A platform for truly Integrated Water Resource Management
Source is a national platform, designed for all areas of water management. As a daily time-step model with planning, operations and forecasting modes, it can be used for all aspects of water resource management, including:
- water balance studies from catchment to river basin scale
- analysis of supply and demand balances, including agricultural, hydropower, urban, industrial and environmental demands
- water quality analysis based on catchment land-use scenarios
- reservoir and river operations, encompassing low to high flow events, salt loads and system optimisation
- urban water system planning, operations and optimisation, including analysis of different supply options (reservoir/recycling/desalination)
- groundwater-surface interactions.
Developed to manage water scarcity on the driest continent on Earth
Source has been specifically designed to deal with the substantial variations Australia experiences in water availability.
Flexible and adaptable
Source is not a single hydrological model. It is a modelling platform, that incorporates a range of models and tools into a unique, flexible and adaptable environment that recognises the practical, technical and political issues in developing water policy.
Source allows for models to be as simple or complex as the data allows or the users’ needs require.
Source operates through a high-level graphical interface, more like a manager’s “workbench” or “dashboard” than a traditional hydrologic or hydraulic model. The interface is deceptively simple. It begins with a schematic perspective of the catchment or river system, which you build simply by dragging icons from a palette to create a conceptual view.
Supports scenario analysis and decision making
Water is a finite resource. Governments and water agencies in most parts of the world need to make tough decisions on the best way to use the available water and balance the needs of different water users, such as irrigation, industrial, urban, hydropower and environmental demands.
Source has the unique ability to incorporate water governance requirements, such as water allocation policies, operating rules, legal agreements and international treaties. Source can assign water to different owners, which could be a state, country or type of entitlement (such as environment, irrigation, town) and track water use. Specialised reporting and assessment functions allow you to create a water budget by water source or entitlement type.
Note: governance capability is only available in the full version of Source.
Access to training, support and a community of practice
We provide solutions-based training programs that cater from the beginner to expert Source user. Training programs can be delivered face to face or online, in either a standard format or customised to meet an individual or organisations needs.