Source Refresher (Advanced Users)

New Features in Source: In-Depth

Since the 3.7 production release in July 2014, we have implemented many new and improved features in Source.

In this one-day course, you will have the opportunity to study key features of Source 4.1 in-depth. The course will cover:

  • Results Manager
  • Input Sets and command line running of Source
  • The choice of one of three tutorials covering:
    1. Calibrating catchment models
    2. The new numerical groundwater model (available in Source Full)
    3. Resource assessment (available in Source Full)

Results Manager

The Results Manager allows you to examine and analyse scenario results and other time series data in Source. Results can be evaluated either graphically in charts, numerically in tables or as statistics. They can also be filtered and manipulated using transforms. 

This topic is useful to those of you who would like to streamline your analysis workflow. You will learn how to create transforms and apply them to results to, for example, aggregate daily flow into total monthly flow and compare it to other data. For analyses that you do regularly, you will learn how to create custom charts that will update with each new simulation. 

Input Sets

Scenario Input Sets is a very powerful feature that allows you to modify time series data and node, link and function parameters. When combined with the scenario configuration option and the ability to run Source via the command line, this is a powerful way to run models with varying input conditions and parameters. Input sets can also be used to create parent-child type scenarios.

This topic will teach you advanced Input Set features, including running Source as a batch process via the command line. This tool can be used for model calibration and running large numbers of scenarios, such as required for evaluating climate change ensembles.

Calibrating Catchment Models

The Calibration Wizard is a Source tool that guides users through the process of calibrating rainfall-runoff models and flow routing parameters. Recent enhancements to the Calibration Wizard include the addition of new objective functions and improvements to the configuration of optimisation algorithms. This topic will introduce users to rainfall-runoff model calibration and the new features.

The Numerical Groundwater Model (Source Full)

A new lateral finite difference numerical groundwater model is available for storage routing links. The Groundwater Numerical model for 1-Dimensional flow (GN1D), simulates the stream-aquifer flux and groundwater heads for a saturated connection between a river and connected unconfined aquifer. The model has been developed to meet three primary needs:

  • Improved calibration of rainfall-runoff models via better representation of groundwater interactions
  • Representation of floodplain interactions
  • Evaluation of conjunctive water use

Resource Assessment (Source Full)

A Resource Assessment Scheme (RAS) allows you to implement complex management rules to determine how much water is allocated to water users in a river system. This topic will provide an introduction to configuring an Annual Accounting RAS.

This course is intended for existing Source users who are familiar with the user interface and basic functionality of Source 3.7. You can attend this course by itself or in combination with Source Refresher (Introduction to New Features) for an overview of new Source functionality.

Who should attend

This training is aimed at professionals (e.g. engineering and environmental) in local government, consultancies, waterway agencies and research organisations. It should be of particular interest for consultancies hoping to work for the key state and federal jurisdictions in the process of implementing Source as the National Hydrological Modelling Platform.

Lead Trainers

Rachel Blakers

What’s included?

  • Training materials containing: user manual (online and downloadable), presentation notes and worked examples in the online eWater community
  • Meals (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • Use of required Source software for the duration of the course (public version always free from 
  • Computer lab with dual monitor for each participant

Locations, dates & registration

Please enquire

Introductory webcast:

To help you get more out of Source for your modelling projects, we also offer customised courses. Please send us an enquiry.

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