Mules are integral to Rubicon's latest water project in Chile.GEOFF ADAMS November 7, 2012 4:01am
Most exporting businesses must book shipping and road transport, but if you’re sending Shepparton-made irrigation gates you can’t forget to book the mules.
Victoria-based Rubicon has recently finished phase one of a project installing its flume gates in mountainous Chile, South America.
The high-tech irrigation systems are operated remotely by radio waves which travel by line of sight and require some radio telemetry to be erected on hills and mountains.
Flume gates built by Rubicon Shepparton installed in Chile.
Rubicon International sales manager Peter Drew said some mountains had no roads and were too steep for any vehicle, so the radio equipment had to be taken to the top by mules.
‘‘Sometimes we can piggy-back on telecommunications towers but sometimes we have to put up the aerials ourselves
‘‘We got an urgent email the other day saying: ‘we need to get the itinerary for the next trip sorted out because we have to order the mules’.
‘‘I never thought I would ever have to repeat a sentence like that.’’
Shepparton-based communication technician Jason Gray has been on one of the mountain trips.
The company has been working in the Elqui River valley, an area with about 5000 irrigators in the Coquimbo region, about 500
Mr Drew said water was becoming scarce because of climate changes, desertification and growing demands from the mining industry.
As a result there had been rising tensions between water users and allegations that some users were extracting more then they were entitled to, as water use was largely unmetered.
The Chilean organisation managing irrigation wanted to improve flow measurement accuracy, frequency and safety, and wanted improved control over flows from the river into the channel systems.
Radio equipment on a mountain top in Chile.
Rubicon has replaced existing manually operated control gates with Shepparton-made flume gates which accurately measure flow and feature integrated control, solar power and radio communications.
To enable remote monitoring and management of the flume gates, Rubicon installed a radio tower linked to a server running Rubicon’s software to the management body’s headquarters.
Mr Drew said since the solution was implemented, accurate flow measurement information on the six river diversions had greatly increased the transparency of operations.
Anyone can view the flume gates’ real-time flow information on a website, and the 1300 irrigators on channels supplied by the diversions can be confident that they are receiving their share of water.
Other water users are now confident that irrigators are not receiving more than their entitlement.
Shepparton-made gates are now being exported to 11 countries, including China, the United States and New Zealand, and Rubicon is also developing the market in Mexico.
The Total Channel Control System was developed in the Goulburn Valley and is being used for the foodbowl modernisation project.
Steven James Bradley found guilty of murdering Michelle Buckingham
With her effective left hand in particular, Chelsea Hanley retained the Victorian Under 17 junior welterweight title last Sunday with a convincing points decision victory.
It has been a successful year for Bega Cheese, which reflects on Tatura Milk Industries, with chair Barry Irvin announcing recently that Bega Cheese’s normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was $55.7 million and normalised profit after tax of $22 million.
STUNNING rare footage of brolga chicks in the wild has highlighted the importance of being able to deliver environmental water to a swamp near Dingee.
TIMMERING Holstein breeders Scott and Nirrelle Somerville are thrilled with the announcement of their Holstein cow Somerelle Leader Lassco as the 2015 Australian Cow of the Year.
Great Race helps a great cause
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Deniliquin footballers Will Shaw and Cooper Wallace (pictured) have gone head-to-head with the state’s best at the recent AFL NSW/ACT Joss Under-14 State Zone Trials in Albury.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has acknowledged the completion of negotiations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), noting modest but important gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving access to global markets.
Benalla banded together to raise $2000 for the Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21).
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.