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Jacobs Highlights Irrigation Lessons Learned

Jacobs Highlights Irrigation Lessons Learned at 2014 Irrigation New Zealand Conference and Expo

Representatives from Jacobs* attended the 2014 Irrigation New Zealand Conference and Expo recently held in Hawkes Bay, presenting a paper focused on lessons learned from irrigation modernisation projects undertaken in the Australian state of Victoria.

The presentation described work Jacobs is doing on the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project (GMWCP) in northern Victoria. The objective of the A$2 billion project is to improve the irrigation delivery efficiency and achieve water savings by rationalising and modernising out-dated irrigation systems.

The GMWCP to date has focused upon:
• automation and upgrading of regulating structures in channels
• remodelling and lining of the delivery channels
• construction of pipelines to replace small spur channels or facilitate rationalisation of spur channel systems, and
• automation and accuracy upgrades for metered outlets to farms

Jacobs’ presentation highlighted how these works, in combination with system operational changes, aim to improve service levels to irrigators, reduce on-farm labour and save billions of litres of water. The paper describes innovation and learnings from Jacobs’ involvement in this large scale irrigation modernisation project, and recommendations for adapting key innovations and learnings to irrigation systems elsewhere.

If you are interested in reading the paper to learn more about how these innovations can assist the irrigation industry in moving forward with implementing innovative cost effective modernisation solutions to existing irrigation systems and developing efficient new irrigation schemes, please contact Alex Paton, Jacobs:
Tel: +61 2 9928 2476, Email:

*Jacobs is formerly Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). SKM recently combined with Jacobs to form one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services across multiple markets and geographies.


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