The Uzbek O’zgashkliti Institute wanted to apply monitoring of groundwater levels and hydrological analyses to better understand fluctuating groundwater levels in the city of Urgench and solve the problems these fluctuations caused. Royal Eijkelkamp and KWR provided the O’zgashkliti Institute with tools and software (Menyanthes) to realize this project and helped building the necessary capacity within the institute by training their engineers.
For years, the city of Urgench (Uzbekistan) suffered from high (saline) groundwater levels, leading to infrastructure damage, corrosion of underground pipes and flooding of basements. O’zgashkliti Institute realized that the first step to tackle these problems is adequate monitoring of groundwater levels and hydrological analysis to understand functioning of the groundwater fluctuations. They contacted Royal Eijkelkamp and KWR to help them realize this monitoring and analysis and the project has recently been completed.
Monitoring wells, Menyanthes and training
Royal Eijkelkamp has installed groundwater monitoring wells throughout the city of Urgench, each well equipped with state of the art dataloggers. Data from these loggers is automatically sent to a central control room in near real time, from where engineers use it for hydrological analysis and forecasting, using KWR’s software tool Menyanthes. Apart from delivering this software, KWR has extensively trained the engineers of O’zgashkliti Institute in hydrological modelling and data management.
Tools and capacity building
The project in Urgench has been a unique cooperation between the organizations involved, in which installation and configuration of advanced tools has been done alongside capacity building. As a result, the engineers at O’zgashkliti Institute now not only have one of the world’s most advanced monitoring and analysis setups, but they have also transformed their organization to be able to work with the equipment, monitor the groundwater system and analyze incoming data.