We want to be able to continue to offer members the opportunity to attend our events in coming months while taking a proportional approach to risk.

We have decided to limit the number of attendees at our events in the next month to no more than 50 attendees per event. This isn’t a “magic number”, but an effort to ensure events are small enough so attendees can be easily traced if need be, and to avoid crowding.

We’d appreciate if you could help us by taking a few sensible precautions. Please don’t attend any of our events if you are unwell, or if you have travelled in the last two weeks to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or the USA. (If you are in this position, and need to request a refund, please get in touch).

At our events, please follow health advice about hand washing, handshakes and avoiding proximity to anyone who appears unwell. We’ll also be reminding people “on the day” of these measures.

  • Queensland’s newest heritage – Mount Crosby Pumping Station (originally scheduled for this Wed 18 March) has been postponed until further notice
  • Building with Nature – Examples from Australia and Abroad (originally scheduled for next Wed 25 March) has been tentatively rescheduled for Wed 27th May
  • HEC-DSS – An introduction to the Data Storage System, scheduled for 1st April, at this stage will still go ahead, it will be recorded/live streamed as such in person attendance is not required
  • Engineering Challenges to Cope with Climate Change (originally scheduled for 3rd June) status to be confirmed, looking into reduced in-person attendance and webinar options. 

The next committee meeting as a teleconference (April 1st) in lieu of in-person attendance, pending technical capabilities. 


Floodplain Management on the Gold Coast 
Gold Coast Regional Group Presentation

Wednesday 12th February 2020 – Griffith University
1 Parklands Drive, Southport, Queensland

Hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders live on floodplains, often unwittingly until they are actually flooded. In the past 10 years floods in South East Queensland, Bundaberg and Townsville as well as elsewhere have brought into question urban planning decisions, building designs, emergency planning and flood mitigation strategies. Yet there continues to be pressure to put more dwellings in floodplains, often replacing existing development with higher density development. When councils say no, the courts may say yes. This presentation explores research around human responses to flood warnings, people’s attitudes to flood risk, recent court decisions and the presenter’s ideas on finding ways to sketch a line between acceptable, tolerable and unacceptable risk to life.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, brought about a heightened interest and focus into the science and disaster management for this type of hazard. In 2011, the Queensland Government commenced a project to better understand the potential tsunami hazards along the east Queensland coastline. The first stage undertook hydrodynamic modelling to examine the nearshore amplification along the east Queensland coast, identifying regions where the hazard was the greatest. The project indicated that the coast south of Fraser Island was at higher risk. Subsequent tsunami inundation modelling has been completed for Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay.

This presentation will examine the tsunami hazard along the south-east Queensland coastline.

Register Here (External Link)

Australian Tunneling Society Presentation

Thursday 13th February 2020 – Brisbane Auditorium, Engineers Australia Queensland
Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland

Challenges of long tunnels and underground spaces in the snowy mountains.  Learn the place of major pumped hydro in Australia’s electricity mix.

Snowy 2.0 will supercharge the Snowy Scheme’s existing hydro-electric generation and large-scale storage capabilities. The fast-start, on-demand generation of pumped-hydro and Snowy 2.0’s massive storage capacity will be vital as more intermittent, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar come online and coal-fired power stations retire. Snowy 2.0 will add 2,000 megawatts of energy generation and provide 175 hours of storage for the National Electricity Market (NEM), enough to ensure the stability and reliability of the system during prolonged weather events, such as wind or solar ‘droughts’.

Snowy Hydro already plays a critical role in ensuring system stability and at times of peak demand, we keep the lights on. Snowy 2.0 will enhance our existing capability and ensure that we can continue to provide increased stability and security to the energy market well into the future.

Register Here (External Link)

Townsville Infrastructure Flood Recovery
Townsville Regional Group Presentation

Monday 17th February 2020 – JCU City Campus
Level 3, 373 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland

The 2019 Townsville flood was a major flood event that occurred in the city of Townsville and surrounding areas. One of the worst natural disasters to ever impact the region, the event was caused by a slow-moving tropical low, situated north-east of Mt Isa. The system persisted for approximately one week with little deviation or movement, producing consistent heavy rainfall over the affected areas. Major flooding occurred across the Townsville region as a result.

Some Townsville suburbs, particularly Rosslea, Hermit Park, and Idalia, experienced major inundation. This resulted in a significant impact upon infrastructure such as the road, power, rail and water supply networks.

Multiple agencies assisted with the recovery, including the State Emergency Service (SES), Queensland Government, Townsville City Council, Australian Defence Force, Queensland Rail and Ergon Energy.

The focus for this presentation will be on the impact that the flooding event had upon local infrastructure in the Townsville area and work that went into assessing and evaluating damage and undertaking repairs.

Register Here (External Link)

Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex – Queensland Heritage Register Site


Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Brisbane Auditorium, Engineers Australia Queensland
Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland

In late October 2019, the Queensland Heritage Council reached a decision to enter the Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex in the Queensland Heritage Register as a place of state-level significance.

The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to Queensland. Places listed on the register are considered important as they contribute to our understanding of Queensland’s history and heritage.

The Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex extends across both the east and west banks of the Brisbane River, and is evidence of historic water management at the landscape level since the 1800s.

This presentation will showcase the significant engineering heritage landscape managed by Seqwater at Mt Crosby and beyond as part of the Brisbane water supply story, and the challenges and opportunities to protect and conserve working heritage sites.

The speakers will talk about:

  • Brisbane’s water supply story, including the Mt Crosby heritage landscape and beyond with a focus on some engineering challenges and lessons learnt
  • Challenges and opportunities in the management, protection and conservation of working heritage sites
  • Mt Crosby Flood Resilience Program: Planning large-scale works within significant heritage landscapes
  • Mt Crosby Eastbank WTP bank stabilisation project: Case study of risk mitigation in action

About the speakers:

  • Brian Hester
  • Anne McKenzie
  • Jonathan Welch
  • Amelia Jewell

Register Here (External Link)

HEC-DSS – An introduction to the Data Storage System


Wednesday 1st April 2020 – Brisbane Auditorium, Engineers Australia Queensland
Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland

This technical session will introduce the HEC Data Storage System through worked examples, including the interface between HEC programs and data manipulation. It will also demonstrate functions such as duration analysis and flood frequency analysis.

For more information, head to

About the speakers:

  • Martin Jacobs MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Martin Jacobs has over 30 years’ experience in flooding and drainage, including extensive use of the HEC programs and other hydrological and hydraulic software.

Register Here (External Link)

Building with Nature – Examples from Australia and Abroad

Wednesday 27th May 2020 – Online Webinar


This technical session will discuss Building With Nature solutions with examples from Australia ans around the world. 

About the speakers:

  • Simone De Kleermaeker – Deltares

    Simone will introduce Building with Nature (BwN) and provide two examples, one riverine and one coastal. Building with Nature (BwN) means proactively maximising the use of natural processes to improve life in delta regions. Nature helps to keep coasts, river areas and cities safe and viable. BwN solutions are also referred to as nature-based solutions (NBS). They are generally implemented in combination with traditional grey solutions, with the proportion of green to grey depending on the system in question.

    Examples of green-grey solutions include: vegetation or salt marshes in front of sea or river dikes; the beneficial use of naturally ripened dredged material for use in civil infrastructure; or the establishment of city parks that are connected to the natural river basin or tidal dynamics. Nature-based solutions are intrinsically multidisciplinary: ecology, biology and sediment sciences interact with financial models and multi-stakeholder analysis. As a result these type of solutions are also naturally sustainable, circular and resilient.

  • Daniel Rodger – JBPacific

    Dan will present the different approaches being used to simulate nature-based coastal flood and erosion techniques so they can be included in options assessment, cost-benefit assessments and designed at a local scale. He will present three case studies that are implementing nature-based coastal approaches, comparing the initiatives being lead internationally with those in Australia.

    • Suriname (South America) Coastal and Flood Resilience Project (World Bank);

    • Vietnam Integrated Coastal Resilience Project (World Bank); and

    • Queensland Coastal Hazard Resilience Strategies.  

Register Here (External Link)

Engineering Challenges to Cope with Climate Change


Wednesday 3rd June 2020 – GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building
Building 49, The University of Queensland, Staff House Road, Saint Lucia, Queensland

The speakers will share with you:

The challenges that climate change poses for water supply and what Seqwater is doing about it. The speaker would cover future climate change projections and evidence that Seqwater is already seeing of changes, and would outline some of our responses which include water security planning, asset vulnerability assessments, and greenhouse gas reduction measures.

About the speakers:

  • Emma ONeill, Principal Policy Officer Sustainability & Advocacy, Seqwater

  • Others TBC

Register Here (External Link)