Innovative technology provides lifesaving data during recent floods

1 November 2016

During the recent floods across central and north west Victoria, Ventia deployed a number of Portable Automatic Logging Systems (PALS) to record data for the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP). The data was used in real time by the State Emergency Services and the Bureau of Meteorology to provide assistance for communities around forecasting river rate rises and expected flooding.

PALS is a Ventia-developed flood monitoring technology, which provides up-to-the minute information on flooding and environmental impact events.

Compact and portable, PALS units measure, transmit and display water level information from remote sites, to allow clients to make informed decisions. The latest versions also include camera technology, which can record and transmit photos of impacted areas.

The Ventia team performed multiple stream measurements during the course of the recent floods, some of which were the highest measurements ever recorded. The data will be used by DELWP and its flood department for future modelling and forecasting of similar events.

Nan-Maree Schoerie, GM Utility Services, Ventia said, “We have one of the largest and most experienced teams of monitoring specialists in Australia. Our flood warning technology is leading edge, helping keep our communities safe. 

“We received excellent feedback from DELWP on how quickly we deployed the PALS units and how useful the data will be for planning future events.

“We look forward to using this technology with more clients.”

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