Melbourne Water Control Room

Melbourne Water (MW) have extensive monitoring equipment and data management systems to assist them and their partners to prepare for, respond to, and recover from potential flooding events and other responsibilities across the region. However, that data is located in various data sources and is only accessible to technical experts, creating workarounds and delays in providing the personalized information required to staff and stakeholders. MW sought to improve this information provision, all without disrupting existing systems and processes already in place and simultaneously keeping costs down.

MW decided to improve this information provision by implementing the HydroNET Water Control Room (WCR). HydroNET has been connected to 10+ internal and external data sources from e.g. the Bureau of Meteorology (radar, nowcasts, Numerical Weather Prediction Models) and databases from Melbourne Water (e.g. Delft FEWS and Hydstra). Based on the input form the user requirement sessions, tailored dashboards have been configured. Furthermore a rainfall exceedance dashboard and alerting system has been implemented using on-the-fly rainfall exceedance calculations for forecasts, catchment aggregated radar rainfall data and rain gauges.

HydroNET now provides MW with simple, robust tools for accessing and sharing the live information required for various needs before, during and after events, based on the same underlying data to generate personalized dashboards, forecasts, alerts, notifications and reports on-the-fly. This has greatly improved efficiency and joint decision making.


Rain, river, basin gauge and Radar rainfall data from the BoM, MW FIDSS, MW Hydstra and HydroNET data sources; all visualised in HydroNET in various ways, including on-the-fly calculated catchment aggregated rainfall.