David Shepherd graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a Master of Environment (First Class Honours) degree, majoring in Integrated Water Catchment Management. As part of his studies, he completed an internship at the North Central Catchment Management Authority, which involved conducting a wetland rehabilitation feasibility study using remote sensing. David’s degree also gave him exposure to software packages such as RORB, AQUAPAK, WEAP, SIMHYD and ArcGIS to understand the applications of hydrological principles learnt in the course. Prior to this, David spent two years working as an exploration and mine gold geologist in Western Australia. This worked involved duties such as logging core and using MapInfo for gold exploration analysis.
Since joining HARC, David has largely focused on several dam safety portfolio risk assessments. Clients for these have included Melbourne Water, Snowy Hydro, Icon Water, Barwon Water and Goulburn-Murray Water. From these projects David has gained valuable experience in using RORB for hydrological modelling and TUFLOW for hydraulic modelling. David has also been project manager on several of the dam safety risk assessments.
David has skills using eWater Source for water resource modelling, and has used this package for understanding the flood sensitivity of the Bruce Highway in Queensland.
In addition, David is an experienced user of the spatial information packages QGIS and ArcGIS.