3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Pre-Symposium Workshops

The Technical 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 Data and Modelling System Training

Andrew Frost and David Wright (Bureau of Meteorology)

This free training course on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Australian Water Resource Assessment Landscape model (AWRA-L) will cover:

– understanding the Australian Landscape Water Balance website, underlying model and data
– using the AWRA Community modelling system; AWRA-CMS.

The model behind our Australian Landscape Water Balance website, the Australian Water Resource Assessment landscape (AWRA-L) model, provides estimates of water fluxes and stores in the Australian landscape including daily 5km by 5km gridded soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration and deep drainage values from yesterday back to 1911. This data is available through the website or via ftp.

The AWRA code has been released as the AWRA Community Modelling System (AWRA-CMS). Through this the public, researchers and organisations can now access, run and alter the model and suggest changes to the Bureau. This means that AWRA can be used for different applications, such as local area applications using locally relevant climate, soil or vegetation properties. This release also allows further development and improvement of the Bureau model to benefit the community of modellers and users of AWRA outputs.

Course Summary:

Part 1 – AWRA for data users: a half-day introduction to the Australian landscape Water balance website, the underlying model, extracting and using data,

Part 2 – AWRA for modellers and developers: Additional half day hands-on training introduction to the AWRA-CMS.

We welcome participants to attend either the first half-day only (aimed at better understanding and using AWRA data), or the full day (aimed at running own AWRA models and improving them). For more information please contact us here.

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.