Client: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils
The Perth region has not experienced major flooding in recent memory, however there is potential for flooding in the city due to its coastal location at the base of a very large catchment. This study sought to develop information about flood behaviour and risk to support government, planners and the public make informed decisions in the management of flood risk.
BMT was commissioned to develop and calibrate a hydraulic model of the lower catchment, prepare flood mapping of a full range of potential flood sizes, estimate the regional flood risk, and prepare a floodplain development strategy to guide future floodplain development and risk management actions.
The Perth region now has a fully calibrated hydraulic model using best-practice approaches (including ARR16), providing a high-degree of confidence in modelled flood behaviour. This model can be used for future flood assessments including infill development and infrastructure in the floodplain.
Outputs from the flood risk assessment process are being used by councils and the State Government to help understand their full range of flood risk and to inform flood management actions which will ultimately lead to a safer, more resilient community.
The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study is the most detailed and comprehensive flood study ever undertaken in Australia. The hydraulic models that were developed underwent rigorous calibration. A sophisticated Monte Carlo approach was used to hydraulically model 11,340 flooding scenarios. The result was a robust and defendable set of design events. The study was fully peer reviewed by a panel of independent experts.
The Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) outline an assessment of surface water flood risk, recognising the flood mechanisms and economic impact to residential and commercial properties across the catchments of Clacton on Sea and Sawbridgeworth.
The Queensland Government Department of Environment and Natural Resources contracted Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants and BMT in 2010 to assist the Department with the development of a proposed planning and assessment code and associated guidelines to support the State Planning Policy for Coastal Management currently in development.
Surface water flood modelling study to determine baseline flood risk through a rural village which is located downstream of a proposed Power Company development site. The project determined the existing flood risk to inform the planning and DCO submission from the power company for a new windfarm substation connection for offshore turbines to the National Grid.