With more than 40 years of experience in coastal engineering, flood hydraulics and water quality investigations, Andrew McCowan is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable experts in the field. Andrew is an internationally recognised expert in numerical modelling and the application of numerical models to water, coastal and environmental investigations.
As Founder and Board Chair of Water Technology, Andrew consults to government and businesses specialising in technical issues relating to environmental protection and sustainability. Andrew obtained his post-graduate qualifications from Delft in the Netherlands, where he studied computational hydraulics, and from Monash University where he completed a PhD.
Steve is a Director and General Manager for Water Technology and has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal engineering fields specialising in flood/inundation risk and risk management. He has an Honours Degree in Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Queensland.
Steve’s work in waterway, floodplain and floodplain risk management; and infrastructure investigations have frequently utilised advanced hydrodynamic modelling systems on projects throughout Australia and Internationally. Of note, between 2002 and 2005 Steve was the principal hydraulic modeller on the Yangtze River Flood Warning and Control Project, a major 5 year co-operative project between the Governments of Australia and China.
As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Disaster response through the Australian Civilian Corps, Steve recently a deployment to Samoa to assist in recovery and reconstruction (with an emphasis on flood and floodplain risk management to crucial infrastructure) following Tropical Cyclone Evan and has an ongoing association with the Water Resources sector in Samoa.
Steve has significant experience with the incorporation of flood risk information in Planning Schemes and the future challenges posed by incorporating climate change considerations within a planning framework, as well as providing hydraulic design input for development & infrastructure proposals.
Steve provides expert review services and has appeared as an expert witness in the Queensland Planning & Environment Court and Land Court as well as the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 25 years of experience in surface water management.
He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts.
Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is a past chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.
Tony is Director and the Regional General Manager for Queensland for Water Technology. He has considerable Australian and International water engineering expertise in the areas of numerical flood and water quality modelling, field data collection and assessment, water sensitive urban design, water quality management, catchment management and sewerage and water supply planning. His expertise has been gained through working with the Queensland Department of Local Government/Water Quality Council for a number of years, advanced University studies, a one year work period at HR Wallingford in the UK and twenty seven years’ experience with BMT WBM (working extensively across Australia, the Pacific, South East Asia, the Middle East and the UK). Tony has a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership. Tony is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ).
Aaron is a principal engineer and assistant group manager of the integrated Stormwater Management Team at Water Technology. Aaron joined Water Technology in 2009 after graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. At Water Technology, Aaron has been involved in a wide range of projects, specialising in hydrologic, hydraulic and stormwater management investigations. Aaron is also heavily involved in the concept and functional design of flood mitigation and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) features.
Aaron has a significant amount of experience in flood modelling and mapping of both urban and rural floodplains. Recent key flood modelling projects that Aaron has completed include catchment wide flood mapping studies for Knox City Council, and flood modelling of large scale proposed development sites/precincts in Rowville and Wantirna South.
Alex is an experienced Engineer, Project Manager and Member of Engineers Australia. His background is in hydraulic and hydrological modelling, with extensive experience in TUFLOW, RORB and various GIS programs. Alex was previously an Engineer and Project Manager at Melbourne Water, where he oversaw various council flood mapping projects and managed flood components of major infrastructure projects. Alex has also worked in Melbourne’s development industry in functional asset design (wetlands and waterways) and stormwater management strategy assessments. Alex also lead various updates to Melbourne Waters Flood Mapping Projects Specifications throughout his time at Melbourne Water.
Alex has a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with honours from The University of Adelaide and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from RMIT.
Alison Charles is a Senior Hydrogeologist with significant experience. In her career, Alison has developed both strong field and analysis capabilities through her involvement in the supervision and implementation of numerous drilling, monitoring and aquifer testing programs. Alison has considerable experience in a range of aspects of groundwater analysis with key areas of interest including salinity management, groundwater-surface water-vegetation interactions and Salt Interception Schemes.
Alison is a chartered water engineer and qualified scientist with over 10 years experience in the water resources industry, specialising in hydrology and hydraulic assessments for waterways and catchments. Alison is enjoys being in nature and is passionate about being able to use her technical skills to achieve positive outcomes for the environment.
Alister has extensive experience in the water engineering industry throughout Australia and has worked extensively within the water resources, flooding and drainage sectors for Government and private sector clients across Australia. Alister has held technical and management positions in both large and small consultancies in the water resources and flooding sectors and has been actively involved in all levels of engineering consultancy. He has worked extensively throughout Queensland, as well as throughout other regions across Australia including Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory. Alister has served as a water resources advisor in China for an international AusAID project and has also provided water resources consultancy services in Brunei.
Alister has demonstrated experience in the water resources sector including flood and drainage studies, hydraulic and hydrologic investigations, stormwater quantity and quality management, infrastructure charges schedules, development assessment, project management and GIS. Alister has also worked on numerous hydrologic and hydraulic assessments for development proposals, flood mitigation designs and hydraulic structure designs for both private and Local and State government clients. Alister is well versed in general civil engineering design including contract management/administration relating to water resource projects including dams, flood mitigation works, stormwater drainage, waterway rehabilitation, mining works, levee systems as well as road and linear infrastructure. Alister actively provides expert review services and has given expert evidence in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court on several occasions.
Andrew Telfer is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist and has specialist expertise in groundwater engineering and groundwater hydraulics, including:
Andrew has specialist technical expertise in groundwater engineering and groundwater hydraulics, strategic and applied water resource management, borefield design, salt interception scheme design, implementation and review, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) design and implementation, groundwater-surface water interactions and groundwater-vegetation interactions.
Andrew is well known across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales for his salinity management work within the River Murray and Murray Darling Basin.
Andrew is a founding Director of Australian Water Environments (AWE) and past Director of Water Technology. AWE joined Water Technology in October 2017.
Andrew has extensive professional experience in the water resources industry and has worked predominantly on projects ranging from small-scale hydraulic models to large catchment analyses for future developments. He has worked extensively with local government agencies, mining resource companies and private developers across Australia on projects of all sizes. Andrew’s core technical skills lie in numerical modelling of hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality processes. He also has strong project management skills and excels in developing stakeholder relationships and undertaking community consultation sessions.
Astrid is an established, skilled and passionate Principal Coastal Engineer with extensive postgrad experience, across corporate and government sectors with a passion for coastal and environmental projects.
She has previous experience managing projects of varying complexity and size, of local importance up to international multi-million-dollar joint-ventures, excelling at solving complex issues through innovative approaches and thinking.
She has a wealth of national and international experience across a variety of waterway, coastal and maritime-related projects, including; sustainability, environmental impact assessment, climate change, coastal and estuarine processes investigations (including hydraulics & sediment transport), coastal hazard assessments (including coastal risk and adaptation), beach nourishment, seawall design, scour design, vegetation projects, waterway design, structural condition assessments, rock structure design, ship impact, tidal energy, metocean analysis, environmental loading, port master planning, fender design, berthing processes and cyclone shelter design.
Joining Water Technology 2006, Ben has extensive floodplain and waterway management experience. Based in our regional Victorian Wimmera Office, Ben completes the majority of his work in regional areas for both government and private clients. Ben has lead and completed numerous hydrologic and hydraulic studies and erosion control projects across the state. During 2010, Ben worked with GWMWater in their Project Delivery Team, tendering, project managing and supervising large works projects. He also worked with Glenelg Hopkins CMA during 2013, assisting in the delivery their $2.5m flood recovery funding post the 2010/2011 flood events.
Ben is Water Technology’s Regional General Manager of Victoria and the National Practice Lead for Catchments and Flooding.
Ben has many years of experience in flood modelling, hydrology, floodplain risk management and environmental water. Ben is well regarded in the floodplain management industry with strong contributions at a project level as well as emergency response, industry advice and training. Ben has excellent project management skills and a thorough understanding of floodplain management in Australia. Ben has taken the lead role in a large number of floodplain investigations in Victoria in some of our most flood-prone communities.
He is from a rural background and understands rural communities and can communicate with them effectively. Ben is well connected across the industry and uses these connections to help draw together people from various organisations to help achieve positive outcomes for our clients, the community and the environment.
Bertrand Salmi is an experienced stormwater professional, who has worked for over ten years as a consultant and in local government. Bertrand joined Water Technology in 2016, having previously worked for the City of Greater Dandenong. At the Council, Bertrand provided technical support to the Executive Management team and coordinated a number of flooding, stormwater harvesting and environmental projects.
Bertrand relies on both his ecological and engineering background to progress hydraulic and environmental studies, often leading multi-disciplinary projects. As a result of his diverse experience, Bertrand is involved in a wide variety of projects and often supports our clients and directors at VCAT Hearings (or equivalent). Bertrand also has relevant experience in many facets of hydraulic and water quality modelling and a keen interested in eco-hydrology.
Bjorn is a postgraduate qualified Engineer within the integrated stormwater management team at Water Technology. Bjorn has led hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and mapping for flood studies, flood risk management and stormwater management studies. During his undergraduate studies in Germany, as a student engineer Bjorn supported the planning and supervision of a range of projects focused on rehabilitation works of wastewater infrastructure.
Brian is a professional civil engineer, water resources manager, modeller and hydrologist with experience in implementing integrated water resources management. He has been at the forefront of implementing the new, and internationally respected water act of South Africa since its promulgation in 1998. This entails the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources.
Brian moved to Australia in January 2017 and is responsible for the HydroNET platform across Australia. He led the project to develop the HydroNET Water Control Room and Flood Portal for the Goulburn Broken CMA and Goulburn-Murray Water, as well as the HydroNET RainWatch applications for South East Water, Salisbury City and Queensland Urban Utilities. Further to this, Brian has also led several other HydroNET projects across Australia and was instrumental in the adoption of HydroNet within South Africa.
Brian is the CEO of WT Hydro, a wholly owned Water Technology company set up to support HydroNET subscriptions and has had experience as the CEO of the first ever Catchment Management Agency to be established in South Africa. He oversaw the development of the first ever Catchment Management Strategy in South Africa and also implemented an innovative adaptive real-time operational water resources management framework for river operating rules based on adaptive management principles and the integration of data, computer modelling, governance/Institutions and stakeholder centred consensus driven decision making (i.e. the integration of both technical and social sciences).
Carl has developed a varied skill set across the breadth of the water engineering spectrum. He has extensive professional expertise in mine site water management on projects across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. He also has experience with flood studies, stormwater management, and water-sensitive urban design and has provided expert advice on the inundation of properties for insurance company assessments in most Australian states.
Carl has gained in depth experience in water resource assessments and built on his core technical skills in numerical modelling of hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality processes whilst working as a Hydrologist for the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
Celine completed a Master of Engineering in Water and Environment in France before moving in Australia in 2006. As Group Manager of Integrated Stormwater Management and Principal Engineer, she has extensive experience in hydraulic modelling of water networks and floods, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Integrated Water Cycle Management.
Charles completed his master’s degree of Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2019 and joined Water Technology as an internship in Floodplain and Catchment team during his final year study. Charles also held an executive position as Education Officer in Melbourne University Environmental Engineering Society to promote engineering to the student community.
Driving by his great passion on the environment, water engineering became the natural choice in his career. He has experienced numerical hydraulic modelling using TUFLOW and MIKE, hydrological modelling using RORB and different GIS mapping packages. Charles is now applying his both technical skills on modelling and great passions on natural environment to floodplain and catchment management projects and seeking more challenges and continuous development.
Chris Beadle is NSW Regional Manager and Principal Engineer with over 12 years’ experience in coastal and engineering and coastal management. He has significant experience in coastal & estuarine modelling, coastal & maritime infrastructure design, and the development of coastal management plans across a range of physical environments around Australia and internationally.
Chris’ particular passion lies in coastal zone management, and he has managed and delivered numerous coastal zone management studies and plans across NSW. His experience in this area is broad and includes open coast settings and estuarine environments. His success in delivering these projects is underpinned by a high level of expertise in coastal and estuarine processes, with a strong understanding of coastal geomorphology and hydrodynamics. However, he also has a strong appreciation of the social, cultural and economic values of the coastal zone, and believes this knowledge is key to sustainable coastal zone management and climate change adaptation.
Chris combines his technical skills with significant experience in community and stakeholder engagement. With IAP2 accreditation as an engagement practitioner, he has successfully delivered a range of engagement programs for coastal management projects. His engagement prowess is evident in his project outcomes, and he has experience engaging with a vast range of community groups, public authorities and indigenous stakeholders.
Chris also has skills in coastal infrastructure design and has worked on numerous open coasts, estuarine and port infrastructure design projects. This includes comprising seawalls, breakwaters, groynes, and wave attenuators.
Chris is an expert in GIS, spatial data management, spatial analysis, web mapping, land surveying, cartography and GNSS. He has extensive knowledge of the ESRI ArcGIS suite of products and a detailed understanding of geographic data. Chris completed a degree in Geomatics from RMIT University and worked as a surveyor and GIS consultant before joining Water Technology in 2014 as a Senior Spatial Analyst.
Chris is the spatial lead at Water Technology, overseeing the spatial direction of the company, providing high-end GIS analysis and data processing, and ensuring that all groups across the company are making use of the latest spatial techniques, innovations and capabilities, such as web and mobile GIS.
Daniel holds degrees in both Environmental Science and Engineering and is passionate about solving problems in waterways and coastal environments. Bringing experience as a research scientist in the field of coastal biogeochemistry, Daniel has recently begun his career as a coastal and waterway engineer.
Since starting with Water Technology in 2019 Daniel has worked on a broad range of projects gained an ability to perform technical analyses of geomorphic processes related to water and an awareness of the engineering techniques available to control them. Daniel is proficient using a wide range of tools to analyse data and effectively communicate results to clients. This includes CAD, 12d, GIS, TUFLOW and other modelling software.
Daryl is an environmental scientist who works with companies, academics and policy makers to address environmental concerns. Daryl specialises in palaeofloods reconstruction and its applications. Daryl believes that there is a need to apply palaeoflood hydrology to engineering activities and integration of palaeohydrology to support decisions policy making. Daryl has worked across various environmental research projects including urban hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and flood management.
Daryl holds a Doctorate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Dave Pennington is highly experienced in the delivery of water infrastructure projects, including water supply, wastewater, and water reuse systems. As Principal Designer Infrastructure Services, he has exceptional skills in integrated water management planning, demand management, irrigation system auditing, and design of innovative solutions for the sustainable use of water resources. David specialises in wastewater treatment and reuse.
Edward joined the Coastal Engineering Team as an Engineer at Water Technology, Melbourne in January 2020. He completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Victoria University in December 2019. Within his undergraduate studies, he achieved a High Distinction for his final year research project predicting shrink-swell indices of clayey soils using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) modelling. He is growing his technical skills while assisting project engineers and scientists in efficiently delivering projects.
Elise is a Principal Coastal Engineer at Water Technology specialising in coastal design projects and conditions and impact assessment of projects within the coastal and estuarine environment.
Elise has project experience internationally and across all of Australia, with significant projects in the Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as the Gulf states, Caribbean and South East Asia. Elise’s coastal engineering experience encompasses the application of numerical models for simulating hydraulics, waves, sediment transport and water quality of coastal areas, estuaries; detailed design of coastal and marine structures; the design and impact of large scale aquaculture projects; the assessment of local and regional coastal and ocean processes; the review of the impacts of development and environmental pressures on the coast and the implications and risks associated with climate changes.
Emma is the Business Support Manager for the South Australian Region, responsible for a range of administrative functions, as well as the design, development, and implementation of strategic projects.
Emma has significant experience in facilitating the efficiency of our business operations; and providing guidance to clients and staff to enhance performance in a manner which reflects the company’s vision and culture.
Emmanuel is geospatial professional whose passion for GIS and mapping contributed to the successful implementation and growth of GIS to different organizations. Eighteen years of experience in the geospatial industry as a GIS / Remote Sensing Analyst and team lead, implementing and supporting projects across different industries and sectors.
An experienced project lead, analyst, cartographer, and trainer with in-depth technical skills in using various GIS and Remote Sensing software packages. Emmanuel has a strong technical knowledge and detailed understanding of geospatial techniques and processes such as field data collection, data conversion, spatial database production, analysis, quality control, mapping, cartography, and image processing.
As a Spatial Analyst in Water Technology, he applies his technical skills in analysing and manipulating geospatial data and provides mapping and GIS support to various projects within the organization.
Felicity Hewett is an Environmental Engineer with extensive experience in the identification and development of options for improved water resource management, design of stormwater management, watercourse and riparian health and stream rehabilitation works, water balance modelling for stormwater harvesting and reuse projects, environmental site history assessments and groundwater monitoring for water quality purposes.
Felicity has significant experience in modelling and managing water quality issues relating to urban stormwater, receiving water environments and the design of biofiltration systems.
Freyja is a talented Geo-spatial analyst providing GIS support to the Water Technology Team. She has experience in QGis and ArcGIS as has completed a Bachelors in Marine Science and Coastal Physical Sciences. She additionally has completed units of study in Advanced Remote Sensing, GIS, Geo-spatial Processing and Web Mapping at the University of Queensland.
Freyja’s previous experience was at Moreton Bay Regional Council where she provided Geo-spatial support for Council’s Shoreline Erosion Management Plans, dredging and nourishment projects, updates to flood and overland flow mapping and investigated morphological changes to coastal and fluvial environments by analysis of LiDAR.
Gayani is a Senior Engineer in Integrated Stormwater Management team with extensive combined research and industry experience in water sensitive urban design (WSUD). She is passionate about investigating innovative and WSUD/Integrated Water Management (IWM) solutions that deliver multiple benefits to the environment as well as to the community.
Gayani developed a strong track record in urban stormwater management through her involvement in CRC for Water Sensitive Cities as a PhD candidate. Since transitioning to the industry in 2016, she has demonstrated the ability to translate research knowledge into practice.
Her excellent analytical thinking skills developed through research career and ability to see the ‘big picture’ approach have been highly valuable in IWM/WSUD projects which often involve multiple aspects of the water cycle, numerous stakeholders and conflicting ideas and benefits
Gildas is an international expert in coastal engineering. He has over 20 year experience in the delivery of investigation, design, documentation, planning, environmental study, and project management of coastal, ocean and maritime projects. He has delivered many high-profile projects such as major beach nourishment works, resilient coastal works, port and offshore works, waterfront redevelopment as well as underwater and floating structures in Australia and overseas. Gildas has prepared many practical coastal management plan and strategies for climate change adaptation for a broad range of communities and stakeholders which recognised the importance of working with both nature and culture.
Gildas is active in several research and scientific projects, having delivered over 20 publications to technical journals and conferences. He is the Climate Change Champion for the Maritime Commission of the Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses, which is the world association for waterborne transport infrastructure.
Greg is an Environmental Engineer with a broad range of project based experience in the areas of water and environmental management. His professional experience in the water resources industry has included small to large scale developer projects through to multi-disciplinary international mining studies. Through development projects, Greg has developed a sound understanding of stormwater management including flooding, stormwater mitigation and water quality modelling and associated development requirements for the many Local Council planning schemes in Queensland.
Major project work that Greg has included erosion and sediment control oversight on the Legacy Way tunnel project in Brisbane, and remote area stream gauging and water quality sampling for major mining projects including SMM Solomon Nickel Laterite Mine EIS in the Solomon Islands and the Rio Tinto Group Simandou project in Guinea, Africa.
Admin professional and customer service extraordinaire Holly Edmunds is the welcoming face (and voice) of Water Technology Melbourne’s reception each day. Holly’s has built her career in legal firms and now brings her experience and warm personality to the Water Tech team.
When Holly isn’t in the office she’s watching Seinfeld reruns and being an amazing mum to her little boy Archie.
Holly joined Water Technology as the Business Support Manager for the Queensland region in November 2020. She brings with her over 7 years’ experience in both the legal and environmental services industry.
Holly is an experienced administrator with the ability to assist in project management and supporting consultants in all their needs. She is a very effective communicator and problem solver enabling smooth project delivery for various project sizes and clients.
She is responsible for supporting Technical and Corporate Services staff across the business including the Finance, People & Culture, and the Business Development Team. She is also responsible for office management at a regional level which includes managing IT systems, assisting Group Managers and the Regional General Manager with administrative support. She works with the company’s management team to isolate key issues to assist in both decision-making for business performance, as well as supporting the Brisbane management team to lead operational excellence and deliver profitable projects for clients and the company.
Irene joined Water Technology in 2012 in the Brisbane office. Irene has extensive office administration and personal assistant experience. Prior to joining Water Technology, she worked in the financial services industry for 18 years. Her key goal within Water Technology is to maintain a well organised and efficient office, and provide high level professional support to the team in all aspects of administration, scheduling and communciations.
Isaac is a graduate of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology. Following his studies in 2018, he joined Water Technology as a Water Resource Engineer and has since worked on a range of catchment hydrology / hydraulics, stormwater management, flood impact, risk assessment, and GIS modelling projects across both private and local government sectors. Isaac’s has GIS capabilities essential for processing hydraulic results and producing high quality result mapping, and has assisted on projects using TUFLOW, XP-RAFTS, WBNM, MIKE-Zero, MUSIC, and 12d.
Jack joined Water Technology in 2020 having previously worked for the City of Ballarat as a Drainage Engineer. Jack completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) at Deakin University in late 2017.
He has experience in numerical hydrologic and hydraulic modelling to influence flood mitigation strategies and produce conceptual designs for stormwater drainage upgrades. Jack also has experience in RORB, AutoCAD, MAGNET and GIS software’s. During Jack’s time at the City of Ballarat he was the Project Manager for multiple flood mitigation and flood investigation projects, completed assessments on drainage infrastructure and liaised with other Government agencies, such as Catchment Management Authorities and Rural Roads Victoria (VicRoads).
James has considerable experience and expertise in the areas of water engineering, air quality, contaminated land and environmental management. At Water Technology, James specialises in flooding and drainage studies, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, stormwater quantity and quality management, impact assessment, floodplain management and flood mitigation strategies. He has developed advanced proficiency in the use of TUFLOW, HEC-RAS, HY-8, XP-RAFTS, WBNM, URBS and MUSIC, and is on the cutting edge of utilising high resolution rain on grid hydrodynamic modelling and radar rainfall calibration techniques.
James has recently lead the technical modelling team constructing detailed hydrological and hydraulic models for six (6) towns in the Somerset Regional Council area in accordance with ARR19 methodology. Currently, James is spearheading the hydraulic model development for the very large and complex Mary River. The quality of James’ output will markedly assist developing accurate and effective floodplain management strategies for these regions. He has recently developed detailed TUFLOW modelling for Deebing Creek in Ipswich to assess a proposed new major bridge and culvert crossing; the results of which were used to inform structural and scour protection design. James prepares detailed and concise technical reports offering specialised, best practice, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to clients.
Jamie has been a Principal Scientist at Water Technology’s Wangaratta Office since 2007 and group manager since 2010. He has over 20 years’ experience in environmental monitoring design, application and reporting, as well as having a background in cartography/GIS and land surveying. Jamie has extensive experience in ecological surveys, strategy development, mapping and reporting, particularly projects associated with waterways (instream, riparian, wetland and floodplain).
He has been heavily associated with waterway condition monitoring method design and application for over a decade. He has been involved in the design, review and application of waterway and wetland assessment methods including the Index of Stream Condition (ISC), Sustainable Rivers Audit (SRA), Tasmanian River Condition Index (TRCI), Victorian River Health Works Monitoring Method (WMM) and the Index of Wetland Condition (IWC).
Jenna graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) in 2012 after completing her thesis on sediment dynamics in the Brisbane River. Jenna is a skilled modeller capable of simulating complex estuarine and coastal processes such as material and pollutant discharges, ecosystem health, and speciated water quality modelling. In addition to modelling, Jenna’s other area of expertise is water quality, with an emphasis on wetland restoration and construction as a means of water quality improvement, flood mitigation and carbon sequestration.
Jenna also has extensive water quality and metocean data collection experience in marine and freshwater environments and is capable of operating a range of marine monitoring equipment. Jenna has high level data processing and analysis skills, in particular quality control and quality assurance of environmental datasets.
Joanna is a coastal engineer with over 17 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Joanna is passionate about the sustainable management of the coastline. She is particularly interested in coastal processes assessments, the design of coastal management solutions, and assisting local and state governments with coastal planning and management within the context of relevant coastal policies. She also has extensive experience in numerical modelling of waves and hydrodynamics, and has applied these in numerous coastal circulation, sediment transport, dredge dispersion, flushing, and thermal and wastewater dispersion studies.
For the last few years, much of Joanna’s work has involved coastal vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning in WA and Victoria for local and state government clients. She understands the challenges local governments face when applying the coastal hazard risk management hierarchy. She has experience in educating the community on climate change and its effect on coastal processes, particularly how it relates to adaptation options. Joanna places a high value on working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve project success.
Johanna is a principal scientist with over fifteen years’ experience in waterway and ecological assessment, management, monitoring and policy. She has completed field-based vegetation and habitat condition assessments in different environments, ranging from riparian areas surrounding rivers and wetlands, through to coastal, inland, and alpine zones. Management planning, monitoring design and implementation have also been key aspects of her career. She has designed and coordinated numerous environmental and waterway action plans, as well as monitoring programs which identify condition, trajectory and adaptive management approaches for future works. She has an excellent understanding of waterway processes, developed through her work with a range of waterway engineers, geomorphologists, aquatic scientists and agency staff.
Johanna has also managed large, statewide, multi-disciplinary environmental projects which aim to change and improve the management and monitoring of environmental assets. Examples of this work are the development of a biophysical assessment method for Tasmania’s rivers and streams (the Tasmanian River Condition Index) for the three Tasmanian NRMs; and the Securing Priority Riparian Areas project for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The coordination of project teams and stakeholder engagement was a significant component of this work.
Johanna worked in DELWP’s water policy division for seven years and has a strong understanding of policy development, strategic planning, and legislative frameworks across a range of jurisdictions in Australia. Johanna has an excellent working knowledge of Victoria’s native vegetation and protection legislation and is registered with DELWP as a competent Vegetation Quality Assessment (VQA) assessor.
Johanna is passionate about her work, the natural resource management industry, and its community. She was Secretary of the Australian River Basin Management Society (RBMS) from 2011-2016 and has helped to organise several Australian Stream Management Conferences and industry seminars in Victoria.
Johanna joined Water Technology in 2013 after 9 years working for Glenelg Hopkins CMA in Floodplain and Waterway Management. Based in Geelong, Johanna completes the majority of her work focusing on both our government and private clients of South West Victoria. Johanna has worked across a range of projects including catchment and floodplain modelling, flood mitigation and river health.
Julian has experience in design, modelling, construction and project management and has undertaken a variety of projects incorporating geomorphic, hydraulic and hydrologic investigation work. Julian brings to the team extensive waterway management experience, involving the integration of geomorphic, vegetation and engineering analysis. Julian’s experience includes projects aimed at identifying the features, values, issues and required management activities for the management of rivers and streams.
Julia is an enthusiastic, innovative and technically minded environmental engineer pursuing and strengthening her waterway management, rehabilitation and integrated water solutions skills. Julia enjoys producing quality work autonomously as well as within a team through structured planning and transparent communication. She has experience visually presenting concepts and assessment outcomes to various stakeholders, including and not limited to community consultation and public presentations.
She has experience as a project engineer and manager within a mine water and stormwater team, as well as being a multi-disciplinary engineer collaborating with the Environmental Approvals & Management discipline. Julia is responsible for overseeing project execution, management and delivery, including teaching new staff/graduate staff and giving technical or project support.
Julia has expertise in drainage systems and natural channel design, including hydraulic and hydrology designs and calculations. Coupled with a demonstrated high proficiency with water resource modelling packages such as GoldSim, HEC RAS (1D), MUSIC and XP-RAFTS.
Julie joined Water Technology in 2014, with strong organisational, project management and executive support skills. Her background includes working in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Civil Engineering. Julie’s role at Water Technology is to coordinate and support the Board and Corporate Services function.
Kim joined the Integrated Stormwater Management (ISwM) Team as an Engineer at Water Technology, Melbourne in February 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Civil Engineering (with First Class Honours) at Deakin University in December 2018. Within her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant alongside her lecturers, technical staffs, and industry partners on various project-driven and design-focused projects. Through these experiences, Kim developed outstanding organisational, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, which she is further strengthening at Water Technology. She competed her probation period in July 2019 with success, and is growing her technical skills assisting project and senior engineers in efficiently delivering projects. Kim is currently furthering her expertise in surface water management and hydrologic / hydraulic modelling.
At Water Technology we are focused on empowering people, creating a great work environment, where our vision and values drive our behaviour. Our approach is deliberate, strategic, proactive and holistic. We maximise employee value through talent acquisition, employee onboarding, employee experience & culture and internal communications.
Kym is part of the South Australian Business Support Team and an administration and reception professional who relishes the opportunity to work with and assist people who care about the environment.
Lachlan joined Water Technology in 2011, previously working as a student engineer for Melbourne Water while completing a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (with Honours) at Monash University. He has experience in a range of urban water, floodplain, mining, development applications as well as council flood mapping and mitigation projects. Throughout these projects Lachlan has gained experience in hydraulic, hydrologic and water quality modelling. He has undertaken a wide range of flood studies involving flood frequency analysis, construction and calibration of hydrological models and hydraulic flood models while also gaining extensive experience in TUFLOW Direct Rainfall modelling at fine scale as well as MIKE FLOOD modelling for urban catchments.
More recently Lachlan has managed a number of flood studies and has undertaken large catchment modelling through the use of TUFLOW HPC and MIKE flexible mesh modelling which allows for high resolution modelling across entire river systems and large regional catchments. Lachlan also has extensive GIS analysis skills across a variety of GIS and CAD based programs.
Based in the Water Technology Geelong office, Lachlan has a keen interest in locally based project work throughout the Geelong and broader South West Victorian region.
Le is a Groundwater Modeller and Hydrogeologist with extensive experience in groundwater modelling, data analysis and water resource management. She has worked with a range of groundwater modelling packages including MODFLOW, MT3D, SEAWAT and PEST. She is also familiar with different graphical user interfaces such as Groundwater Vistas and PMWIN.
Luke McPhail joined Water Technology in 2016 with extensive experience in business operations, development and marketing, water management software development, commercialisation, training and modelling software support. He has a passion for linking exceptional scientific, and engineering solutions, to real-world challenges by using an integrated and cross-disciplinary approach. His focus is on the application of IWM Principles to water challenges for the benefit of clients, communities and the environment. He is a firm believer in “useable science”, and that water management models are a tool (amongst many) to support and inform the decision-making process.
Luke is the former Product and Project Manager for the stormwater quality modelling tool, MUSIC, and a Project Manager for the Australian National Hydrologic Modelling Platform, eWater Source. He is the Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities “Tools and Products” Steering Committee and has been actively involved in the testing and application of the CRC’s Scenario Tool.
Mandy is a spatial professional with strong understanding of advanced GIS principles and GIS concepts as well as Spatial Data Management and Analysis. With her technical expertise and extensive geospatial project experience, Mandy managed and completed over hundreds of GIS job assignments, from thematic map design, large map production to GIS database design and creation, spatial data editing, spatial database management and analysis for different industries.
As a Spatial Analyst in Water Technology, she applies her technical skills in analysing and manipulating geospatial data and provides mapping and GIS support to various projects within the organization.
Mel is a Civil Engineer with a reputation for delivering high profile flooding, surface water management, drainage and wastewater treatment schemes. She was the manager of the Environmental Works for Riverine Recovery Project which won the Water Industry Alliance EPA Environmental Impact Award in 2019. Mel exceptional technical authority is demonstrated by the setting up and chairing of a Regional Expert Panel on Flooding, her publication ”Land Drainage and Flood Defence Responsibilities”, and as a Chartered Professional Reviewer for the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Mick is a highly qualified Principal Ecologist at Water Technology with over 20 years’ experience in research, environmental policy, biodiversity assessment techniques, community consultation, management and a PhD in ecology and plant pathology. Through his experience with engineering and natural resource clients, Mick has developed ecological, planning, conservation and environmental science skills across a range of industries including water, transport, natural resources, land development and renewable energy for private, government and non-government organisations.
Mick offers a broad background and understanding in environmental approval processes including those with Federal, State, and local regulations and assisting clients with a pragmatic, impact minimising approach that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements. Mick’s a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) member.
Mick is a geomorphologist with experience coordinating consultancy and research projects across Australia since 2005. Mick specialises in geomorphology and sedimentology and has produced numerous international publications in these fields. Mick is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) specialising in waterway assessment and management. He has been engaged as part of numerous expert review teams assessing the environmental performance mine sites, mine closure plans, government grant applications for river rehabilitation and technical advice for major infrastructure projects.
Michelle joined the Water Technology team in October 2007 as the Administration Manager in the Wangaratta Office. Prior to Water Technology Michelle worked for various river management consulting companies and spent 10 years with a regional catchment management authority.
Michelle is part of the Finance Team and is also the Business Support Manager for the Wangaratta Office. She has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and enjoys all the diverse aspects of her job. Michelle is always happy to help out and lend a hand when needed.
Nasreen joined Water Technology in 2018. Nasreen has more than 10 years professional experience in hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis. She has gained extensive experience on flood modelling, dambreak modelling and consequence assessment, flood mitigation design and sediment transport modelling. Nasreen has undertaken work on a broad range of projects across South-east Australia state including flood mapping, flood studies, dam break modelling and flood impact assessments. She has extensive experience in 2 Dimensional and 1 Dimensional hydraulic modelling and application of ARR2016 methodology for wide range of application.
Nasreen has completed a diploma in project management and has successfully project managed and delivered flood studies including the Warrenheip-Ryan Creek, Yarrowee-Gnarr Creek, and other similar studies at Ballarat, Carisbrook, Beaufort, Koo Wee Rup, Finley, Yarra River and Wangaratta. She has also worked on a number of dams safety risk management studies, Hume Dam for WaterNSW; Guthega, Island Bend and Jindabyne Dams as part of the Snowy Hydro Portfolio Risk Assessment as well as Melbourne Water’s portfolio of flood retarding basins, Sugarloaf Dam.
Parvin obtained her Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering in 2008 and subsequently worked in the development of numerical models for a range of marine and riverine applications in Australia and Southeast Asia. Parvin has experience in a variety of coastal and environmental modelling techniques, platforms and approaches, including hydrodynamic, wave, sediment transport, advection-dispersion and water quality. The assessment of coastal vulnerability and in adaptation planning for local and state government clients is an integral part of the work Parvin undertakes.
Peter is an IT Specialist with network, security, and complex systems experience. His breadth of expertise supports the team at Water Technology in the provision and maintenance of our extensive IT infrastructure.
Richard has experience of both the UK and Australia environmental planning industry specialising in land use planning in integrated water cycle and flood risk management policy. Richard has delivered multi-disciplinary projects within local government and public sector aimed reducing flood risk, implementing sustainable development and land use outcomes. He has held positions in project management and strategic planning within in the water resources and flood and coastal risk management sectors in the UK and Queensland and as an urban planner in Brisbane.
Richard has worked on several local projects involving land use planning as a mechanism for managing flood risk including the Brisbane City Plan 2014 Flood hazard overlay code and planning scheme policy; strategic flood risk advice and input on Neighbourhood and Local Plans and the stormwater component of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).
As a development assessment officer, Richard has developed a working knowledge of the Queensland planning framework including the Sustainable Planning Act (2009), Planning Act 2016, State Planning Regulatory Policy and local government planning scheme codes and policies.
Richard has managed complex projects including coastal hazard adaptation strategies, floodplain management plans, flood awareness and warnings, rainfall detection and on minor projects delivering best practice floodplain and environmental management.
Rohan is a Principal Hydrogeologist with extensive experience in groundwater resource assessment and management experience in the private and government sector. He has been involved in establishing and implementing planning directions for the management of South Australian groundwater resources. He also has extensive experience in mine site water management and groundwater impact assessments for industry and as a government regulator in Western Australia and South Australia.
Sai joined the Integrated Stormwater Management (ISWM) Team at Water Technology as an Engineer in January 2020. He completed his Bachelor of Environments and Master of Engineering at The University of Melbourne, majoring in environmental engineering.
Since joining Water Technology, Sai has worked on functional and concept designs of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) features for precinct developments, flood mapping studies and stormwater management strategies. Currently, Sai is strengthening his knowledge and skills in project management, hydrological and hydraulic modelling such as RORB & TUFLOW, 12D design and design guidelines applications.
Shiv joined Water Technology in 2019 upon completing her PhD in water engineering specializing in integrated urban water systems and water sensitive urban design from the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Shiv’s PhD was an extension of her work with the CSIRO under the Urban Water Security Research Alliance (UWSRA), which was formed to address South-East Queensland’s emerging urban water issues with a focus on water security and recycling.
Prior to Water Technology, Shiv’s main area of interest was in the water-energy-carbon nexus of urban water systems. In her recent work, Shiv has been actively involved in integrated catchment management projects with a focus on wetlands design, restoration and rehabilitation as an approach to stormwater management, flood mitigation and improvement of water quality in urban waterways.
Tahlia applies specialist strategic planning expertise to projects that build resilience and adaptation in the natural and built environments. Key work areas include flood and coastal resilience, water and climate literacy, and catchment health. Tahlia has a keen interest in planning for vulnerable communities to increase their resilience to compounding natural hazards imposed by climate inequity.
Tahlia has expertise in project management, public speaking, written and visual communication, stakeholder engagement, and workshop facilitation. Additional knowledge areas include ecology, water sensitive urban design, integrated water management, and recycled water network planning.
Tahlia takes a highly collaborative approach, frequently working with multi-disciplinary teams across planning, coastal, environmental, and water resource projects. Her academic training developed the foundation for critical thinking and a generalist approach. These skills are applied to distil complex concepts into structured, strategic outputs, keeping a central focus on how to provide meaningful solutions that facilitate implementation.
Tania brings over 20 years’ experience in both Customer Relations and Project Management to the Business Support Team. Having worked within complex multi project environments in the Telco and Health Care industries, Tania has a strong focus on quality customer relationships, with a specialty in negotiation and problem solving.
Terence has extensive experience in hydraulic modelling, hydrology, data analysis and scour assessment. Initially based in Melbourne, Terence relocated to northern NSW in 2019.
He’s experienced in developing 1D and 2D hydraulic models in various packages (predominately TUFLOW, MIKE and HEC-RAS) and undertaking hydrologic assessments to inform these. He also has extensive experience conducting seepage analyses and determining loss-rates and water savings.
Terence uses GIS extensively to build and interrogate models and produce high-quality, useful outputs, including animations. Terence enjoys using Excel, VBA and Python to manipulate and summarise complex records, especially where they can be used spatially.
Terence has been heavily involved in the Northland Regional Council (NRC) Flood Mapping project, assisting in model calibration and validation for multiple catchments. He has supported the modelling across the project and analysis of results, helping to deliver a valuable product to NRC.
Toby is an experienced Coastal Engineer with over seven years’ experience working in the coastal industry. Toby graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Subsequently, Toby worked in southeast Queensland on a range of national and international coastal projects before moving to Melbourne.
Toby has considerable experience in coastal processes and modelling and has been involved in studies in all the coastal states of Australia as well as Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire, the United States, Brazil, India, South Korea and the UK.
His domestic experience ranges from wave and sea-level models to inform coastal hazards, to sediment transport assessments for both coastal management and dredge plume environmental impacts. Aside from modelling, he has experience in studying and providing advice on coastal processes to inform management and planning of adaptation and development in the coastal zone.
Tom has extensive experience as an Environmental Engineer. He has specialised in the field of waterway management, although he also has experience in a range of environmental areas. Tom is skilled in undertaking waterway engineering design, geomorphic assessments and hydraulic analysis. Having successfully completed the River Styles course, Tom is able to incorporate geomorphic analysis into waterway management and design. He has experience working on projects that identify the features, values, and threats of waterways and identifying and designing appropriate management options that are compatible with the site settings, waterway geomorphology and social requirements. Tom can offer a range of complementary technical skills in hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, GIS and drafting that allows him to interpret and analyse waterway systems and design appropriate management interventions.
Tom has completed a number of waterway projects across Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia giving him experience across a wide range of waterway systems. This has given Tom an appreciation and understanding of different waterway systems and management frameworks.
Vitaly is currently completing his last semester of his bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering (Hons) & Economics at Swinburne University and joined Water Technology as a student in Floodplain and Catchment in August 2019. He previously gained experience in the field after undertaking a year long undergraduate position at Melbourne Water in the Catchment and Strategies team.
Driven by his passion and desire to gain a thorough understanding of hydraulic behaviour and modelling continuing his experience and career at Water Technology was an easy choice. Since joining the Floodplain and Catchment team he has developed and experienced working on numerous hydraulic (TUFLOW) models, hydrologic (RORB) models and GIS mapping packages. Vitaly is applying his both technical skills on modelling and passion for learning to floodplain and catchment management projects while seeking more challenges for his continuous development.
William is a chartered engineer and experienced risk manager in the field of natural hazards. His specialism is the translation of technical engineering and scientific data into meaningful and purposeful information for the technical and non-technical stakeholders. He is a strong communicator with the adaptability to engage effectively with all levels of the community – from the general public to technical experts, executive management and elected officials.
William has a track record of more than 13 years’ delivering flood risk management, infrastructure planning and community resilience programs within local government and the private sector, including successful delivery and implementation of $400m of capital infrastructure planning projects, $540m strategic planning projects and $25m of disaster resilience and recovery works.
William is a trusted professional in the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of organisations and communities to flooding hazards. He has been involved in numerous disaster operations and in 2011 and 2017 was awarded a National Emergency Medal for his significant commitment to the recovery of the Brisbane community following the 2010/11 floods and the Logan community following major flooding associated with ex-Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie. He was also appointed to the 2019 working group to review the national guideline on Flood Warnings by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.
William is an Executive on the board of Floodplain Management Australia, the industry body responsible for advocacy and development of best practice floodplain management across Australia.
Yafei is a Chartered professional environmental and civil engineer with more than 10-year consulting and research experience in the field of water engineering. Yafei has gained extensive skills in numerical modelling and analysis as well as GIS applications through a wide range of projects. Yafei has managed and successfully delivered various types of modelling projects. Additional to his exceptional modelling and management skills, he has also undertaken a variety of design works including drainage networks, wetlands, waterways and fishways.
Yafei received his PhD in the field of water quality/ecological modelling where he developed a coupled 3-D hydrodynamic ecological/biogeochemical model to investigate the dynamics of sediment geochemistry and toxic blue-green algae blooms as well as their interactions in the Gippsland lakes and explored various potential mitigation options. His recent focus is on the development and application of real-time decision support systems for urban flood and water quality management.
Yenory is a Hydraulics and Environmental Engineer extensive experience in the areas of Water and Environment. She has a solid background in computational fluid dynamics, environmental systems modelling, and the integration of different modelling techniques to solve water related problems. She has worked in modelling of natural systems: hydrologic, hydrodynamic, ecologic and water quality. Besides having experience in the use of various software packages, she has programming skills to develop tailored applications.
Yenory has worked in various countries in Latin America, USA and Europe. Moreover, she has participated in several large-scale multi-disciplinary collaborative projects funded by the European Commission (EC) in roles ranging from technical advisor, to work package leader, to deputy Coordinator.
At Water Technology, Yenory is part of the Water Information Systems group, working particularly in development of Delft-FEWS systems, as well as other hydroinformatics and ecohydraulics applications.
Michael joined the Water Technology team in January 2019 after more than 8 years with Charles Darwin University. During his time with CDU, Mike worked on a number of research and consulting projects for clients including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Department of Infrastructure, Power and Water, and Territory Natural Resource Management. He also completed his PhD on coastal modelling of low-lying wetlands on the North Coast of Australia.
Mike’s skills include 1 and 2-D modelling with various software including Mike 21 FM, HEC RAS, and RMA 10 and 10s; applying them to complex estuarine systems and river reaches. He has managed studies on the impacts of sea level rise, the effects of saltwater intrusion, dredging assessments, and coastal flooding and erosion of protection structures. He has a keen interest in climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation; and the decision-making process involved in Integrated Coastal Zone Management. As such Mike has developed a multidisciplinary knowledgebase, utilising ecological engineering where practicable, and developing key relationships with a broad nature of public and private stakeholders. He has also worked extensively with communities of East-Arnhem Land and the Daly River to help them manage largescale processes of erosion and saltwater intrusion.