3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

The Committee

HWRS 2018 comes together thanks to the enormous and collective efforts of the following professionals:

Local Organising Committee

Phillip Jordan,
HARC, Chairman of HWRS 2018 Symposium

Dr Phillip Jordan is Principal Hydrologist with Hydrology and Risk Consulting and has more than twenty years of experience in hydrology and water resources engineering. He is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust and he is Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2018 in Melbourne. Phillip was the Product Project Leader for the development of eWater’s Source Catchments modelling package and has extensive experience in applying Source to water quality modelling. Phillip has applied both Monte-Carlo simulation and continuous simulation techniques to flood hydrology and is at the forefront of industry best-practice. He was lead author two chapters in the 2016 update of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, the Australian guideline on flood hydrology. He has co-authored more than 50 journal and conference papers.

Andrew McCowan,
Water Technology, Chairman of National Committee on Water Engineering

With more than 30 years of experience in coastal engineering, flood hydraulics and water quality investigations, Andrew McCowan is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable experts in the field. Andrew is an internationally recognised expert in numerical modelling and the application of numerical models to water, coastal and environmental investigations. Consulting to government and business in the interests of environmental protection and sustainability, as Founder and Managing Director of Water Technology, Andrew leads a team of 100 employees based in ten offices throughout Australia. Andrew obtained his post-graduate qualifications from Delft in the Netherlands, where he studied computational hydraulics and coastal engineering. He also has a PhD from Monash University. In addition, in 1986 Andrew was awarded the ASCE’s prestigious Hilgard Hydraulics Prize, for his work with numerical wave modelling

Ben Tate,
Water Technology, Chairman of HWRS 2018 Social Committee

Ben is a Senior Principal Engineer and Group Manager of the Catchments and Floodplains group of Water Technology. Ben has 16 years of experience in undertaking flood investigations and eco-hydraulics projects across Australia.

Dr Elisabetta Carrara,
Groundwater Unit Manager, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Elisabetta Carrara is the Groundwater Unit Manager, Water, Business Solutions Group of the Bureau of Meteorology. She is responsible for shaping the Bureau’s suite of groundwater products and ensuring widespread access to nationally-consistent groundwater information. Elisabetta believes that transparent high quality information will improve decision making about our groundwater resources.

Melanie Collett,
AECOM – HWRS 2018 Chair of Sponsorship

Melanie Collett is the Technical Practice Lead for Water Resources in the Australia and New Zealand region of AECOM.  She has worked in the water resources industry for almost 20 years, focussing on hydrologic and hydraulic modelling.  Melanie has been involved in flood modelling and transport infrastructure projects throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Valentijn Pauwels,
Monash University

A/Prof. Valentijn Pauwels graduated from Princeton University, USA, in 1999, with a PhD. on the development of hydrologic models for high latitudes. In 1999 he was offered a postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Foundation of Scientific Research of the Flemish Community, Belgium, which he undertook at Ghent University.  During this fellowship, he focused his research on the use of remote sensing data for water management, which he currently still investigates.  In 2005 he became a Lecturer, and in 2010 a Senior Lecturer at Ghent University.  In 2012 he moved to Monash University, where he is currently an Associate Professor.  In 2013 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

  1. Tell us about your current role
    Associate Professor at Monash University
  2. What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
    A Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project on flood forecasting that is ongoing now
  3. How would you sum up your approach to engineering in three words?
    Design, improve, optimize
  4. Why are you volunteering your time for the 2018 Hydrology in Water Resources Symposium?
    I expect a very good link between academia and the universities to result from this
  5. What are you most looking forward to at HWRS 2018?
    Meeting many people

Rebecca Lett,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Rebecca Lett is a Water Engineer with fifteen years’ experience. She is a Senior Project Officer in the Floodplain Management Unit of the Victorian Government Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and is responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy.

Technical Committee

Christoph Rüdiger,
Monash University – HWRS 2018 co-chair of Technical Committee

Christoph Rüdiger is a senior lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. His research focus is on the use of Earth Observation data for hydrological and ecosystem applications under a changing climate, in particular the prediction and monitoring of droughts and wildfires, and their impact on infrastructure and nature. He has been and is part of a number of satellite product calibration and validation programmes of various space agencies. He has worked for government research institutes in France (Meteo France and the French Space Agency), as well as Australian tertiary education (University of Melbourne, Monash University).

Warwick Bishop,
Water Technology – HWRS 2018 co-chair of Technical Committee

Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years’ experience in hydrologic and hydraulic investigations, specialising in the development and calibration of rural and urban hydrodynamic models and their application to flooding, water quality, sediment transport and environmental values. He also has extensive experience in coastal and estuary investigations including dredge plume, oil spill and coastal hazards. He has worked extensively on River Murray environmental hydraulics investigations for the Living Murray Program. Warwick contributed to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff report on the application of 2D hydraulic models to flooding in rural and urban areas. He has worked in the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during flood situations since 2011 and has been an active member of Engineers Australia’s Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee for over 10 years.

  1. Tell us about your current role
    I am a Director and Regional General Manager (VIC) for Water Technology with over 25 years of experience in surface water management. I’ve worked on a variety of projects including; flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Presently my role relates to management of a team of environmental engineers and scientists, mixed with project technical review and providing expert witness services for planning and other matters related to surface water.
  2. What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on
    The great thing about the work I do is that it is so varied.  One of the most interesting projects that I have worked on was supporting the SES as a technical flood expert during the 2011 floods. This involved working in one of their Incident Control Centres, providing interpretation on flood information and advice on flood risk.  A highlight of this was a number of trips in the Police helicopter and one flight in a Navy Sea Hawk chopper, looking over the flooded areas around Kerang and Swan Hill, to assist with flood response.
  3. How would you sum up your approach to engineering in three words
    If I were to sum up my approach to engineering in three words I’d have to say: knowledge, judgement and curiosity! It’s important to always question things and test results, even when you are confident of the answer, because there may be something you have missed. Seeking the best (and most appropriate) knowledge about a topic is important, but no matter how much you know, there is always an element of judgement required and it is important to apply the experience accumulated through your career to make better decisions over time.
  4. Why are you volunteering your time for the 2018 Hydrology in Water Resources Symposium?
    I am volunteering my time for this year’s Hydrology in Water Resources Symposium because it’s great to be able to work on an event that brings so many industry professionals together to share knowledge and experiences.
  5. What are you most looking forward to at HWRS 2018?
    I’m most looking forward to hearing about something new and innovative.

Paul Feikema,
Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne

Paul manages the seasonal streamflow forecasting service at the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne. The service issues forecasts of total streamflow volumes for the next three months for over 300 locations across Australia to inform decisions made by those who manage and use rivers and water storages. Previously, he was a senior research fellow at The University of Melbourne, using process-based modeling at catchment scales to examine effects of wildfire, changes in vegetation cover and variation in climate on long term catchment hydrology.

Heerbod Jahanbani,
Melbourne Water

Heerbod has been in water industry for around 14 years and been involved in variety of water resources, hydrology, storm water drainage, and hydraulic projects in Australia and overseas. He works in Water Resources Management team in Melbourne Water. Previously, he worked with Coliban Water for 4 years. He holds Water Engineer (Bachelor of Engineering, Hons), Water Resource Engineering (Masters of Civil Engineering), and continuing Water Resource Engineering (PhD, in progress).

  1. Tell us about your current role
    Water Resources Modeller at Melbourne Water
  2. What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
    Enhanced water resources modelling combining headwords, catchment, demand etc
  3. How would you sum up your approach to engineering in three words?
    Innovation, uncertainty, optimisation
  4. Why are you volunteering your time for the 2018 Hydrology in Water Resources Symposium?
    Contributing in running the symposium and developing my network across the water industry
  5. What are you most looking forward to at HWRS 2018?
    Looking forward to hearing something innovative and challenging

Phil Pedruco,

Phil Pedruco is a Principle Hydrologist at Jacobs in Melbourne which he joined in 2015 having worked as consulting hydrologist in Australia and the UK for more than 15 years. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of New South Wales and Masters in Hydrology at Imperial College. During his consulting career he has delivered flood mapping, modelling and forecasting projects, urban hydrology and climate change planning studies as well as software products. More recently, he has been involved in hydrologic forecasting using National Weather Prediction products.

Professor Q J Wang,
The University of Melbourne, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Professor Wang obtained his BE in 1984 from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing with a “Outstanding Graduate Award (top 2%). In Ireland, he completed his MSc in 1987 and PhD in 1990 at University College Galway. He worked briefly as a postdoctoral fellow at University College Dublin, before returning to University College Galway to take up a lecturer position. In 1994, Professor Wang came to Australia and joined the University of Melbourne, where he worked as a lecturer and later as a senior lecturer. In 1999, he took up a principal scientist position at the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, leading irrigation research. In 2007, he joined CSIRO Land and Water as an Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader and senior principal research scientist, leading water forecasting research. In February 2017, He returned to the University of Melbourne as a teaching and research professor. Professor Wang led the research and development that underpinned the operational services by the Bureau of Meteorology of short-term and seasonal streamflow forecasting. He was awarded the 2014 GN Alexander Medal by the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and the 2016 CSIRO Medal for Impact from Science. Professor Wang is a co-chair of HEPEX, the peak international community for research and practice of ensemble hydrological forecasting. He is an Overseas Expert Assessor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Lisa Lowe,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Lisa Lowe is a Senior Manager within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  Lisa is responsible for undertaking the Long-Term Water Resource Assessment, a key tool for monitoring the state of Victoria’s water resources.  Over her career of more than 15 years, Lisa has been involved in many water resource assessments and environmental flow projects.  Lisa also holds a PhD in Hydrology that focused on understanding the uncertainty in the information commonly used by water resource managers.