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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.

We are pleased to announce that Rob Swan has joined the HARC team, in our Melbourne office.

Rob has over twenty years’ experience in the areas of hydrology and hydraulics, flood analysis, water quality and environmental assessment. He has significant project management experience and has worked on a number of large multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects. Prior to joining HARC, Rob was Cardno’s National Technical Director for Water.

Rob is an expert in floodplain management and the simulation and modelling of large flood events. He is a member of the Victorian State Emergency Service Expert Hydrologist Panel and has performed in an operational capacity in emergency flood response. Rob has significant experience in the intersection of the planning system and flood analysis and their interaction to provide community benefit and appropriate management of natural assets.

Rob’s extensive knowledge and experience in hydrology, hydraulics and flood analysis further strengthen HARCs credentials as an industry leader.

We warmly welcome Rob to the team.


Are you interested in the operation or performance of Australia’s urban water sector? Are you interested in the role of the water sector in the future of our towns, cities, and society?

HARC, in partnership with Aither and Risk Edge Consulting, is undertaking a review of the National Performance Framework indicators. The review is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) and is being supported by the Bureau of Meteorology and the NPR Technical Reference Group (TRG – formerly known as the RTG).

During 2018/19, a review of the Urban Water National Performance Framework recommended a revision of the indicators underpinning the report. An open submissions process is underway between now and February 2021, giving stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to this discussion.

Responding to a number of these recommendations, this indicator review seeks to identify a set of nationally relevant and future-focused themes, outcome areas and reporting metrics that:

  •  reflect the NPR Vision, Objectives and Outcomes
  •  address issues identified in the 2019 review
  •  align with existing jurisdictional reporting frameworks
  •  are future-focused and are adaptable to industry change
  •  support users to produce or derive data using different platforms

The review will also recommend improvements to the NPR data quality framework, including operating procedures for data capture, processing, quality control and support.

The review we will engage with existing and new users of the Framework and draw on their insights and needs to shape the future of reporting and the type of data and information collected.

Engagement will feed parallel top down and bottom up approaches to the review.

The top down review will start with a clean slate and draw on insights and consultation to identify enduring nationally relevant themes, indicators and outcome areas that are consistent with the Framework’s refreshed vision and objectives.

The bottom up review will summarise and analyse the NPR indicators and data and draw this together with insights from stakeholders to understand how the existing indicator set is meeting the Framework’s refreshed vision and objectives and how existing indicators align with the outcomes of the top down assessment.

Visit the review website to find out more and register to stay informed of opportunities to have your say.