Upcoming book launch

A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods

A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods

Release Date: 3/09/2019
Pages: 248
ISBN: 978 0 7022 6043 8

Author: Margaret Cook

AUD $ 32.94

When floods devastated South East Queensland in 2011, who was to blame? Despite the inherent risk of living on a floodplain, most residents had pinned their hopes on Wivenhoe Dam to protect them, and when it failed to do so, dam operators were blamed for the scale of the catastrophic events that followed.

A River with a City Problem is a compelling history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment, especially those in 1893,1974 and 2011. Extensively researched, it highlights the force of nature, the vagaries of politics and the power of community. With many river cities facing urban development challenges, Cook makes a convincing argument for what must change to prevent further tragedy.


Visualisation of Statistics

A great website resource for the display of statistical concepts is available at:





Explaining the concepts in Australian Rainfall and Runoff to a varied audience requires more sophisticated and nuanced approach than was available in the past. Tony Ladson presented a great paper on this and it is available at his blog site:

Ladson, A. R. (2018) Visualising hydrology data.  Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium. 3-6 Dec. Melbourne, Engineers Australia (Companion website) (abstract at informit).

Please send in your examples or links to sites that you have found useful.

Austroads Part 8 & TMR Bridge Scour Manual Update – QWP Technical Session

Wednesday 29th May 2019 1730-1900, Engineering House, Brisbane
Event is FREE to attend for EA Members and $30 for Non-Members

Austroads has released its Guide to Bridge Technology Part 8: Hydraulic Design of Waterway Structures, Chapter 5: Bridge Scour. To ensure concurrency TMR has updated their 2014 Bridge Scour Manual to reflect the policy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads with respect to the planning, design, operation and maintenance of scour in bridges.

The second edition of the Bridge Scour Manual, sets out a multi-disciplinary approach to the estimation of the depth and extent of scour required for design of waterway bridges. It is a guide to those involved in the planning, design, operation and maintenance of bridges spanning waterways.

This event will discuss the manual update from a hydraulic, geotechnical and structural point of view.  

About the speakers:

Dr. Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos experience includes hydrodynamic modelling (1D/2D), hydraulic design of dams and spillways, scour studies, erosion protection design (Bridges, Culverts and Channels) and physical modelling.

Dr. Kamalnath Dissanayake
Kamal has involvement in a variety of large scale projects, which include design of deep foundations for offshore channel markers, waterfront structures and bridges. Being a member of TMR team he reviews detailed road and bridge designs works by others regularly. 

Jayaratna (Muna) Mahagamage
Muna is currently working as a Principal Engineer at Structures Design, Review and Standards section of Department of Transport and Main Roads. His current role comprises of Peer review of structural design projects and development and maintenance of Departmental standards for Design and construction of bridges and other structures. 

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