Microplastics and their Relationship with Stormwater and Wastewater – Research and Operations @ GHD
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Time : 5:30pm registration, 6pm start, 8pm finish

Queensland has recently introduced the single use plastic bag ban and is working towards a Container Recycling Scheme later this year. This has come about from the extensive research into the impact that plastics are having on our oceans. However, aside from the vision of turtles swimming in oceans of plastic bags and dead whales with plastic filling their gut, what is the science behind the news items? Is it as big an issue as the sensational headlines make out?

Come and hear from Professor Kevin Thomas (UQ Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), about the latest advancements in microplastics measurement and management challenges. Then learn from Colin Hester (Queensland Urban Utilities) on the logistics of managing a waste stream with microplastics within it.

Light refreshments & finger food included

Workshop – Hydrology and Urbanisation – if it is such a big issue, why is it being ignored? @ Sky Room - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Aug 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Facilitated by Tony Weber from Stormwater Queensland.

Hydrologic changes from urbanisation are one of the key stressors on local waterways, perhaps having a greater impact than water quality changes.  There has been a lot of research across Australia into these hydrologic impacts, but there is very little guidance on how best to manage hydrologic changes and the right targets that can be applied through a development assessment process.

In this workshop, we will present some of the latest research in hydrologic impacts and debate the possibility of new targets and methods by which to assess them.  This will be an interactive workshop, where we generate ideas and approaches that can be put back to regulators on how best to implement better management of urban hydrology for stream health.

Workshop (includes Awards Dinner) Tickets
Members: $230.00 (inc. GST)
Non-Members: $290.00 (inc. GST)

Non-members are encouraged to join to gain advantage of this event and many other high quality events planned for the year.

2018 Awards for Excellence Dinner @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Awards Dinner Tickets

Members: $100.00 (inc. GST)
Non-Members: $155.00 (inc. GST)

For entry submissions see below;

Awards for Excellence

Advancements in Rainfall Predictions & Flood Forecasting @ Hawken Auditorium
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Joint event between;

Stormwater Queensland & Engineers Australia, Queensland Division, Water Panel


Date:  Thursday 6th September, 2018

Time:  1pm – 5pm (Registration opens 12.30pm)

Location:  Hawken Auditorium, Engineering House

Flood Forecasting requires underlying systems and techniques that has applications within various parts of the water industry. While the Bureau of Meteorology is the official flood forecasting agency, they work in close co-operation with related agencies who manage emergency response and/or water resources. This requires systems that take in real-time data and provide robust and quality controlled data to decision makers. Flood forecasting systems are a rapidly advancing, highly innovative field solving unique problems.  

This event will provide a range of presenters from the industry including: 

  • Seqwater (Lindsay Millard & TBC)
  • Bureau of Meteorology (TBC)
  • Ipswich City Council (Adam Berry & Matthew Pinder)
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority (Graeme Milligan)
  • Water Technology (Alister Daly)

The event will highlight and showcase how some of the different forecasting systems across organisations are being used and their linkages.  You will get to see firsthand how different authorities respond to actual flood events and how they work together in Qld – it is a peek into something quite unique and exciting.  A range of different forecasting and meteorological products ranging from basic to complex will also be demonstrated within multiple flood forecasting systems. 

BoM will provide a presentation on their new, current and future products.  This presentation will include information on their HyFS [Delft-FEWS] system and on the new STEPS and Rainfields products and how these have been incorporated into a trial flash flood forecasting system at Ipswich City Council.   An operational glimpse into the regional Brisbane River forecasting tool will be presented by QRA.   Furthermore, an insight into how an Emergency Management Response team would utilise some of this data in an actual flood event will be provided 

Seqwater will discuss the real-time data exchange between the modelling occurring between BoM’s HyFS and SeqFEWS [Delft-FEWS flood forecasting systems. The quality control of the rain and flow gauge datafeeds that inform the models will also be presented. 

A method in which radar rainfall is utilised by flood modellers will also be showcased in an example of how to calibrate flood events using a radar rainfall calibration approach. 

This promises to be an event full of new information, practice and innovation in an emerging and exciting space in floodplain management.

Event facilitated by Daniel Niven (Engineers Australia Water Panel and Stormwater Qld Committee Member)