Installers, surveyors, vendors and manufacturers

Duly qualified persons

Duly qualified persons (DQPs) are responsible for surveying and installing benchmarks, installing and validating storage meters, telemetry connection to the data acquisition service and validating the installation of existing storage meters. DQPs include the following occupations:

  • certified storage meter installer and validator
  • certified meter installer
  • registered surveyor
  • telemetry technician
  • registered engineer

Surveyors

Storages used for floodplain harvesting will need to have a survey benchmark installed. A registered surveyor will survey, install and verify benchmarks prior to installation of storage meters.

Register your details as a qualified surveyor to get involved and find out more about the measurement project.

Certified storage meter installers and validators

Certified meter installers (CMIs) are responsible for installing and validating storage meters and local intelligence devices at floodplain harvesting storages.

Find a certified meter installer.

If you want to become a certified storage meter installer and validator an accredited course is being offered by Irrigation Australia Limited.

Storage meters

A storage meter measures the water level within the storage and is used to determine the storage volume. It must meet the minimum specifications for storage meters.

Minimum specifications for storage meters

Criterion Minimum specification
Output Digital (SDI-12/Modbus) directly output from sensor
Range Appropriate to the storage depth (typically 0 to 5 metres, up to 10 metres)
Accuracy ±10 millimetres
Calibration capability Has the capacity to record and adjust calibration constants and can be tested against a reference meter
Supply voltage and power consumption Can operate on nominal 12-volt direct-current supply and less than 20-milliamp average current draw
Data-acquisition service/data logger and telemetry unit compatibility Data-acquisition-service compatibility for relevant floodplain harvesting measurement parameters; sensor can respond to requests for serial number and other diagnostic information
Temperature range –5°C to +50°C operating temperature
Warranty Minimum 12 months
Performance testing Sensor has been trialled or is used in harsh environments by a reputable independent agency in Australia
Support Satisfactory vendor documentation and local support available

Sensors identified to meet the NSW minimum specifications for storage meters

To give water users greater confidence about devices or solutions that have been confirmed as being compliant with the floodplain harvesting measurement rules, the department will maintain a list of devices that have been tested and found to meet the relevant specifications.

The following list has been designed to assist water users and meter installers to understand which storage meters have been confirmed as meeting the minimum specifications for storage meters, as set out in the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy.

However, it is the water users’ responsibility to ensure they purchase a fit-for-purpose device that meets their individual needs. Please note that this list does not provide any form of warranty or assurance about the manufacturer quality, reliability or suitability of listed storage meters, including for specific environmental conditions, local intelligence device (LID) configurations or signal interfaces.

Storage meters for Floodplain Harvesting

Make Model Distributor and contact details Sensor Type Manufacturer Date of listing

In Situ

Level TROLL

ThermoFisher

Email: ANZInfo@thermofisher.com
Web: www.thermofisher.com/au/

Submersible

In-situ

5 August 2020

Keller-Druck

36XiW

Bestech Australia

Email: tgobrial@bestech.com.au
Web: www.bestech.com.au

Submersible

Keller-Druck

5 August 2020

OTT

RLS

Aqualab

Email: sales@aqualab.com.au
Web: www.aqualab.com.au

Radar

OTT HydroMet

5 August 2020

OTT

PLS

Aqualab

Email: sales@aqualab.com.au
Web: www.aqualab.com.au

Submersible

OTT HydroMet

5 August 2020

Seametrics

PT12

Air-Met Scientific Pty Ltd

Email: sales@airmet.com.au
Web: www.airmet.com.au

Enviro Paul

Email: paul@enviropaul.com.au
Web: www.enviropaul.com.au

HydroTerra Pty Ltd

Email: sales@hydroterra.com.au
Web: www.hydroterra.com.au

Submersible

Seametrics Inc.

5 August 2020

STS

PTM/N/SDI-12

Automated Control

Email: sales@automatedcontrol.com.au
Web: www.automatedcontrol.com.au

Submersible

Automated Control

5 August 2020

Vega

VEGAPULS C 21

VEGAPULS C 23

Vega
Email: info.au@vega.com
Web: www.vega.com

Radar

Vega

5 August 2020

FTS

SDI Radar / 64 / 81

ThermoFisher

Email: ANZInfo@thermofisher.com
Web: www.thermofisher.com/au/

Radar

FTS

January 2021

YSI

WaterLOG Nile 502 / 504 / 517

Xylem Water Solutions

Email: salesAus@xyleminc.com
Web: www.xylem-analytics.com.au

Radar

Xylem Analytics Australia

January 2021

Endress + Hauser Australia

Micropilot FMR20

Endress + Hauser Australia

Email: info.au.sc@endress.com
Web: www.endress.com

Radar

Endress + Hauser Australia

March 2021

If you are a storage meter distributor and would like to be included on the list please email metering.reform@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Local-intelligence devices

A local intelligence device (LID) is a combined data logger and telemetry unit. It stores and transmits the water level data and related information to the data acquisition service. To achieve this LIDs need to be compatible with the storage meter that is being used.

A list of LIDs that meet the minimum specifications is now available and listed below.  The storage meters in the list above will interface with LIDs that have Modbus or SDI-12 communication outputs, but not Pulse outputs.

It is the water user’s responsibility to make sure that the chosen storage meter interfaces with the chosen LID. A meter installer will be able to provide advice about this integration, and other installation matters.

The product trade names in this publication are supplied on the understanding that no preference between equivalent products is intended and that the inclusion of a product name does not imply endorsement by the department over any equivalent product from another manufacturer.

YDOC - HTPPTs

Manufacturer TOIP Pty Ltd
Model Number LID - HTPPTs
Firmware version LID - HTPPTs
Component name (version) YDOC TOIP
Manufacturer's contact details Contact: Peter Toome
Phone: 08 8825 1208
Email: sales@toip.net.au
Web: www.toip.net.au
Date of listing 18 August 2021
Suitable for floodplain harvesting measurement  Yes
Suitable for Non-urban metering. No

Captus Multi - Vega Radar Puls C21

Manufacturer SigSense
Model Number Captis Multi Vega Radar Puls C 21 (MODBUS)
Firmware version 
Component name (version) Captis Multi Vega Radar
Manufacturer's contact details Phone: 07 3053 5229 (Sales/Support)
Email: sales@sigsense.com.au OR
support@sigsense.com.au
Web: http://www.sigsense.com.au
Date of listing 6 October 2021
Suitable for floodplain harvesting measurement Yes
Suitable for Non-urban metering. No

Synaptix LID

Manufacturer Novecom
Model Number 100594
Firmware version Synaptix-LID-Main-Firmware_V1.0.0
Component name (version) SynaptiX
Manufacturer's contact details Phone: 02 4924 5460
Email: mail@novecom.com.au
Web: https://novecom.com.au/products/synaptix/
Date of listing 28 February 2022
Suitable for floodplain harvesting measurement  Yes
Suitable for Non-urban metering. No

Vendors

The department welcomes device manufacturers to develop storage meters and local intelligence devices that are compatible with the technical requirements of the healthy floodplain measurement policy. Device manufacturers are invited to submit their compatible devices for testing.

The assessment of storage meters against the minimum specification will be undertaken by Manly Hydraulic Laboratory at the vendor’s expense. An outline of the assessment process is provided below.

The assessment process also applies to storage sensors that have been previously assessed and will need to be reassessed if the supplier considers their device now meets the minimum standards. The department expects that nominated devices are proven technology with no further development work required to meet the specifications.

Please note vendors that have a fully integrated storage meter and telemetry solution will need to follow the local intelligence device assessment process as described in the market engagement policy for metering and telemetry.

More detailed information about the storage meter assessment process and ongoing listing requirements can be found in the Market engagement policy for metering and telemetry.

Outline of the assessment process

1 Before submitting a storage meter for assessment, proponents should acquire an understanding of the storage meter measurement requirements within the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy by reviewing documentation available on the department’s website and in the Market Engagement Policy for Metering and Telemetry
2 Develop or assess an existing storage meter against the minimum storage meter specifications and download a copy of the Storage meter technical specifications survey response template
3 Contact Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) to discuss the assessment timeframe and testing fee by email at Assessment-Request@mhl.nsw.gov.au and cc metering.reform@dpie.nsw.gov.au
4 Pay the fee and submit the ‘Storage meter technical specifications survey’ response and supporting documentation to MHL for assessment as instructed.
5 MHL will assess if the device's technical specifications comply with the minimum storage meter specifications.
6MHL will notify  the supplier and DPE of the assessment results who will notify the vendor of the outcome.
7 Storage meters that meet the assessment criteria will be listed on the department's website.