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HARC was proud to contribute six papers to the 2022 joint ANCOLD NZSOLD conference held in Sydney. The papers were:

  • Application of the SFAIRP principle to a diverse portfolio of dams—Day 1– Session 1 – Risk Informed FrameworksMark Pearse
  • A structured approach to prioritisation of risk control measures across a portfolio of dams—Day 1 – Session 1 – Risk Informed Frameworks Mark Pearse
  • A comprehensive operational risk assessment framework for dam systems — Day 1 – Session 2 – New GuidelinesRichard Mannix
  • Beyond 100% is meaningless and unsustainable for public communications on the flood status of dams—Day 1 – Session 2 – Sustainable Management 2Michel Raymond
  • Considerations on the use of forecast rainfall for dam operations —Day 2 – Session 1 – New Technology 3Phillip Jordan
  • The impact of hydraulic model resolution on potential loss of life assessments and flood extents—Day 2 – Session 1 – New Technology 3 – Yue (Albert) Shen

The ANCOLD NZSOLD 2022 program can be found here.

We are excited to welcome Michel Raymond to the HARC team.

Based in Brisbane, Michel has over 30 years of experience in flooding assessments and dams—covering planning, design upgrade, risk, real-time flood operations, safety management, emergency response plans and flood mitigation.

Before joining HARC, Michel was employed in a dam owner role providing technical leadership in real-time flood operations of gated dams, forecasting, dam safety management, dam upgrades, risk prioritisation, and application of ALARP for interim risk reduction.

Michel brings a wealth of experience across multiple disciplines, including hydrology, hydraulics, water management, risk and failure modes for dams and interfacing guidance for multi-disciplinary teams on complex dam projects.

Michel is the current ANCOLD chairman and has provided a range of contributions to ANCOLD such as guideline working groups, conference convenor, and published papers.

HARC contributed six papers to the 2021 virtual ANCOLD conference from November 24 to December 15. The papers are:

  • Lessons learnt from the application of HEC-LifeSim 2.0 to multiple dams across Australia
  • Designing dam safety emergency exercises in an inter-related risk environment to build resilience
  • Development of a practical SFAIRP framework for dams
  • Application of joint probability design flood estimation in the Philippines and potential benefits in data-sparse regions of Australia
  • WaterNSW Dam Safety Alert Trigger Framework (with WaterNSW)
  • A review of Victoria’s dam safety regulatory framework (with DELWP)

The ANCOLD 2021 program can be found here.

We are excited to announce that Brad Neal has joined the HARC team, in our Melbourne office.

Brad is a senior water resource planner and modeller who has undertaken or contributed to independent water resource modelling reviews for Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and South-East Queensland, as well as national and international reviews of water resource modelling and planning activities. Brad’s many career achievements include:

  • being the lead author of Victoria’s Guidelines for Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Water Availability in Victoria
  • authoring the Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning’s (DELWP) Guidelines for Managing Residual Flood Waters
  • authoring the first edition of DELWP’s long-term urban water resource planning guidelines
  • preparing Guidelines for Selecting High-Quality Streamflow Gauges as part of the Bureau of Meteorology’s identification of Hydrologic Reference Stations
  • co-authoring a position paper for Engineers Australia on drought
  • delivering an occasional paper on urban water planning for the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
  • being a contributing author to the update of the FLOWS method for developing environmental flow recommendations in Victoria.

We warmly welcome Brad to the team.

Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium 2021

The Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium is a great opportunity to come together as a community and share insights and innovation. We are excited to be part of this digital event in 2021.

Across the Symposium, the HARC team gave five presentations.

Reassessing flood hydrology for Burdekin Falls Dam

Presenter: Dr Phillip Jordan

Session day and time: Tuesday 31st September, 13:00 – 13:20

Regional Flood Frequency Estimation in Arid Australia

Presenter: Andrew Northfield

Session day and time: Tuesday 31st September, 13:40 – 14:00

Benchmarking ARR2019 for Victoria

Abstract: Erin Hughes

Session day and time: Wednesday the 1st of September, 11:10 – 1130

Incorporating stochastic variation of storm space-time pattern centring in a Monte Carlo hydrologic model

Presenter: Matthew Scorah

Session day and time: Wednesday 1st September 14:30 – 14:50

Estimates of spatial coherence and dependence for extreme storms in the tropical and coastal regions of Australia

Presenter: Matthew Scorah

Session day and time: Wednesday 1st September 14:50 – 15:10

We are excited to announce that Richard Mannix has joined HARC in our Melbourne office. Richard’s expertise and experience in emergency planning, dam safety and flood operations reinforces our leading capability to support our clients to understand and manage dam and flooding risks. Richard joins HARC from Southern Rural Water, where he spent 7 years leading their emergency planning unit which included overseeing the enterprise-wide incident management and emergency risk frameworks, dam safety emergency and dam flood operations planning. Richard has invaluable practical experience in dam safety risk assessment, the operation, maintenance and inspection of large dams and weirs and has been the lead author or reviewer of over 35 dam safety emergency plans for many dam owners.

Richard is also skilled in the design, implementation and use of flood early warning systems for dams, including their application in estimating reductions in potential life loss from dam failure and natural flood events.
In addition, Richard has been a technical advisor for numerous dam flood emergencies and is well practised in incident management having fulfilled most AIIMS functional roles including that of Incident Commander. He has successfully designed, implemented, maintained and test-exercised all-hazards emergency risk and business continuity management frameworks and plans and was a representative on the Victorian Water Sector Resilience Network and Victorian Flood Warning Consultative Committee.