Intelligent Water Decisions

The Intelligent Water Decisions group develops tools, technology and insights to help society better manage its most precious resource—water.

intelligent water decisions

Our researchers solve problems relating to the design, operation, monitoring and management of water supply and treatment processes and facilities, in all contexts—urban, industrial and agricultural. Our research is used throughout Australia and worldwide by government water and environmental agencies, water utilities and consultancies, and other research organisations.

The Intelligent Water Decisions group’s particular research focuses include: 

  • short- and long-term catchment forecasting
  • holistic decision-making approaches (including Bayesian), incorporating risk, deep uncertainty, and climate-driven compound events’ impact
  • optimising ‘smart’ water distribution system infrastructure, including its design, operation, monitoring and maintenance.

Research impact

Our research and development has delivered many real-world benefits. For example, it has contributed to:

  • water supply and sewerage system optimisation tools, estimated to have saved water utilities and their customers hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide
  • sophisticated non-invasive pipe condition assessment tools (p-CATTM), now commercialised by Sydney-based Detection Services
  • improved seasonal streamflow forecasts for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, through software and modelling tools 
  • the Australian Rainfall and Runoff national guideline document, data and software suite, the de facto standard for hydrological engineering in Australia
  • decision-support systems, used to assess policy and planning options for natural hazard mitigation
  • the recovery of South Australian riverine areas
  • SA Water’s Smart Water Network monitoring and analysis program, preventing water main bursts in Adelaide’s central business district
  • planning and optimisation for SA Water's hydropower facilities
  • smart-water-meter analytics, enhancing short- and long-term demand prediction through better understanding water-use drivers.

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Higher Degrees by Research