Visualising Victoria Groudwater iAward Regional Winner 2013

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Visualising Victoria Groudwater iAward Regional Winner 2013

  1. 1. Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater iAwards Winner – Victoria - Society Domain - Regional Dr Peter Dahlhaus, Dr Helen Thompson and Mr Andrew Macleod 6 August 2013
  2. 2. www.vvg.org.au
  3. 3. Groundwater sustains communities, food production, rivers and wetland ecologies. More then 500 billion litres of groundwater is used every year in Victoria and the demand is growing, driven by drier climates and increasing population Groundwater is a hidden resource
  4. 4. A collaboration of 17 partner organisations An interoperative spatial information portal that federates groundwater data from disparate sources to assist water managers make the correct choices for the sustainable use of a precious resource
  5. 5. Open standards Open source Interoperability Data remains with the custodians First in Australia Access to legacy data Designed for NBNCrowd-sourcing data Globally transferrable technologies Intuitive to useAllows data downloads Links spatial data to primary source Free access Publically available 3D data visualisation Improves productivity Strong collaboration Make an invisible resource visible Easy access to open data Reduces red tape Created new initiatives in NRM and beyond Dynamic modelling Links widely varied data from widely varied sources “Changing the paradigm in government data delivery” Not a government portal Decision support for a precious resource
  6. 6. System architecture
  7. 7. Bores from 4 different databases + springs
  8. 8. Predictions of depth to watertable, groundwater quality, surface elevation and basement elevation e.g. ground- water salinity
  9. 9. Predictions of aquifer top, bottom and thickness e.g. surface elevation + basalt thickness
  10. 10. Links to bore data
  11. 11. Bore location & construction Aquifer parameters Waterlevel monitoring Groundwater chemistry Bore lithology Links to:  Photos  Documents  Maps & sections Stratigraphy
  12. 12. Waterlevel monitoring Groundwater chemistry
  13. 13. CeCC Success 2/5/12 Access to rare spatial data (e.g. Ballarat Water Board maps from 1870)
  14. 14. 3D visualisation of Victoria’s groundwater systems on demand Combining technologies with QUT – dynamic 3D visualisations in a browser
  15. 15. Mobile version  Data on the nearest bores  Sink a virtual borehole  Interrogate the groundwater systems under foot
  16. 16. The VVG is the tool of choice used every day to manage groundwater use and maintain environmental flows, plan the clean-up of contaminated sites, investigate the potential for water supplies, research groundwater system function, educate the community… Farmers, water authorities, researchers, consultants, drillers, government departments, educators, community groups, students, catchment managers…
  17. 17. Further information Dr Helen Thompson Director Centre for eCommerce and Communications Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Ballarat Email h.thompson@ballarat.edu.au Web www.vvg.org.au and www.ubspatial.com.au

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