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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.

Hydrology and Risk Consulting (HARC) is an engineering services firm that aims to be a trusted partner with those who manage Australia’s dams, catchments and water resources.

We therefore consult to a range of public and private clients regarding:

  • Dam safety (including extreme flood hydrology)
  • Floodplain management
  • Catchment processes
  • Water resources

To help provide these services, we are looking to employ a graduate on a full-time ongoing basis, beginning in March 2021. The role would suit someone with tertiary qualifications in environmental or civil engineering, who has focused on water during their studies.


HARC is proud to have been part of of the award-wining Bruce Highway Link Flood Study project team.  The study was named the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Award winner for Queensland. The Engineers Australia award recognises the project’s contribution to the profession, and how innovative engineering makes an invaluable contribution to the economy, community and the environment.

Supporting the lead consultant, AECOM, on this Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads project, HARC developed and applied an innovative continuous simulation approach to calculate flood hydrographs, at hourly resolution, for all events over an 80+ year period at more than 500 crossings of the Bruce Highway, between Brisbane and Cairns.

In acknowledging the award, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads noted that the project was “an excellent example of bringing industry together to deliver improved reliability and flood resilience to Queensland’s main transport corridor.




HARC is pleased to welcome Robert Keessen to the team. Robert is a leader in urban water planning with 25-years’ experience as a consultant and 15 years as a senior manager at Sydney Water. Robert is well known in the industry and recognised as a forward-thinker and someone who strives to drive innovation to meet contemporary standards.

At Sydney Water he led planning teams in the areas of environmental management, wastewater planning, corporate planning and innovation in water cycle management. His work is underpinned and strengthened by his strong communications skills and his strategic approach to engagement. His qualifications in business administration and utility experience provide a high level of business acumen. This supports his ability to provide insight and advice for decision-makers seeking strategic advice on asset and business planning in the public and private sectors and support for those engaged in organisational change.

Robert’s expertise complements and builds on HARC’s urban water service offering. It spans integrated Water Cycle Planning, water, wastewater and recycled water asset and service planning, business case development and change management. Across his career, Robert has utilised his communication and engagement skills to understand and develop solutions to meet client objectives. These objectives may be in terms of commerciality, sustainability, risk and resilience, customer service standards or community expectations.

We warmly welcome Robert to the team.