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Evolution of a Decision Support System for Reservoir Operations: Manitoba Hydro Case Study

  • Slobodan P. Simonovic
  • Jovan Grahovac
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 26)

Abstract

This paper describes the evolution of a decision support system for reservoir and energy management at Manitoba Hydro. Operations of the Manitoba Hydro system include scheduling reservoir releases from 13 reservoirs for generation at 13 hydropower plants, scheduling generation from three thermal generating stations, and scheduling the exports of surplus energy to, or the import of energy from, the neighboring utilities. The Reservoir and Energy Scheduling (RES) Engineer in the System Operations Department needs to integrate flow forecasts, power demand forecasts, export and import energy market forecasts and system maintenance in making operating decisions. Meeting these needs became the goal of the long-term development of a decision support system.

The major objectives of the paper are: (i) to present the original intelligent decision support (IDS) approach used in developing computer tools to support the work of the RES Engineer; (ii) to discuss important issues in IDS development; (iii) to describe the cooperation process between the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro; and (iv) to address the impact of future developments in computer technology on further development of decision support tools for Manitoba Hydro. The emphasis of the paper is on the use of systems approach, computer graphics, and expert sytems.

Keywords

Expert System Decision Support System Computer Graphic Reservoir Operation Reservoir Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Slobodan P. Simonovic
    • 1
  • Jovan Grahovac
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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