Multipurpose regulation works on major rivers are aimed at the optimal utilization of water resources for purposes of commercial shipping, electricity production, flood control, irrigation, industrial uses, environmental protection and leisure activities. These objectives can prove contradictory, and they therefore necessitate more or less complex methods of controlling stages and flows. Although this renders manual operation more delicate and complicated, anxieties about the capabilities of automated systems to evaluate different variables and match human intelligence in making adjustments have limited the number of automated regulation systems worldwide and altogether prevented their installation and design in the United States. This report discusses the objectives and methods of controlling levels and flows in canalized waterways; describes some existing, characteristic, automated systems; presents recommendations for the definition and implementation of automatic control; examines the hydraulic behavior of automated regulation works when disturbances of various kinds occur; describes the advantages of automation for users; and discusses the reliability of automatic systems and the capacity for manual intervention.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Supplement to Bulletin of PIANC, No.70, 1990; Report of Working Group No.8 of the Permanent Technical Committee No.1
  • Corporate Authors:

    Permanent International Assn of Navigation Congr

    43 Avenue du President Wilson
    75116 Paris,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00661710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM