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Mark Babister - Managing Director

BE(Hons), MEngSc, GradDipMgt, RPEQ
Mark Babister

Mark is a national leader in floodplain management and analysis. Mark has successfully completed numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, floodplain management, infrastructure and dam studies. Mark’s clear, concise communication style allows him to communicate with all levels of government, stakeholders and the community. Mark has undertaken many infrastructure projects where his key role is to explain the impacts of flooding to a community struggling to understand technical jargon. He has also developed solutions to infrastructure projects that benefit the community both at a regional and a household scale.

Mark is an editor of the 2016 Edition of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, giving Mark a high level of familiarity with current and the direction of future best practice both within Australia and Internationally. Mark has had key roles in the development of a number of national best practice documents. Mark has undertaken a number of expert advice roles including the Queensland floods commission of inquiry, Natural Disaster Insurance Review, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Wivenhoe Manual, and the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study – Independent Panel of Experts.

Richard Dewar - Technical Director

BSc(Hons), MEngSc
Richard Dewar

Richard specialises in flood studies and Floodplain Management for both rural and urban catchments. Richard brings to each study an abundance of experience having completed in excess of 150 flood studies and floodplain management studies. Richard focuses on developing a workable solution that fits the flood problem and the problems councils face on a daily basis. He advises councils on industry best practice in floodplain management. Richard has published on the impacts of climate change for low lying coastal communities.

Erin Askew - Technical Director

Erin Askew

Erin has over 16 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 - Technical Director

BEng(Hons), PhD, GradCertMgt, RPEQ
Fiona Ling

Fiona has lead hydrologic studies on a wide range of national and international projects. Fiona has worked for a wide variety of clients including all levels of government, aid agencies, water management authorities and infrastructure owners. Fiona has extensive experience in hydrologic analysis for stages of large dam projects from pre-feasibility, feasibility, design and due diligence. She has developed successful flood forecasting systems for a broad array of applications including small dams, complex hydropower systems and major cities. Fiona led water availability and river modelling components of two key Tasmanian climate change studies, Tasmanian Sustainable Yields and Climate Futures for Tasmania. She 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.

Monique Retallick - Technical Director

BE(Hons), Bsc
Monique Retallick

Monique has 15 years’ experience in hydrology, 2d modelling and design of major waterway openings for road projects particularly on large and coastal rivers. Monique has extensive experience in the communication of flood impacts to the community and development of situation specific mitigation measures. Monique has worked on the concept design, EIS and independent review of detailed design of numerous sections of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Monique's roles as ARR project engineer and an editor of Australian Rainfall and runoff 2016 means she is up to date with the latest best practice. Monique is an author of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Revision Project 15, Two Dimensional Modelling of Urban and Rural Floodplains. Monique has authored 27 papers presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. Monique has published on the use of eddy viscosity in 2d models which is of particular importance for Australian floodplains. Monique is the current chair of Engineers Australia's Sydney Water Panel.

Daniel Wood - Senior Principal

BE (Hons), DipProjMgt
Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood has over 10 years’ experience, specialising in floodplain management and hydraulic modelling. Daniel is experienced in project management of hydrological, hydraulic and water quality modelling projects. He has successfully completed flood mapping and mitigation projects, water quality and environmental projects for private clients and government agencies across Australia. Daniel has also undertaken policy review for government entities and provided Expert Witness services for both the public and private sector.

Sarah Blundy - Principal

Sarah Blundy - Principal

Sarah has 7 years experience, including as the lead hydrologic modeller on design flood studies, flood forecasting system development, yield studies, and hydrology studies. Sarah has worked on large scale hydrological modelling and nationally significant projects, contributing to Australian hydrology practice. She has extensive experience in hydrologic modelling in Tasmania, Australia and internationally.  

Michael Reeves - Principal

BE(Hons), BSc, MEngSc
Michael Reeves

Michael has over 8 years’ experience in the water industry, with a strong background in hydrologic and hydraulic modelling. He is proficient in a range of industry standard software packages and has a comprehensive understanding of current best practice techniques and principles. Michael has successfully completed flood studies, floodplain management studies, flood impact assessments, provided flood planning advice and contributed to the design of waterway and flood mitigation structures. Michael’s experience covers urban and rural environments for both public and private sectors, with a focus on delivering high quality outputs that have practical applications for clients.

Rhys Hardwick-Jones - Consultant

BE(Hons), MEngSc
Rhys Hardwick-Jones

Rhys has over 12 years’ experience in water engineering, with a strong background in flood studies and floodplain management. Rhys has a high level of proficiency in hydrodynamic and hydrologic modelling for both rural and urban environments.  Rhys has led numerous complex flood studies for a range of clients including local government and water managers. He has successfully found solutions to these challenging problems. Rhys contributed to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Two dimensional modelling of urban and rural floodplains guidance. He provided substantial input assisting the independent expert to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry into the January 2011 floods.