Flood Risk Management Research: Future proofing our industry through research and development
Helping our industry develop faster, safer, more effective methods and technologies in the fields of flood risk management and hydrology
At Rienco Consulting, we are committed to ongoing research and development in the water engineering sciences. We strongly believe that by being involved in the analysis of historical flood events and the testing and research of cutting edge techniques, software and modelling, we ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality service and advice to our clients.
We are also passionate about being actively involved in helping to develop new methods of assessment, analysis and modelling (software). As part of the wider water engineering community, we are committed to helping to deliver more accurate ways of collecting and collating information and providing safer, faster, and more cost effective and environmentally sustainable water infrastructure solutions.
Our research papers
Since its initial release in 2005 the free and open source hydrodynamic model Anuga (GA), developed by geoscience Australia and The Australian National University (ANU) has been applied to a number of Tsunami impact studies and to a lesser extent flood studies.
Recent confirmation of historic debris flows in several sites across Tasmania has prompted a need to identify other potential flow sites in Tasmania and to better understand and quantify the risks associated with such events.
Late in 2006, the open source 2D hydrodynamic model ANUGA (ANU & Geoscience Australia) was released. While providing a fully generalised hydrodynamic modelling engine, it was initially developed to simulate coastal inundation during a tsunami.
To explore procedures for distinguishing between floodways, flood storage areas and flood fringes in 2D models where little 1D character is present. (As typically occurs in many fine detail urban flood models)
To understand the intent of section 6 and explore ways of providing more deliberate guidance in respect to the ‘other’ factors involved in the consideration of true hazard at a site.
To explore the differences between discharges predicted by conventional hydrologic models such as WBNM and discharges predicted by hydraulic models with rainfall input capabilities, such as Tuflow.
To explore means of building and viewing the results of a WBNM model in such a manner as to encourage use of the model for modelling presently undertaken by less capable procedures such as the PRM.
To explore means of spatially mapping the output of 1D hydraulic models and to develop software to read the output from a HEC-RAS simulation that provides an interface to mapping that permits output to be flexibly re-arranged as suits the user.
To explore the impact of lead up (pre-burst) rainfall on discharge with particular reference to the impact of the omission of lead up rainfall in the burst based AR&R design flood estimation procedure, on design discharges.
To explore the differences in construction difficulty, time to construct and run and simulation accuracy, between 1D and 2D models when run both as static and hydrodynamic models.
In March 1973, 1974 and 1975, heavy rainfall in the Wollongong LGA generated major flooding with large volumes of debris being transported in streams leading to blockage at least in part of many drainage structures.
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In my capacity as an architect I have worked with Anthony on a large number of projects throughout the Wollongong area. Anthony has a deep knowledge of local stormwater issues, and in particular the risks and mitigation strategies that should be applied. He is very experienced in the requirements of local councils and has contributed to many successful applications of all scales, from renovations to developments and subdivisions. I can wholeheartedly recommend Anthony and the Rienco team for their practical and professional approach to assessing and solving stormwater related conditions, and as effective advocates in dealing with the council planning controls.
Michael Vail Design
I use Rienco for all flooding and drainage matters on my projects because of their flooding modelling skills and pragmatic understanding of the difficulties of land development. The top-line integrity of their work was demonstrated recently on a very contentious project where the Rienco report passed a rigorous peer review by one of Australia's leading hydrology firms, with no change to the original findings and recommendations. It's comforting to know with Rienco you have that clarity of thinking helping find the best solution, and the confidence that it will be right.
Land Development Project Manager