RID Officials with Dr Barry Biggs, NIWA General Manager Technology&Innovation and Unidata Board Director, Dr Jochen Schmidt, NIWA Chief Scientist Environmental Information & Kevin Chung
In June, the RID officials Mr Surapun Inkeaw, RID Senior Executive, Mrs Supinda Wattanakarn, RID Head of Hydrology, Ms Punchika Munrangsee, Hydrologist in RID Hydrology Department visited the NIWA Christchurch facility on a Government to Government fact finding and training mission.
The officials from RID Thailand were briefed on Environmental Information Operations, Irrigation Management Solutions, Monitoring solutions for Hydro Energy Generation, and Water Data Management using the Aquarius Software. The officials also participated in field visits to several monitoring sites in the Christchurch region, and discussed the use of the web based IP telemetry systems as well as the Aquarius Software features and how NIWA is using those features. The officials also discussed the NIWA processes in the field and in the office to maintain a good quality monitoring and analysis system.
RID Thailand has over 1000 operational Neon field units and water level instruments in the field, combined with the Neon Applications software and they have also installed and are implementing systems on the Aquarius platform, with the ability to inject data from Neon directly into the Aquarius platform.
RID Thailand is a long established partner of both Unidata and NIWA. We have been working with RID Thailand for more than 10 years and we look forward to working with them for many more years.
RID Officials with Rod Mckay, NIWA Group Manager- Instrument Systems and Marty Flanagan, NIWA Team Leader – Christchurch Field Team
In the pristine forest areas around Dwellingup in the south west of Western Australia, the Department of Water and Environment Regulation (DWER) river monitoring equipment blends well into the natural environment.
The equipment includes an equipment cabinet and a swing pole for the satellite and solar panel equipment and a traditional stilling well at the side of the river. The swing pole was designed by the staff at the DWER Hydrologic Technical Centre in Welshpool. As well as being attractive, it is the new standard, as the pole can be swung down for maintenance, which provided s a higher level of health and safety for DWER staff. No longer will there be accidents as a result of using ladders to service equipment at the top of a pole.
This equipment is a Unidata Neon System and a Unidata high precision water level instrument. It measures water levels and sends the readings back to DWER head office via the Neon System and the Globalstar satellite system on a regular routine schedule and on a faster schedule in times of flood. While there is a reasonable shading of the satellite antenna, the signals still get through.
The equipment is in the forest, and there are also interesting activities in this beautiful area. There is a special activity for visitors, the Lane Poole Tree Adventures, which is highly recommended.