Paper Title:
Software Development for the Water Sector
  Abstract

The water sector in the last 20 years has undergone radical paradigm shifts arising from the crisis of global proportions that have characterized the sector, prompting many international fora, including the Dublin conference in January 1992. One of the responses from academic institutions to this crisis is the development of computer-based predictive tools for better and more accurate prediction of the variables that affect water use and management. In the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, attempts have been made to develop software to aid planning, management, and decision making in the water sector. Two of such software are Wadessy - a water distribution network design software, and a groundwater flow modelling software GEMFLOW that is based on the Green element method (GEM). Although their engines are quite robust and have been applied in field studies in Botswana and Zimbabwe, and compare favourably with published models, their elegance in terms of graphical user interface (GUI) is still rudimentary. The cost for their development has been mainly in the training of postgraduate students who have assisted in their development. Industry uptake has been very limited, which is one of the reasons why their GUIs are still rudimentary. With greater investment into the development and marketing of these and many other software, the potential exists to have “made-in-Africa” software with capabilities comparable, if not better than, those developed in more advanced countries. This paper reports on these software, compares these with similar initiatives in more advanced countries, and discusses the challenges in development, funding, and uptake by industry. The experiences described herein are most likely to be similar with other software development initiatives in sub- Saharan Africa.

  Info
Periodical
Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 18-19)
Edited by
Akii Ibhadode
Pages
543-548
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.18-19.543
Citation
A. E. Taigbenu, A. A. Ilemobade, "Software Development for the Water Sector ", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 18-19, pp. 543-548, 2007
Online since
June 2007
Export
Price
$32.00
Share

In order to see related information, you need to Login.

In order to see related information, you need to Login.

Authors: Jian Min Ren, Yang Yang, Xing Wei Hu
Chapter 5: Monitoring, Evaluation and Reinforcement Technique of Civil Engineering
Abstract:Conditions were considered of complex geology and the hydrogeology of Minqin, the 3d numerical simulation model of groundwater system was...
2128
Authors: Di Wu, Si Jing Cai, Wen Xiao Wang
Chapter 8: Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Manufacturing Processes
Abstract:The Baixiangshan iron mine is a large scale underground mine under construction, and will be put into production in 2011. As hydro-geological...
2464
Authors: Bo Zhang, Mei Hong, Zu Hao Zhou, Yang Wen Jia, Hui Li, Dong Wang
Chapter 9: Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing Processes and Systems
Abstract:In this study, the latest version of river boundary modular in MODFLOW, was employed in this watershed for the case study of coupled...
1453
Authors: Jing Cao, Yue Gui, Bao Zhu Li, Fei Shen
Chapter 3: Geotechnical and Soil Engineering
Abstract:Numerical simulations were carried out to investigate the current situation of underground water and its variations rule resulting from site...
203
Authors: Jun Pan, Chun Yang Han, Ran Ran Kang, Shi Xiao Li
Chapter 12: Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
Abstract:In order to study the vary circumstance of underground water level of multi-level groundwater. This paper takes example for the Shenyang...
4150