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ONLINE DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS

EkoSource specialises in developing online decision support systems (DSS) which assist with the operational planning and management of water infrastructure. These services have been shown to reduce losses and improve delivery on systems where they have been implemented. These services include:

  • Near real-time reservoir release management systems for low flow optimisation

  • Near real-time release optimisation, flow management and compliance auditing

  • Water ordering, release optimisation and water use auditing

  • Near real-time flood forecasting and management services

  • Water resources information management systems

  • Integrated Decisions Support Systems

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard

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City of Cape Town Decision Support System

Development of a Decision Support System for the Bulk Water Division of City of Cape Town. This involved the setup of numerous water distribution system models, development of data capture systems which included their bulk water treatment facilities, as well as plant operators, and technicians. A set of management dashboards has been developed to enable management to effectively understand and engage with the system.

Client

Country

Duration

Aurecon/Zutari/City of Cape Town

South Africa

2019 - present

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Zambezi Water Resources Information System (ZAMWIS) Enhancement 3: Hydro-meteorological Database and Decision Support System

Main project features: The ZAMWIS-DSS project includes three main components: 1) The upgrade of the ZAMWIS Database, 2) The design and development of the ZAMWIS DSS, 3) Capacity building of the ZAMWIS-DSS

Client

Country

Duration

Sub consulted to DHI: Main client ZAMCOM

Zambia

2017 - 2019

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Lower Inkomati Flood Risk Management and development of Early Warning system

This was a full flood risk assessment and development of a pilot system for the flood early warning on the lower part of the system. An integrated team was setup to investigate the options related to specific infrastructure interventions and economic impacts associated with these interventions. This study had a good success with findings being presented at Stockholm water week.

Client

Country

Duration

Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility| CRIDF

South Africa

2016 - 2016

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Provision of technical and maintenance support for the real time operational for IUCMA.

Development of an integrated system which enabled the collection of information from various data sources. This information is processed and presented in formats that will help decision makers. The system is able to integrate, and quality check data then publish the information onto the internet to inform the public and help decision makers.

Client

Country

Duration

Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

South Africa

2015 - 2019

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Provision of Hardware and Software Components to IWRMIS

The development of an integrated Water Resources Management Information System. This consisted of the development of an Information Management System to support WARMA in the implementation of the National Water Resources Management Act in Zambia. The system was set up to effectively capture and manage various water-based information and present these in a format that could be used to support decision making.

Client

Country

Duration

Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA)

Zambia

2015 - 2016

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National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS)

Established the National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS) to provide universal accessibility to required data and information for decision makers, and other stakeholders. By integrating existing diverse data sources, the project aimed at putting user-oriented reporting and analysis tools in the hands of the users.

Client

Country

Duration

Department Water and Sanitation: Information Systems

South Africa

2013 - 2018

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Inkomati CMA Continued Support and Maintenance for the Real Time DSS

The further development and maintenance of the InKomati Catchment Decision Support System. The system runs in an automatically, coupling water quality, quantity and other measured information such as rainfall and water user into a combined modelling framework to optimise releases down the system.

Client

Country

Duration

Inkomati Catchment Management Agency

South Africa

2013 - 2013

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CoCT WS-IMS Phase 2

Further development and refinement of the City of Cape Town Information management system. The system captured information from various sensors and presented it in a web-based format to support management decisions. This included flow and water quality information.

Client

Country

Duration

City of Cape Town

South Africa

2013 - 2013

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BHP BECSA Middleburg Mines: IMS development project

Set up an information management system as a pilot for the BECSA area. The system was set up to integrate various information sources into a single database.

Client

Country

Duration

AGES Gauteng

South Africa

2012 - 2013

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The Umgeni Water WRMDSS (water resources management system).

The WRMDSS provides web-based data capture for geographically dispersed Umgeni Water offices. Data such as dam levels, river flow, wastewater treatment volumes, and rainfall is captured by staff on a daily basis. This data is then validated and stored in a central database at head office. Detailed web reports and automated email reports are generated and disseminated within Umgeni Water, displaying data such as historic reservoir trajectories, treatment plant intake and sales, reservoir levels, and tabular reports ready for quarterly reporting documents.

Client

Country

Duration

Umgeni Water

South Africa

2011-2013

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Development of the integrated annual and real-time operating rules for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCSS)

Setup a decision support system for the Western Cape Water Supply System which was able to provide key information for the overall system integrating several different modelling frameworks. This enabled the models to run and automatically and inform users on the amounts to release to meet water demands as well as provide information on curtailment and restriction decisions.

Client

Country

Duration

Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd/ DWS final client

South Africa

2011 - 2014

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Development of the integrated annual and real-time operating rules for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCSS)

An online decision support system was setup to assist in the improved management of the system. This integrated hydraulic models within a water resources modelling framework, in an operational system which optimised releases and provided early warnings on the Western Cape Water Supply System. Information was published to a set of management dashboards that were accessible over the internet.

Client

Country

Duration

Sub consulted with Aurecon: Main Client Department of Water and Sanitation

South Africa

2011 - 2013