The Goyder Institute for Water Research was one of five organisations participating in the July 2018 Smart Water Mission to China. It was facilitated through the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment and led by Mr Steve Morton from the Department of Water and Environment. Mr Daniel Pierce (Research Manager) attended on behalf of the Goyder Institute for Water Research. The delegation was able to meet with key decision-makers and businesses in water in Beijing, Taiyuan, Jinan, Nanjing and Hong Kong, building on existing relationships and opportunities.
The team presented the range of South Australian capabilities and technologies in innovative water management and was able to discuss opportunities for collaboration and business partnerships.
There was particular interest in matching the research capability of the Institute’s partners to the pressing water problems in the cities and provinces visited. These included data and water systems management; water infrastructure optimisation; water and wastewater treatment at different scales; artificial wetlands; smart metering and sensoring technologies and systems; basin scale management; and stormwater harvesting and design and ‘sponge city’ technologies.
The Goyder Institute was recognised as the gateway to South Australia’s research expertise and a number of potential research areas were identified with a view to developing research projects in the near future.
For more information please contact Daniel Pierce.
Staff from the Water and Ecology Branch, Jinan Environmental Research Academy, and the Department of Environmental Protection of Shandong Province meeting with Goyder Institute research manager, Daniel Pierce.