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water Practice Leader at Stantec, led the workshop.
Its focus was on planning for construction of phos-phorus
reduction and disinfection facilities at our
wastewater plant. Most of us are familiar with fore-casting.
Every night we can see TV meteorologists
like Kathy Sabine or Mike Nelson use data and pre-dictive
atmospheric models to give us a good idea
of what weather to expect over the next few days.
Backcasting is different. In backcasting you would
say, “what do I want my weather conditions to be
three years from now, and what can I do from now
until then to make it happen.”
The backcasting workshop process (paraphrased
from Umble) goes like this:
Before you begin, identify stakeholders who have
an influence on decisions and outcomes (regulators,
councils, engineers, employees, the public, others)
1. Look down to the end of the planning horizon
and list best possible outcomes wanted from
2. Start walking back to today and select three or
four points along the path where decisions will