Meander Dam

Meander Dam Spillway

Water Solutions Pty Ltd, Entura, and Tasmanian Irrigation have won both Tasmanian and National 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) for their implementation of a system including OPSIM to create a real time reporting and forecasting system for Meander dam, Northern Tasmania. Meander dam was designed to provide a reliable irrigation water supply for the expansion of agriculture in the Meander Valley, as well as supply a 2.5 MW mini-hydropower station. OPSIM played a key role in helping operators to manage these two demands by forecasting the end of season storage inventory. This allowed increased hydropower operation, which helped to offset operational costs, whilst also providing confidence that enough water remained to fulfil seasonal agricultural requirements.