Moreton Bay Regional Council - music case study

"music replaces a number of manual methods, in a much more user friendly way, to evaluate stormwater treatment models at a conceptual level. It is very helpful." – Daryl Van Cooten, Senior Technical Officer, 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.

Daryl Van Cooten is the Senior Technical Officer at the Drainage, Waterways and Coastal Planning division within the Infrastructure Planning Department of Moreton Bay Regional Council. When reviewing DAs, he checks for stormwater quality and quantity. He looks at stormwater flow rate and uses music to assess flow rate controls.

As part of a DA, developer’s consultants usually supply a music output to show how well stormwater runoff is handled. Daryl says "I check over their music model. I run their model and check that everything is consistent with the written report.

He continues "I try and put myself in the shoes of the consultant. I compare my music model with theirs.  If improvements can be made, I suggest them – for example, building in a wetland."

The Moreton Bay Regional Council adhere to the Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Technical Design Guidelines for Southeast Queensland. That means achieving certain reductions in stormwater pollutants.

Daryl says "The music model is able to calculate these reductions and the Council can meet stormwater quality targets."

Daryl says "music is very easy to use. Checking stormwater treatment plans and music models is just a simple plug-in operation. It’s my calculation tool."

He has found that in music v4 the bioretention basin algorithm has been improved and gives more options.