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  • Aaron Vendargon
    Assistant Group Manager - Integrated Stormwater Management | Principal Engineer
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    Aaron Vendargon

    Assistant Group Manager - Integrated Stormwater Management | Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil), MIEAust, CPEng

    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 Barton
    Alex Barton
    Project Manager
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    Alex Barton

    Project Manager
    BE (Hons) (CivEnv), GradCertProjMgt, MIEAust

    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
    Senior Hydrogeologist
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    Alison Charles

    Senior Hydrogeologist
    BScEnvSc (Hons)

    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.

  • Alister Daly
    Group Manager - Water Resources | Senior Principal Engineer
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    Alister Daly

    Group Manager - Water Resources | Senior Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil), MEng (Env), FIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ

    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.

  • Alvin Li
    Alvin Li
    Project Engineer
    Alvin Li
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    Alvin Li

    Project Engineer
    BE (Hons) (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

    Alvin joined Water Technology in 2018 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (with 1st Class Honours) at the University of Adelaide. Before completing his undergraduate studies, he had gained professional work experience in a civil construction company and an environmental consultancy that specialises in life cycle assessment.

    During his time at Water Technology, Alvin has developed his expertise in flood risk analysis, surface water assessment, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling with extensive use in modelling packages including TUFLOW, RORB and MIKE Flood, well as GIS software including QGIS, ArcGIS and Mapinfo. He is strengthening his skills in the creation of high-quality flood modelling outputs and reports. Alvin continues to develop his scripting skill, such as R/Python, to manipulate data and tackle complex technical problems. Recently he has assisted in delivering a wide range of projects, including the Region-wide flood mapping project for Northland Regional Council in New Zealand, rural flood study/mapping projects for catchment management authorities, flood impact assessment of several proposed land developments in regional Victoria.

  • Andrew Telfer
    Senior Principal Hydrogeologist
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    Andrew Telfer

    Senior Principal Hydrogeologist
    BAppSc, GradDipAppSc (First Class) (Applied Geology)

    Andrew Telfer is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist and has specialist expertise in groundwater engineering and groundwater hydraulics, including: large scale borefield investigation, design, implementation, monitoring and reviewing; groundwater-surface water interactions and groundwater-vegetation interactions; aquifer storage and recovery design and implementation; integrated water and catchment management; water allocation planning; and strategic and applied water resource management.

    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 Thompson
    Assistant Group Manager - Water Resources | Senior Engineer
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    Andrew Thompson

    Assistant Group Manager - Water Resources | Senior Engineer
    BSc (Env), MEng

    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.

    • Specialist Area of Expertise
    • Hydrological and hydraulic modelling
    • Stormwater management
    • Waterway rehabilitation
    • Floodplain management
    • Property flood assessments
    • Community consultation
    • Geographic information systems
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Stakeholder liaison and relationship management
  • Astrid Stuer
    Group Manager - Coasts & Environment QLD | Principal Engineer
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    Astrid Stuer

    Group Manager - Coasts & Environment QLD | Principal Engineer
    BEng (Civil), MEng (Coastal), RPEng, RPEQ

    Astrid is an established, skilled & passionate Senior Coastal Engineer 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 & Cyclone shelter design.

  • Ben Hughes
    Principal Engineer
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    Ben Hughes

    Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Env), GradCert (River Health), MIEAust, CPEng

    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 Tate
    Regional General Manager Victoria | National Practice Lead - Catchments & Flooding
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    Ben Tate

    Regional General Manager Victoria | National Practice Lead - Catchments & Flooding
    BEng (Hons) (Env), BSc, MIEAust, CPEng, NPER

    Ben is Water Technology’s Regional General Manager of Victoria and the National Practice Lead for 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
    Principal Engineer
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    Bertrand Salmi

    Principal Engineer
    BSc (Hons) (EnvSc), MSc (Water Res Eng Mgmt)

    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.

  • Björn Bryant
    Engineer
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    Björn Bryant

    Engineer
    BEng (Civil), MEng (In Progress)
  • Brian Jackson
    Chief Executive Officer - WT Hydro Pty Ltd | Senior Principal Engineer
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    Brian Jackson

    Chief Executive Officer - WT Hydro Pty Ltd | Senior Principal Engineer
    CPEng, RPEQ, MSc Hydrology (summa cum laude), PhD Candidate (in progress)

    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 Wallis
    Carl Wallis
    Principal Engineer
    Carl Wallis
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    Carl Wallis

    Principal Engineer
    BE Env (Hons) MIEAust CPEng RPEQ

    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 Marchenay
    Group Manager - Integrated Stormwater Management | Principal Engineer
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    Celine Marchenay

    Group Manager - Integrated Stormwater Management | Principal Engineer
    MEng (Water & Env), MIEAust, CPEng, NER

    Celine completed a Master of Engineering in Water and Environment in France before moving in Australia in 2006. She has experience in hydraulic modelling of water networks and floods, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Integrated Water Cycle Management.

  • Charles Lee
    Engineer
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    Charles Lee

    Engineer
    M.Eng in Env. Eng. MIEAust

    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.

  • Cheryl Briars
    Project Scientist
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    Cheryl Briars

    Project Scientist
    BSc, MSc

    Cheryl joined Water Technology in October 2019, as a Project Scientist and has worked across the groups of Catchments and Floodplains and Water Resources. She has experience working in flood risk consultancy across the UK and Australia. Cheryl achieved a 1st Class degree in Physical Geography from Queen Mary, University of London, excelling in her passion for integrated catchment management and river restoration. She also undertook a Masters degree in Law and Environmental Science in 2016 at the University of Nottingham, to develop legal skills and application of environmental policy and standards. Cheryl has experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modelling for urban and rural catchments, and has worked on a range of projects related to flood studies, surface water management, flood mapping, drainage plans, water cycle studies, natural flood management and mitigation. Cheryl has knowledge of natural and human process that modify the environment, including coastal hazards, extreme weather and climate change.  Cheryl has industry experience of integrating 1D-2D modelling to include drainage, as well as riverine flows, direct rainfall runoff and floodplain management for a range of public and private sector clients. Cheryl is a confident user of Infoworks ICM, Flood Modeller, GIS packages and she has experience with TUFLOW, MIKE, XP-RAFTS and DELFT3D.

  • Chris Beadle
    Chris Beadle
    Principal Coastal Engineer
    Chris Beadle
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    Chris Beadle

    Principal Coastal Engineer
    BEng (Civil), MSci (Marine Science & Mgmt), MIEAust CPEng RPEQ NER

    Chris Beadle is a principal coastal 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 Charles
    Group Manager - Spatial | Principal Spatial Analyst
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    Chris Charles

    Group Manager - Spatial | Principal Spatial Analyst
    BAppSc(Hons)(Geomatics)

    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.

  • Chris Delany
    Engineer
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    Chris Delany

    Engineer
    BEng (Civil), GIEAust

    Chris is an experienced Water Resource Engineer who has been a crucial part of multiple projects within the local government and private sectors. Chris is passionate about hydraulic and hydrologic analysis along with the use of spatial analytic platforms. Chris’ core technical skills include catchment flood studies, flood impact assessments, stormwater management and data analysis/review.

    • Catchment Hydrology/Hydraulics
    • Data manipulation and modelling in GIS
    • Flood Impact and Flood Risk Assessment
    • Flood Mapping
  • Daniel Trnovsky
    Project Engineer
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    Daniel Trnovsky

    Project Engineer
    BSc (Hons), BEng (Coastal Systems)

    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 Lam
    Project Scientist
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    Daryl Lam

    Project Scientist
    BA (Hons) (Geog), MA (Geog), PhD (Env Sci)

    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 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
    Principal Designer Infrastructure Services
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    Dave Pennington

    Principal Designer Infrastructure Services
    BA (Phil), DipAg, BEng (Civil)

    Dave Pennington is highly experienced in the delivery of water infrastructure projects, including water supply, wastewater, and water reuse systems. 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 Tan
    Engineer
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    Edward Tan

    Engineer
    BEng (Civil)

    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 Lawry
    Assistant Group Manager - Coasts & Environment VIC | Principal Engineer
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    Elise Lawry

    Assistant Group Manager - Coasts & Environment VIC | Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons), GradCert (Coastal Eng), MIEAust, CPEng

    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 Oakey
    Business Support Manager
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    Emma Oakey

    Business Support Manager
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    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 Bina
    Senior Spatial Analyst
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    Emmanuel Bina

    Senior Spatial Analyst
    B.Sc Geodetic Engineering, SSSI

    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
    Environmental Engineer
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    Felicity Hewett

    Environmental Engineer
    BEng (Env)

    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.

  • Frejya Chyer
    Spatial Analyst
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    Frejya Chyer

    Spatial Analyst
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    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 Chandrasena
    Senior Engineer
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    Gayani Chandrasena

    Senior Engineer
    BSc Civil and Env Eng (Hons), PhD, (Civil Eng), MIEAust, AMIESL

    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 as a consultant 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 Colleter
    Group Manager - Coasts & Environment VIC | Senior Principal Engineer
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    Gildas Colleter

    Group Manager - Coasts & Environment VIC | Senior Principal Engineer
    BEng, MSt (Coastal), CPEng, RPEQ

    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 Hansell
    Senior Engineer
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    Greg Hansell

    Senior Engineer
    BEng (Hons)

    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.

  • Holly Edmunds
    Receptionist | Administration Assistant
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    Holly Edmunds

    Receptionist | Administration Assistant
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    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 super mum to her little boy Archie.

  • Holly Wescombe
    Business Support Manager QLD
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    Holly Wescombe

    Business Support Manager QLD

    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 Zagas
    Business Support Manager
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    Irene Zagas

    Business Support Manager
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    Irene joined Water Technology in 2012 as the Administration Manager for 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 support the team in all aspect of administration. 

    Irene is the Business Support Manager for the Queensland Team. 

  • Isaac Boehme
    Isaac Boehme
    Engineer
    Isaac Boehme
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    Isaac Boehme

    Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil & Env)

    Isaac is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil / 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 Brook
    Project Engineer
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    Jack Brook

    Project Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil), GIEAust

    Jack joined Water Technology in 2020 having previously worked for the City of Ballarat where he was 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 Weidmann
    Senior Engineer
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    James Weidmann

    Senior Engineer
    BEng, GDipEnvMan

    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 Kaye
    Jamie Kaye
    Group Manager - Waterways and Ecology | Principal Scientist
    Jamie Kaye
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    Jamie Kaye

    Group Manager - Waterways and Ecology | Principal Scientist
    AssocDipAppSc (Cartography), AdvCert (Horticulture), GradCert (Arboriculture), VQA, EIANZ

    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 Parker
    Assistant Group Manager - Coasts & Environment QLD | Senior Scientist
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    Jenna Parker

    Assistant Group Manager - Coasts & Environment QLD | Senior Scientist
    BMarSc (Hons), CEnvP

    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 Dziolak
    Civil Drafter
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    Joanna Dziolak

    Civil Drafter
    MGeoCart, GradDipCompSc, GradCertGIS

    After working for Polish and Australian private sector employers, Joanna joined the Adelaide office of Water Technology (formerly AWE) in 2017. She has qualifications in GIS and Surveying and extensive experience in the industry. She has been involved in a wide range of projects for the Infrastructure & Transport, Energy & Mining, and Water & Environment industries. Joanna has previously worked as part of an electrical engineering specialists where she provided support in GIS and CAD data maintenance. She is passionate about data exploring and mapping.

  • Joanna Garcia-Webb
    Group Manager - Coasts and Environment WA | Principal Coastal Engineer
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    Joanna Garcia-Webb

    Group Manager - Coasts and Environment WA | Principal Coastal Engineer
    BEng (Hons), BSc, DipPM, MIEAust
    National Practice Lead – Coasts and Environment

    Joanna is a coastal engineer with over 14 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 Slijkerman
    Johanna Slijkerman
    Principal Scientist
    Johanna Slijkerman
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    Johanna Slijkerman

    Principal Scientist
    BA (Hons) (Physical Geography), BSc (Botany)

    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 Theilemann
    Assistant Group Manager - Catchments and Floodplains | Principal Engineer
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    Johanna Theilemann

    Assistant Group Manager - Catchments and Floodplains | Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons), GradCert (River Health), MIEAust, CPEng, NER

    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 Martin
    Group Manager - Waterways and Ecology | Senior Principal Engineer
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    Julian Martin

    Group Manager - Waterways and Ecology | Senior Principal Engineer
    BEng (Hons)
    National Practice Lead – Natural Environment

    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 Scholz
    Julia Scholz
    Environmental Engineer
    Julia Scholz
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    Julia Scholz

    Environmental Engineer
    BE (Environmental) (First-Class Honours)

    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 Griffin
    Executive Assistant
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    Julie Griffin

    Executive Assistant
    BBus

    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.

  • Kathryn McDonald
    Project Engineer
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    Kathryn McDonald

    Project Engineer
    BEng (Civil) (Hons), MIEAust

    Kathryn is an experienced Hydraulic Engineer and has developed technical skills in a broad range of water resources including floodplain management, stormwater management, flood impact, environmental impact, coastal impact, water quality and civil design. Kathryn has domestic and international experience across a wide range of industries, including mining, energy, defence, maritime, transportation, aviation, sporting/recreational and land development projects on behalf of both government and private sector clients.

    Kathryn specialises in hydrologic modelling; hydraulic and floodplain modelling and coastal modelling as well as the preparation of all associated documentation such as flood impact assessments; water quality assessments; coastal processes assessments; environmental impact assessments; stormwater management plans; flood emergency management plans as well as conceptual and detailed drainage design.

    Kathryn is proficient in a range of software tools including TUFLOW, MIKE, HEC-RAS, XP-RAFTS, URBS, RORB, XPSWMM, XBeach, and MUSIC. Kathryn can also confidently navigate a variety of geographical information systems, including QGIS, ArcGIS and MapInfo.

  • Kim Chung
    Project Engineer
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    Kim Chung

    Project Engineer
    BEng (Civil), GradIEAust

    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.

  • Kim McAuliffe
    People and Culture Manager
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    Kim McAuliffe

    People and Culture Manager
    BPsych, BA (Recreation), GDip, MHRM (current)

    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 Papp
    Receptionist | Administration Assistant
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    Kym Papp

    Receptionist | Administration Assistant
    Cert IV in Business Administration (DECD), Cert III in Library and Information Services

    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 Inglis
    Senior Engineer
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    Lachlan Inglis

    Senior Engineer
    BEng (Hons), MIEAust, CPEng, NER

    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 Dang
    Groundwater Modeller
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    Le Dang

    Groundwater Modeller
    BEnvSc (Hons) (Groundwater Modelling)

    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.

  • Li Li
    Environmental Engineer
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    Li Li

    Environmental Engineer
    BEng (Thermal Energy & Power Eng), MEng (Hydrology & Water Res), PhD (Hydrology & Water Res)

    Dr Li Li is an Environmental Engineer with Water Technology. Li Li received a doctorate in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Adelaide in 2013. Her work experience includes revision of storm water management strategies; water balance modelling for stormwater harvesting and reuse projects using MUSIC and MUSIC X; hydraulic and hydrological modelling for urban and rural flood studies including TUFLOW, RORB, DRAINS, XPRAFTS, XPSTORM and HecRas, along with spatial analysis in ArcGIS, QGIS and SMS. In addition, Li Li is experienced in programming in many computer languages and has published a number of journal and conference articles.

  • Luke McPhail
    National Business Development Manager | Integrated Water Management Specialist
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    Luke McPhail

    National Business Development Manager | Integrated Water Management Specialist
    CertIVMgmt, GradCertIWM, MIWM (In Progress)

    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.

    Luke has completed the Water Leadership Program through the International WaterCentre and is studying a Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland.

  • Mandy Low
    Mandy Low
    Spatial Analyst
    Mandy Low
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    Mandy Low

    Spatial Analyst
    BSc (Geoinformatics)

    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.

  • Melinda Lutton
    Regional General Manager - South Australia | Principal Environmental Engineer
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    Melinda Lutton

    Regional General Manager - South Australia | Principal Environmental Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil & Env), CEng MICE, FIEAust, CPEng, NER

    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.

  • Michael Cheetham
    Group Manager - Waterways QLD | Principal Scientist
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    Michael Cheetham

    Group Manager - Waterways QLD | Principal Scientist
    PhD (Geomorphology), BSc (Hons), Grad Cert (Research Management), CEnvP

    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.

  • Michael Di Matteo
    Senior Environmental Engineer
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    Michael Di Matteo

    Senior Environmental Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil & Env), LLB, PhD (Integrated Urban Water Mgmt), MIEAust

    Dr Michael Di Matteo is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Water Technology. He is passionate about delivering multiple liveability benefits to communities through stormwater management. Michael received a doctorate in artificial intelligence applications for stormwater management from the University of Adelaide in 2016 and completed a Bachelor of Laws in 2014. He has demonstrated innovation and leadership in applying machine learning optimisation techniques to stormwater management planning, water quality and harvesting assessment, real-time control, and drainage network design. As an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Adelaide, Michael remains an active industry advisor and student mentor for smart stormwater research.

    Michael’s key skills include stormwater Quality Modelling (MUSIC), stormwater harvesting yield assessment, machine-learning optimisation of stormwater system networks, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Integrated Urban Water Management, multi-criteria trade-off analysis, and smart stormwater systems design.

  • Michelle Townsend
    Michelle Townsend
    Finance Systems & Governance Coordinator | Business Support Manager
    Michelle Townsend
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    Michelle Townsend

    Finance Systems & Governance Coordinator | Business Support Manager
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    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 Mohal
    Senior Engineer
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    Nasreen Mohal

    Senior Engineer
    BEng (Civil), MScEng (Water Resources)

    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 Zavarei
    Senior Engineer
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    Parvin Zavarei

    Senior Engineer
    BSc (Chem Eng), MEng (Env Eng)

    Parvin obtained her M.Eng degree 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 Rogers
    IT Coordinator
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    Peter Rogers

    IT Coordinator

    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 Sharp
    Richard Sharp
    Group Manager - Planning, Resilience & Expert Services | Senior Planner
    Richard Sharp
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    Richard Sharp

    Group Manager - Planning, Resilience & Expert Services | Senior Planner
    BSc, MSc, MCIWEM, C.WEM, MPIA

    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 Baird
    Group Manager - Hydrogeology | Senior Hydrogeologist
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    Rohan Baird

    Group Manager - Hydrogeology | Senior Hydrogeologist
    BEnvSc (Hons) (Hydrogeology)

    Rohan is a Senior 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.

  • Roxanne Frost
    Civil Engineer
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    Roxanne Frost

    Civil Engineer
    BEng (Hons) (Civil & Water Resource)

    Roxanne is a Civil Engineer with experience in design and construction of water infrastructure, pipelines, pump stations, roads and onsite wastewater systems. Other areas of expertise include stormwater management, flood mapping and project management.

    Roxanne also has experience using DRAINS, EPASWMM, HEC-RAS, AutoCAD Civl 3D.

  • Sai Aung
    Engineer
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    Sai Aung

    Engineer
  • Sam Savini
    Samuel Savini
    Scientist
    Sam Savini
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    Samuel Savini

    Scientist
    BEnvSc

    Sam is an environmental scientist with Water Technology. Sam has experience in waterway design, modelling, construction and drafting. Sam has undertaken a variety of projects in the environmental and engineering fields incorporating geomorphic, hydraulic and hydrologic investigation work, waterway design and riparian flora and fauna assessments. He previously worked as a Water Regulation Officer for Water NSW (Forbes) assessing water access applications and providing advice to landholders. Prior to this he was a Hydrographer with Australian Laboratory Services where he worked in remote field locations monitoring precipitation, floods and irrigation operations as well as completing data processing and instrumentation installation and maintenance. Sam worked with Arthur Rylah Institute in their Applied Aquatic Ecology Group as a volunteer in 2014/15 electrofishing and collecting and assessing water samples. Sam also has strong GIS mapping and analysis skills and is experienced in pest plant identification, bird observation and revegetation techniques.

  • Sarah Wilkerson
    People and Culture Administrator
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    Sarah Wilkerson

    People and Culture Administrator
  • Sebastien Barriere
    Senior Engineer
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    Sebastien Barriere

    Senior Engineer
    BSc (Geol & Env Sc), MSc (Env)

    Sebastien is a water resource engineer with extensive experience. After completing his MSc degree in Environmental project management in 2011, Sebastien occupied a position of graduate engineer for a year with Water Technology and worked on various studies across Victoria during that time. He re-joined Water Technology in 2016 after nearly 4 years with DHI. He has completed numerous flood studies in coastal, urban and rural areas. Sebastien has developed extensive knowledge in hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and GIS analysis, applied to a variety of projects including flood impact assessments, floodplain management plans, environmental eco-hydraulics, culvert and bridge designs, and flood mitigation strategies.  In recent years, he has undertaken the development of several large scale models using flexible mesh and GPU technology, producing state-of-the-art numerical tools. During his time with DHI, Sebastien became a certified MIKE FLOOD trainer, delivering training courses to clients in France and Africa, as well as lectures and training to university students.

  • Shiv Umapathi
    Shiv Umapathi
    Senior Engineer
    Shiv Umapathi
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    Shiv Umapathi

    Senior Engineer
    BEng (MechEng), MEng (Hons), PhD (Water Eng)

    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 Rossi
    Tahlia Rossi
    Planner
    Tahlia Rossi
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    Tahlia Rossi

    Planner
    B. Urban & Environmental Planning / BSc Marine Biology & Climate Change Adaptation

    Tahlia applies 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 Lucus
    Business Support Coordinator
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    Tania Lucus

    Business Support Coordinator

    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 Kelly
    Senior Engineer
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    Terence Kelly

    Senior Engineer
    BE (Environmental) (Hons)

    Terence has over 9 years’ 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.    

  • Teresa Lombardo
    Business Support Manager
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    Teresa Lombardo

    Business Support Manager
    MBA (Exec)

    Teresa joined Water Technology in 2016 bringing with her over 20 years’ experience supporting executives and their teams. She has had a broad range of organisation experience in organisations based in public health, utilities and private enterprise. As well as supporting one of our Directors, Teresa is focused on driving internal projects that support business success as well as leading a team of business support superstars to assist the Victorian technical teams. Teresa is a champion for diversity and inclusion.

    Teresa is the Business Support Manager for the Victorian Team. 

  • Toby Devlin
    Senior Engineer
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    Toby Devlin

    Senior Engineer
    BE (Civil & Environmental), MIEAust

    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 (MEng) degree 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 Atkin
    Tom Atkin
    Senior Engineer
    Tom Atkin
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    Tom Atkin

    Senior Engineer
    BEnvSc, MEng (Env)

    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.

  • Tomas Saavedra Degioanni
    Engineer
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    Tomas Saavedra Degioanni

    Engineer
    BE (Civil) (Hons), MAdvCivWaterEng (First-Class Hons)

    Tomas joined the Integrated Stormwater Management (ISWM) Team as an Engineer at Water Technology, Melbourne, in November 2020. He completed his Master of Advanced Civil Engineering (with First Class Honours) at Monash University in December 2020. He has complemented his 3+ years of professional experience in Chile with his master’s degree to develop a wide range of skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and project management, which he is further strengthening in Water Technology.

    Since joining Water Technology, Tomas has been strengthening his expertise in surface water management, hydrological and hydraulic modelling including software such as RORB, InfoWorks ICM, TUFLOW, and GIS software, including QGIS and ArcGIS. Recent key flood modelling projects that Tomas has assisted in include catchment wide flood mapping studies for Councils in Victoria and Western Australia.

  • Vitaly Leschen
    Engineer
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    Vitaly Leschen

    Engineer
    BE (Hons)

    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.

  • Wendy Visser
    Finance Assistant
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    Wendy Visser

    Finance Assistant

    Wendy joined the Finance Team in Water Technology on a part time basis in 2018.  She has a background as a travel consultant but has worked solely in finance since 2015.

    Wendy is primarily involved in accounts payable but works to support the wonderful Finance Team to ensure the accounts department at Water Technology runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

  • Will Edge
    Project Coastal Engineer
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    Will Edge

    Project Coastal Engineer
    BEng (Hons), BComm

    William is a coastal engineer with 5 years’ experience in consulting and supports senior engineers with the management and delivery of coastal projects. William is also completing his PhD in Ocean Dynamics with the University of Western Australia.

    William has an interest in coastal processes assessments, design of coastal management solutions, and the assessment of coastal hazards for future adaption planning in coastal communities. William also has experience with several numerical models (Delft3D, MIKE21) and has applied these in numerous coastal processes, wave field and sediment transport studies. He also has experience with the deployment of field instruments and analysis of observations.

    Since his commencement in the field, much of William’s work has involved coastal structure design, structure performance assessment and evaluation. He is experienced with the challenges faced in the design and implementation of rock armour structures on the Perth coastline. William has also undertaken a significant amount of vulnerability assessment work considering armoured coastal structures and their suitability and effectiveness as part of adaption planning. He is experienced with the challenges local governments face when seeking to minimise risks from coastal hazards. He has worked on numerous projects that require careful application of the WA State Governments coastal hazard risk management hierarchy. He has also been involved with several community engagement strategies focused on climate change and its effect on coastal processes, particularly how it relates to adaptation options such as managed retreat.

  • William Prentice
    Principal Engineer
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    William Prentice

    Principal Engineer
    BE, MIEAust, CPEng, NER, RPEQ, FMA

    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 Zhu
    Principal Engineer – Technology and Innovation
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    Yafei Zhu

    Principal Engineer – Technology and Innovation
    BE (Civil & Environmental) (Honours), PhD, MIEAust, CPEng (Civil & Environmental)

    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 Morales
    Senior Engineer
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    Yenory Morales

    Senior Engineer
    BSc, MSc, PhD

    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.

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