Latest version of MUSIC released
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Councils and developers creating water sensitive cities will value new technology, released today, which streamlines the modelling and approvals of urban stormwater systems, via MUSIC.
“Water sensitive urban designs can contribute to good water quality and promote water recycling – and councils are increasingly ensuring that such designs underpin urban development,” says Ashis Dey, the director of urban products at eWater. “However, they also need to have an efficient approvals process so that the assurance of water sensitive urban designs does not become a bottleneck in the development process.”
MUSIC-link is a new feature in the latest version of MUSIC by eWater (version 6). It is intended to both speed up design and prevent bottlenecks in approvals. MUSIC is the leading stormwater modelling software used by thousands of professionals working in private practice and in state, regional and local government agencies throughout Australia.
Using MUSIC-link, developers can quickly find council requirements, which are pre-loaded in the MUSIC software, saving time in design. Council staff can easily check the compliance of the submitted stormwater designs.
“Local Government is at the forefront of requiring, assessing and operating a range of stormwater management assets, and must be effective and efficient at considering development applications,” says Andrew Allan, National President of the Stormwater Australia. “MUSIC has established itself as the key conceptual design aid, and MUSIC-link has the potential to further streamline the assessment process, saving local councils many hours of assessment time and improving the consistency of outputs.”
Version 6 of MUSIC also has improved usability and integrates many design calculations previously done outside the software.
eWater collaborated with seven councils in developing MUSIC v6 and MUSIC-link: Blacktown City Council, Newcastle City Council, Lake Macquarie Council, Port Stephens Council and Ku-ring-gai Council in NSW, the City of Onkaparinga (SA) and Brisbane City Council.
eWater is an Australian not-for-profit company that helps organisations to build water management capability.
All local governments are invited to upload their specific requirements for water sensitive urban designs into MUSIC by contacting eWater.
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“Local Government is at the forefront of requiring, assessing and operating a range of stormwater management assets, and must be effective and efficient at considering development applications. MUSIC has established itself as the key conceptual design aid, and MUSIC-link has the potential to further streamline the assessment process, saving local councils many hours of assessment time and improving the consistency of outputs.”
“The benefits of the MUSIC-link software are mainly delivered to the people of the City of Newcastle. By creating an integrated, cohesive and consistent base model for water quality management in the city, high levels of water quality within our waterways will be the delivered outcome for the residents of the city to enjoy.”
“We hope that introducing MUSIC-link, with the benefits outlined above, will help give us a reputation as a Council that is interested in quality, positive, and consistent development assessment, and that Developers will see significant benefits and build better working relationships with us. Having consistently configured models will allow for ‘seamless’ integration of the many small precinct models into a single area wide model. We have already established water quality load standards, and are presently developing an ‘area wide’ water quality management and monitoring framework … we hope to be able to chart our overall performance in water quality improvement against the targets established in the Adelaide Coastal Waters Water Quality Improvement Plan.”
“It will be most beneficial for private development, and as we are requiring more and more development to include WSUD in their design, this will make the process of assessing the application much easier.”
– Jay Jonasson, Environmental Engineer, Ku-ring-gai Council
MUSIC-link functionality is paid through a subscription model by assessing authorities / councils. All local governments are invited to upload their specific requirements for water sensitive urban designs into MUSIC by contacting us:T: 1300-5-WATER (toll free within Aus) or +61 2 6206 8637