Investigating Alternate Methods for Extracting Hydraulic Model Output Measurements

Project ID: 5783
Principal Investigator: Alan Bell
Research Topic: Sediment Management and River Restoration
Funded Fiscal Years: 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
Keywords: None

Research Question

* Are the measurements extracted from the various water resource related models built and operated by Reclamation's Water Resources Research Laboratory (WRRL), in the Denver Federal Center, on the ground floor of Building 56, made as efficiently and thoroughly as possible?

There is likely room for improvement in making model-related measurements and using them more effectively, which may lead to increased accuracy of the model outputs, and improvement in quantifying the results. Ultimately, this could lead to a better correlation, or prediction of results, between the Building 56 water resource models and their corresponding real-world situation.

Need and Benefit

Currently, personnel from D-8560 use manual, labor-intensive methods involving strings and tape measures to obtain measurements from some of the hydraulic-water resource models built on the ground floor of Building 56 (Denver Federal Center). Current methods are time-consuming and some measurements may lack sufficient accuracy for optimal model outputs. Recent improvements in the field of close-range photogrammetry and computerized mapping offer the possibility of streamlining the measurement process undertaken with these constructed water resource models. Measurements obtained using these alternate measurement methods could also lead to improved accuracy of the data collected from the model. This photogrammetrically collected data could be imported into software not currently used by D-8560 and may lead to enhancements in the modeling effort or cause the data to be looked at or evaluated differently than in the past, leading to an increased benefit for all concerned.

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Last Updated: 6/22/20