Water Meters Installation Panel

Location: Goulburn Murray Irrigation District, Victoria

Client: Transcom Connect, on behalf of Goulburn Murray Water

Date: Apr 2014 – Feb 2015  /  Mar 2015 – Dec 2015  /  Jan 2016 – ongoing

The GMW Connection Project is a $2 billion irrigation modernisation project in Victoria’s Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The GMID covers 68,000km2 and is Australia’s most extensive irrigation network, stretching from past Swan Hill in the west to Cobram in the east and encompassing an agricultural hub known as Victoria’s Food Bowl. The project aims to secure water savings of 429 GLpa through modernisation and rationalisation of the water supply system, including on farm irrigation efficiency activities.

Pictured is a typical site of the meter upgrade works that our ACE Water division worked on back in 2015. The old wheel is removed and replaced with remotely operated outlets. The steel ‘coffer’ dam sits in the channel and seals the channel bank, allowing the crew to remove the old wheel and install the new outlet without getting wet.

This particular installation is a 600mm outlet and will deliver up to 20 megalitres of water per day to the farm.  It is computer controlled remotely from Goulburn Murray Water’s office, some 25 km away.  The slip-gate opens and closes automatically, and adjusts the flow rate to whatever the farmer requires.

GMW appointed TransCom Connect as the Main Contractor for the GMW Connections Project.
Ace has been contracted as part of a panel to deliver irrigation meter construction for the GMW Connections Project.
The Meters Program is a key component of the GMW Connections Project and involves the replacement or rationalisation of existing irrigation outlets (predominantly Dethridge wheels) with modernised, electronic meters.

This provides:

  • Increased measurement accuracy to meet Australian Metering Standards.
  • Increased levels of service to suit the needs of different customer types (flow rates and timing).
  • More consistent flow rates to farms.
  • The ability to integrate with on-farm systems.

Typically, the works involve removing the old Dethridge wheel and replacing it with an electronic meter and concrete pit.
A temporary steel ‘coffer’ dam is constructed in the channel to prevent water entering the pit site. This allows the construction crew to remove the old wheel and install the new concrete pit without getting wet.
The new meter installation is integrated into Goulburn Murray Water’s radio network and controlled remotely from their operations support centre. The slip-gate opens and closes automatically, and adjusts the flow rate to the requirements of the farmer.

Winter Regulator Package

Location: Central Goulburn Region, VIC

Client: John Holland Group

Date:  June 2018 – August 2018

As a part of the $2B Irrigation infrastructure upgrade, Ace Water constructed 34 new regulators across Central Goulburn Region. We supplied plant, labour, materials (other than free issued) and machinery to construct the regulators.

Old manual regulators were replaced with new automated state of the art gates allowing Total Channel Control (TCC), to monitor and control the volume and rate of water flow made available to irrigating farmers.

(Byrneside Location)

Works include:

  • Demolition of existing structures
  • Installation of pre-cast concrete culverts
  • Cast in-situ, site specific concrete pours
  • Installation and pre-commissioning of Rubicon flume gates
  • Installation of rock beaching up and downstream of new structure
  • Access tracks and pads to new infrastructure

(Girgarre East Location)

Peninsula Early Connection Offer (ECO)

Location: Sorrento, Mornington Peninsular, Victoria

Client: Fulton Hogan, Delplant and Beca (FHDB) – joint venture

Date: May 2015


The overall Peninsula ECO Transfer Main Project involved the construction of 15.2 km of sewer transfer main on the Mornington Peninsula running from Boneo Sewage Treatment Plant to Sorrento.
Ace delivered the electrical and control works for the Melbourne Rd South Pump Station and 15 remote customer connection points.

ACE carried out all site electrical works, including installation and wiring of main switchboards, motor control centre, programmable logic controller (PLC) and field devices, equipment and instrumentation.

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Detailed design
  • Fabrication
  • Factory acceptance testing
  • Supply
  • Installation
  • Testing and commissioning of all main switchboards
  • Motor control centre
  • Variable speed drive (VSD) control cabinets
  • Programmable logic control (PLC)
  • Remote terminal unit (RTU) cabinets for the pump station
  • Remote customer connection points