U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Jamshoro held the Project Completion Seminar on “Closed-loop Secondary-level Canal Monitoring for Equitable and Reliable Distribution of Water”, presented by Dr. Abdul Latif Qureshi, Professor at USPCAS-W and Principal Investigator, along with Dr. Abu Bakar Muhammad, Director at Water and Information Technology LUMS Lahore and Co-Principal Investigator of the research study, here on Tuesday, 29th October 2019.
Engr. Abdul Basit Soomro Chairman Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority joined the seminar as Guest of Honor whereas Prof. Dr. Bakhshal Khan Lashari Project Director and Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar Deputy Director at USPCASW also spoke in the seminar.
The project successfully deployed smart irrigation grid for three distributaries / minors fed canal command in the Sindh Province and created database for storing the real time data. An end-user application was also developed for visualization and control of water levels and flows in head, middle and tail of the selected distributaries / minors.
Dr. Qureshi said that this project was conducted under collaboration of USPCAS-W MUET Jamshoro and Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA), Nara Canal AWB, and FOs along with technical support from University of Utah, USA and Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), Lahore. The project study will help to monitor and manage the canals in achieving SDG6.4, he added.
The project team includes; Prof. Dr. Abdul Latif Qureshi, P.I from USPCAS-W MUET; Dr. Abu Bakr Muhammad, Co-P.I from LUMS Lahore; Engr. Jamal ul Din Mangan, Co-P.I from SIDA; Mr. Waqas Ahmed, Co-P.I from USPCAS-W MUET; along with International experts Dr. Steven Burian and Dr. Carlos Anthony Oroza from University of Utah, USA. The team also includes MS students of USPCAS-W; Sabeen Manzoor, Tahir Abbass, Mahtab Panhwar and Tariq Aziz.