Training Sessions

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Source training (2 days)


Thursday 31 May, 9.00 - 5.00pm & Friday 1 June, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Wizard, Ground Floor, 15 Barry Drive, Canberra
Trainers: Dr Matthew Bethune, Dave Waters, Emma Betts

This two-day course will provide background and hands-on exposure to Source’s modelling capabilities. The course is targeted at new users by introducing the concepts underlying Source models and covers theory essential for successful scenario building and results interrogation.


Source has significant capability across a number of hydrological disciplines. The course will be taught by a group of presenters representing each of the main capability areas, providing you with access to the experts involved in each area of the system’s development. We have also designed the course to give participants the flexibility to explore the broader areas of functionality of Source, or spend time learning about a subset of the system in more detail.


Day 1: provides structured learning through fundamental principles, taught by expert Source users.


Day 2: provides an opportunity to choose from a range of training modules targeted to discrete software functionality or application.


Modules cover topics such as urban demand, groundwater-surface water interactions, water quality modelling, environmental flows and NetLP. You can choose training modules that suit your modelling interests. The experts will be on hand throughout the two days to guide learning and answer questions. 

For more information contact Emma Betts.

Advanced stormwater modelling (optimisation and trade-offs) (1 day)


Thursday 31 May, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Venue (TBC)

Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, Seminar Room 2, University of Canberra

Trainers: Tony Weber and Dale Browne

This one-day workshop is for experienced music users who would like to get more out of the software. The course is tailored to the needs of engineering and environmental professionals with an understanding of hydrological and water quality processes, preferably within an urban context.

Workshop outline
  • Configuring and optimising music for hydrological calibration, water quality parameterisation, testing treatment measure performance and bioretention
  • Challenging modelling tasks including large catchments and different rainfall zones
  • Using music import and export to couple music to other models, report outputs and develop treatment performance curves; and
  • Trade-offs and optimisation using INSIGHT (trade-off capacity) and PEST parameter estimation software.
Why you should attend
  • Discuss your modelling challenges and explore different modelling methods
  • Engage in interactive sessions with topics tailored to your learning needs
  • Examine modelling challenges identified by workshop participants; and
  • Understand how music can work with eWater’s INSIGHT and with PEST.

This is an interactive and hands-on workshop. Please bring along your laptop with music v5.1 installed.


For more information about this course contact Luke McPhail.

Environmental management tools training (1 day)


Thursday 31 May, 9.00am - 5.00pm, Venue
Venue: Training Choice, Level 4, 54 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
Trainer: Dr Nick Marsh

This course will provide background and hands on exposure to eWater’s suite of new ecological tools. It is targeted at new users and will explain the new tools in context giving examples of where they are best used.

Concept (1 hr)

Concept is a dynamic conceptual diagram drawing tool that can be used with groups to depict complex systems and processes for consensus building, communication and prioritisation.

What you will learn: Using Concept we will build a model of a catchment management issue and demonstrate how to use Concept to facilitate the communication of complex catchment management issues

eFlow Predictor (1.5 hrs)

eFlow Predictor is a tool for designing and quantifying environmental flow regimes based on specified flow objectives.

What you will learn: Using eFlow Predictor this session will explore how to calculate the amounts of water required to provide flows that meet a set of environmental needs. We will explore different ways of defining environmental water requirements and different ways of delivering water. We will combine water requirements for several environmental assets and show how to alter water ordering under different water availability conditions.

Eco Modeller (2.5 hrs)

Eco Modeller is a tool for building, storing and running quantitative models of ecological responses to physical and biological factors, for use in comparing the merits of alternative natural resource management solutions.

What you will learn: In this session we will demonstrate how to build and run models of ecological response to flow change. We will present a range different model forms and build some example models. We will also demonstrate the 30+ ecological models that are available in the Eco Modeller library.


For more information about this course contact Nick Marsh.

Eco Evidence training (1/2 day)


Thursday 31 May, 9.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, Seminar Room 1, University of Canberra.
Trainer: Dr Angus Webb

Formulating a defensible approach to managing the ecology of aquatic systems

In this workshop you will learn the basics about extracting ecological evidence from the literature, and learn how to use Eco Evidence software system to store evidence and to collectively build a case for inferring causality.


How can you demonstrate the existence, or lack thereof, of a cause-effect relationship in natural environments? How did the medical community justify linking smoking to lung cancer? How do crime scene investigators ensure their evidence survives the courtroom? Can your ecological inferences and associations survive such scrutiny, and guide better decision making for our environment?


We commonly find that the field data collected at sites of interest are unable to demonstrate a causal link between a human activity and an ecological impact, or that information from various sources provides conflicting results. A transparent, consistent, and logically defensible framework is critical for evaluating available information and providing confidence in conclusions.


At the same time, vast amounts of knowledge sit within the pages of scientific journals and government/consultancy reports. How can we use this information to strengthen the case for causality?


We present a systematic approach, adapted from epidemiology, to reviewing and synthesizing evidence from the literature to defensibly support (or weaken) a perceived causal link between environmental stressors (causes) and ecosystem attributes (effects).

Read more about Eco Evidence

For more information about this course contact
Ralph Ogden.

Please note: Cancellations for training registrations must be received 14 days prior to the training date for you to be eligible for a refund. To arrange a cancellation please contact ASN events.

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