The aim of the Tools and Products (TAP) program is to enable industry adoption and utilisation of key intellectual property outputs from the CRCWSC research program, to support mainstreaming of water sensitive technologies and practises. Building on the research outputs and tools developed in the CRCWSC’s Tranche 1, the TAP program maintains, refines and harmonises the portfolio of tools, and integrates research and outputs emerging from current activities.
At its core, TAP is concerned with the translation of knowledge into software-based tools. The structure of the program is described by the diagram below. In order to achieve the outcomes proposed, continuous collaboration with industry will be pursued. This will allow the final tools produced as a result of the program to be specifically catered to the needs of eventual end-user.
Embedded within the dropdown menu below are individual descriptions of the four sub-programs under the TAP purview. The first three sub-programs each relate to a particular software tool, while the fourth serves to facilitate the adoption and application of these tools via a comprehensive capacity-building initiative.
The Water Sensitive Cities Transitions Platform provides guidance on how to develop common WSC objectives and transition strategies and evaluate targeted interventions.
It extends on the Water Sensitive Cities Index, and will additionally include:
- A management action database, which will allow practitioners to specify management actions that enable water sensitivity
- A monitoring tool proving means for target-setting and ongoing evaluation, in relation to a region’s transition to water sensitive vision
Each of these components will progressively be developed and released to industry for testing (the WSC Index is currently in its limited-release beta testing phase). Upon completion, the different tools may be used together as a comprehensive suite, or individually as needed. Appropriate user interfaces will be designed for the tools, which will then be able to be accessed online as a part of the entire Transition Platform.
The Water Sensitive Cities Scenario Platform assists in creating and evaluating various concept designs and technology/policy solutions to address and promote water sensitive objectives and outcomes. It consists of a library of seperate but connected models that quantify the advantages of green infrastructure initiatives. It builds off the Water Sensitive Cities Modelling Toolkit, and is intended to support the development of water sensitive business cases.
As a part of the Scenario Platform sub-program, the following will be incorporated within the existing software architecture:
- TARGET, an updated version of the current extreme heat mapping model that is able to produce time series of land surface temperature (see Project B3.2)
- The urban metabolism framework UMEF4Water, an output of Project B1.2, which allows for the quantification of an urban area’s water balance
- A cost-benefit analysis tool (to be based on the outcomes of IRP2), allowing for the economic evaluation of water sensitive scenarios.
The Water Sensitive Design Platform will provide planners, designers and engineers with more advanced integrated tools for the detailed design of multifunctional and resilient water infrastructure solutions. It is built off of the DAnCE4Water software, and models the evolution of urban infrastructure, water systems and population demographics over time, factoring for the influence each of these have on each other. It allows the user to input information that serves to influence these entities (e.g. land use maps or infrastructure templates) in the development of different water management strategies.
Currently, the online user interface established for the Design Platform is being refined. What the UI looks like can be seen below. Once it has been found adequately functional, a beta version will be provided to select consultancies for testing before an offical release is ultimately proved to interested CRCWSC partners.
Training and Outreach builds capacity within the industry for the application of TAP by providing training and guidance for the TAP program, employing a range of use and implementation cases. To facilitate the utilisation of the TAP, the sub-program will work in close collaboration with industry partners to apply and refine the TAP output, so as to demonstrate their value and develop confidence.
Also involved in Training and Outreach is the creation of user guides and reference material for the tools developed, and the running of workshops and training seminars over the course of the program. This ensures that future practitioners are appropriately equiped to harness the tools once they are released to industry.
Project Steering Committee
A Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been assigned to the TAP research project. The PSC is made up of members from industry and research with a vested interest in the activities and deliverables of the program. They serve to provide input to the project over its duration in order to help achieve best final outcomes.
- Mr. Andrew Allan - Manningham City Council
- Mr. Martin Allen - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
- Mr. Rhys Coleman - Melbourne Water Corporation
- Mr. Nicholas Deeks - GHD
- Dr. Cintia Dotto - Water Technology
- Mr. Garry Henderson - Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR)
- Assoc. Prof. Matthew Hipsey - The University of Western Australia
- Dr. Steven Kenway - The University of Queensland
- Dr. Sara Lloyd - e2DesignLab
- Mr. Giles Pickard - City of Subiaco
- Dr. Keshab Sharma - The University of Queensland
- Ms. Cath Thrupp - Brisbane City Council
- Mr. Gavin Winter - Queensland University of Technology
- Mr. Sadeq Zaman - Inner West Council