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Dam design during a climate emergency

Event organised by ICE

Date
15 February 2024
Time
17:30 - 18:30 AET (GMT+10)
Location
Online

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Overview

Join this CPD lecture on the critical topic of dam design for a changing climate.

As weather patterns shift and extreme events become more frequent in Australia, it is essential for engineers to stay up-to-date on the latest strategies and best practices.

This event will feature expert speakers from the industry who will cover a range of topics related to climate-resilient dam design, including risk assessment and innovative technologies. It will deepen knowledge and give practical insights that will help people build safer and more sustainable dams for the future.

The event will be jointly hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Australian National Committee On Large Dams (ANCOLD).

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The Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution is the world's largest membership organisation dedicated to structural engineering.

ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams)

ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams)

Advancing excellence in dams technical practice and the management of dams in Australia.

Speakers

Johan Visser

Johan Visser

Catchment Simulation Solutions

Senior Water Resources Engineer

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Johan Visser

Dr Johan Visser recently completed his PhD at the Water Research Centre at UNSW, where Johan's research focused on ‘The intensification of extreme precipitation in a warmer climate.’ As part of his PhD he recently published a paper published in Water Resources Research, which calculates that the ‘Probable Maximum Precipitation’ (PMP) estimates for 546 large dams across Australia are expected to increase between 14 and 38 per cent on average due to increasing atmospheric moisture.  

In this presentation Johan will share how rainfall models that engineers use to help them design critical infrastructure, such as large dams, need to be updated to take into account climate change.

Michael Raymond

Michael Raymond

ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams)

Chair

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Michael Raymond

Michel Raymond is a civil engineer with 34 years experience in flood assessment, mitigation and management, with a significant focus on the dam industry.

His experience includes 24 years in consulting and 10 years employed by a major dam owner.  He has been involved in many different areas of dam engineering and management, including planning, design, construction risks, safety assessment and risk, flood capacity upgrades, real time flood operations, operations optimisation, and emergency management.  

He held the position of Chair of ANCOLD 2021-2023 and is current past chair on the ANCOLD Executive. He is a member of the ANCOLD working group for ANCOLD Guidelines on Acceptable Flood Capacity.

He currently works at Hydrology and Risk Consulting.

Laura Montano

Laura Montano

Water Research Laboratory

Project Engineer

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Laura Montano

Laura is a project engineer at the Water Research Laboratory. She holds a PhD in hydraulic engineering from UNSW for which she was awarded with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (top 10% of the theses). During her PhD, Laura conducted extensive experiments with state-of-the-art instrumentation to identify the hydraulic features of air-water flows. 
 
As a project engineer, Laura has collaborated in the design, construction and testing of Scrivener Dam and Somerset Dam physical models. Her expertise in state-of-the-art instrumentation has provided inputs in the assessment of a range of hydraulic parameters to identify operational risks and design improvements.  

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Ben Guinea

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