We are experts in hydraulic and stormwater engineering.
When it comes to hydraulic projects, it is important to understand how to safely control and guide the flow of water. Our experienced hydraulic engineers will ensure that you have the necessary designs and advice that you require for water to be safely managed.
Why hire a Stormwater Engineer?
Compliance: Stormwater management is regulated by federal, state, and local laws. A stormwater engineer can help ensure that your project is compliant with these regulations and avoid costly fines and penalties.
Environmental Protection: Stormwater runoff can have a significant impact on the environment, including erosion, sedimentation, and pollution. A stormwater engineer can design systems to effectively manage stormwater and protect the environment.
Cost Savings: Effective stormwater management can help reduce costs associated with property damage, erosion control, and water treatment. A stormwater engineer can design systems that minimise these costs.
Expertise: Stormwater engineering is a specialised field that requires specific knowledge and expertise. A stormwater engineer has the education, training, and experience necessary to design and implement effective stormwater management systems.
Long-term Solutions: Stormwater management is an ongoing process. A stormwater engineer can design systems that are effective over the long-term, reducing maintenance and replacement costs.
Hydraulic engineering requirements for Development Application (DA)
All development applications for new homes in NSW require a BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) certificate to address the capture and re-use of stormwater. In addition, developments within the Sydney drinking catchment must meet “NorBE” (Neutral or Beneficial Effect on water quality). The purpose of these requirements is to ensure Sydney’s drinking water does not become contaminated.
It is important to understand your local council’s requirements in the early planning stages of your development application to ensure stormwater measure controls are appropriately designed for. As such, a “Design Concept” is prepared with the use of architectural drawings, surveys, and flood assessments so that you do not encounter delays or amendments.
Once you receive DA approval from council, our engineers will begin preparing the “Detailed Design” for construction purposes. A draft copy of the drawings will be issued, for your and Architects review and approval, prior to final “issued for construction (IFC)” drawings are forwarded to you.
Important things to consider for a hydraulic engineering project
A work as executed (WAE) inspection and certificate will be required after construction to confirm that the stormwater system has been constructed according to the design. It is your responsibility to maintain your stormwater management system once constructed which includes cleaning gutters, removing accumulated sediment or desludging rainwater tanks.
Reports if the subject property is flood affected
A flood impact assessment report will provide you information on the flood risks associated with your development or property. This will help you to decide if flood mitigation measures are required.
Depending on the nature of the report, an engineer will typically want to first inspect the property to gather information through photographic evidence and review supplied documentation in accordance with site conditions prior to generating a report.
Once supplied with the appropriate information, a qualified Hydraulic Engineer will then begin drafting the required report tailored to the clients’ requirements as per council determination. The report typically determines flood behaviour at various Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) design floods to demonstrate that a development will not increase flood risk to properties within the floodplain. A hydrology model will be developed to simulate runoff from a catchment at various AEP storm events while a hydraulic model will estimate flood behaviour for pre and post development scenarios. From these models, a conclusion will be reached providing you with our findings and recommendations.
Why choose Neilly Davies for Hydraulic Engineering work?
Neilly Davies has a dedicated hydraulics engineering team with decades of experience in designing practical and cost-effective water management measures with appropriate solutions tailored to suit any specific condition for various clients ranging from residential developments to government infrastructure.
We approach projects with a client centric focus. We stay up to date with the latest methodologies and research to provide you reliable results and appropriate solutions within short delivery timelines and we don’t shy away from complex and intricate projects. We take on any challenge irrespective of the complexity.