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Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management (FRM)

Floods are incredibly destructive, along with human injuries and fatalities, the economic and physical damage to affected areas can be devastating. Yet, of all the natural hazards, floods are the most manageable through intervention. This course equips you with tools to understand how the development and implementation of intervention plans to manage flooding risks can minimise damage to the community and built environment.

About this course

This course teaches students the main elements of floodplain risk management (FRM) – a process of informed decision making in the strategic management of flood risk through an appropriate framework.

  • Understanding flood behaviour in the catchment in its current condition, and by considering the long term development of the catchment

  • Understanding of the variation in hazards across the floodplain and its different sources and the associated consequences for existing and future development

  • Assessment of options to manage flood risk to existing development through various mitigation measures consistent with the government flood policy

  • Assessment of options to develop the floodplain that adequately considers:
    • Flood hazards and behaviours
    • Ensuring development extents and conditions are consistent with the maintenance of flood behaviours
    • The residual flood hazard and the objectives of the government flood policy.

This course is supported by Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) and the NSW Government.

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to:

  • Equip you with good understanding of how FRM is undertaken in NSW and other flood prone states in Australia and the roles of relevant agencies;
  • Provide you with a solid understanding of the principles of FRM and the desired outcomes of FRM projects;
  • Improve your skills to work on FRM projects and be more effectively involved in the FRM process; and
  • Enhance your ability to specify and manage FRM projects.

Price

Full price: $550 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information 

Course outline

The syllabus includes:

  • The FRM Partnership – identifying key roles and responsibilities.
  • Working within the FRM Process – understanding technical terms, discussing the management of the process from establishing committees, grant applications and management, brief development and project management, through to working with committees to develop and implement FRM plans;
  • Data Collection. Understanding the data that is necessary and the sources and costs;
  • Modelling Basics and Model Review. Overview of model purpose, operation, selection and limitation.  Along with an outline of the key issues to consider in the specification and review of modelling;
  • Understanding the need for and the basics of defining flood and hydraulic categories;
  • Overview of the desired outcomes from the FRM Process and how these can be assessed; and
  • Roles during and after a major flood.

This course is delivered online. Students watch online lectures and video before attending three 1.5 hours session. During these sessions brief recaps of online material is provided leading to detailed Q&A. Students break into small groups to workshop a realistic scenario providing an opportunity to apply what has been taught and are designed to show how detail is applied into practice. Small groups are facilitated by industry experts. The session concludes with reinforcement of key messages and learning.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Variation of flood behavior across Australia
  • Impacts of flooding on individuals and the community
  • Best practice in flood risk management in Australia
  • Roles and responsibilities for Floodplain Riak Management (FRM)
  • Desired outcomes of FRM projects
  • Developing and implementing FRM
  • Specifying & managing flood studies, FRM studies & plans
  • Involvement and engagement in the FRM process; and
  • Application of hydraulic and hydrological modelling in FRM.

Requirements

To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Contact us

  • For any questions on enrolment or payment, please email support@open.uts.edu.au 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery or progression, please contact the Course Coordinator, Jaya Kandasamy at Jaya.kandasamy@uts.edu.au

Who is this course for?

Introduction to Floodplain Risk Management is aimed at wide body of professional seeking a detailed knowledge and background in FRM and associated land use planning issues in NSW.

It will benefit engineers, emergency managers and land use planners who are engaged in, or seeking to enter, the floodplain risk management industry in Australia and wanting to learn more about developing and implementing management plans considering best practice.

It is also suitable for elected local government officials and community representatives on Council’s floodplain risk management committees seeking a background in floodplain risk management, flood mitigation, emergency management and land use planning issues.

$550.00

START DATE

02 August

MODE

Online

DURATION

3 wks

Meet the Expert

Jaya Kandasamy

Jaya Kandasamy
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Jaya Kandasamy is a specialist in computational flood modelling and well known for the HEC-RAS courses presented around Australia and overseas over the last 25 years. He has considerable experience in a wide range of hydraulic models, is highly cited and published in leading international journals.

Prior to joining UTS he was employed in the NSW Government, his principal activity involved providing high level technical modelling capability in support of department programs. Industry and research experience in water resources, hydraulics, water quality and pollution transport processes. He led flood training programs for DFAT, Australia, and for the World Bank for government personnel from Vietnam and Laos.

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Duncan Mcluckie

Duncan Mcluckie
Principal Flood Specialist at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Duncan McLuckie is the Principal Flood Specialist for the NSW Government and manages floodplain funding programs in NSW, is the lead author of NSW Guidance on Flood Risk Management and on Climate Change in FRM. At a national level he is the NSW representative to the National Flood Risk Advisory Group, its Chairman, and led the update of Australia’s National Best Practice in FRM.

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Danny Rose

Danny Rose
Manager Roads & Stormwater, Tweed Shire Council

Danny is the Manager Roads and Stormwater at Tweed Shire Council, with over fifteen years’ experience in the fields of floodplain management, asset management, and infrastructure planning.  Danny has overseen Tweed Shire’s floodplain risk management processes, manages the flood mitigation asset program, and is responsible for implementing development control measures for flood prone development in this high growth area. Danny has been a frequent presenter at Floodplain Management Association Conferences, workshops and meetings and chairs the conference Program Advisory Committee. Danny was appointed to the position of Technical Director in 2013.

Danny obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Class 1 Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2000.

 

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Paul Grech

Paul Grech
Director of Land Use Planning - Floodplain Management Australia

Paul has broad experience in planning but has specialised in floodplain risk management.  This has been involved projects for both local state government and private industry including the preparation of more than 25 Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans. Paul was engaged by the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry to provided evidence on their behalf and later by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as the independent planning expert to review planning issues and to assist in the preparation of the Brisbane River Catchments FRM Study and Plan. Paul is also the Land Use Planning Director for Floodplain Management Australia.

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Book a session

Tue 02 Aug 2022 -
Thu 18 Aug 2022
Expert: Jaya Kandasamy, Duncan Mcluckie, Danny Rose, Paul Grech
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
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