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Centralised and decentralised control of the Broken River

M Foo, SK Ooi, E Weyer

Proceedings of the 2013 European Control Conference | IEEE Explore | Published : 2013


In this paper centralised Model Predictive Control (MPC), tuned in two different ways, and a decentralised control scheme are proposed for the control of the Broken River in Victoria, Australia. The control objective is to improve water resource management for the benefit of irrigators and the environment. The controllers are designed based on simple time delay and integrator delay models. The controllers are evaluated in realistic simulation scenarios and compared to manual operation. The use of control offers increased operational flexibility with a significant potential for substantial water savings, improved level of service to irrigators and improved environmental benefits. © 2013 EUCA.


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Farms Rivers and Markets Project, an initiative of Uniwater and funded by the National Water Commission, the Victorian Water Trust, The Dookie Farms 2000 Trust (Tallis Trust) and the University of Melbourne and supported by the Departments of Sustainability and Environment and Primary Industry, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water. The first author also gratefully acknowledge the financial support from National ICT Australia. NICTA is funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence program.