Design with Nature & Rainwater Management: UBC-Okanagan University hosts Water Balance Model Training Workshop




A Collaborative Effort of Four Organizations

In February 2006, the University of British Columbia Okanagan was the venue for a training workshop on the Water Balance Model for British Columbia, a web-based decision support and scenario modeling tool for rainwater source control evaluation. 


Continuing Education for Design Professionals

Organized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) in collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Partnership, the workshop was initiated by the City of Kelowna to provide Southern Interior design professionals and others with hands-on training in a computer lab setting.

“UBC-Okanagan is pleased to have provided the venue for this application of sustainability-on-the-ground. This sponsorship opportunity was an outcome of a meeting with the Chair of the Inter-Governmental Partnership, at which time we realized that UBC-Okanagan and the IGP shared a common objective in advancing the state-of-the-art for water management in the Okanagan”, stated Bernard Bauer, Dean ot the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. 

“The training workshop is interactive and involves team-teaching in order to provide personalized instruction and/or assistance as needed to work through real scenarios. All workshop participants have their own work station,” explained Kim Stephens, Project Coordinator for the Inter-Governmental Partnership, and leader of the Water Balance Model Training Team.

“Our objective is to create an atmosphere that makes learning fun. At the end of the session, participants have an appreciation that the tool is a means to an end in promoting change in the way we think about the relationship between the built and natural environments.”


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