Alumnus Mark Babister named John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year 2017

Mark BabisterWarmest congratulations to alumnus Mark Babister, FIEAust CPEng NER, for this prestigious Engineers Australia award.

The Sir John Holland award is presented annually to an eminent civil engineer considered to have made a major contribution to the profession. Mark Babister (BE Hons ‘88, MEngSc ’93, UNSW, GradDipMgt, Deakin, RPEQ) fits the criteria superbly.

Mark is a national leader in water engineering, specialising in flood estimation and floodplain management. He has over thirty years’ experience in water engineering studies, and has successfully led an extensive number of significant hydrologic, hydraulic, floodplain management, infrastructure and dam studies for a wide range of water managers and infrastructure owners. As Managing Director of WMAwater, Mark runs a specialised water engineering consultancy employing more than 35 water engineers in three offices.

Mark has been instrumental in the update of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) which is the national guide for design flood estimation. Mark chaired the technical committee, and was a member of the steering committee overseeing the project and is a co-editor of Australian Rainfall and Runoff. He is therefore very familiar with current and the direction of future best practice both within Australia and Internationally. 

Mark has played a key role in development of a number of other guidelines for water engineering in Australia. He has undertaken a number of expert advice roles including the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, Natural Disaster Insurance Review, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Wivenhoe Manual, and the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study – Independent Panel of Experts.

Mark is often specifically engaged to communicate to the community flood modelling results and impacts of road projects on flood behaviour.

Our very recent graduate Sam Johnson was awarded the EA Rod McGee Medal  -which recognises and encourages engineering students to engage in career opportunities in public works engineering. Our warmest congratulations go also to Sam.

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