Since formation in 2000, Water Technology has developed a strong reputation for achieving technical excellence in the delivery of services to Australia’s water coastal and environmental sectors. From our foundation of strong numerical flood and coastal modelling skills, we have developed a broader profile of services. These services include water quality monitoring, river management, post flood insurance assessment, ecological management, stormwater design, river design and fluvial geomorphology.
In order to deliver an integrated approach to surface water and coastal management we have broadened our skill base through the selective recruitment of specialist engineers and scientists. Today, Water Technology specialises in providing services across eight key skill areas:
- floodplain management and mapping
- waterway management
- ecology and
- coastal engineering
- spatial information, GIS and remote sensing
Our professional staff combine technical excellence with practical knowledge. Our clients represent the broad range of organisations concerned with management of river and coastal environments encompassing both public and private sectors.
Our approach is to apply innovative and technically sound methods based on experience in the implementation of management solutions. We draw on a thorough understanding of the strategic and policy frameworks that govern waterway, floodplain, catchment and coastal management.
Water Technology is wholly employee owned. Our key asset is our staff and we encourage an open, innovative and supportive culture. Staff development and training is a priority including sponsorship of post-graduate studies.
We have over 50 professional staff spread across four offices; Melbourne, Brisbane, Wangaratta, Horsham and Bairnsdale servicing clients throughout Australia and overseas.
Andrew McCowan Managing Director
BE Hons Grad Dip Hydraulic Engineering PhD
Andrew is founder and Managing Director of Water Technology. He has more than 30 years experience in coastal engineering, flood hydraulics and water quality investigations. He has post-graduate qualifications from Delft (in the Netherlands), where he studied computational hydraulics and coastal engineering, and a PhD from Monash University. Andrew was awarded the ASCE’s prestigious Hilgard Hydraulics Prize in 1986 for his work on numerical wave modelling. He is a recognised expert in numerical modelling and the application of numerical models to water, coastal and environmental investigations.
Steve Clark Director
BE Hons MEngSc
Steve has over 20 years experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal fields. He has an Honours Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Queensland and has worked extensively on waterway and floodplain management projects as well as major infrastructure investigations throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia. As a Director of Water Technology and manager of the Brisbane office, Steve is currently involved in a diversity of high-profile projects such as managing the hydraulic component of the Pimpama Case Study, National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment for the Federal Department of Climate Change. Steve was also the principal hydraulic modeller on the Yangtze River Flood Warning and Control Project (2002 – 2005) – a major 5 year AUSAID project aimed at providing improved flood warning arrangements for the Yangtze River.
Warwick Bishop Director
BE Hons MEngSc
Warwick has enjoyed working as a consultant on a broad range of surface water and coastal investigations since 1993. His skills are based on a detailed knowledge of numerical modelling techniques coupled with practical understanding of surface water problems and the ways in which they can be effectively tackled. He has a civil engineering background with a masters degree in the water field that was specifically focused on the hydrodynamics of constructed treatment wetlands.
Dr Richard Walton Principal Engineer
BE Hons PhD
Dr Richard Walton has some 18 years experience in hydrological and hydraulic modelling of flood behaviour, water sensitive urban design, stormwater management, the design and management of water quality and quantity monitoring networks, interpretation and review of water quality and quantity data, mine site water management and rehabilitation, water allocation for irrigation and environmental impact assessment. Richard has worked in the research, academic and consulting fields and is currently a part-time lecturer in Catchment Hydrology at the University of Queensland. He has worked extensively throughout Queensland, as well as throughout other regions of Australia and overseas
Alister Daly Principal Engineer
Alister has more than twelve (12) years professional experience in the Civil Engineering industry across Australia and has worked extensively within the water resources, flooding and drainage sectors comprising both Government and private sector areas. Alister has been actively involved in all levels of engineering consultancy comprising technical project input through to managing numerous projects as well as staff and clients in addition with business management and administration functions. Alister holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from Monash University (Honours 1) and a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Griffith University, Brisbane. Alister is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ).
Alister has significant experience in the water resources fields including flood and drainage studies, hydraulic and hydrologic investigations, stormwater quantity and quality management, infrastructure charges schedules, development assessment, project management and GIS. In addition, Alister has also had experience with civil engineering design including contract management and administration relating to water resource projects such as dams, flood mitigation, stormwater drainage, waterway rehabilitation, mining works, levee systems as well as general civil works
Chris Catalano Principal Engineer
Chris has 16 years of experience in the water engineering industry having worked on numerous hydrologic and hydraulic development impact assessments, flood mitigation designs and hydraulic structure designs for both the public and private sectors. Chris has also undertaken numerous receiving water quality impact investigations and is experienced in 2D and 3D lake limnology, sediment transport and morphology, stormwater management, lake/marina turnover design and design of stormwater quality improvement devices. Chris has specialist knowledge on Queensland floodplains and estuaries and Council regulations relating to flood and water quality assessments and has presented seminars on hydraulics and receiving water pollution modelling as well as providing training to the engineering community on hydraulic engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic theory, and 1D & 2D hydrodynamic modeling. Chris is a registered professional engineer on both the Queensland (RPEQ) and National (NPER) registers.
Christine Lauchlan-Arrowsmith Senior Principal Engineer
BE Hons (Civil) PhD
Christine is a civil engineer with over 11 years experience in the area of water resources, including hydraulic and sediment transport modelling. She has been with Water Technology for the past two years, working on floodplain and wetland flood modelling, contaminant transport and estuarine sediment process studies. Previous to this Christine spent 8 years working in Europe and the UK on a wide array of both research and consultancy projects ranging from bridge scour and stream instability assessment to dam spillway design, Stormwater system assessment and treatment studies.
Chris Beardshaw Group Manager Stormwater/Principal Engineer
BE Hons (Env) MEngSc Grad Cert River Health
Chris has over seven years of experience in a wide range of water related and civil construction projects, providing project management experience and specialist technical skills. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) a Master of Engineering Science (Project Management) at UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in River Health Management. Previous projects include the design and construction of lakes, dams and wetlands, and experience in project cost estimation and construction budgets. Chris is experienced with a number of design and modelling software packages combined with on ground construction experience. Chris’s civil design and construction experience combined with hydraulic modelling expertise is particularly orientated towards Urban design and flood modelling issues.
James Rennie Group Manager Coasts & Env/Principal Scientist
BSc Hons EnvSci Grad Cert River Health
James has developed a comprehensive skill set over a thirteen year professional career in the fields of integrated estuary, river and wetland management. Working for both the public and private sectors his experience in the delivery of river and estuary management projects has been extensive.
With formal training in environmental science James has also developed skills in the management of estuary, river and wetland rehabilitation. James has a particular interest and capability on the assessment of natural resource condition both in the field and via remote sensing. James has undertaken multiple estuary and saltmarsh projects in Eastern Australia and has also prepared risk assessments associated with sea level rise and the salinisation of freshwater ecosystems.
Ben Tate Group Manager Floodplain/Principal Engineer
BEnvEng (Hons) / BSc
Ben has 8 years experience in the engineering consulting industry, and is now Team Leader of Water Technology’s Eco-hydraulics team. Ben has experience in a wide range of water related projects both here and overseas. Over the past few years Ben has specialized in the environmental application of complex 1D-2D hydrodynamic modelling under The Living Murray Program. Ben and the Eco-hydraulics team are focused on delivering ecological outcomes for the benefit of our critically important floodplain wetland ecosystems.
Jamie Kaye Group Manager Wangaratta/Principal Scientist
AdvC Hort ADipSc
Jamie has extensive experience in waterway and terrestrial ecological surveys and reporting, with particular expertise in riparian flora assessment and management. Jamie regularly manages small to large scale riparian condition assessment and monitoring programs, and has coordinated and written numerous strategic plans. His considerable experience and understanding of cartography and GIS applications enables the capture of appropriate information in the field and the delivery of high quality mapping outputs.
Georgina Race Group Manager Spatial/ Senior Principal Scientist
Georgina is a senior consultant and project manager specialising in the application of spatial information technologies to support natural resource management and has over 15 years of experience in these fields. She has extensive experience in managing the design and delivery of integrated spatial analysis, GIS, mobile mapping and remote sensing technology for water, coastal and environmental projects throughout Australia. In addition to strong technical skills, Georgina has experience in delivering multidisciplinary projects including national water resource projects, climate change, ecological and coastal studies. Georgina joined Water Technology in June 2011 to lead a growing capability in spatial information, GIS and remote sensing.
BE Hons (Env) MEngSc
Tim has over eight years experience in the application of numerical models for simulating hydraulics, waves, sediment transport and water quality of coastal areas, estuaries, rivers and floodplains. He has an honours Degree in Engineering from RMIT University and a Master of Engineering Science degree in Coastal Engineering and Management at the University of New South Wales. Tim is currently undertaking a Diploma of Business Administration at Deakin University.
Tim has led Water Technology’s coastal group for the last two years and has been responsible for the coordination, technical components and delivery of numerous large and complicated scientific and technical modelling projects. In particular, Tim has been responsible for the development and calibration of large, complex, two and three dimensional hydrodynamic models for a range of coastal and estuarine modelling studies,
Julian Martin Principal Engineer
Julian Martin is a Senior Environmental Engineer and fluvial geomorphologist specialising in waterway management. Julian has experience in design, modelling, construction and project management and has undertaken a variety of projects in the environmental and engineering fields incorporating geomorphic, hydraulic and hydrologic investigation work. Julian has extensive waterway management experience, involving the integration of geomorphic, vegetation and engineering analysis. Julian is also experienced in several stream health condition assessment methods including ‘Index of Stream Condition’, ‘Sustainable Rivers Audit’, ‘Rapid Habitat Assessment’ and ‘Vegetation Quality Assessment’. Julian has successfully completed the River Styles™ short course and has been involved in numerous geomorphic investigations across both Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia interpreting river landscapes and evolution, identifying key issues affecting the physical form of the streams and applying a risk based approach for setting waterway management priorities.