Client: Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning (QLD) with stakeholders from four Local Government Areas and other agencies
The Brisbane River has a catchment area of over 13,600km2 with a long history of flooding. Following the devastation caused by the 1974 flood event, Wivenhoe Dam was constructed in the Brisbane catchment for the dual purpose of water supply and flood mitigation. The 2011, flood event peaked approximately 1 metre lower than the 1974 event in Brisbane City, but caused widespread property damage in the catchment. The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study (Comprehensive Hydraulic Assessment) is a critical step towards developing a Strategic Floodplain Management Plan for the region. BMT delivered the hydraulic assessment component of the study.
Outcomes and Benefits
The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study is the most detailed and comprehensive flood study undertaken in Australia, and potentially the world. The leading-edge hydraulic modelling (using BMT’s TUFLOW software) was successfully calibrated to thousands of flood marks and hydrographs. Due to the complexity of the physical system, methodologies developed for the study were innovative and more comprehensive than current standard practice. A Monte Carlo approach was used to account for the variability in flood producing factors in the catchment. The result is an integrated suite of hydraulic models, rigorous calibration to historical events, and modelling of a comprehensive range of design events to define flood behaviour. Outputs of the study will be used to inform the Strategic Floodplain Management Plan, also by BMT.
Services and Expertise Provided:
A comprehensive study of the flood behaviour and flood risk of the Swan and Helena Rivers and preparation of a floodplain development strategy.
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