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Interwater 2014, 15th 16th October 2014, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

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Inter-Water Australia 2014 Conference Proceedings

DAY 1     WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER

SETTING THE SCENE – WATER USE IN THE ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS

Chair: Ian Harper, Inter-Water Australia

 

KEYNOTE: Hao Xin, Co-founder, Vice President, Executive Director, Green Zhejiang (the largest environmental NGO in Zhejiang Province), China

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KEYNOTE: Michael O’Neill, Senior Environmental Consultant, Arup

Putting water first in urban development: What it means to put sustainable and efficient water use at the top of the urban planning agenda.

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KEYNOTE: David Yip, Technical Leader, Smarter Planet and Cities Solutions, IBM, Australia/NZ

How Data is making Water Smarter – from the Utility to the User: Digital infrastructure (the Internet of Things, mobile technologies, etc.) is transforming the relationship between the utility and the user and optimising water infrastructure and encouraging more sustainable water use.

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KEYNOTE: Ross Pilling, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF Australia & New Zealand

Water stewardship and business: Water stewardship and the sustainable and efficient use of water and related innovations, and what this means for the company’s business.

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WATER IN AGRICULTURE: ASSESSMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND USE

Chair: Jeremy Stone, Group Manager – Innovation, GHD

 

Dr Cuan Petheram (BE, PhD), Senior Research Scientist Land and Water, CSIRO

Agricultural resource assessment of the Flinders and Gilbert catchments: The Flinders and Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment project and the new methods developed for undertaking large scale assessments in a short space of time in data sparse areas.

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Prof. Michael Douglas, Director, NERP Northern Australia Hub; Director, TRaCK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Research Hub), Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Charles Darwin University

 

Sustainability and the development of water resources in northern Australia

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LUNCHTIME WATER STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP

Managing water risk in food and beverage supply chains: Combining a catchment-based water stewardship approach and advanced technological solutions.

Hosted by Water Stewardship Australia and Moderated by Michael Spencer, Secretary, Water Stewardship Australia; Director – Spencer Consulting Group Pty Ltd; Fellow – Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University

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Part 2 (soundtrack of film on Water Stewardship)

Part 3

Part 4

 

REMOTE SENSING COMES OF AGE AS A WATER MANAGEMENT TOOL

Chair: David Yip, Technical Leader, Smarter Planet and Cities Solutions, IBM Australia / NZ

 

Dr Stuart Minchin, Chief of Division, Environmental Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia

The Australian Geoscience ‘Data Cube’: The National Dynamic Land Cover Dataset: a tool for monitoring and managing water use and availability.

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Professor Arnold Dekker (BSc. MSc. PhD), Leader Earth Observation & Informatics Future Science Platform, CSIRO Land and Water – Black Mountain

Monitoring water resources from space: The use of Earth Observation technology for the detection, monitoring and assessment of water resources.

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THE DAY 1 DEBATE: DRINKING RECYCLED WASTEWATER IS INEVITABLE

Organised in association with Polyglot, in this inaugural Inter-Water Australia debate our experts discuss whether drinking recycled wastewater is inevitable.

Moderated by Jan Rieche of Polyglot; participants include:

  • Assoc. Prof. Stuart Khan, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales
  • Rhys Anderson, Senior Process Engineer and Australasian Water Skills Network Manager at Arup
  • John Poon, CH2M HILL’s regional technology leader for integrated water management
  • Mike Waller, Chairman of Basslink and former CEO of Office of Living Victoria

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THURSDAY 16th OCTOBER

ICT AND BIG DATA IN WATER MANAGEMENT (THE INTERNET OF THINGS, M2M COMMUNICATIONS, ETC.)

Chair: Simon Bunn, Chief Technical Officer, Derceto Ltd

 

Dr Jin Wang, Research Associate, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Western Australia

Mining data from smart meters: How knowledge gleaned from smart meters can be applied to enhance the sustainable and efficient use of water.

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Carl Watson, Reaqua

Remote monitoring and management of remote pump systems: Remotely monitored and managed solar pumps provide customers and service staff with information, saving time and money for life critical applications.

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Lisa Brand, Ba.Sc.(Biologist), LG SOUND, The Netherlands\

Using ultrasound to kill toxic algae: Monitoring, predicting, preventing and controlling toxic cyanobacteria blooms in lakes and reservoirs.

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David Lamb, Professor, Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England Armidale NSW

The SMART Farm – Precision Agriculture meets the Internet of Things. In-situ, low-cost sensors of soil moisture, biomass and climate conditions will transform farm paddocks into sources of quality, real-time, biophysical data.

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Q&A Session

 

THE WATER ENERGY NEXUS: ENERGY NEEDS WATER – AND WATER NEEDS ENERGY

Chair: David Lamb, Professor, Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England Armidale NSW

 

Dr Jon Major, Physics Research Fellow, University of Liverpool Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

Cleaning up solar cell manufacture: A non toxic alternative to the use of Cadmium Chloride in the manufacture of thin film solar cells (Pre-recorded video prepared especially for the show)

 

Damian Edwards, Carbon & Sustainability Advisor, CQ Partners Pty Ltd and Geoff Fussell, Chief Business Officer, Suntrix Commercial

Water efficiency in wastewater treatment: Improving energy & water efficiency with floating solar islands.

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Carl Watson, Reaqua

Solar powered water punping systems: How the use of solar powered water pumping systems have developed from small drinking water applications to large scale irrigation.

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INVESTMENT SPECIAL: FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES ON WATER RISKS

Chair: Eli Court, Project Manager, ClimateWorks Australia

 

James Day, Director – Australia & New Zealand, CDP

Water stewardship – How water risks threaten company profitability and shareholder security and how they can be managed.

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Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, National Australia Bank

Water risk, profits and shareholder security: Investors are increasingly taking water risk into account in the due diligence risk assessments for lending and investment decisions, and that sustainable water management is now seen as crucial to the viability and resilience of a business.

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Q&A Session