Source 2012 Conference

Tuesday 29 May 2012

The launch of Source, Australia's new hydrological modelling platform

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To celebrate the national launch of Source, eWater held its first annual Source conference in Canberra on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May.

eWater Source is a new, groundbreaking modelling platform that is the product of Australian Government investment and industry collaboration spanning over 20 years. Source integrates the whole water cycle with policy and management variables to boost our capability to manage water resources.

Delegates heard from Australian leaders and managers from across the industry who already use Source or who are phasing it in to their business.

Preferential access to Source and the Source Modelling Community is offered through an annual organisational membership.

Membership information

Official event website

Conference presentations

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Day 1 – Tuesday 29 May

8.00am - 9.00am
Foyer, Ann Harding Conference Centre
9.00am - 9.15am
Opening remarks and welcome
9.15am - 9.30am
Launch of Source, Australia’s hydrological modelling platform
Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell
9.30am - 10.30am
Global water challenges, learning from the Australian water experience
Don Blackmore AM
10.30am - 11.00am
Morning Tea
11.00am - 12.30pm
The Source story
How eWater Source will change the way we model our water resources. Improving decision making, integrating existing models and working within policy and guidelines for each state. Including case study examples of Source in use, flexibility and the development of plug-ins.
12.30pm - 1.30pm
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Bureau of Meteorology: Source as part of the Bureau’s water information role
How new water information products and services from the Bureau of Meteorology will integrate with Source to improve water management decision making and inform water policy.
Development and use of the AWRA system for the National Water Account and Water Resource Assessments.
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Afternoon Tea
3.30pm - 5.00pm
CSIRO: The history, current applications and future opportunities of Source
The history of Source development. A look inside Source and how to use it. Source for delivery of environmental flows: a risk framework. eWater/CSIRO opportunities with Source.
Day 1 – Close

Day 2 – Wednesday 30 May

8.00am - 9.00am 
Tea / Coffee
Foyer, Ann Harding Conference Centre
9.00am - 9.30am
National Water Commission
The unfinished business of water reform
Kerry Olsson
9.30am - 10.30am
Facilitated session: making the Source Modelling Community work for you
We are launching the Source Modelling Community to support the development of Source in Australia and overseas. We want it to be a valuable facility for experienced users as well as for those new to the community. Contribute your ideas to this facilitated session to help us design the Source Modelling Community to work to support your needs.
Prof Gary Jones
10.30am - 11.00am
Morning Tea
11.00am - 12.30pm
Environmental flows context and science

Designing environmental flows programs based on system understanding
Prof Gary Jones (PDF 748kb)

Predicting ecological responses to environmental flows
Dr Ben Gawne (PDF 2mb)

Ecological models for flow scenario and optimisation tools: status and needs
Dr Carmel Pollino (PDF 1.1mb)

Integrating temporal dynamics into environmental flows planning: opportunities for the future
Dr Nick Bond (PDF 553kb)
Urban water system management
Linking urban water management to urban liveability
Prof Tony Wong

Whole of catchment urban stormwater retrofits: various QLD and NSW case studies
Environmental considerations for stormwater harvesting from urban streams
Modelling river systems

Modelling river systems using Source – functionality and capability

Overview of the trial application projects of Source
Dr Lydia Cetin (PDF 840kb)

Goulbourn-Murray operations applications project
Kym Wilson (PDF 715kb)

Incorporating environmental demands/flows into planning
Dr Nick Marsh (PDF 921kb)

Ordering, ownership, and Murray applications project
Alistair Korn

12.30pm - 1.30pm
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Tools and methods for managing flows

Supporting objective-setting with evidence
Dr Michael Stewardson (PDF 4.2mb)

eWater tools for managing environmental flows
Dr Nick Marsh (PDF 4.8mb)
Managing the balance between supply and demand
An integrated water management model based on reliability tables created using music
Quantifying water quantity impacts of household rainwater tanks at regional scale
Dr Shiroma Maheepala
Modelling catchment scale processes
Applications project – The Great Barrier Reef
David Waters (PDF 777kb)

Calibrating rainfall runoff models in Source
Dr Phillip Jordan (PDF 370kb)

Source for urban: tool for integrated water management
Philip Pedruco (PDF 644kb) | Online interactive version (requires latest Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers – not compatible with IE)

3.00pm - 3.30pm
Afternoon Tea
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Environmental flow program design and future prospects
Environmental flow monitoring and evaluation: lessons from VEFMAP
Dr Angus Webb (PDF 947kb)

Program logic to tackle environmental water problems: an example of low flows

Advances and challenges in environmental flows
Making better decisions about urban water
Managing trade-offs using optimisation approaches
Prof Graeme Dandy (PDF 1.3mb)

Uncertainty and decision making: Probability and beyond
Prof George Kuczera (PDF 751kb)
Customising Source

Introduction to customisation

Developing plugins to extend Source: DERM experience

Farm dam modelling in WA southern catchments: water security and reliability issues
Keirnan Fowler (PDF 1.5mb)

Day 2 – Conference close


Senator The Hon Don Farrell officially launched eWater Source as Australia's national hydrological modelling platform.

Professor Gary Jones talked about how eWater Source will change the way we model our water resources.

L-R: Chair of the eWater CRC Board Don Blackmore AM, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Frances Shannon and eWater CRC CEO Professor Gary Jones.

More than 180 people attended the conference from across Australia and internationally.

Don Blackmore AM discussed global water challenges.

Dr Robert Carr demonstrated the capabilities of the Source modelling platform.

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