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SADC HYCOS Phase one Rehabilitation Training held in Pretoria in May 2007

PRC Training in progress The PRC held two scheduled two-day training sessions on SADC HYCOS Phase 1 equipment for Department of Water Affairs & Forestry (DWAF) regional officials. The training sessions were held at the PMU and PRC in Pretoria from 14 May to 17 May 2007. The purpose of the training was to equip participants with basic skills on the maintenance of the AURORA 200 equipment that was installed for the SADC HYCOS Phase 1 Data Collecting Platforms (DCP’s). The DWAF regional officials were selected to lead teams that would be deployed in the SADC countries to rehabilitate the Phase 1 DCPs most of which have remained in a state of disrepair.

To avoid a large clustering of trainees and to allow for more participation, technicians were grouped into two classes of fourteen participants each. Apart from DWAF regional office technicians, PMU staff also attended the training sessions. DWAF technicians were invited based on the following criteria:

Theoretical training was held on the first day of each training session at the PMU offices while practical training scheduled for second day was held at the Hydrological Workshop in Pretoria West. The theoretical training session consisted of introductions by Mr. S. van Biljon, PMU Project Manager followed by theoretical presentations by Mr. J. Calitz from the PRC. The theoretical training included introduction to the AURORA 200 equipment, typical installation in the SADC countries, basic diagnostics and set up of the equipment as well as necessary documentation for cross-border travel. The practical sessions on the AURORA 200 equipment included troubleshooting equipment, testing power supplies, installation of 4-20 mAmp kits and connection of new pressure probes to logging devices as well as checking antennas.

In summary, the entire training programme was a great success as each participant was exposed to the necessary equipment and preplanning. In addition, at the end of the training, each attendee was urged to make necessary preparations including taking relevant inoculations as well as making sure that travel documents, vehicle papers, and international driver licenses were up-to-date. It was also agreed that the PRC would be the departure point because all the necessary spares purchased by the PMU would be stored by the PRC in Pretoria West.

J. Calitz DWAF & SADC HYCOS: Industrial Technician & Technical Adviser


SADC HYCOS HYDSTRA Training held in Pretoria in September 2008

Hydstra Training group 1 picture A component of the implementation of Phase 2 of the SADC-HYCOS Project is to provide training in the use and maintenance of of all components of the database management and associated procedures which will be implemented in the Region.

In September 2008, Bill Steen, Damian Skinner and Peter Heweston from Kisters Pty Ltd spent two weeks in Johannesburg providing introductory training to two groups of representatives from countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. Under the auspices of the SADC-HYCOS Phase 2 project, Hydstra licenses have been purchased for 12 member states while training has been provided to all SADC countries. The countries represented at the training included Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.




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Basics of HYCOS I Equipment                                           Introduction to SADC HYCOS I DCP Equipment

Troubleshooting HYCOS I Equipment                               SADC HYCOS I DCP Diagnostic Procedures and Configuration

Discharge Measurement                                                   Using BB-ADCP for Discharge Measurement

Bottom Layer Motion                                                        Effects of Bottom Layer Motion

Conducting ADCP Discharge Measurements                    Procedures for Conducting ADCP Discharge Measurements