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1 Irrigation Australia Conference Teaching New Tricks Mike BudahazyTerry Clapham Manager, Irrigation ModernisationGeneral Manager, Water Supply East

2 2 What we will cover Response to channel automation ● Customers ● Staff Modernisation – An example of the “light in the very dark room”

3 3 Customer responses to channel automation

4 4 1. The accidental irrigation 2. Off farm operation 3. SRW operates outlets

5 5 Customer responses to channel automation 1. The accidental irrigation 2. Off farm operation 3. SRW operates outlets 4. “More time to do other things” 5. “It’s better for my wife too” 6. Weeds on-farm

6 6 Customer responses to channel automation 1. The accidental irrigation 2. Off farm operation 3. SRW operates outlets 4. “More time to do other things” 5. “It’s better for my wife too” 6. Weeds on-farm 7. Full on-farm automation 8. Daytime irrigation 9. Younger farmers

7 7 Customer responses to channel automation 4 hrs 19 hrs9 hrs5 hrs 1 hr Midnight

8 8 Staff responses

9 9 Staff responses to channel automation 1. A changing system …a changing job …a changing workforce 2. OH&S …an operator’s perspective 3. “A light blub in a very dark room”

10 10 Staff responses to channel automation 1. A changing system …a changing job …a changing workforce 2. OH&S …an operator’s perspective 3. “A light blub in a very dark room” 4. Weeds in channels 5. Planning and scheduling

11 11 Successful Delivery Index

12 12 Successful Delivery Index What does it measure? Two important aspects of supply are: ● Accuracy ● managing what you measure ● Reliability ● Changes to bay irrigation times ● Changes to infiltration rates ● Lead to on-farm inefficiencies or excess run-off or both The SDI provides a measure of supply reliability

13 13 Successful Delivery Index What is it? Success or fail on the basis of whether the delivered flow was within ±10% of the ordered flow or ±0.5 ML/day (whichever is greater) for 95% of the order duration

14 14 Successful Delivery Index

15 15 Successful Delivery Index Upper Limit (+10%) 16.5 ML/day Lower Limit (-10%) 13.5 ML/day

16 16 Successful Delivery Index

17 17 Successful Delivery Index

18 18 Successful Delivery Index

19 19 Causal Factors Automation control ● System tuning (commissioning and system understanding) ● Manual management of automated system (hybrid modes) ● Host, communications or FlumeGate/RTU Process control ● Planning operations (transitional arrangements) ● Planning operations (automated systems) Interventions ● SRW Field staff ● SRW Subcontractors ● Rubicon or BAE System infrastructure ● Weeds, capacity constraints, physical limitations ● Customer and delivery side issues ● Customer infrastructure ● Unauthorised usage

20 20 Causal Factors Supply Side SRW Controls Automation Process control System infrastructure Delivery Side Customer Controls Customer infrastructure High ground Unauthorised usage Mutual Obligation

21 21 Root Cause Analysis

22 22 Root Cause Analysis

23 23 Conclusion Customer and staff acceptance along with grasping the potential of the system has been very positive after some shaky beginnings! The benefits to production, the water savings, lifestyle, occupational health and safety - are real Modernisation produces a data rich environment highlighting the problems within the channel system Modernisation projects inherit the problems of the past Modernisation projects are about change, the construction is easy, the real challenge is managing the change resulting on both sides of the meter

24 24 Questions?


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