HydroPlan was commissioned for detailed design of an automatic irrigation system for the prestigious cricket stadium at Dubai Sprts City, the world's first city built just for sports.
The 25,000 capacity cricket stadium is lit by more than 350 floodlights. The state-of-the-art system creates a 'ring of fire' which lights up the field of play and prevents any distracting shadows of the players. The stadium is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been involved at all stages of the design process to ensure that the stadium meets the relevant specifications for hosting international cricket fixtures.
Water distribution is critical in this desert environment to ensure the turf remains uniform and manageable despite traffic, shade and localised issues. Part circle sprinklers were incorporated around the centre wicket squares to apply the correct amount of water to the differing soil conditions of this critical playing surface.
There are many reasons why Bunyip Water and the Gawler Water Reuse Scheme has attracted a lot of positive attention. This $22m project harvests stormwater from the Gawler River north of Adelaide and delivers it to urban users in Hewett near Gawler, and rural water users in the western Barossa Valley. HydroPlan were engaged by Bunyip Water as the design engineers and construction managers in March 2015 to help meet stringent Federal Government funding milestones and complete the project by the end of August 2016. HydroPlan will also provide contract Superintendency for 12 months defects liability periods.
In an innovative public-private partnership, a $10.7m grant from the Australian Government, and an $11.3m loan from the Light Regional Council for the capital investment for the infrastructure, with the foundation customer Seppeltsfield Wines providing the bulk of revenue security by entering into long term water supply agreements. They also have options of control over the infrastructure assets after 6 or 10 years by repaying the invested capital. So when the scheme delivers the water it promises everyone wins.
The Barossa is the fifth most renowned wine region in the world but is restricted by limited stormwater, groundwater, recycled wastewater and water imported from the River Murray. This project substitutes 800 ML of Murray water by harvesting up to 1600 ML/a from the Gawler River.
HydroPlan has been fortunate to witness extraordinary leadership by the people involved in creating and steering this project, and copious competence and dedication from the people these leaders choose to work with.
Managed Aquifer Recharge
As part of water security, HydroPlan arranged equipping one MAR well (constructed prior to HydroPlan's involvement) with a pump and a groundwater license. HydroPlan changed the MAR design to target an aquifer further north where conditions for MAR have since been described by regulators as ideal.
MAR is an enhancement that is essential for water security of the GWRS. Trial injection has been completed successfully - watch this space...
The project has led to three awards -
IPWEA - Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia - Excellence Award, Design and/or Construction of Public Infrastructure - Water
There are many reasons why Bunyip Water and the