Typically QWP Technical Sessions are held on a Wednesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.00pm in the Hawken Auditorium of Engineering House.


The Dos and Don’ts of Sewage Pump Station Design

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Anthony Domanti, WSP’s Principal Engineer – Water will be discussing on the topic ‘Sewage Pump Station Design Fundamentals and Hot Industry Topics’. He will share his insights on key sewage pump station design and how to avoid common pitfalls, and what to take into consideration when procuring wastewater pumps.

Anthony will also present a brief case study on a recent significant large brownfield sewerage pump station upgrade located at Alfred Street, Slacks Creek. He will discuss the unique challenges and key events that shaped the design, construction and commissioning of the pump station upgrade. It is intended that the findings of this case study will assist other government and non-government infrastructure owners and project teams to upgrade critical assets in urban or brownfield locations.

The case study will highlight key issues in pump station design, pump selection and construction that require careful consideration.

About the speaker:

Anthony Domanti is a Principal Water Engineer at WSP with over 22 years’ experience partnering with local government, private developers and construction contractors in the water supply and wastewater industry.

Anthony is experienced in upgrading large wastewater pump stations and is passionate about “sweating assets harder”, challenging the status quo and developing innovative solutions to solve difficult problems. With his experience, Anthony was accredited as a WSP Certified Technical Fellow, a mark of professional excellence, industry engagement and willingness to share knowledge and experience with colleagues.

He is currently working as a Project Development Project Manager for the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance. Anthony was the design lead for the Alfred Street SPS02 pump upgrade, and was also accountable for pump selection and witness testing.

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Coastal Planning, Defence and Disaster Management

Wednesday 1st May 2019

This event is designed for coastal and non-coastal practitioners, government officers and students, and has been created to provide insight to the world of cyclone mitigation, prediction and planning.  It includes speakers from state and local government who are actively involved in the preparation for storm tide warnings, on-ground mitigation works and long-term planning.  It will also include a demonstration of the risks of storm tides and mitigation options using a physical wave tank, allowing the audience to see the effectiveness of different structural and non-structural options.

Wave Tank Demonstration

The portable wave tank demonstrates coastal processes, risks and mitigation options for coastal risk management. It includes interchangeable defences including beaches, mangroves, geotextile sandbags, vertical and recurved walls, sloped and stepped revetments, offshore breakwaters and rock armour. It offers a hands-on approach to learn coastal principals, and engaging way to bring the coastal resilience concepts alive and open up a dialogue to the challenges we face ahead.

About the speakers:

Cyclone Disaster Response
Leo Peach, Disaster Management Coordinator for the Coastal Impact Units

Leo will discuss the role of the state government during a cyclone, how they interact with various levels of government prior to the cyclone making landfall, their role within the State Disaster Coordination Centre, and how storm tide predictions are made.

Leo is a Senior Technical Officer and Disaster Management Coordinator for the Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Science, Coastal Impacts Unit. Cyclones he has recently provided technical advice for include; TC Debbie, TC Owen and TC Oma. Previously he worked for the UK Environment Agency in flood and coastal risk management. Where he performed operational flood forecasting and developed flood and coastal risk hazard studies.

Coastal Mitigation
Ryan Dermek, Senior Coastal Engineer, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Ryan will discuss the role of a local government coastal engineer, and the challenges within their role. He will discuss how local coastal councils plan, design, construct and maintain coastal defences, including planning and designing infrastructure with consideration to asset budget constraints and Council’s coastal management during Tropical Cyclone Oma.

Ryan has recently joined Moreton Bay Regional Council as a Senior Coastal Engineer in the Infrastructure Planning Department. His team is responsible for existing coastal assets (including 30km of seawalls), and upgrading, prioritising and designing new coastal assets. Ryan previously worked as a consulting coastal engineer, primarily in coastal modelling, coastal hazard studies and coastal structure design.

Future Planning
Subathra Ramachandram, Program Manager – QCoast2100, LGAQ

Subathra will discuss the QCoast2100 project, a $12m state government initiative to develop strategies to address climate change-related coastal risks throughout QLD. This has been rolled out to 41 Queensland coastal councils, who are working with state government, academia & industry to undertake new coastal erosion and storm tide mapping, risk assessment, planning and community education.

Subathra is the Program Manager responsible for the day to day operation and delivery $12M QCoast2100 Program. This role includes engagement with key 41 Queensland coastal councils, state government, academia & industry to raise program awareness, and management of the delivery framework for the program.

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CFD Modelling in Hydraulic Engineering

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Over the past 60 years, hydraulic modelling has evolved from predominantly physical modelling-based studies to numerical studies, in particular computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling in the last two decades. The proposed talk re-visits the various forms of hydraulic modelling, illustrating the application to a most common hydraulic structure, the standard box culvert, with a twist: how to facilitate the upstream passage of small-bodied fish species.

A box culvert is a covered rectangular channel designed to pass water through an embankment. The recognition of the adverse ecological impacts of culverts on upstream fish passage is driving the development of new culvert design guidelines, with a focus on small-bodied fish species seeking low velocity zones (LVZs) to minimise energy expenditure. At the University of Queensland, a hybrid modelling technique was applied, combining physical modelling, one dimensional numerical modelling and three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics modelling (3D CFD). The results reveal fundamental turbulent processes directly relevant to small fish navigability and provide new insights for the development of standard box culvert design guidelines for upstream passage of small-bodied fish.

The proposed talk re-visits the various form of hydraulic modelling, and discusses recent experiences in CFD modelling. The talk will focus the most relevant outcomes, including the challenges associated with a proper CFD validation.

About the speakers:

Hubert Chanson is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, where he has been since 1990, having previously enjoyed an industrial career for six years. His main field of expertise is environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering, both in terms of theoretical fundamentals, physical and numerical modelling. He leads a group of 5-10 researchers, largely targeting flows around hydraulic structures, two-phase (gas-liquid and solid-liquid) free-surface flows, turbulence in steady and unsteady open channel flows, using computation, lab-scale experiments, field work and analysis. He has published over 850 peer reviewed publications. He serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Coastal Engineering Journal and Environmental Fluid Mechanics, the latter of which he is currently a senior Editor. He chairs the Organisation of the 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference in Brisbane, Australia to be held on 6-10 December 2020. http://www.uq.edu.au/~e2hchans

Dr Xinqian (Sophia) Leng is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include experimental investigations of unsteady rapidly-varied open channel flows, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of bores and positive surges, and field investigations of tidal bores. She authored 41 peer-reviewed papers, including 18 international scientific journal articles. Dr Leng is the recipient of the 2018 Baker Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK for the paper entitled “Bores and Hydraulic Jumps. Environmental and Geophysical Applications” published in the journal Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.

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Round-table discussion with Deltares

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Following on from last year’s successful free software evening, QWP are excited to announce that during their Australian tour, Deltares delegates have made time to talk to the Queensland Water Panel in Brisbane about recent projects show-casing some of their software products:

Discussion topics:
Catchment flow and nutrient load modelling framework for New Zealand, using wflow (hydrology), MODFLOW (groundwater) and Delft-FEWS (platform)
Global Storm surge and Tide Model (GTSM) and a regional inundation model for Mackay,using Delft3D-FM (hydrodynamics and waves) and Delft-FEWS (platform)
Support of the Strategic Basin Planning for Ganges River Basin in India, using wflow (hydrology), Sobek (hydrodynamic), RIBASIM (IWRM) and Delft-FEWS (platform)
The software products that will be highlighted are:

  • wflow: python based distributed hydrological modelling platform,
  • Open source, see website;
  • Delft3D FM: full (1D,2D and 3D) hydrodynamics modelling suite with many modules available;
  • Open source, but also available in validated release (with a S&M contract), see brochure;
  • Delft FEWS: Flood Early Warning System platform;
  • Open and free (with optional S&M contract), see brochure.

About the speakers:

Nadine Slootjes (Deltares) 
Nadine is head of the department for operational water management and early warning. Their activities are supported by the software products Delft-FEWS and RTC-Tools an open shell for operational water management and a toolbox for real time control of hydraulic structures, resolving conflicting constraints and optimization goals. Nadine is also a member of the operational team for the Dutch Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier, which protects the Port of Rotterdam and around a million people living in the hinterland.

Gerben Boot (Deltares) 
Gerben has been involved with Delft-FEWS since 2005, from code development, support & maintenance, training, to managing both implementation and development projects. Since 2008 he is the Product Manager for Developments. Besides his strong involvement with Delft-FEWS, Gerben is project lead for other software development projects and over the years has delivered many software releases through projects within international consortia for international clients. Since late 2018, he has been involved in the renewal of the groundwater modelling software suite (iMOD-X) around the MODFLOW 6 kernel.

Simone De Kleermaeker (Deltares) 

Simone is senior advisor in the Marine and Coastal Systems Unit of Deltares. She has 13 years of experience with both operational information systems and hydrodynamic modelling. This experience has been gained both in Marine and Coastal systems as well as Industrial systems. She has been project leader on a number of national and international projects. In addition she has excellent training skills.  She has led the development of the operational early warning system for the Dutch coast, which has been operational since 2013. This system creates forecast for both storm surge and waves and makes use of data assimilation. She has since then applied this knowledge in international project, both for hydrological models as coastal applications.

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TMR’s Bridge Scour Manual update

Wednesday 29th May 2019

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 update represents the policy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads with respect to the planning, design, operation and maintenance of scour in bridges which has been edited to formally cross-reference to the Guide to Bridge Technology Part 8: Hydraulic Design of Waterway Structures, Chapter 5: Bridge Scour.

About the speakers:

Dr. Carlos Gonzalez BEng, MEng, PhD,MEAust, RPEQ

Carlos is a Principal Engineer at the Hydraulics and Flooding Unit of TMR. He has 17 years international experience in the field of hydraulics and has played key roles in several projects both domestic and internationally designing hydraulic structures and cross drainage systems. His experience includes hydrodynamic modelling (1D/2D), hydraulic design of dams and spillways, scour studies, erosion protection design (Bridges, Culverts and Channels) and physical modelling. His research has been widely published. With a background in both the professional and academic sectors of engineering, Carlos combines his technical expertise with valuable communication skills honed during his time spent in academia.

Dr. Kamalnath Dissanayake BScEng.(Hons), MPhil, DEng, CPEng, MIEA

Kamal graduated in mid 1990 with a BSc Eng (honours) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and obtained MPhil degree from the same university towards the end of that decade. He continued research into geotechnical engineering and acquired Doctor of Eng. Degree from Hiroshima University in 2002. Kamal initially worked as an academic and eventually joined the industry working as a fulltime consultant. He has involvement in a variety of large scale projects, which include design of deep foundations for offshore channel markers, waterfront structures and bridges. He’s led number of design teams and has managed numerous road and other geotechnical engineering related projects. Being a member of TMR team he involved in progressing number of business case road construction proposals and reviews detailed road and bridge designs works by others regularly.

Jayaratna (Muna) Mahagamage

Muna graduated in 1992 with BSc Eng. (honours) degree from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and obtained Master of Engineering degree in structural engineering from the same university in 2008. Muna has over 25 years of industry experience as a structural engineer particularly design of bridges and other road related structures. He 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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Queensland Dams: Rainfall, risks and consequences

Wednesday 4th September 2019

A session covering three significant issues associated with the design and management of dams in Queensland. Topics and speakers:

  1. How safe should a dam be?  Chris Nielsen, Director Dam Safety DNRME
    Dam safety in Queensland is regulated by state government and draws upon the collected wisdom of the industry body ANCOLD. The presentation will outline the fundamentals of dam safety risks, why standards are set to the levels they are and what this means to the dam industry.
  2. The AEP of the PMP and what it means for flood prediction: Burdekin Dam case study.  Michael Hughes, Sunwater
    The likelihood of the probable maximum flood (PMF) can have a significant influence on design flood intensities. A recent study in the Burdekin Dam catchment describes a new methodology, derived from latest ARR 2016, to better understand extreme floods.
  3. The Oroville Experience: Lessons for Queensland dams.  Barton Maher, Seqwater
    An overview of the outcomes of an investigation into the Oroville dam safety incident that occurred in 2017 in California, USA. The learnings from the incident are relevant and valuable to all engineers working on water related infrastructure. The presentation concludes with a perspective on what learnings can be applied to dams in Queensland.

About the speakers:

Chris Nielsen Director Dam Safety DNRME

Chris is a civil engineer with a diverse career in the water sector spanning 27 years, several organisations, multiple countries and a range of roles and responsibilities. He is a graduate from James Cook University in Queensland and has a research masters degree from University of Queensland. Chris is an Engineering Executive, Fellow of Engineers Australia, serves on Queensland Division Committee and National Congress, and was Queensland President in 2017.

Chris’s is the current Director of Dam Safety for Queensland government. As the state regulator, the Dam Safety team is responsible for regulation of dams that would place people at risk if they were to fail.

Barton Maher Seqwater

Barton is the Principal Storage Planning for Seqwater where he is responsible for the capital planning for the dams and weir assets owned and operated by the authority. He has over 23 years of experience in the dam industry working for 11 years with the NSW Department of Public Work and Services before moving to Queensland and commencing with Seqwater. He has been involved in the planning, design and construction of over 23 capital projects ranging from $1M up to $395M for the Hinze Dam Stage 3 project. His project roles have included design team member, design manager, owners engineer, review panel member and project manager.

Michael Hughes Sunwater

Michael is Principle Water Resources Engineer at Sunwater. He has experience undertaking flood studies, risk management investigations and yield studies in Australia and overseas. He has addressed a diverse range of issues including extreme event hydrology, emergency response planning, flood impact mitigation, land use and development planning and infrastructure project support. Michael graduated from Griffith University, School of Engineering of with an honours degree in Environmental Engineering.

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Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

This half day seminar will unpack the BRSFMP commissioned by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, published in March 2019 and undertaken by BMT with a number of subconsultant, including Ethos Urban and WRM. This study heavily builds on the Brisbane River Flood Study. The study will be of great interest to the flood and planning industry in Queensland and will be of particular interest for anyone living in Brisbane and surrounding areas. This study developed a framework to floodplain management and has provided a range of very interesting findings and learnings, such as newly developed flood damage curves for Brisbane, risk-based planning and interesting findings with regards to flood behaviour, timing and emergency management.
We are looking forward to see you there.

About the speakers: (Bio’s TBC)

Graham Milligan

Ella Harrison

Katrina Smith

Phil Haines

Carrie Dearnley

Sharmil Markar

Shannon Haines

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2019 Michael Woodhouse Undergraduate Award

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Sponsored by the Queensland Water Panel, this Prize is awarded to a speaker at the annual Water Panel Students’ Night.

Each year, undergraduate engineering students from Queensland universities are invited to present the results of their undergraduate research projects in a field related to water engineering.

This is an informal event, with many students presenting works in progress, providing an opportunity for the audience to learn from and comment on, the academic research initiatives. The event is also an opportunity for your university to showcase its research capabilities to members of the water engineering industry. The winner of the Michael Woodhouse Undergraduate Award will showcase the official trophy at their university (complete with engraved winners’ name) and receive a monetary prize from the Michael Woodhouse Memorial Fund.

Presenting engineers will exhibit their work to practicing industry representatives with plenty of opportunity for networking at the event. This is invaluable for those looking for future work experience or graduate placements.

Many of our presenting students have successfully secured job placements following the Michael Woodhouse Undergraduate Presentation Event.

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QWP 2019 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Positions will be open for nomination including main office bearer roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Communications along with general Committee Member and Observer Member roles.

Come along to get involved and share your ideas to develop the Technical Events program for 2020.

Following the Annual Meeting, there will be informal drinks and networking at a nearby venue.

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