eWater Software Conference 2017

21st Nov 2017 - 23rd Nov 2017
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia 2601

Keynote Speakers

The Hydrologic Modelling Strategy, how do we measure up against the original objectives and future challenges.

Tuesday 21 November - 0900

The Original Objectives of the NHMS were framed to develop and maintain a modern and evolving hydrological modelling platform support services and network that meets the needs of current and future water management across Australia. 5 broad objectives were defined to underpin the strategy:

  1. CoAG Governments and other relevant parties work cooperatively and on a national scale to ensure that resources and expertise are coordinated to achieve the hydrologic modelling capability to underpin worlds best practice water planning and management;
  2. The hydrologic modelling community is informed of the priority hydrologic modelling needs of Governments;
  3. Australia’s existing hydrologic modelling expertise is effectively utilised, capacity in the field is actively nurtured and developed, and duplication of effort is avoided;
  4. Processes and funding arrangements are developed for priority hydrologic modelling needs, including on-going development, testing, training, support and dissemination;
  5. Australia’s modelling capability can be applied in other countries.

David will present a review of where we are nearly 10 years on in the journey, and what are the future challenges as we move forwards. 

David Dreverman is the Executive Director of eWater Ltd and has been a board member of eWater since 20XX. David recently retired as the Executive Director, River Management, Murray-Darling Basin Authority . David joined the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in 2000 as Manager, Assets, and was appointed General Manager, River Murray Water of the Commission in 2003. Prior to joining the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, David worked as a consultant in the engineering industry; with SMEC, Hydro Electric Commission, Tasmania and Australian Power and Water. David has been involved with large dam and hydro power projects, both in Australia and overseas for more than forty years.


Tools for a Water Sensitive Cities

Thursday 23 November - 0900

Achieving liveable, sustainable and resilient cities of the future requires an in-depth understanding of the complexities, uncertainties and priorities that characterise urban communities, environments and infrastructures. In this context, infrastructure planners, designers and managers are seeking innovative processes and tools that provide a sound knowledge base and facilitate effective communication across a diversity of stakeholders to identify integrated solutions that lead to robust planning outcomes.

The Cooperate Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) is developing a range of such tools to support industry adoption and utilisation of key research outputs from the CRCWSC research program to support mainstreaming of water sensitive technologies and practices. These tools are focused on addressing current limitations, as identified by CRCWSC participants, and can be used to:

  • Evaluate and assess the multiple benefits of green infrastructure solutions in terms of their biophysical and ecological impacts, and combined with an economic evaluation framework to provide the basis for robust water sensitive business cases;
  • Plan and design integrated, multifunctional and resilient solutions from precinct to catchment scale that consider the complex interactions and future uncertainties within the urban water system, including its broader urban environment; and
  • Support collaboration amongst researchers, industry, government and community stakeholders through platforms that enable, and encourage sharing of data, knowledge and perspectives.

The Water Sensitive Cities Toolkit (WSC-Toolkit), for example, integrates a range of CRCWSC research outputs as easily accessible modules to assist planners, designers and engineers in assessing the multiple benefits of water sensitive urban design (WSUD). Its capabilities include (i) the assessment of stream health and ecosystem indicators as an extension to eWater’s MUSIC, (ii) the microclimate assessment model to assess the impact of WSUD to mitigate extreme heat impacts, (iii) the rapid assessment of concept designs on the total urban water cycle, (iv) the economic evaluation model to support the development of robust business cases, as well as (v) downscaled future rainfall data.

The WSC-Toolkit is underpinned by an online decision-support platform that integrates a range of GIS data (e.g. digital elevation, urban from), environmental, census, and climate data, to enables users to rapidly set up, visualise and analyse complex urban case studies to assess the effectiveness of water sensitive policy, design and infrastructure solutions across the urban water system under many different scenarios.

This presentation will discuss the development of the WSC-Toolkit and will showcase its application to challenging case studies. 

Dr Christian Urich is a Lecturer with Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering, exploring the dynamics of integrated urban systems and their linkages between the city, its water infrastructure and socio-economic systems. In particular, his research focuses on how these dynamics and feedbacks can be modelled in an integrated way to explore scenarios for sustainable and robust adaptation strategies. Christian is part of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and the Monash Water for Liveability Centre, working in close collaboration with economists, urban designers and social scientists. Christian is leading this interdisciplinary work to develop decision support and benchmarking tools that integrate the biophysical, social and economic dimensions of a city’s integrated urban water system to inform adaptive policy planning.