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.
- Improved information sharing with internal and external stakeholders for diverse decision-making needs.
- Improved forecasted and observed rainfall and alerting, with rain gauge adjusted observed and forecast radar data.
- Real-time water level monitoring of more than 200 gauges.
- Live connection with multiple sources, including Delft FEWS and Hydstra databases.
- Single point of access to all relevant internal and external data sources.
- Dashboards for Metro Councils to support MW’s data sharing responsibilities.
- Rainfall exceedance dashboards and alerts.