Concerns over climate change and recent drought conditions, combined with the call for businesses to take action, have reinforced the need to better understand and manage one of the country’s most precious resources – water. Timely access to reliable information is therefore fundamental to the effective management of water and water systems.
How does Spatial Vision assist water management?
Spatial Vision is renowned for its work in assisting water resource managers, including policy makers and water suppliers. To help meet the needs of the water industry, Spatial Vision holds a regular forum of GIS managers representing water authorities in Victoria and NSW (Geospatial Water User Group – GWUG). Spatial Vision also conducts the National Water Industry GIS Survey.
A good example of how Spatial Vision has applied its skills in spatial data analysis to the water sector relates to the management of groundwater. Groundwater resources have an inherently complex three-dimensional arrangement relating to aquifer formations that are difficult to depict in classical planimetric maps used in their management. Spatial Vision undertook to examine the relationship between assigned groundwater management units across the state of Victoria in three dimensions, identifying where there were overlaps and under allocation of the groundwater resource.