Synergy is a term used to describe when the creation of a whole is greater than the simple sum of its parts.  Probably you have heard this term when talking about human interaction (example: team work planning) or from analyst and stakeholders talking about mergers and acquisitions, but this phenomenon is ubiquitous and appears in many other fields such as biology, economy, literature, media and information.

In particular in the information field, synergy happens when multiple sources of information taken together provide more information than the sum of the information provided by each source alone, there is said to be a synergy in the sources.

Rural Water Intelligence solutions (RWI) have the ability to generate synergies in the sources and properly display them through friendly graphical user interface (GUI) that will help users to improve their decision making processes.

RWI is able to get more value from the data than the data itself, or in a mathematically-fashion way, it could be said that RWI makes 1+1=3.

One example of the benefits of using synergies in the sources trough RWI is presented below:

Monitoring operation performance of regulators combining real time hydrometric data with regulators scheduling data

One of the main duties of the operation scheme managers is ensuring that division operators, responsible for (local or remote) manually operating regulators, will control the gates in accordance with the daily flow scheduling assigned to each regulator.  Due to the lack of specific performance monitoring tools or neither easy access to the relevant information, this task can turn into a chimera especially for medium-large schemes where hundreds, if not thousands, of regulators and several division operators are involved.

Two sources of information are required to monitor the performance of the operation: the real time flow data of regulators (from SCADA) and flow regulator scheduling (from water order planning tool).   Both information sources are managed by different systems requiring an independent access, significant time consumption to pull out the relevant information and finally data collected usually comes in different formats.

As a result of above-mentioned, operation scheme managers inevitably focus on just few key scheme locations and not fully monitor the performance of the entire scheme due to the unpracticality of the exiting process and tools.

RWI solves all these constrains and provides a support tool to managers allowing them to fully monitor the scheme operation performance while time required for this task is significantly reduced.

Image above, the operation performance monitoring covers the entire scheme and based on performance criteria visual alarms can be trigged. In this case the regulator coloured in yellow highlights some performance issues that can be easily and quickly identified by the user.

Also the relevant information for each regulator is provided. For example in image above, the upper chart displays the regulator real time flow data from SCADA and the bottom chart displays the flow scheduling for that regulator. Now user can easily analyse the performance of all regulators and address potential issues quickly and sharply through a friendly GUI.