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In January 2011 Brisbane experienced its worst flooding for nearly 40 years, resulting in the evacuation of the CBD and impacting over 20,000 homes and 3,500 businesses. When the flood waters receded, Brisbane's Lord Mayor declared that the city's river public transport infrastructure had been substantially destroyed.
Brisbane City Council's determination to avoid similar disruption to its public transport system in the future resulted in an international design competition to create flood-resilient ferry terminals. Aurecon and Cox Rayner Architects produced the winning concept and subsequently executed the detailed design, delivering a solution which, as described by the Council, "integrates technical innovation, flood resilience and elegant form to deliver terminals that will become iconic features of our river city".
As Aurecon's Project Leader, Rachel Fowler led the multi-disciplinary design team that developed the flood resilient ferry terminals concept, delivering the detailed design on schedule and to a tight capital budget. This presentation will explore the challenges of designing public transport infrastructure that can withstand extreme flood events, deliver pragmatic solutions to public accessibility and create an outstanding contribution to the Brisbane's cityscape.
In November 2016, the Brisbane Ferry Terminals project was awarded the highest Engineers Australia honour for engineering excellence when it received the Sir William Hudson Award.
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Rachel is a highly experienced project, portfolio and programme manager with a strong reputation for delivering complex projects. Rachel's early career experience focussed on coastal engineering and flood risk management, subsequently broadening to encompass other areas of infrastructure in the maritime, transport, environment, and oil & gas sectors.