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Input Data - The Input Data view category specifies the desired pump, valve and pipe groupings, maximum number of switches, start time, simulation duration, minimum switching interval, source cost table, system constraints, and pertinent options to run a scheduling optimization run. The input data categories are as follows:

Control Group - The user has You have the ability to define the control groups to be used in the optimization analysis. Each control group is identified as having one or more pumps, valves and pipes. In addition, the user you can modify any group previously identified, set the number of acceptable switches, start time, optimization duration, and switching interval for each group. Each pump, valve and pipe can belong to only one control group within a single data field column (e.g. Pump ID 10 cannot belong to both Pump Group 1 and Pump Group 2). You can create as many data field columns as desired to evaluate different grouping options (various operational improvement alternatives). Only pumps, valves and pipes that are candidate for optimization need to be associated with a group ID. Pumps, valves and pipes that do not belong to a particular group will remain unaffected (their operating status unchanged) by the optimization process. The Scheduler will determine a single combination of control rules (start and stop times) for all pumps, valves and pipes within any particular group. If distinct control rules are desired for specific pumps, valves and pipes then these components must be placed in separate groups.

Source Cost - The Source Cost allows the user you to input the cost of supplying water either in the form of a single cost per volume of water or in the form of a curve describing the cost per total flow leaving the tanks or reservoir. The curve must be defined in the main model in order to be selected and it overrides any cost rate per volume already entered.

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Options - The Options dialog box controls Genetic Algorithm optimization options during the optimization run. Within this dialog box, the user specifies you specify the data units, penalty cost data, weighting factors, convergence parameters, and advanced GA options.

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Output Report - Activates the OUTPUT REPORT Output Report view category to review detailed output optimization results.

Export - Activates the EXPORT Export view category to update the Control Data Sets in the main model with the calculated scheduling policy.

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