Irrigation Systems

Design, Planning and Construction

May 2011
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  • Published
    6th May 2011
  • ISBN 9781845938741
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images figures

Of all the confrontations man has engineered with nature, irrigation systems have had the most widespread and far-reaching impact on the natural environment. Over a quarter of a billion hectares of the planet are irrigated and entire countries depend on irrigation for their survival and existence. Considering the importance of irrigation schemes, it is unfortunate that until recently the technology and principles of design applied to their construction has hardly changed in 4,000 years. Modern thinking on irrigation engineering has benefited from a cross-fertilization of ideas from many other fields including social sciences, control theory, political economics and agriculture. However, these influences have been largely ignored by irrigation engineers. Drawing on almost 40 years of experience of irrigation in the developing world, Laycock introduces new ideas on the design of irrigation systems and combines important issues from the disciplines of social conflict, management, and political thinking.

1. Evolution and a Prelude to Change
2. Elements of Irrigation
3. Water Management
4. Canal Operation and Automation
5. Irrigation Water Demands
6. Canal Architecture
7. Canal Control Structures
8. Low-Pressure Pipelines
9. Canal Lining
10. Canal Hydraulic Design
11. Troubleshooting - Feedback from the Field
12. Costs and Economics

Adrian Laycock

Adrian Laycock is at Adrian Laycock Ltd, UK.