MUSIC Case Studies

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City of Moreland, Victoria

WSUD in Melbourne's inner north
Moreland City Council is taking a strategic approach to sustainable water management with the implementation of WSUD and best practice stormwater management.

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Noarlunga Centre, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia

Water proofing the South
Water Proofing the South is a localised integrated water resource management strategy based entirely in the City of Onkaparinga.

To improve the quality of stormwater runoff to the sea and to protect the area from flooding by expanding the stormwater drainage capacity, the Fyfe Group used MUSIC to determine the annual volume of water which can be harvested and to define a water balance.

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Mining the advantages of water balance modelling
Mining operations are critically dependent on water, which is typically in short supply in areas where minerals are found.

To investigate the possibility of surface water supply for the Hera Gold Mine Project in Nymagee, Strategic Environmental and Engineering Consulting (SEEC) used MUSIC to undertake a water balance model for the project.

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Complying with stormwater quality targets
In 2009, Brookfield Multiplex was contracted to develop and construct the Hilton Hotel and Residences: the 33-level Boulevard Tower and 57-level Orchid Tower at Hilton, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

To comply with stringent Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) stormwater quality requirements, the development used MUSIC to help meet set targets of a reduction in pollutants.

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Improving Water Quality in the Derwent Estuary
Two engineering consulting firms, Urban Initiatives and Aquatic Systems Management, have applied eWater’s MUSIC (model for urban stormwater improvement conceptualisation) to develop the first WSUD project under the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP).

The award-winning project is a large bioretention system at University of Tasmania (UTAS) at Sandy Bay in Hobart.

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Restoring Moreton Bay to health using TWCM
Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) has become the first LGA to make significant progress with TWCM Planning. By identifying the unique challenges of the region through the TWCM Plan, the Council hopes to ensure the existing social, environmental and economic values of the region are maintained or enhanced.

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Alliance Design Consulting Group

For consulting engineers helping developers conceptualise stormwater management plans, the cost and size of treatment options are ever-present issues. Their developer-clients must follow council guidelines to the letter, while achieving treatment options at the lowest possible cost.

Redland City Council
Since Redland adjoins Moreton Bay Marine Park, it’s especially important for Redland City Council to achieve stormwater quality objectives. The Council uses MUSIC when evaluating designs of stormwater control systems submitted as part of development applications (DAs).

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Maroochydore Library for Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland

Nominee - 2009 Healthy Waterway Awards, Water Sensitive Urban Design Category
At Maroochydore, where the Maroochy River had shown signs of stress, including impacts by excessive stormwater runoff, BMT WBM assisted the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in retrofitting multiple WSUD elements into existing areas around the Maroochydore Library. The elements include porous pavements and bioretention systems as well as grassed swales, rain-gardens and rainwater tanks. 
MUSIC was a key tool for site selection and design stages.

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MUSIC adds value as an analysis and an estimation tool for water sensitive urban designs which otherwise would take me longer to develop myself. It gives a quick look of nutrient runoff and sizing wetland parameters to check a typical water sensitive urban design.’ - Dan Raymond, Principal, Eco Urban.

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Ashgrove Residential Estate, Regents Park, New South Wales
Winner, Stormwater Industry Association Award for Excellence in Stormwater Management, 2008
This development of a large area of former industrial land features an award-winning stormwater management plan that successfully addresses significant constraints in relation to the stormwater system.

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Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment System - In partnership with Hornsby Shire Council, Kiama Council, CABP, UTS and HydroCon.
Winner, Stormwater Industry Association Award for Excellence in a Stormwater Quality Measure, 2008
Storm Consulting has developed the award-winning ‘Exfiltration Stormwater Treatment System’, an advanced stormwater treatment system where the stormwater goes through a pipe wall, then leaks out through another filter to a sand filter. The stormwater system has been applied in many locations including Ashgrove Residential Estate, Kiama CBD project at Hindmarsh Park and Kinross Business Park which is an industrial estate in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Tapping into Singapore’s urban stormwater
The ambitious project to turn Singapore’s fully urbanised environment into a water supply catchment is attracting attention from around the globe. Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) has commenced to convert Marina Bay, in the heart of the city, into a freshwater reservoir fed by stormwater runoff from a third of the metropolis. Professor Tony Wong and colleagues at Design + Planning at AECOM have been advising PUB on the implementation framework for water sensitive urban design in the catchment, and the latest science from the Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration (FAWB) at Monash University and MUSIC have assisted in its development.

Western Australia
MUSIC I am able to put a cost on different stormwater treatments to meet the same water quality criteria. MUSIC is a powerful decision making tool for stormwater treatment systems and it has a good graphical interface.' - Dr Christian Zammit, Principal Environmental Scientist, Water Resource Management, AECOM

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Genesis Development, Coomera, Queensland
Water Sensitive Urban Design - Major Award Winner 2006, Stormwater Industry Association, Qld
The award-winning Genesis Development is regarded as one of the most significant projects of its kind in Queensland.


Breese Pitt Dixon
Bridgewater Estate, Wyndham, Victoria
"Breese Pitt Dixon produce civil design plans for urban developers. Melbourne Water require use of MUSIC to show how stormwater treatment systems will perform – it has to be provided as part of the conceptual design prior to the detail design. We get approval from Melbourne Water by using MUSIC to model stormwater treatment systems. MUSIC is the standard." – Greg Easton, Design Engineer, Breese Pitt Dixon

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Point Cook Gardens Estate, Point Cook, Victoria

Begun in 1998, Point Cook Gardens Estate comprises over 1000 allotments and contains a wetlands, for water quality control, of more than 5 hectares. Other major reserves provide extra open space. Board walks surround the wetlands area, creating a tranquil environment.

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Koolamara Waters, Ferntree Gully, Victoria

Located in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Koolamara Waters estate takes in 100 home sites and features 14.2 hectares of parkland and wetlands.




Opus International Consultants
Eight sites for fast food outlets in Queensland

Opus is engaged in designing stormwater management plans for eight restaurant sites in Queensland for a major fast food chain. Development Applications for the sites are to be submitted to Councils.

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City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne uses MUSIC to calculate how much stormwater is available from its urban catchments to see if there’s enough to irrigate parks, gardens and sports fields. The stormwater is stored in large underground tanks and ponds and then pumped out for irrigating parks.

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Sandon Point, Wollongong

Wollongong City Council
Wollongong City Council uses 
MUSIC when assessing Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) development applications (DAs). Some developments have more than 20 dwellings and occupy at least 5000 sqm.

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Moreton Bay Regional Council
Moreton Bay Regional Council strives to keep water quality at high levels. They use MUSIC to review development applications (DAs), looking at how well stormwater treatment plans reduce total suspended solids, total phosphorus, and total nitrogen in stormwater.

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Bundaberg Regional Council
“Stormwater plans should be designed for Bundaberg conditions, and MUSIC helps the council verify that the methodology is correct for Bundaberg.” – Adam Johnston, Senior Development Engineer

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Orange City Council
Faced with continuing dry conditions over many years and the uncertainty of future rainfalls, Orange City Council has broken new ground in the harvesting of stormwater for urban use. The Council’s stormwater harvesting scheme, which kicked off in 2008, is already giving residents access to significantly more water every year and giving the Council new confidence in its ability to secure urban water supplies.

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Gosford City Council
Gosford City Council has been investigating the feasibility of using harvested stormwater for non-potable water use to diversify its water sources.

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Restoring Tygum Lagoon
In 2007, a rehabilitation strategy for the lagoon was developed by BMT WBM (on behalf of Logan City Council) “to restore and maintain the recreational and environmental values of Tygum Lagoon”.
eWater’s urban stormwater modelling software, 
MUSIC (model for urban software improvements conceptualisation) was used throughout the project, highlighting key management issues for the lagoon and to assess the performance of various stormwater management strategies.

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