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Outcomes: Urban Water Management Community of Practice Event 17 June 2021

Decision making in urban water management: integration and modelling tools, was Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) second Community of Practice (CoP) event for 2021, held on 17 June at the Ship Inn.

Urban water management is a priority focus for the Queensland Water Modelling Network.

At this community of practice (CoP) workshop, we invited professionals working in urban water management to explore approaches to better translate scientific information through models and modelling. These models are further used for prioritising and integrating urban water management investments and measures. The “urban water pipeline” considers science/research, data collection, modelling and decision making. From this perspective, a wide variety of elements for improving the utility of information, to support planning and prioritisation of actions can be generated.


This event aimed to:

  1. Build an improved understanding of how modelling tools can expedite urban water management
  2. Collate key issues on strengths, gaps and opportunities that water modelling and use needs, currently has in place, or is emerging
  3. Consider spatial aspects of data, models and decision making along the urban water management pipeline

Image: Urban Water Modelling and Use Pipeline



So, what did we do, share and achieve at this workshop?


Image: Participants fill out the “Wall of Experience”



We mapped activities that event participants currently undertake across this pipeline, observing the diversity of experience present on the day.

Participants were asked to consider the urban water management pipeline and how it relates to their professional role. The experience and expertise across the pipeline among colleagues was extensive from wastewater treatment plant monitoring to developing research programs for urbanisation to incorporating AI in model development.

For details please click HERE

Image: Experience and expertise of participants on the day was diverse. For details please click here  



At this event, the presentations and a panel discussion explored aspects of the urban water modelling pipeline. Our speakers were:


  • Steven Kenway from the University of Queensland presented on Science aspects of water management in which he considered how theoretical perspectives influence the use of models and highlighted the types of decisions that need to be made as well as opportunities to incorporate new science and collaboration



  • Dylan Cain from E2Design presented Vision to Implementation where he demonstrated how a fluvial transect can be used to visualise where outcomes are desired, which modelling tools are best tand where on ground interventions can be implemented.


  • Our panel included Meghan Gould (Logan City Council), Tony McAllister (Water Technology) and Will Speirs (Urban Utilities) and was full of rich concepts and practice discussions.

Image:Mojtaba Moravej presents his work on integrated water modelling




After Dylan’s talk, we took the fluvial transect concept and in small groups, considered the data, models and decisions required in the urban water management pipeline.

For a detailed image, please click HERE

Image:Fluvial transect considering data, models and decisions of the urban water management pipeline



And our final group activity had all participants consider the strengths, gaps and opportunities they consider important for water modelling and it’s use in urban water management.

For a detailed view please click HERE

Image: Participants highlighted the current strengths, gaps and opportunities as well as challenges they see for the Urban Water pipeline.

Image: Participants worked in small groups

Image: Megan, Tony and William discuss significant urban water management topics



What’s next?

All our findings are taken to the QWMN Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) for deliberation on how we can best meet the needs of this pipeline and actively plan for the future.

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