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New planner object to model complex hydraulic structures

How to model complex hydraulic structures and management rules like:

  • Control of irrigation systems?
  • Hydropower generation based  to the reservoir level or the electricity price?
  • Management of water shortages or overflows?

RS MINERVE provides a new feature to allow modeling the discharge of hydraulic structures based on a set of rules and conditions, reusing results of any model component.

The new modeling object, called “Planner”, offers many modeling options such as custom time-series or a time-based management using hourly, daily or monthly calendars.

The combination of management rules and conditions in this new Planner makes RS MINERVE a powerful tool to explore and optimize the management practices of complex hydraulic structures.

Be the first to test it!

New Regulation soon available

Would you like to manage your hydropower plant based on the reservoir level or the electricity price? Would you like to pump based on the upper level reservoir? To determine predefined rules to manage floods and reduce peak discharge downstream?

The new regulation available to realize these examples will be available in the coming days. This regulation allows the discharge management based on different inputs from anywhere of the model.  In addition, it can also take into account a defined timetable based on hours, days or months.

The combination of complex rules and conditions in the new regulation can characterize main real states of hydropower plants or other hydraulic structures. It will allow RS MINERVE to be positioned as a very interesting software for solving hydraulic issues.

Courses about ‘Hydrological and hydraulic modelling with RS MINERVE’ in Lima (Peru) – May 2016

Two courses (beginner and advanced) about ‘Hydrological and hydraulic modelling with RS MINERVE’ were held on May 17th to 19th and on May 20th 2016 in the Headquarters of the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI), in Lima, Peru.

In the first course, for beginners, theoretical and practical parts have been combined to provide the required knowledge to model hydrological basins with the help of RS MINERVE. 42 participants from different Peruvian organizations and consulting enterprises took part with a great interest and success.

In the second course, for advanced users which already followed the course for beginners in 2014 or 2015, the details of the different modules of RS MINERVE where revealed. Then, a practical exercise allowed the participants to become experts in hydrological and hydraulic modelling with RS MINERVE. 31 participants took part in this second course.

The courses, taught by J. García Hernández and J. Fluixá Sanmartín, from the Centre de recherche sur l’environnement alpin (CREALP-Switzerland) was organized in collaboration with the SENAMHI, the CREALP, the University of Zurich, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Meteodat, Care Perú, Proyecto Glaciares+ and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédédale de Lausanne (EPFL).

More information (in Spanish) on this webpage.

Next courses with RS MINERVE in Lima, Peru and Valence, Spain

The next courses with RS MINERVE, organized by the CREALP, will take place on 3 and 4 December in Lima and on 16 and 17 December in Valencia, Spain.

First course in Lima will be a course on ‘Hydrological and hydraulic simulations in command line with RS MINERVE’ and will explain the use of the program for real-time operational systems as well as for research projects needing an important amount of simulations or special requirements.

Second course in Valence will be a course on ‘Hydrological and hydraulic modelling with RS MINERVE’ as part of the Master’s Degree programme in Hydraulic and Environment, and will explain main aspects of the software, such as the new automatic creation of hydrological models from GIS shapefiles.

As usual, both courses will combine theoretical and practical sessions to provide the knowledge required to model hydrological basins with the help of RS MINERVE.

 

RS MINERVE 2.0 now available

The new RS MINERVE 2.0 is now available for all users!

As presented in previous post, main improvements of this new version are:

  • Channel routing models updated, including resolutions based on Kinematic Wave, Muskingum-Cunge and St-Venant, including the parameter “number of sections”.
  • Reservoir, turbine and hydropower models improved ease of use.
  • Command-line tasks to invoke VBScripts and perform simulations without interface.
  • In the GIS module, new function to create and edit full hydrological models from shapefiles.
  • Integration of background images in the model interface for any model or submodel.
  • Enhanced settings, with custom or predefined systems of units (SI International System, US Customary), and managed by model.
  • Graphic interface improved with the implementation of information by tabs.
  • Possibility of exporting model as image (.png).
  • New modular and extensible software architecture based on PRISM 5.0 and the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), which allows personal developements.

If you use any previous version (=<1.3.1.4), please uninstall it and install the new version.

 

RS MINERVE 2.0 available on 13 October 2015

You can already save the date. On 13 October 2015, the new RS MINERVE 2.0 will be available for all users!

Main improvements of this new version:

  • Channel routing models updated, including resolutions based on Kinematic Wave, Muskingum-Cunge and St-Venant.
  • Turbine and hydropower models improved.
  • Command-line tasks to invoke VBScripts to perform simulations without interface.
  • In the GIS module, new function to create full hydrological models from shapefiles.
  • Integration of background images in the model interface.
  • Enhanced settings, with custom or predefined systems of units (SI International System, US Customary).
  • Graphic interface improved.
  • Possibility of exporting model as image (.png).
  • New modular and extensible software architecture based on PRISM 5.0 and the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF).

We hope you will enjoy the new RS MINERVE experience!

 

RS MINERVE around the world

RS MINERVE has increased its visibility since its creation in 2011. Over 2015, we have had visits from 56 different countries. Main visitors come from Switzerland, Peru, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada and South Korea.

During the first 7 months of 2015, we have had more than 3’000 pages viewed by more than 1’000 visitors accounting for more than 300 downloads of RS MINERVE. If we add direct downloads from the officiel download page on the Crealp website, more than 700 people have already downloaded RS MINERVE this year !! We are becoming a big community and we thank all the users for being part of this adventure !

 

Why you should try RS MINERVE !

Have you ever used RS MINERVE ? Not yet ? Do you know its advantages compared to other similar programs? Some reasons why RS MINERVE could be really interesting for you are given hereafter :

  • The hydrological-hydraulic model can be built with different hierarchical levels (called sub-models) which easily allow the organization of your model per region. A must for large models!
  • The different hydrological models (SOCONT, HBV, SAC-SMA, etc) can be easily converted from one to another in order to test which model provides the best performance.
  • The RS GIS tool allows the connection between the hydrological model and the shapefiles. The simulation and visualization of the results can then be directly realized from the RS GIS.
  • The user-friendly interface has been built for an easy understanding of the program and you can rapidly execute you first hydrological simulation.
  • The calibration module performs perfectly optimization of the hydrological parameters. Different algorithms can be tested and the objective function can be  modified to adapt it to the user’s interest.
  • You do not need to create meteorological series for each element of your model, but only a database with your observed meteorological data. Then,  each element will automatically build its meteorological series based on the database.

Soon joining the RS MINERVE community ?

 

Model simulation and visualization from RS GIS

Did you know that you can simulate directly from RS GIS in RS MINERVE?  Did you know that you can even view results also from RS GIS?

Once a simulation is achieved, RS GIS allows the visualization of series (hydrographs, reservoir levels,…) directly from the shapefiles when they are linked to the hydrological model.

You can click on basins, rivers or junctions from different shapefiles to visualize every result produced by RS MINERVE.

In addition, you can also visualize 2D results for a selected date to spatially represent the model’s results such as snow cover or soil saturation. Visualizing model properties, initial conditions and variables could not be easier !

Don’t hesitate to test new functionalities which become a key to represent results in a simple and a performant way in order to understand model outcomes.

 

Specific developments in RS MINERVE 2.0

Would you like to have specific developments done in RS MINERVE that could be helpful in your work ? Did you find a bug? Do you think RS MINERVE can be improved with new tools to be more useful to engineers and researchers?

Hydro10 takes into account your remarks and suggestions and evaluates their feasibility. If the development is justified and possible, Hydro10 will try to have it implemented !

If you have innovative ideas or propositions for improvements, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an assessment of your request (Contact Hydro10).

Members of Hydro10 have priority in new developments and can get personal meetings to discuss their proposals or needs.