As the Stormwater Industry gathers for its first National Conference following COVID19 it is clear that the world has changed, and we are an integrated part of that change. Technology has leapt forward in a significant way. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now identifying and counting gross pollutants in stormwater. Remote monitoring of floods, structures and community alerts have become a widespread, standard Best Practice. DNA testing in waterways can now identify if a platypus is nearby – giving a rapid ecosystem health assessment! And Mother Nature has been updating the Intensity Frequency Distributions for Far North Queensland. In this era of rapid change, however, Regulation has struggled to keep pace with legal challenges arising for businesses that have suddenly found themselves operating outside their Licence conditions.
SET 2024 provides an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge in these overlapping areas where stormwater influences the environment, where technology improves our understanding of stormwater and environment, where gaps in environment knowledge could be measured and filled by technology. The National Conference is a collaboration of researchers, designers, scientists, engineers, legal professionals, ecologists, community, modellers, government and technology providers. It gives space for new research findings, and innovation in practice. It encourages both academic and practitioner/industry presentations, with peer-reviewed papers being eligible for publication in an international journal following the Conference. It hosts Exhibitors from stormwater, environment and technology (and others) to open our eyes to the possibilities ahead.
SET 2024, as the National Conference, is deliberately different. Delegates don’t have to be a traditional “stormie”. Conference themes include environmental law, policy, community resilience, IoT, and ecosystem processes, as well as erosion control, urban drainage, water sensitive urban design, nature-based solutions, modelling, water quantity and quality. The world is more connected than ever before, and collaboration between disciplines is the way forward. If you have something to share via paper and presentation, please submit your abstract via the Portal. If you are interested to learn from the best in their field, join us in Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 8-10 October 2024.