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AUDIMOD

AUDIMOD is a decision support tool that is designed to help investors and decision makers to simulate the potential for irrigation modernization projects to help secure a more efficient water use for the pre-determined objectives, by looking at a large number of indicators before and after the project is made. AUDIMOD provides a standardised method that helps to monitor, audit and anticipate the environmental, socioeconomic and hydrologic effects of an irrigation modernisation project before, during and after the investment.

Developed by I-CATALIST

AUDIMOD tool is composed by two separate modules: a) The “Ex-Post” Module: this module supports decision makers and managers to regularly monitor and audit the irrigation system including hydrological, environmental and socioeconomic indicators b) The “Ex- Ante” Module: this module helps decision makers and managers to simulate the potential effects of an irrigation modernisation project, based on a set of indicators and variables which can be easily compiled and/or produced before the project is approved.

TRL4. Laboratory testing of prototype component or process
Technology validated in lab. Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory. The accounting and auditing methodology has already tested and validated at small scale, i.e. a number of irrigation modernization projects with different characteristics. The main elements have been integrated in a prototype tool.

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Investment ready

The business plan for this innovation has been evaluated by The Funding Company and it is considered to be ready for investment.

The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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How does it work?

The AUDIMOD tool encompasses a software tool supported by a full water accounting and auditing methodology. The AUDIMOD tool generates a reduced set of indicators that allow water managers to assess and periodically monitor the main effects of an irrigation modernisation, i.e. addressing agronomical, hydrological, socioeconomic and environmental aspects. This allows to evaluate whether an irrigation modernisation has reached its main objectives. The AUDIMOD “ex ante” tool applies a multi-criteria method to typify modernisation projects into a set of predefined groups based on already implemented irrigation modernisations. This is accompanied by a set of guidelines to help steer the projects to meet the planned requirements.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

In the initial stage, an external support is recommended.

Added value
The AUDIMOD methodology and tool has been built in close cooperation with water managers and water planners. Once the main basic information is gathered and the required data have been entered, AUDIMOD is a friendly and easy to use tool that produces outputs which are easily understood and used. These outputs are particularly useful for benchmarking irrigation modernisation projects.

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