Mark Babister – Managing Director
BE(Hons), MEngSc, GradDipMgt, RPEQ
Mark has overall responsibility for floodplain modelling and analysis. He has over 30 years of experience in water engineering studies, and takes an active role in the profession being past Chair of the National Committee on Water Engineering, and member of the Steering Committee and chair of the Technical Committee that are overseeing the updating of Australian Rainfall & Runoff. With his role on Australian Rainfall and Runoff Mark is familiar with current and the direction of future best practice both within Australia and Internationally. He also has considerable experience in hydrologic investigations involving runoff-routing models, flood frequency and joint probability analyses. Mark has particular skills in the area of hydrodynamic modelling and is editor of Australian Rainfall and Runoff Project 15 – Two Dimensional modelling of Urban and Rural floodplains. Mark provided independent expert advice to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry and the Natural Disaster Insurance Review. Mark is often specifically engaged to communicate to the community flood modelling results and impacts of road projects on flood behaviour.
Richard Dewar – Director
Richard specialises in the Floodplain Management area. He has over 30 years experience in this field of engineering with specialist skills in developing and running complex numerical models and experience in floodplain management in both rural and urban environments. This work includes the application of GIS to flood and drainage studies, investigation of floodplain management measures, flood damages assessments and advice to Councils regarding industry best practice.
Erin Askew – Director
Erin has over 14 years experience in the various fields of water engineering, including hydrodynamic modelling, hydrology, stormwater drainage and floodplain management having undertaken a comprehensive list of investigations of both urban and rural environments. Erin has demonstrated expertise in the application of many industry-standard software packages and in the application of GIS for presentation of results. Erin has particular experience in the assessment of rural floodplains having completed a number of rural Floodplain Management Studies, providing direction for the hydrodynamic assessment through to facilitating community consultation of floodplain management options.
Fiona Ling – Principal Hydrologist
BEng(Hons), PhD, GradCertMgt(Technology), GradCert(Professional Development)
Fiona has more than 25 years’ experience, and has lead hydrologic studies on a wide range of national and international projects. Her areas of expertise include flood hydrology, hydrologic analysis for hydro power schemes and dams, hydrologic yield and reliability studies, real time forecasting, impacts of climate change on water availability, and system modelling. Fiona has co-authored more than 50 journal and conference papers and contributed to revisions of ANCOLD Acceptable Flood Capacity Guidelines and Australian Rainfall and Runoff. Fiona is immediate past chair and a member of Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering, and a member of Engineers Australia Civil College Board. Fiona is active in research projects on the impacts of climate change on yields and flood events and design flood estimation.
Anthony Gaffney – Associate
BE(Hons), DipPM, RPEQ
Anthony’s technical expertise lies in water resources, flood modelling (1D and 2D) and project management. His professional experience includes a range of engineering projects across the transport, local and state government, mining and strategic planning sectors, and across a range of project stages (planning, feasibility, business case, preliminary and detailed design). Anthony has working knowledge of hydrological (RAFTS, RORB, WBNM), flood modelling (Tuflow, MIKE, SWMM) and water resources (IQQM, SOURCE) software. He has delivered projects covering site specific and regional flood studies, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, bridge pier scour assessments, bridge and culvert design, road / rail infrastructure flood assessments and regional water resource studies. Anthony has had leadership roles in the Queensland Water Panel (Chair and Secretary), was a member of the organising committee for ISHS June 2014 and IAHR 2011, and has prepared a number of position papers on behalf of Engineers Australia.
Rhys Hardwick Jones – Associate
BE(Hons & University Medal), MEngSc
Rhys has a strong background in hydrodynamic and hydrologic flow modelling for both rural and urban environments with over ten years experience at WMAwater. Rhys’ particular expertise with integrated 1D/2D overland flow modelling is such that he has contributed to guidance in this field to be included in the upcoming revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (Project 15). He also provided substantial input assisting Mark Babister in his role as independent expert to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry following the devastating January 2011 floods.
Monique Retallick – Associate
Monique Retallick has over 10 years’ experience in hydrologic and hydraulic models, floodplain management and design of major waterway openings for road projects particularly on large and coastal rivers. Monique has published a number of papers on the ability of 2D models to predict momentum transfer, velocity and hydraulic hazard distributions. Monique is an author of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Revision Project 15 Two dimensional modelling of Urban and Rural Floodplains. Monique has extensive experience in the communication to the community of flood modelling results and impacts of road projects on flood behaviour. Monique is currently Project Engineer for the Australian Rainfall and Runoff project is therefore familiar with current best practice.
Ella Harrison – Associate
BE(Hons), GradDip, RPEQ
Ella has over 13 years’ experience in the industry specialising in floodplain management and hydraulic modelling in both Australia and the UK. Ella rejoined WMAwater in 2014, having spent the previous seven years in the UK where she contributed to the development of Government policy and strategies relating to flooding and floodplain management. In Australia, Ella developed her expertise in the development of Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for urban and rural areas subject to flooding from mainstream rivers, overland flow, and coastal environments. She also has significant skills in the establishment of industry standard hydrologic and hydraulic modelling packages, as well as a range of engineering and GIS desktop applications. Ella is also experienced in community consultation, assessing flood hazard, undertaking flood damage assessments and benefit/cost analysis.
Kim Robinson – Associate Hydrologist
Kim has worked in the consulting industry for more than 14 years. Over this time he has worked on a wide range of Australian and international projects. His hydrologic expertise includes rainfall runoff modelling and catchment yield analysis, flood forecasting system design and development, design flood hydrology including Monte Carlo and joint probability analysis, hydro power assessment and site identification, model automation and climate change impact assessment. His expertise in design flood hydrology covers extreme hazard dams on Australian and International projects. He has been lead developer for inflow and flood forecasting models used to manage hydro and water supply scheme operation, flood response and construction risks. Kim has been involved in large scale development of rainfall runoff models for a number of projects covering current and future climate modelling and analysis of reliability for proposed irrigation schemes.
Graeme Hurrell – Senior Consultant
Graeme heads the Maritime and Environmental Engineering sections of WMAwater. He has over twenty five years experience in coastal and environmental engineering, as well as the investigation and design of maritime works (ports and facilities) both in Australia and overseas. He specialises in design of maritime infrastructure as well as hydrodynamic and sediment dynamic processes investigations, and human use impact assessments. This includes beach and bank erosion and water quality studies.