The Tools and Products (TAP) program aims to enable industry adoption and utilisation of key intellectual property outputs from CRCWSC research, 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 assimilates research and outputs emerging from current activities.
At its core, TAP is concerned with the translation of knowledge into software-based tools. It will create an integrated set of platforms to aid decision-making that will transitions our cities towards water sensitive futures. In order to help achieve this, continuous industry collaboration will occur - this will allow the final tools produced as part of the program to be catered to the needs of eventual end-user.
The first three TAP sub-programs each relate to a particular software tool - the fourth serves to facilitate the adoption 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 facilitate water sensitivity futures
- A monitoring tool, providing means for target-setting and ongoing evaluation, in relation to a region’s transition to a water sensitive city
Each of these components will progressively be developed and released to industry for testing. Upon completion, the different tools may be accessed online and used together as a comprehensive suite, or individually as needed.
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, which serves as an updated version of the current extreme heat mapping model, and 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 Cities Design Platform will provide planners, designers and engineers with more advanced integrated tools for the design of multifunctional and resilient water infrastructure solutions. It is built off of the open-source GIS workflow software DynaMind, and models the evolution of urban infrastructure, water networks and population demographics, factoring for their interactions over time. It allows users to input data related to these systems (e.g. land use maps or drainage schematics) as a part of developing different water management scenarios.
Training and Outreach builds capacity within the industry for the application of the tools and products by highlighting a range of use and implementation cases. The sub-program will involve working in close collaboration with industry partners to apply and refine the tools, in order to demonstrate their value and develop confidence. Also involved in Training and Outreach is the creation of user guides and reference material for the products developed, and workshops run over the course of the program. This ensures that future practitioners are appropriately equiped to harness the outputs once they are released to industry.
The TAP program’s suite of tools have been tested using numerous case studies based on real-world projects. The context, processes and results of these case studies can be seen clicking on the respective tiles.
Project Steering Committee
The TAP Project Steering Committee (PSC) incorporates individuals from CRCWSC participant organisations. Members provide input and feedback on the project over its duration, aiming to help the program achieve the best final possible outcomes.
- Mr. Andrew Allan - Manningham City Council
- Mr. Martin Allen - Department of Environment and Water
- Prof. Jurg Keller - University of Queensland
- Mr. Rhys Coleman - Melbourne Water
- Mr. Nicholas Deeks - GHD
- Dr. Cintia Dotto - Melbourne City Council
- Assoc. Prof. Matthew Hipsey - University of Western Australia
- Dr. Steven Kenway - University of Queensland
- Dr. Sara Lloyd - E2DesignLab
- Dr. Keshab Sharma - University of Queensland
- Ms. Cath Thrupp - Brisbane City Council
- Mr. Gavin Winter - Queensland University of Technology
- Mr. Sadeq Zaman - Office of Environment and Heritage
- Ms. Lorena Taylor - University of Queensland
- Mr. Luke McPhail - Water Technology
- Ms. Antonietta Torre - Water Corporation
- Ms. Ana Rubio - Hornsby Shire Council