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HARC is proud to be contributing 6 papers to the 2021 virtual ANCOLD conference held from 24th November to 15th December. 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 once again be taking part in this year’s digital event.

Across the Symposium the HARC team will be giving 5 presentions.

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.


HARC is presenting three exciting papers at the 2021 Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) Conference.

Andrew Northfield will be sharing insights from our work developing and applying Rapid Flood Risk Assessments while Edward Funnell and David Stephens will be presenting on the application benchmarking of ARR2019.

Rapid Flood Risk Assessments: The High-Value, Low-Cost Solution
Time: 26/05/2021, 12:30 – 1:00 PM (Session 2B)
Presenter: Andrew Northfield
Summary: This paper discusses undertaking rapid flood risk assessments to develop flood risk information for areas without a detailed flood study, arming flood risk managers and emergency services with vital information at a low cost.

No Single Point of Interest! Application of ARR2019 Principles in Catchment-wide Analysis
Time: 27/05/2021, 2:00 – 2:30 PM (Session 8C)
Presenter: Edward Funnell
Summary: This paper explores the challenges of producing a single flood surface for a catchment by utilising hydrological inputs at multiple points of interest.

Benchmarking ARR2019 for Victoria
Time: 27/05/2021, 2:30 – 3:00 PM (Session 8C)
Presenter: David Stephens
Summary: This paper presents findings of benchmarking design flood hydrology inputs from ARR2019 to a range of catchments in Victoria, including interim recommendations for how to adjust these inputs in some regions of the state.

We are excited to announce that Dr Christian Urich has joined the HARC team, in our Melbourne office.

Christian joins HARC from the Water Sensitive Cities Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), where he was the project leader for the Tools and Products Program. While with the CRC he led the development of web-based GIS tools to support the planning and design of water sensitive precincts and cities and the understanding and evaluation of the benefits of blue-green infrastructure on urban heat and the urban water balance.

Christian has led and contributed to the application of these tools nationally and internationally. To date, outputs and insights from these tools have been applied in cities and municipalities in Austria, Australia, Indonesia, Fiji and China to support the development of sustainable urban water management.

More broadly, Christian has extensive experience in the development of novel decision support systems that integrate data, climate change, urban development, urban heat, flood and water cycle models to support urban water planning.

Christians extensive experience in the simulation and analysis of urban systems and the harnessing of data and spatial information further strengthen HARCs credentials as an industry leader.

We warmly welcome Christian to the team.