User-centric digital collaboration to build resilient cities


Joint UOW SMART and IEEE NSW Seminar Series

In this talk, we will examine a case study using open-source software to manage flood risk in Wollongong. Instead of hiring consultants to deliver PDF reports that go out of date, we will work through an example of how consultants, planners and emergency managers can collaborate using a Common Data Environment to produce work that gets more valuable with time.

We will watch a consultant build an online flood study from open data, watch a planner to use the study to assess the impact of a property development proposal on-the-spot, allow the consultant to develop some mitigation measures to address potential impacts, and finally incorporate the new property development in the flood study so emergency management folks and future planners have up-to-date information.

We will solve the business problem of needing to constantly hire consultants to update environmental studies, and will create early, detailed feedback for property developers to understand the impact and benefits of their designs, before it’s too late to change. And along the way, we lay the foundation to integrate IoT, remote sensing and citizen data into our resilient cities.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 08 Nov 2018
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+10:00) Sydney
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  • SMART Building
  • University of Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Australia 2522
  • Building: 6
  • Room Number: 105


David Kennewell


User-centric digital collaboration to build resilient cities

David Kennewell has spent the past 15 years developing innovative water engineering solutions, working in government, engineering consultancy and industry. Mr Kennewell delivered engineering designs for roads, rail, mining and airport projects, from project feasibility through all phases of design, construction and operational management. To support these projects Mr Kennewell has carried out environmental impact assessments and designed appropriate mitigation measures to see the projects work effectively long into the future.

Currently, Mr Kennewell works as a software engineer, building cloud-based collaborative environments using open-source tools. He founded Hydrata to address the challenges faced by design engineers, project owners, regulators and the communities as we interact to create our constructed environments.