Irrigation Channel Measurement and Control

Application Background

Open-channel irrigation water intakes can be monitored for water level / flow and they can be optionally controlled by opening and closing a gate to deliver programmed flow.
This technology can save water and cost of water and can eliminate the hands on requirements of a manual system. Such systems enable irrigators to monitor and control the water they are allowed to take from rivers and streams for irrigation. These range from basic monitoring-only to an automated and tele metered solution, where irrigators can access their system remotely via the internet using a smartphone, as if they were at the site.

Application Detail

The simplest option is monitoring-only. However many clients opt for full automation – with automatic gate control – which reduces the need to carry out manual tasks such as adjusting gates and downloading data.
A typical system is comprised of these interlinked parts:
• A flow measurement section, a weir/flume fitted with a water sensing structure.
• A Neon Remote Logger for logging data and transmitting it.
• An optional inlet gate structure with gate control system.
In the basic monitoring system, the abstracted flow is measured and recorded by 6541 Precision Water Level Instrument. This option
may be sufficient where there is no gate control or when an irrigator is happy to control the flow with a manually-operated gate and periodically download flow data.

In an automatic monitoring system, a control gate automatically adjusts its position to maintain the flow within a user programmed target range. The gate controller receives flow rate information from the flow measurement instrument and compares it with the target. If the flow is lower than the target the controller increases the gate opening to increase the flow and vice versa. The gate controller adjusts the gate to keep the flow on target.
Because the Neon system is Internet-capable it also enables you to monitor the site and allows you make changes to the flow target, without having to visit the site. It allows you to view activity, data and to change flow settings via the Internet, saving time and reducing operational costs. Telemetry of data, between the site and the Neon server, is possible anywhere there’s cellular or satellite coverage at the site.

Neon provides a window on your irrigation monitoring system. You can check it remotely at any time, or change flow targets (for sites with flow control gates), by viewing secure data from your tele metered sites over the internet. And you don’t have to do this from your desktop computer. Your smartphone can provide a mobile view of flow and gate control status, wherever there’s cellular coverage. If your site has a control gate, you can also use your phone to change the flow.
If ‘out-of-range’ flows or other malfunctions should occur, with telemetered sites, you can receive programmed alarms via text or email. Any required flows can be programmed allowing irrigators to set exact flow requirements. The weir is usually hydraulically coupled to the stilling well. The Neon Remote Logger converts water level from the sensor to flow rate. It also provides feedback for the gate controller and can be accessed by a standard web browser

Typical Configuration

Options for Application Specific Instruments / InputsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Ultrasonic Doppler SDI-12 Instrument - velocity, depth and temperature 6527Starflow QSD Ultrasonic Doppler SDI-12/MODBUS Instrument
Water Level Instrument6541D-11WLI with 500mm Pulley and Alkaline Battery Metric Version (Imperial version available)
Float6541F-115WLI Float - Cylinder 115mm Dia. (Other options available)
Float Line6541D-MWLI Beaded Float Line Metric (Imperial version available)

Options for Neon Telemetry - NRL / NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Industrial (Metal Enc) Neon Remote Logger 16 Channels3016Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Industrial (Metal Enc) Neon Remote Logger 8 Channels3008Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Industrial (Metal Enc) Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels3004/3006Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Neon Remote Logger (Polycarbonate Enc) 4 Channels M Series3004M/3006MOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Microsatellite, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018F-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2018F and 2022 NRT FTS
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M8M Extended Memory Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M-CAM8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-CAMSerial Camera Option

Options for Neon Application Software - Customer ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2302ANeon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL
Neon Application Software2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access Licences

Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2301ANeon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee
Neon Hosting Service2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering

Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Remote Logger 16 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3016-00016 Ch NRL (Superseded Prologger 7001D)
Neon Remote Logger 8 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3008-0008 Ch NRL (Superseded Stalogger 6004D)
Neon Remote Logger 4 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3004M-0004 Ch NRL (Superseded Micrologger 8010C)
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key