Water Journal : Water Journal April 2013
60 Feature article water april 2013 developing an ‘information hub’. This hub, within a framework of the challenges outlined previously, will provide: • A repository of information on best practice theory, guidelines and case studies; • A reliable source of information and ideas to facilitate collaboration on projects; • A body of knowledge for feeding into training and capacity building programs; • A platform for identifying and addressing knowledge gaps in research and practice. In other words, this will be a resource to help improve processes for planning and design of sustainable and resilient cities of the future. next steps As a first step, case studies that address these challenges are being documented in a Case Study Inventory. A first draft of this Case Study Inventory will be available for distribution in mid-2013 through IWA and Australian networks. The draft Inventory will complement other information sources or information hubs that already exist, and will come with an invitation for users to submit their own case studies to expand the collection. Those wishing to be included on the distribution list of the Draft Case Study Inventory – and who may wish to contribute their own case studies to the Inventory – should contact the authors. This represents another step in the growing body of information sharing and collaboration that is necessary in order for the planning and design of water-sensitive cities – or Cities of the Future that are resilient, sustainable and liveable – to become “business as usual”. *A version of this article was first published in Water21, the journal of the International Water Association. wJ the Authors rob Skinner (email: robert.skinner@ monash.edu) is Professorial Fellow and Director, Water for Liveability Centre, at Monash University. He is Chair of WaterAid Australia and a director of Northern Territory Power and Water. In 2011 he was a member of the Victorian Government’s Living Melbourne Ministerial Advisory Council. Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water from 2005 until 2011. Prior to this, Rob was Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Council in metropolitan Melbourne, during which time he held key positions in the water sector as chairman or member of boards or government advisory committees, including Water Services Association of Australia. He is a Fellow of the International Water Association and a leading figure in the Association’s Cities of the Future Program. Jamie Ewert (email: Jamie.ewert@ melbournewater.com.au) is a member of Melbourne Water’s Strategic Planning Group, and has previously worked for the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Southern Rural Water in Victoria. At Melbourne Water he has worked in various aspects of waterway management and integrated water management. Jamie is also a member of the IWA’s Cities of the Future working group and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. Phone: +61 3 9728 3973 Email: email@example.com www.kces.com.au KCES Saves the Day Quality Straub Couplings help Sea Shepherd Australia on its Whale- Saving Mission Two days after departure from Hobart on its 2013 campaign, Operation: Zero Tolerance, the crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, the MV Sam Simon, conducted a fire drill. The alarm was raised when water began pouring into the galley. The fire main, a DN 65 stainless steel pipe carrying sea water at 5bar pressure to all hydrants around the ship, had separated above the stove, flooding the galley with hundreds of litres of sea water. “With the fire main broken, the ship has no fire-fighting capabilities: a seafarer’s worst nightmare”, explained Campbell Holland, Chief Engineer for the MV Sam Simon. “A section of pipe with the damaged flange had to be removed from the space above the deck-head as quickly and simply as possible.” “Fortunately, we were able to cut the pipe to remove the section in question and make repairs, replacing the repaired pipe and flange using a Straub pipe coupling.” “Thanks to Straub pipe couplings, the Sam Simon continued on this year’s mission to prevent whales being slaughtered in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” KCES Tip for Engineers: Being able to save the day was no fluke, but thanks to the engineering specs of the Straub Pipe Coupling. Save even more time by using Straub pipe couplings to connect your pipe work in the first place. With only 2 bolts on each joint for easy removal, no time need be wasted cutting out the flange.
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