We’ve had to reschedule the full day event “What’s happening in flooding in Australia” to 27th November 2013. Full details are still available in our original post and registration is via EA’s website.
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UPDATE: this has been rescheduled to 27th November 2013 at the same venue.
The Water Panel is pleased to announce, despite the late notice, that the next event on its calendar will be a full day event titled What’s happening in flooding in Australia. This will be held at the UTS Aerial Function Centre on 23rd October and will cost $70, students are free but must pre-register. The cost will include full catering for the day.
Update 2013-10-02: the event registration and payment gateway is now up an running.
There is a lot going on in the flooding space in Australia at the moment. This includes the National Flood Risk Information Project (NFRIP), updating of Australian Rainfall and Runoff and the National Flood Manual. A number of projects underway are being funded by Geoscience Australia. This seminar will include an update on the upcoming milestones and deliverables of these projects. NFRIP which will undertake three core activities:
- Work towards making flood study mapping information freely available from a central location through an online flood information portal.
- Analyse Geoscience Australia’s historic archive of satellite imagery to derive water observations to help understand where flooding may have occurred in the past.
- Improve the quality of future flood information by completing the revision of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR).
- Geoscience Australia Representative (TBC)
- James Ball, Editor ARR, UTS
- Janice Green, Project Manager ARR Project 1 –IFD revision, BoM
- Duncan McLuckie, Editor “Managing the Floodplain”, NSW OEH
Time: 10am to 4pm
Catering: included (if you have special needs please contact us)
Cost: $70 to cover catering and venue hire. Full time students free subject to registration prior to the event (email: HIDDEN EMAIL) Registration can be made at: https://events.engineersaustralia.org.au/ei/getdemo.ei?id=1881&s=_70S0ZGDRN
Venue: UTS Aerial Function Centre
Printable Flyer: a PDF printable flyer is available for download.
The following is an advertisment for the upcoming EEA Stormwater Management course:
A 2-day Workshop entitled “Stormwater Management (source control)” will be presented in Sydney on Thursday/Friday 27/28 June, 2013. The Notes provided in the course are based on the content of the award-winning manual “WSUD: basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater – a Handbook for Australian practice” edited by Professor John Argue AO (University of South Australia). This document is endorsed by Stormwater Industry Association (SIA), Australian Water Association (AWA) and by Department of Water, Western Australia. The Notes have been updated, most recently in February, 2013.
Serious issues of stormwater management in Australia are posed by the prospect of 35 million population of Australia by 2050.
- How will Sydney’s existing stormwater infrastructure and that of other major population centres such as Wollongong and Newcastle cope with change under the ‘high density’ option being suggested as a possible re-development scenario ?
- What strategies can be adopted to enable existing (competently-performing) infrastructure to manage these changes without expensive upgrade?
- How can re-development in catchments with existing under-performing stormwater infrastructure be managed to enable the existing in-ground works to progressively meet greater demand without expensive upgrade?
- Must the creeks and natural waterways falling within the jurisdictions of metropolitan and regional population centres such as Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains be sacrificed to hard-lining in the wake of the proposed expansion?
Positive answers to these and many other questions based on WSUD (quantity) ‘source control’ practice will be provided in the Workshop.
The Workshop will also include results of hydrological modelling of high-performing filter bio retention systems enhanced by treatment taking place in parent soil masses; the fate of dissolved pollutants is singled out for particular attention.
The short course includes: design procedures based on state-of-the-art analyses and best overseas practices adapted to Australia-wide conditions; case study illustrations drawn from field installations with between 10 and 18 years of Australian operational history; design ‘worked examples’; introduction and access to rainwater tank sizing software applicable across Australia. An understanding of basic engineering hydrology will be assumed. An optional, overnight homework exercise (requiring use of a calculator) will be included. The Workshop will be conducted as a joint presentation by Professor John Argue and Mr Peter Newland who will take over as sole Presenter of the Workshops in 2014 and beyond.
Why you should attend the Workshop:
- It is offered only once per year in each of the major population centres;
- It covers the three domains of WSUD practice – quantity (urban flooding), quality (pollution treatment/control) and stormwater harvesting – in a comprehensive, integrated manner;
- It provides cost-effective strategies for managing re-development with the potential (already proven) for avoiding hundreds of millions of $ in conventional infrastructure upgrade costs;
- It earns participants 32 hours of CPD credit with Engineers Australia.
More information about the workshop including course content, cost and Registration Forms is available on the EEA website http://www.eeaust.com.au/ or by calling Anna on (03) 9274 9600.
There is a workshop and presentation on WSUD in Sydney coming up:
Spotlight on Chris Derry
Chris is a toxicology consultant, senior lecturer at UWS and a member of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centres.
Chris has had a very distinguished career conducting research and publishing papers dealing with the health risks associated with re-using water.
Chris’s work with the WHO has recently centred on working with Chinese authorities dealing with the aftermath of their decentralised industrialisation policy. This has seen previously pristine lakes polluted by industrial effluent.
Recently he has worked with the City of Sydney to develop a monitoring and assessment framework for their raingardens. A fact sheet with further information is attached above.
We are very pleased that Chris has agreed to be part of the Seminar Session – his talk is titled “Sustainable monitoring of raingardens as decentralised treatment units”.
Note: this is not a Panel event and it is a pay to enter function.
Australian Rainfall and Runoff Workshop
The ARR revision team is running a full day workshop on Monday 19th November in Sydney. The workshop will run from 10am – 4.15pm at UTS, Sydney. A preliminary schedule is attached however this is subject to change depending on whether outcomes of other projects are available at the time. The worksop will discuss the framework for delivery as well as project updates. Registration is open to those attending or not attending the Hydrology and Water Resources Conference. For those attending the Hydrology and Water Resources Conference 19-22nd November – Please note that registration for this event is separate to registering for the conference. The cost of registration is $150 (inc. GST). Places are limited so Register NOW!
Update: there is also a PDF flyer.
St Mary’s WRP Site Visit and Hawkesbury Nepean Modelling Presentation
The WSRG and Sydney Water Panel are running a half day site visit to the WRP in St Marys followed by presentations of the Hawkesbury Nepean Modelling conducted by Sydney Water Corporation, SKM and BMT WBM. The site visit will start from various locations and details in regards for pick-up locations are in the attached flyer. Numbers are strictly limited and the cost for the full day is $70.00. The afternoon presentation on the modelling can also be attended without registering for the site visit. Please refer to the flyer and website for details.
The following notice may be of interest to water practitioners:
Due to popular demand, Stormwater NSW will be hosting a second seminar on the changes to the NSW Office of Water Guidelines for Riparian Corridors on Waterfront Land. The Seminar will be held from 8.30am until 12.30pm on Thursday, 15th November.
If you would like to receive further information regarding this event as it becomes available, please email Katherine Ducker from GEMS Event Management on HIDDEN EMAIL.
The seminar will cover important issues including:
- The NSW Government’s planning reform agenda to address systematic issues affecting the NSW housing sector and why are riparian corridors and waterfront land so important to consider;
- Understanding the new NSW Office of Water Guidelines for riparian corridors on waterfront land, including how to apply the ‘riparian corridor matrix’ for a controlled activity approval, and how to apply the ‘averaging rule’ to offset riparian corridor encroachment;
- Primary considerations for the preparation of a controlled activity approval application to ensure compliance with the new Guidelines for riparian corridors on waterfront land;
- The new controlled activity approval fee schedule, including the new ‘priority assessment fee; and
- The role of the NSW Office of Water in regulating controlled activities on waterfront land and the importance of protecting and restoring the riparian corridor environment.
- Marwan El Chamy, Manager Water Regulation, NSW Office of Water. Marwan El Chamy will introduce the seminar and outline the changes to controlled activities in riparian corridors and controlled activity approval fees. The changes will better meet the needs of the development industry, whilst continuing to protect and restore waterfront land.
- Robert Black, Executive Director, Land Release (Planning and Delivery), NSW Department of Infrastructure and Planning. Robert Black will outline the NSW Government’s planning reform agenda to address systematic issues affecting the NSW housing sector.
- Jeremy Morice, Water Regulation Officer, NSW Office of Water. Jeremy Morice will present the new Guidelines for riparian corridors on waterfront land and explain how to apply the ‘riparian corridor matrix’ and offsetting ‘averaging rule’.
- Gina Potter, Water Regulation Officer, NSW Office of Water. Gina Potter will present a case study of a development site in western Sydney where the new Guidelines for riparian corridors on waterfront land are being applied.
Should you have any questions regarding this Seminar, please contact GEMS Event Management on (02) 9744 5252.
Engineers Australia has just released a discussion paper prompted by the Queensland Flood Enquiry, their notification states:
Engineers Australia has completed a comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry’s Final Report and its recommendations for engineering professionals. Engineers Australia’s report focuses on four key areas concerning flooding and floodplain management including; planning, resilience, response and implementation.
Engineers Australia Queensland Division President Steven Goh highlighted the inconsistent approach to flood plain management across the state as a key issue.
“Engineers Australia has not questioned the technical competence of the engineers involved in the floods. Given the circumstances, the dam operators performed appropriately. Flood operation is a multifaceted task that requires specialised operators who must use their expert technical judgment, with guidance from flood operation manuals or other appropriate documentation,” Goh said.
The full report from Engineers Australia is available online.
Reproduced from Engineers Australia eNews 9 July 2012.
Project 5 (Regional Flood Methods)
In Australia, there are many streams where there is little/no recorded streamflow data. In these ungauged and poorly gauged catchments, there is insufficient information/data to obtain design flood estimates which are needed to size hydraulic structures, plan and design other water infrastructure and undertake various environmental and ecological studies. Regional flood frequency analysis (RFFA) is the most commonly adopted technique to derive design flood estimates on the ungauged catchments. A RFFA method attempts to transfer flood characteristics information from a group of gauged catchments to an ungauged catchment of interest. The RFFA methods recommended in the Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) in 1987 need updating to reflect the advancements in RFFA methods and new additional streamflow data. find out more here
Project 10 and 15 (People Safety and Flow around buildings)
The final seminar on Flow around buildings and People Safety will be held at the 19th Queensland Water Symposium on 27-28 Sep in Brisbane. A large number of the profession have attended seminars held in Hobart, Perth, Melbourne, Newcastle, Darwin, and Sydney earlier this year.
Report Review Process
The Revision team is committed to producing a quality project for industry. As part of the revision process has been developed where reports are reviewed by the Technical Committee as well as Australian and International reviewers. The following reports are undergoing the detailed review process prior to release to the industry for comment and are expected to be released soon.
Project 4 Continuous rainfall sequences at a Point
Stage 2 report
Project 11 – Blockage of Hydraulic Structures
Stage 2 Report
Call for Reviewers
Those interested in reviewing projects should email arr_...@arr.org.au briefly describing which projects they are interested in reviewing and what qualifications/experience they have in those practice areas.
Registration is now open for the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium. HWRS 2012 is Australia’s largest event devoted to hydrology, water engineering and related areas in water resources management. The Symposium has a long history as Australia’s pre-eminent conference in hydrological research and provides a forum to discuss emergent and innovative approaches for practicing engineers and scientists. HWRS 2012 takes place from 19 – 22 November 2012 at Dockside, Sydney NSW.
HWRS 2012 will bring together a large audience of academics, government officials and industry practitioners. Symposium highlights will include presentations from various researchers working on the 21 Australian Rainfall and Runoff Revision Projects, and keynote speeches from some of the world’s leading experts in hydrology and water resources. Dr Rob Vertessy, of the Bureau of Meterology has been confirmed to give the Munro Oration. Register Here for HWRS 2012!
Australian Rainfall and Runoff has joined LinkedIn. Join the group for discussions and updates on the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff.
Although not organised by the Panel the presentation came to our attention and may be of interest to our members.
Nanotechnology and Ground Water-‘Small’ Solutions to Big Problems
Presenter: Dr. Denis O’Carroll,
Associate Professor University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday 5 June at 7pm to celebrate World Environment Day.
Populations in significant parts of Canada and Australia consume groundwater as their domestic water so protection of this resource is essential to their health and well-being. Historically, the subsurface was thought to act as a natural filter of wastes injected into the ground. The potential for these wastes to persist in the subsurface for decades, potentially contaminating drinking water sources was ignored. Non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs), such as perchlorethlyene and dichloroethane, are one class of waste liquids that were subject to improper disposal practices. These liquids are extremely difficult to remove from subsurface aquifers and are the focus of this work. Nanometals are one promising innovative groundwater remediation technology that convert these contaminants into less toxic or nontoxic materials. They are particularly useful because of their size – a single human hair is 500 to 5,000 times as wide. At that scale, they can move through microscopic flow channels in soil and rock, reaching and destroying groundwater pollutants that larger particles cannot. In this study reactive nanometals were developed to degrade subsurface contaminants. Nanometals that were developed in our laboratory were injected at two contaminated site in Ontario, Canada. One of these field trials was part of a The Nature of Things with David Suzuki television special focusing on environmental nanotechnology. Significant contaminant degradation has been observed at both of these test sites.
Dr. O’Carroll is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Upon completion of his Ph.D. Dr. O’Carroll completed one postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan and was awarded a NSERC postdoctoral award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. He was awarded the Province of Ontario 2007 Early Researcher Award and more recently the University of Western Ontario Green Award and the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an Associate Editor for the Vadose Zone Journal and Special Guest Editor for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology’s special issue: Manufactured Nanomaterials in Subsurface Systems. He has ongoing research projects developing nanometals for contaminated site remediation, investigating the fate of carbon based nanoparticles in the environment, improving our understanding of the fate of waste liquids in the subsurface as well as green roof performance.
Free event at Manly.
Contact: Manly Environment Centre 9976 2842.
One of the big challenges around the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Proposed Basin Plan is to work out just how much the basin’s environment would benefit from the plan.
When the Guide to the proposed Basin Plan was released in 2010 there was plenty of information to fuel debate about the costs to irrigated agriculture and communities of reduced water use. However, there was less information on the benefits to Australia of returning river environments to a healthier state.
The full report is available at The Conversation.