Continuous Modeling for Design, Construction and Monitoring: A Case Study
This chapter explores, by way of a case study, the fundamental connection between theoretical modeling and practical design, construction, and monitoring of an engineered solution to a problem. The modeling associated with this design forms Chapter 4 in the sixth volume of this monograph series (Scheckenberger and Guther, 1998). This present chapter is intended both to demonstrate the practical execution of a design created in part though detailed modeling, and to act as a bridge between the pre-design modeling and post-design modeling that supports a project such as this. A third chapter, after a three-year monitoring period, could return to a more modeling-based theme, outlining how the original models need to be revised with real post-construction data collected in the field.
Considerable stakeholder consultation and Agency permits have accompanied the final design stage of this project, which ran approximately eighteen months from assignment to construction start-up. The fact that the proposed works are being constructed on somebody else’s land has increased the complexity of the project. To complicate matters further, the works, which are being constructed on a golf course, have required two concurrent contracts: one for the stormwater management and creek works, and another for the required golf course redesign. The final stage of the process will involve compliance monitoring of the solution, in accordance with legislative requirements. The monitoring phase will provide data to validate the system performance with computed performance using continuous simulation hydrologic modeling.
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