Navigating Water Systems Complexity in an Increasingly Digital World

With the ever-evolving landscape of technology, we face new challenges and opportunities in managing water systems in our increasingly digital world. Our recent Sundowner event in collaboration with Australian Water Association, provided a platform for industry professionals to delve into these complexities, exploring the interconnectedness of devices, the rise of artificial intelligence, and the evolving skill sets required in this digital era.

The Increasingly Digital World:

  • We’re witnessing a surge in interconnected devices, leading to a shift from central to distributed control.
  • The introduction of artificial intelligence is revolutionising how we analyse and optimise water systems.
  • Specialisation of skills is becoming more prevalent as technology advances.


  • Siloed organisational structures pose challenges in managing complex systems effectively.
  • The retention and dissemination of knowledge become critical as systems grow more intricate.
  • Adapting to the rapidly evolving technological landscape requires diverse skill sets.
  • Keeping pace with technological advancements presents ongoing challenges.


  • System Engineering: Emphasising left-brain approaches with rigorous documentation and testing processes.
  • Design Thinking: Incorporating right-brain creativity and iteration, fostering collaboration, and adopting human-centered design principles.
  • Standardisation & Innovation: Striking a balance between standardising processes and fostering innovation.
  • Digital Twin Solutions: Leveraging digital twin technology to simulate and test new systems and solutions before implementation.

In navigating the complexity of water systems in an increasingly digital world, it’s essential to embrace a holistic approach that combines rigorous engineering principles with innovative design thinking. By fostering collaboration, embracing new technologies, and adapting to evolving skill requirements, we can effectively address the challenges and opportunities presented by our digital age.

At OneStone, we remain committed to driving innovation and sustainability in water management, continually seeking new solutions to meet the needs of our ever-changing world.