The District has made significant investments in its water management system to enhance flood control and public safety operations with the installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. SCADA will essentially automate the operation of 10 major water control structures within the District’s service boundary. The system will allow for the remote operation of flood control gates and pumps to react immediately to changes in water levels. As water levels rise, the flood control gates will automatically open for flood protection. Similarly, as water levels return to normal the gates will close.
This is a multi-year project that includes electrical upgrades, tower installations, mechanical enhancements and software applications.
The project began with the bid process in 2016. Pre-bid meeting was held at the District Headquarters September 2016.
In December 2016, the bid opening took place. Qualified bidders were ranked by committee.
January 2017 permits from Palm Beach County and South Florida Water Management District were secured.
Breaking ground on February 27
Project site at Water Control Structure No. 17W. Located at NW of Florida Turnpike and Hillsboro Canal.
Digging trench for installation of utility conduit.
Magnetic tap placed over conduit. Will assist in locating the conduit in the future.
Electrical installation complete and buried. Site is returned to operational condition. Time to move on to the next site!
Control Structure 17W on the E-2W Canal
Control Structure No. 8 on the L-14 Canal
Control Structure No. 1 on the L-30W Canal
Fabrication and installation of catwalks into the canal system to provide access to future level transmitter equipment. At time of project completion, 9 control structures will be fitted with catwalks on both the upstream and downstream side.
Application programming and testing for the communication system which will automate the operation of LWDD water control structures. Each cabinet contains: communication equipment, emergency alarms and manual over-ride for an individual structure. Upon installation, one cabinet will be installed within the secured utility building at each water control structure site.
Installation of propane tanks at each tower site. These will be used in the event of a power failure to maintain communication and operational needs for the water control structures.
Installation of communication towers at each control structure. Using 220 MHz radio signal to provide real-time data of the structure’s status and canal water elevation. LWDD water managers will be able to make changes to the structure’s operation from remote locations.
Installation of SCADA control panel which will allow for the remote operation of the structure. Project site located at Control Structure 17W.
Due to Hurricane Irma, progress on the SCADA installation was delayed a few weeks. However, LWDD has completed Control Structure No. 2 and Control Structure No. 4. Crews will continue working until all 10 control structures are PLC Automated.
Project construction is moving along at a rapid pace. This month two new utilities buildings were installed which will house the SCADA equipment. Additional, the SCADA microwave antenna was added to the communications tower located at the LWDD campus.
Work continues to complete the upgrades to the remaining water control structures. As the project near completion, installation of the communication system at LWDD headquarters begins.
Although not fully operational at this point, the SCADA system made adjustments to canal elevations in response to heavy rainfall during the month. The water control structures automatically reacted to pre-determined bench marks established by staff.