Work Plan (2013-2016) Version 1.05 - January 7, 2014

This Work Plan has evolved from the original concepts contained within the Project Document (April 2007) and has been modified on an on-going basis throughout the life of the Project. This version is the most up-to-date as of January 2014. It reflects the latest direction as set by CHy-14 in the tasks to be undertaken. The expected deadlines of individual tasks are agreed upon by the core groups of experts in the process of implementing the project and are periodically updated as their status changes.

Project output 1 - Summary of field discharge measurement instrumentation and techniques used by NHSs

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) Conduct survey, analyze responses and prepare report J. Fulford, Z. Buzás   Completed on 14/01/2010
(b) Review and finalize form for 2014 Survey J. Fulford, T. Yorke 15/1/2014 30/4/2014
(c) Notify NHSs by circular letter & collect responses WMO Secretariat 1/5/2014 1/7/2014
(d) Synthesis of results J.Fulford, T. Yorke One month after completion of c) 3 months later
(e) Review of survey form for futures surveys Management Committee 2015 2015

Project output 2 - Collection and updating of international and national standards and guidelines regarding field discharge measurement, instrumentation and techniques

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) In circular letter under PO 1 Task (c), include a request for updating standards and guidelines.* WMO Secretariat 1/5/2014 1/7/2014
(b) Update/Upload collection on the web site including possible reorganization of the database presentation WMO Secretariat 3 months after completion of 1c) 5 months after completion of 1c)
(c) Obtain and upload web links or pdf of standards WMO Secretariat Concurrently with 2b) Concurrently with 2b)
(d) Letter notifying NHSs of availability of standards on Website and requesting additional material as necessary WMO Secretariat After completion of 2c) After completion of 2c)
* Collect guidance documents on references and reference standards in laboratories and regattas (focusing on use of traceable standards in stream gauging)

Project output 3 - Assessing the uncertainty of the discharge measurement

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) Conduct literature review of existing uncertainty analysis framework approaches, prepare synthesis of recommended standardized approach to uncertainty analysis for discharge measurements, and develop 3 implementation examples of the uncertainty analysis. M. Muste &
J. Fulford
  Completed
(b) Review of the commercial software for assessment of uncertainty in discharge measurements acquired with various instruments and methods. Development of examples of utility of the commercial software. M. Muste   Completed
(c) Customization of the recommended commercial software (QMSys) for easy data entry using NHSs routine operational formats M.Muste, D. Kim, J. LeCoz, F. Rainville, R. Lukes, C. Caponi 01/03/2014 01/04/2015
  1. Development of specifications for user-friendly (and easy to understand) input  for the UA software 
M.Muste, D. Kim, J. LeCoz, F. Rainville, R. Lukes, C. Caponi 03/01/2014 01/11/2014
  1. Negotiations with the software provider to establish a strategy for software development and implementation in view of software adoption by NHS and WMO limited budget (i.e., WMO Portal, Cloud)
C. Caponi, M. Muste 01/06/2014 01/08/2014

(d) Development of an in-house UA software (AdcpUA) to conduct sensitivity analysis and conceptualization of UA methodology for moving boat ADCP measurements

D. Kim, M. Muste, J. LeCoz

15/02/2014

31/03/2015

(e) Description of the procedures for UA implementation

  • Documentation of UA algorithms developed and adopted by WMO for use by NHSs;
  • Documentation of guidance to use software developed and adopted by WMO to help NHSs in the computation of uncertainty.

D. Kim, M. Muste, J. LeCoz, F. Rainville, R. Lukes

31/03/2015
(pending PO3 (c))

31/12/2015
(f) Negotiations with QMSys for incorporating outcomes of task PO3 (e) in the software package M. Muste, C. Caponi

31/12/2015
(pending PO3 (d)

01/06/2016
(g) Testing the operational performance of the newly developed commercial software using field tests conducted at Andong River Station – KICT (Republic of Korea) (concurrent measurements with moving-boat method, SxS, and acoustic point measurement (ADV) for a set of discharges) D. Kim, M. Muste, J. LeCoz 01/06/2015 31/10/2016

(h) Develop methodology and document uncertainties produced by various difficult to estimated sources: 

J. LeCoz, F. Rainville, R. Lukes, J. Fulford, D. Kim, M.Muste, H.K. Yeo

01/03/2014

31/12/2016

  1. Site characteristics
J. LeCoz, F. Rainville, R. Lukes, J. Fulford 01/03/2014 15/01/2015
  1. Environmental factors
D. Kim, M.Muste, J. Fulford 01/03/2014 01/04/2015
  1. Operator
J. Fulford, D. Kim, J. LeCoz 01/06/2014 01/01/2015
  1. Measured and unmeasured cross-section area
D. Kim, M. Muste, J. Fulford 01/06/2014 01/01/2015
  1. Other sources (depth measurement in various surfaces, exposure time
D. Kim, M. Muste 01/09/2014 01/04/2015
(i) Conduct of customized experiments at KICT’s Andong field experimentation station for estimation of uncertainties listed at PO3 (g) and PO3 (h) D. Kim, H.K Yeo, M. Muste, J. LeCoz 01/03/2014 01/05/2016
(j) Establishment of an international community-driven database for supporting and refining UA M. Muste, F Rainville, J. Lecoz, R. Lukes 01/01/2015 31/12/2016

Project output 4 - Guidelines for conducting and reporting results of instrument calibration and performance test on instruments and techniques

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) Establishment of protocols/specifications for instrument calibration and testing and verification of performance characteristics of instruments and techniques F. Rainville, J. Fulford, R. Lukes ongoing 30/06/2014
(b) Develop sample format for reporting testing and verification results (draft for review on the web) F. Rainville & J. Fulford   4 months after completion of 4a.
(c) Develop guidance document on the design of regattas for intercomparison of flow measurement instruments and techniques F. Rainville, J. Le Coz & P. Pilon ongoing 30/06/2014
(d) Develop sample formats and protocols for reporting data gathered during regattas and post-regatta results F. Rainville & J. Le Coz   4 months after completion of 4c.
(e) Develop a proposal for Independent Verification of Instrument Performance F. Rainville, R. Lukes & J. Fulford 3/2/2014 28/11/2014


Project output 5 - Collection and sharing of test reports on the performance of instruments and techniques

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) Request instrument comparison reports WMO Secretariat   2 months after completion of PO4
(b) Request reports and specifications from manufacturers HMEI  
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(c) Request reports of laboratory tests of instruments WMO Secretariat & IAHR  
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(d) Request new reports developed using guidelines under 4) WMO Secretariat  
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(e) Create and populate a website with the collected information   Two months after completion of PO 5 a) to d) Two months after start
(f) Circular letter informing of guidelines for regatta design and reporting of results and request reports of regatta data and results using guidelines WMO Secretariat   2 months after completion of PO 4
(g) Create and populate a website with the collected data and information from regattas WMO Secretariat Two months after completion of PO 5 f) Two months after start

Project output 6 - – Uncertainty Analysis of Discharge Determination via various techniques

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) Literature review of methods for estimating the uncertainty of the most frequently used techniques*

J.Fulford, J. Le Coz, M. Muste

  Completed
(b) General recommendation on methodology including terminology to be used in the estimation of uncertainty M. Muste, J. Le Coz ongoing 31/5/2014
(c) Document methodology and develop examples to illustrate the estimation of uncertainty of discharge time series derived from rating curves including extension of approaches using rating curves to undertake time varying and episodic shifts J. Le Coz, P.Pilon, M. Muste ongoing

BaRatin: 30/6/2014
& OLS** GUM compliant: 31/12/2015

*: PO 6 Tasks (a), (b) and (c): will initially focus on stage-discharge relations including shifts, once completed will be followed by the index-velocity method, then other methods suited for unsteady flow situations, which are to be determined considering the results of PO1.
**: OLS is Ordinary Least Squares.

Project output 7 – Guidance and recommendations

Task Expert(s) Estimated Start date Tentative Completion Date
(a) To be determined on the basis of results from various POs Management Committee After completion of major achievements such as PO 4