WSC Real Time Network Management. Mantioba/Sask District Scott Hill – Head of Operations, Sask Rod Bowden – A/Head of Operations, Man. Agnes Fojt – Hydrological Services Supervisor, Manitoba. Outline. Flood Monitoring Operational Challenges
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Scott Hill – Head of Operations, Sask
Rod Bowden – A/Head of Operations, Man.
Agnes Fojt – Hydrological Services Supervisor, Manitoba
Challenges of collecting Data in large floods.
- Personnel - Staff shortages: sick Leave, vacation and parental leave, etc.
-Equipment Shortages: ADCP’s, Boats, other specialised equipment.
-Infrastructure: Ensuring the integrity of data collection systems. Repair or replace flooded/damaged gauges on short notice.
- Vehicles:Take much longer, re-routes/detours.
- Boating on unfamiliar channels/rivers.
-High velocity, Debris running, Snag/lose equipment.
-Staff Shortages: Because of the highly technical nature of the work trained personnel are required. Call in from other offices, recent retirees.
-Communication (e.g. smart phones for field result reporting)
-Equipment Shortages: Loans from other offices, rent if time lines permit.
-Infrastructure: Development of quick deploy temporary gauges and prebuilt gauges that are simple to install. (e.g. Radar Down-looker, Tilting Mast GOES).
-Coordinate with RCMP, Sask Highways, MIT, Access letters.
-Prearrangement of air resources (e.g. helicopter charter)
-Provide partners with daily trip plan – take into account longer access times.
- Equipment (e.g. Break-away and clutch kits installed on sounding A-reels).
-Training (Both formal and hands on practical sessions)
- Communication/Field safety monitoring (e.g. call-in reporting, location )
systems – SPOT)
- Station Documentation/Meta Data (e.g. Update Station Descriptions with High Water info. )
-Pre Spring: Review of Hazardous Occurrences, THA’s and SWP’s.
-Review and Improve. (e.g. Traffic safety Procedures).
Water Survey of Canada’s primary mandate has been the production of archive QA/QC’d (Water level and Discharge) hydrometric data.
Various initiatives in data computation over the years have gradually moved us forward;
- Provisional data production on a monthly, weekly basis
- daily reporting of field results
- use of a regionally developed RTQ (Real Time Discharge)
At the same time there have been continuous improvement of data collection and telemetry data systems
All of which is looking to better provision near Real Time data to users.
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