Task 3 Extension
Principal Investigator(s): Guy Fipps
- Test and evaluate the prototype distribution network and develop a GIS interface to facilitate its use by district personnel.
- Conduct four short courses/workshops:
- A two day GIS (ArcGIS 8.3-9.0) beginners short course Aug 25-26, 2004 (Weslaco)
- A two day GIS (ArcGIS 8.3-9.0) beginners short course Fall 2004 (El Paso)
- one day GPS (Survey Grade) beginners short course Fall 2004 (El Paso)
- Water measurement workshop (Jan-Feb 2005)
- Conduct thermal imaging flyovers in cooperation with USDA-ARS and Steve Maas as part of methodology development for rapid canal/pipeline leak detection. Analyze data and compare with field verifications.
- Implement a prototype GIS application in cooperation with San Juan ID for using at headquarters for district clientele to check account information. Implement a web-base version as a demonstration of the potential for other districts.
- Develop procedures for rating the condition of earthen canals that would serve as an indicator of the potential savings from lining or replacement without conducting ponding tests.
- evaluate the effect of maintenance activities on seepage losses in unlined canals.
- Develop a procedure for determining the magnitude of operational spills.
- Initiate a program to evaluate and document the water savings benefits of implemented rehabilitation projects. Program will include loss tests and periodic documentation of durability and other factors.
- Work with United ID to determine leakage from a new pipeline
- evaluate 3 to 4 projects using different canal lining technologies
- Develop procedures for calibrating gates/control Structures
- Develop manual for determining operating procedures for canal networks, including information on how to:
- calibrate control structures
- determine maximum canal capacities and flow rates
- determine recommended turnout flow rates