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KISTERS Real-Time Optimisation

The intuitive expert system

Benefit from state-of-the-art optimisation technology

Augment the the operation of your water system using objective-based optimisation.

  • Uses industry-standard hydraulic models:
    • Incorporates channel hydraulics into optimizer.
    • No separate conceptual model required.
    • Supported by KISTERS team of over 100 water resource and computer science engineers. 
  • Designed to find robust solutions despite the challenges of predictive uncertainty.
  • Solves for multiple, potentially competing, objectives in priority order.
  • Intuitive graphical user interface integrated with the KISTERS Water Portal.

Real Time Optimisation is multi-faceted and can be adapted and applied to a number of use cases, from hydropower to drinking water quality compliance.  These use cases can be combined as needed.

Maximize revenue


Optimise generation within compliance regulations

Using detailed hydraulic models to capture dynamic riverine conditionals, the optimisation platform can meet environmental and regulatory guidelines while maximizing generation, revenue, and other targets.

Minimize water level disturbances

Accurately time the generation of power stations in a cascade and reduce water level fluctuations in intermediate river reaches.

Track load requests

Track load requests for an entire (sub)system by allocating load to different power stations in the most efficient way.

Maximize generation

Maximize the total energy generation over the optimisation period.

Maximize revenue

Maximize the total energy revenue over the optimisation period, taking into account variable energy prices.



Maintain levels within target range

Maintain open channel water levels within a specified target range.

Ensure water quality

Maintain water quality by setting a maximum water age, allowable chloride concentration ranges, or similar criteria

Minimize energy use

Minimize the total energy use over the optimization period.

Minimize energy cost

Minimize the total energy cost over the optimization period, taking into account variable energy prices.

Irrigation and urban water supply

Irrigation and urban water supply

Get water to where it needs to be, at the right time

Ensure requests for water are met exactly and punctually. A full tracking and display system allows for complete transparency.

Minimize waste

Minimize the flushing of excess water through the system.

Flood control

Flood control

Create dynamic flood retention capacity when needed

Reduce or eliminate flooding by drawing down river reaches or reservoirs ahead of forecasted storm events.

Hold stormwater when it is safe to do so

When conditions allow, retain water in flood control reservoirs for irrigation and infiltration purposes.


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The KISTERS team with experts from the water management and IT industries support the entire life cycle of your water solution right from the beginning with extensive consulting: We select the readymade standard modules to build and configure the exact solution that fits your business needs. Training offers and manuals tailored to your organization, round-the-clock internet support and a telephone hotline all serve to help you with any operational issues.


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