Flood Management in Queensland

Flood Management in Queensland

Ensham Mine Flood Warning System, Emerald, Queensland

Water Technology has developed and calibrated a hydrologic flood forecasting model to provide Ensham Mine with in-house warning of floods from the Nogoa River in Queensland. Historically, Ensham has experienced difficulty in gaining access to information and forecasts during events. Now within a matter of minutes, Ensham staff can use the model to automatically download the latest rainfall information from the Bureau of Meteorology and be presented with a prediction of flood heights at the mine site for up to 7 days into the future.

Queensland Western Downs Regional Council Flood Study

Water Technology are currently undertaking stormwater and riverine flood studies for six towns in the Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) Area to assist with the revision of their planning scheme following recent council amalgamations. Stormwater and riverine flooding studies are being undertaken for Chinchilla, Miles, Dalby, Wandoan, Tara and Jandowae. The studies will identify areas at risk of inundation and their impact on current and future development. The stormwater analysis will define and map stormwater corridors and define trunk drainage infrastructure needed for current and future development.

About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.

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