3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Pre-Symposium Workshops

The Organising Committee are pleased to announce a number of pre-Symposium workshops will be held on Monday 3 December 2018. These have been planned to complement the full program.

We encourage you to book early as places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for the below workshops via the online registration form.

Application of R in hydrology and water resources

Heerbod Jahanbani (Melbourne Water)

The major purpose of this workshop includes importing hydrologic data, manipulating the data, creating and running hydrologic models, and exporting the results.

The workshop materials will include the following:

– Why R versus Excel
– Installing R and RStudio
– Introduction to RStudio environment
– R language basics
– Importing data
– Exporting and saving
– Data manipulation: sorting, tables, splits
– Working with Vectors and matrix
– Functions
– Statistical computations
– Interactive versus non-interactive mode
– Working with RScrpit (batch running)

Application of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR2016) in Urban Areas

Peter Coombes (Urban Water Cycle Solutions), Steve Rosso (Floodinfo Solutions) and Mark Babister (WMA Water)

This all day workshop will be presented by the editors and authors of Book 9 of ARR and will cover the philosophy and application of ARR in Urban catchments.  The workshop will include practical applications via examples, open discussion and answers to questions.


– How the Urban Book supported by and integrated with ARR2016 resources
– The philosophy and objectives of the ARR2016 Urban Book
– Volume management and conveyance
– Afternoon tea and Q&A
– Modelling guidance and approaches
– Applying a hierarchy of losses, pre-burst rainfall, rainfall ensembles and storm losses
– Worked examples
– Open discussion
– Open interaction throughout including Q & A

AWRA-CMS: Hands-on training with AWRA-L

Wendy Sharples, David Wright  and Alison Oke (Bureau of Meteorology)

This workshop will offer a one day, hands-on training course to learn to run and interact with the Bureau of Meteorology’s AWRA-CMS model. After an introduction to the model, the course will cater for 2 streams of participants, (a) data users interested in improving their understanding of data from AWRA-L and (b) hydrological modellers with some programming skills interested in running their own versions of the model

Integrated water management in Victoria

Abby Farmer (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and Dr Christian Urich (CRC for Water Sensitive Cities)

The workshop will provide a comprehensive update on how Integrated Water Management (IWM) is being progressed and implemented, and what it means for the community and the water sector. This workshop will show participants Victoria’s approach to IWM, from policy and planning through to the implementation of solutions, and demonstrate the next generation of software tools.

The morning session will be coordinated by the Catchments, Waterways, Cities and Towns Division of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). This session will feature detailed presentations and discussions by senior DELWP staff on the approach being taken to deliver Integrated Water Management. This will demonstrate the Department’s strong focus on stakeholder collaboration, innovation and community involvement.

There will also be a walking tour (1.5 hour approx.) to nearby sites to visit and hear more about the exciting Integrated Water Management projects that have been implemented at Yarra Park and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The afternoon session will be coordinated by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and will provide presentations and discussion on their work across Australia on the design of technology/policy solutions for multifunctional and resilient water infrastructure solutions. In a hands-on activity, participants will be invited to apply the CRC’s Water Sensitive Design Platform to evaluate the multiple benefits of green infrastructure solutions in terms of their biophysical and ecological impacts.

What are the eco-hydrological outcomes of the Basin Plan?

Michael Stewardson (The University of Melbourne) and Enzo Guarino (The University of Canberra)

This workshop will examine the eco-hydrological outcomes of environmental water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. This will include water regimes of the basin’s river channels, floodplains, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, the estuary and their hydrological connectivity. Presentations will address: case studies reporting on eco-hydrological outcomes at spatial scales from the site to the whole basin; methods for eco-hydrological modelling, monitoring and evaluation; information sources and management; and future challenges.