Day 2 Official Program
Future Trends and how to Bet on the Right One
Dr Catherine Ball, Drones and Technology Wizard
"The easiest way to predict the future is to create it” but what is currently being crafted? And which ones will become an everyday reality?
Catherine will lead us through what technologists are currently producing and VCs are investing in, with a wry look at some technologies past that didn’t quite make it into the real world.
Greening the West
Simon Wilkinson, City West Water
Greening the West (GTW) is a regional collaboration of 23 stakeholder partners that span not-for-profit organisations and local and state government agencies. GTW was founded in 2010 by City West Water (CWW) and has the aim of delivering positive health and social outcomes and enhanced liveability for communities in Melbourne’s Western suburbs. GTW obtained initial impetus from the efforts and resourcing of CWW who engaged with its councils and other public sector entities to develop a forum (the GTW Steering Committee) for discussion of the need for increased urban greening. An early task emerging from forum meetings was the development of a GTW Strategic Plan. This was developed by the GTW steering committee and was launched in 2013. CWW played a lead role in managing the Strategic Plan development process for the GTW steering committee.
In the five years since its inception, GTW as a regional collaborative has leveraged just over $21 million dollars in funding from federal, state and local government as well as private entities for key regional greening projects across the West of Melbourne.
Swan Hill Modernisation Project
Luke O'Connor and Frank Fissler, Goulburn Murray Water
This was a special project undertaken as part of the Connections project. The projects main objective was to decommission a 100-year-old irrigation channel running through the centre of Swan Hill, replacing it with a pipe. The community played a key role in the planning process with many conflicting and diverse opinions expressed along the way. Extensive community consultation was undertaken and key stakeholders found a way to work together. There was a clear sense of perceived 'ownership' of the irrigation channel from many players which added great complexity to the process.
Another part of the project involved lowering the Little Murray Weir by 2m, automating it and installing a vertical slot fishway.
10.40am Morning Tea
Energy Management 101 – Improving energy literacy in the water industry from the Boardroom to the depot
John Day, Intelligent Water Networks
This is the introduction for the IWN/WSAA Energy Management 101 – Training Course for Australian Urban Water Utilities
John will present on the Course and how it can be used in the Victorian Water Sector from the Boardroom to the depot, to improve energy literacy in the water industry.
Water for Good: Ten Years on and what is next?
Rachel Barratt, AITHER
July 2019 marked ten years since the release of Water for Good, the South Australian Government’s plan to secure water for the state until 2050. Developed in 2009, Water for Good came at a major turning point in South Australia’s water management and was the first water security plan of its type in Australia. Initiated during the deepest point of the devastating Millennium Drought, under intense political and media scrutiny, severe water restrictions in urban Adelaide, extreme cuts to allocations for irrigators, and crisis in the Lower Lakes at the mouth of the River Murray- All eyes were on the government to respond to the present and impending disaster.
Ten years later with a suite of policy and government changes, changing community expectations, new technology and new understandings, and as we move into another dry – or possibly drought – period, it’s a good time to reflect on Water for Good and ask: what’s next and what can we learn for the future? As part of this questioning we ask, how would Water for Good stack up today – did we truly understand the costs and benefits of the policies it implemented and how do you best make significant policy decisions during a crisis? Could we do better next time?
The Age of Robots
Dr Airlie Chapman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Melbourne University
Australia’s large geographic scale and small population density has necessitated the wide-spread adoption of automated systems. Uses for autonomous vehicles of importance to Australia are agriculture and wildlife monitoring, mining, defence, firefighting, search and rescue, border patrol, environmental research and cargo delivery.
In this presentation, we will explore some existing autonomous system implementations as well as future technologies such as autonomous vehicle swarming.