordering, and water delivery infrastructure and maintenance.
· Improved water demand forecast, which helps to optimise diversions and to reschedule conflicting orders during periods of high water demand.
· Enhanced asset planning and long-term demand forecasting.
· Reduced business risk and water delivery risk during water shortages through better evaluation of impact of trading of delivery entitlements and flow rate share apportionment.

Download the full case study here