24 Aug 2022
- 26 Aug 2022
Sunwater office: 9/515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Full program with download link for presentations
In August 2022, the Bureau of Meteorology, Sunwater, Seqwater and Deltares have welcomed the Australasian Delft-FEWS community to the first hybrid version of the Delft-FEWS User Days down under. The in person component was hosted at Sunwater’s head office in sunny Brisbane.
It was great to be able to connect again with kindred spirits, and the hybrid format worked well thanks to the great set-up at Sunwater. This year had an exceptional program, where we shared our experiences and learned about new developments.
This year held another first, with the field trip to the "best river gauge of the Southern Hemisphere" owned by Brisbane City Council.
A record number of 4 courses were organized alongside the user days, two of which are yet to take place (Basic Config; FEWS API; Advanced Config; Wflow - distributed hydrological modelling).
First of all I would like to thank Sunwater for hosting, this was excellent! Both from a technical as well as from a catering perspective (sponsered by the Bureau). I also want to thank the user days organizing committee. A big hand for Wen, Simone, Rachel, Steve, Dave and Clint. Thank you very much! And I would like to thank all presenters for their very interesting contributions over the last two days. And of course I would like to thank you for being here: physically for one or two days or participating online!
Main objective of the days are meet, share & learn and listen! When I look back I see a lot of examples of those! Michael considering Delft-FEWS as game changer at Sunwater with the help of Seqwater to get started. Hamish is 'dreaming' about their implementation in Wellington which brings them at the start of their Delft-FEWS journey. Wen and Greg are looking into next steps in the HyFS system making it more Robust and benefitting from a broad variety of components like the archive and the water coach. We also learned how we can or should clean-up our data or even consider to bring in climate change data…we also learned also to 'understand the data' according to Clint.
From Deltares' perspective we shared the latest developments and roadmap status but the main thing is to listen. We listen to your requests, ideas and love to hear snags & glitches you experience in your system. Please share them! It keeps us sharp what to fix or add to the code!We have also seen a lot of systems and features in action! That's very nice. Nice screens! Auto-calibration, use of ensembles, nice reporting, the list is endless…
I want to end with a call to action! Please benefit from the fact that you are part of a community! Reach out to the ones you know, to Deltares and I encourage all of you, beginners and experienced users, to be active in the community and meet new people by joining events physically, online or hybrid.
Metaphorically speaking, let's all fill the bucket with experiences, ideas, dreams and best-practices, training/flood exercises and then let's kick this bucket so it spills and everyone in the community can be a sponge to capture what you want and need!
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