Current Webinars

A case study turning data into information and information into knowledge.

Using HydroNET to access, collaborate with and visualise
water management data.

When: 12:30pm AEDT 19th December 2017

An innovative cloud based platform as a service solution for the Goulburn Broken CMA using HydroNET, that connects to various data sources to provide personalised dashboards and information for smart, collaborative decision making around water.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Data collaboration and visualisation.
    A cloud solution platform for water managers and operators providing easy access and smart tools to visualise and use data anywhere, anytime, turning data into information and information into knowledge.
  • Real-time Data Decision Support Tool.
    Live access to official master data at source from multiple sources inside and outside the organisation, eliminating any duplication and versioning issues.
  • Data democratisation.
    No added burden on database administrators to provide data and information.
  • Customised solutions.
    Personalised Dashboards and smart tools for GBCMA staff and managers to easily work with the data.
  • Reporting for organisation and community needs.
    Automatic reports in Word, PDF and PowerPoint.
  • Time savings.
    Significantly reduced time and cost burden on staff.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority had a need for access to near real-time data housed within an external database for their operational decision-making. A cloud based solution platform was sought that would provide access that was robust and customisable to easily transform that data into personalised information and knowledge.

The HydroNET Water Control Room, a cloud based solution platform designed by water professionals to meet the diverse needs of water organisations, was chosen as the best solution. Water Technology was appointed to implement the HydroNET Water Control Room application package for the CMA. HydroNET now enables the CMA staff to securely and easily view, watch and report on the live water quality, rainfall and river flow data from an external Aquarius Database via personalised web dashboards. As the solution uses exiting API’s the connection does not add a burden to the database administrators and does not duplicate the data, which remains at source, eliminating any versioning issues. As a solution it has greatly improved operational decision making within the CMA and improved collaboration with their partners and stakeholders.

This FREE webinar will provide an implementation overview of the HydroNET platform and how it can be used for real-time water resource operation, management and planning.

Registrations open – limited spaces.

Presenter:
  • Brian Jackson, Water Technology
    Senior Principal Engineer

    Brian is a professional civil engineer, water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with 20 years of experience in implementing integrated water resources management in South Africa. He has been at the forefront of implementing the new, and internationally respected, water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998 through his employment at both the national Department of Water Affairs and the first Catchment Management Agency established in South Africa. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources. Brian joined Water Technology in January 2017 as the lead for HydroNET in Australia and New Zealand.

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Flood Reporting Portal

Sharing flood risk information as part of creating resilient communities using HydroNET

When: 12:30pm AEDT 25th January 2018

An innovative, cloud based software as a service platform solution providing the Greater Shepparton City Council with a property specific flood report generation portal. It securely connects to official flood information data directly at source in real time to provide the public access to view flood maps and download official property specific flood information reports on the fly.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flood Information Sharing
    Provides the public with secure and easy access to property flood risk information and reports.
  • Linked Data
    Implements the ‘Digital Delta’ approach by securely linking to the official data sources in real time.
  • Timely and Consistent Reporting
    Reports automatically processed on the fly at time of request, ensuring provision of the latest data directly from the official sources.
  • Time savings
    Significantly reduced time and cost burden on the Council and CMA staff.
  • Customised Solutions
    Location and organisation specific solutions.

The fit-for-purpose sharing of flood risk information with communities is paramount to improving flood resilience. It is recognised that at-risk individuals and communities have a major role to play in managing their flood risk. The sharing of flood risk information is thus an important pathway to create better flood resilient communities

This webinar will presents the innovative and pioneering cloud based flood report generation portal developed for Greater Shepparton City Council and the Goulburn Broken CMA that securely connects to official flood information data directly at source in real time – known as the ‘Digital Delta’ method. With this approach, the public can view flood maps and download official property specific flood information reports on the fly.

The portal significantly reduces the time and cost burden on the Council and CMA staff while simultaneously improving the accessibility to the public. It can be quickly, easily and cheaply expanded to other organisations.

This FREE webinar will provide an implementation overview of the HydroNET platform and how it can be used for real-time water resource operation, management and planning.

Registrations open – limited spaces.

Presenter:
  • Brian Jackson, Water Technology
    Brian is a professional civil engineer, water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with 20 years of experience in implementing integrated water resources management in South Africa. He has been at the forefront of implementing the new, and internationally respected, water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998 through his employment at both the national Department of Water Affairs and the first Catchment Management Agency established in South Africa. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources. Brian joined Water Technology in January 2017 as the lead for HydroNET in Australia and New Zealand.

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Past Webinars

An International Water Resources Management Experience with HydroNET

Recorded: 12:30pm AEDT 28th February 2017

The complex challenges in managing water resources in South Africa and the need for an adaptive operations approach required a strategic change to the Inkomati Catchment Management approach.

Find out how this approach may be relevant to you.

The Crocodile River Catchment includes the southern section of the Kruger National Park in South Africa and has many competing social, environmental and agricultural interests. The catchment and regulated river system support a large and diverse agricultural region; urban centres and important industrial zones; significant environmental and cultural assets and a tourism industry with over 1.4 million visitors per year.

Brian Jackson shares his experience in implementing this adaptive operational approach to water resources management and the technological innovations that they implemented.

Challenges and outcomes covered during the webinar:

  • Decision support framework and systems
  • Climate variability and data management
  • Stakeholder engagement and interaction
  • Flood Early Warning System
  • HydroNET implementation and operation
  • This webinar provided an implementation overview of the HydroNET platform and how it can be used for real-time water resource operation, management and planning.

Registrations closed.

Presenter:
  • Brian Jackson, Water Technology
    Brian is a professional civil engineer, water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with 20 years of experience in implementing integrated water resources management in South Africa. He has been at the forefront of implementing the new, and internationally respected, water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998 through his employment at both the national Department of Water Affairs and the first Catchment Management Agency established in South Africa. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources. Brian joined Water Technology in January 2017 as the lead for HydroNET in Australia and New Zealand.
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Radar Rainfall Calibration

When: 12:30pm AEST 1st December 2016
  • How reliable is the radar rainfall forecast?
  • What is the usefulness of radar rainfall data?
  • Can radar rainfall be used for more than just planning the afternoon BBQ?

Understanding the benefits of radar rainfall, the quality of the data and how it can be used is important for hydrological studies, emergency response and to understand large catchments with a limited number of gauges. Accessing data when you need it and having confidence in the quality of that data will be covered during the presentation.

This FREE webinar will provide background to how the Bureau of Meteorology is using radar rainfall data, what radar products they have available and how the HydroNET platform can be used to access calibrated radar rainfall data.

Registrations closed.

Presenters:
  • Dr Alan Seed, Bureau of Meteorology
    Dr Alan Seed has worked with the Bureau since 1997 and has a passion for using radar data in hydrology.  His radar rainfall estimation and forecasting work is renowned worldwide with numerous publications and citations
  • Steve Clark, Water Technology
    Steve has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal engineering fields specialising in flood risk and flood risk management. His work in waterway, floodplain and floodplain risk management; and infrastructure investigations has frequently utilised advanced hydrodynamic modelling systems and has been undertaken throughout Australia and Internationally.

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HydroNET: Flood Emergency Planning & Response

When: 4:00pm AEST 25th August 2016

Local and State Authorities play a critical role in the front-line response to the impact of storm events and climate change. The challenges to better planning and responses require an adaptive and transparent approach to managing the risks and impacts of flood events to the community.

Access to good quality data when it is needed is essential for understanding the likely impacts of a storm event. Having that information readily available to prepare and respond to a storm event is critical for water managers.

The linking of rainfall and stream flow data has been a time consuming and costly process and access to that information during a real-time flood emergency has been difficult. The HydroNET platform has powerful online applications that bring this information together to allow for better decision making and response times.

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