Accession Number : ADA300664

Title :   Automation Opportunities at Corps of Engineers Locks and Dams.

Descriptive Note : Special rept.,

Corporate Author : COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH

Personal Author(s) : Carey, Kevin L.

PDF Url : ADA300664

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : In an investigation to determine the feasibility at automating some of the operations at navigation locks and dams of the Corps of Engineers, a scheme at five categories composed at seventeen characteristics was developed to evaluate candidate automation measures. As a result of both a survey at Corps water resources projects and field visits to seven lock and dam projects, 43 navigation project functions that could be automated to varying degrees are identified and described (24 associated with lock operations, 15 associated with dam operations, and four related to navigation operations). The 43 project functions are assessed according to the evaluation scheme, and presented in a matrix format. The matrix can be used for selections, comparisons, sortings, or rankings of the various project functions and automation alternatives. The matrix is readily adaptable to a database when and if it grows larger. Thus, an initial framework has been established for evaluating operations and functions commonly occurring at navigation locks and dams offering opportunities for automation. This framework should prove useful for operational planning and management decision making. (MM)

Descriptors :   *NAVIGATION, *DAMS, *LOCKS(WATERWAYS), DATA BASES, WATER FLOW, AUTOMATION, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, DEBRIS, MONITORING, ICE FORMATION, COSTS, FLOW RATE, SAFETY, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, VALVES.

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Land and Riverine Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE