'Hydraulic Structures and Society – Engineering Challenges and Extremes’

On behalf of the Hydraulic Structures Technical Committee of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) andthe National Committee on Water Engineering of Engineers Australia (EA), I am delighted to invite you to the 5th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (ISHS 2014) which will take place on 25-27 June 2014, in Brisbane, Australia.

Under the overall theme of Hydraulic Structures and Society – Engineering Challenges and Extremes, the symposium will focus on the role of hydraulic structures in meeting the challenge of extreme events while addressing the requirements imposed by our growing population, the environment, agriculture, industry, and tourism for the current and future generations.  Innovation driven by necessity is a constant feature within this context, and I invite you to share your engineering  challenges and successes at the ISHS 2014.

It is my pleasure to announce that the ISHS 2014 technical program will include the following:

  • Keynote presentations, including Henderson Oration

  • Technical Sessions with oral poster presentations on Hydraulic Structures

  • Pre-Symposium Workshop on Australian Rainfall & Runoff

  • Special Forum on 2D Modelling of Hydraulic Structures

  • Technical Field Trip to South East Queensland Dams

  • Visit to University of Queensland Hydraulics Laboratory

The Brisbane region’s water resources are characterised by extremes. Flooding is a severe problem, with many populated centres located on floodplains, while severe droughts have impacted industry, farming and urban populations. As a result, Brisbane has developed an excellence in hydraulic engineering, with numerous academic institutions, government organisations and consultancies being based in the greater Brisbane area. This will provide an ideal opportunity for ISHS 2014 attendees to benefit from the local experience, and to visit some impressive hydraulic structures during the symposium technical tour.

The ISHS 2014 aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and expertise on the broad subject area of hydraulic structures, between the different geographical regions, and between the research and applied communities. Brisbane is the ideal location to facilitate active collaboration between Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania on a wide range of issues related to hydraulic structures.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for social networking and for strengthening the links between Australian and international technical communities.  It also presents an opportunity to explore a little more of Australia.

I look forward to welcoming you in Brisbane in June 2014.

Robert Janssen
Chair, Organising Committee

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