We are passionate about delivering better ways of managing 
the risk associated with flooding now and in the future



We deliver national-scale to catchment-specific flood studies, hydrological studies, hydrologist reports, hydraulic studies, flood risk management plans, forecasting and early warning systems, bridge assessments, scour assessments, development assessments, stormwater management plans, water quality management, and catchment management plans.

Our work includes:

  • Numerical modelling using open-source software or proprietary systems from US Army Corp, DHI, Deltares

  • Catchment studies (ESRI/MapInfo/QGIS, CatchmentSim, eWater, SWAT) 

  • Hydrological modelling (URBS, XPRAFTS, WBNM, RORB, HEC)

  • Hydraulic modelling (TUFLOW, Delft, HECRAS, MIKE11 and MIKE 21, ANUGA)

  • Water quality (DELFT3D, SWAT, MUSIC)

  • Economic analysis & feasibility studies (FRISM, Water Ryde)

  • Development & hydraulic impact assessment


Northern NSW 5m flood mapping 


Large-scale flood modelling and mapping now at 5m resolution for six return periods for Northern NSW.  The models cover 250km and almost 3 million hectares in area, and includes the Bellingen, Coffs, Clarence, Richmond, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shire Councils in their entirety, in addition to parts of Kyogle, Tenterfield and Glen Innes.

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Australian Flood Map update 


Our Australia Flood Map was first created in 2014 as part of JBA’s Global Flood Map (GFM®) and provides undefended flood hazard maps for six return periods (20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,500-year). The flood map has since been subject to updates in 2015/2016 (DEM), 2018/19 (hydrology) and 2020/21 (5m mapping). The latest updates focused on new 5m resolution flood mapping for Far North QLD, South East QLD, Northern NSW, Greater Sydney, Greater  Melbourne, Greater Adelaide, Greater Perth and Northern Tasmania.

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Sandon River and Lake Cakora Estuary Modelling, NSW

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A detailed assessment of estuary hydrodynamics for these two coastal locations in the Clarence Valley region.  The estuary modelling was undertaken using a 2D hydrodynamic model to support a risk assessment and to develop new long-term management options – particularly for the local caravan parks, local residents, and Council infrastructure.  The study considered tidal propagation and dissipation of tidal planes, extreme sea levels, peak currents and water levels.

Mooball Flood and Embankment Breach Modelling, NSW


Hydraulic modelling of a railway embankment failure scenario within Burringbar Creek.  Breach scenarios have been developed following international guidance, simulating the effect of floodwaters in Mooball village under an extreme scenario.

Wooli River Hydrology Assessment, Flood Study and FRMP

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New hydrology and flood risk study for the Wooli River estuary, in NSW.  Tasks included the collection and review of hydrologic data including rainfall and gauge records, new ground and bathymetric data collection, development of an URBS hydrological model and TUFLOW hydraulic model for the catchment, development of a Delft3D model to understand the interaction between coastal and fluvial processes.  The project outputs included new flood mapping to support land use planning and disaster management

Tweed Coastal Creeks Flood Study and Early Warning System

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A hydrological modelling (URBS) and design flood estimation project in line with ARR2019.  Task included review of gauge information, update of an existing TUFLOW model for the catchment, and preparation of a flood intelligence report for flash flooding behaviour in the upper catchment.  All models developed within the project were integrated into a new Flash Flood Early Warning System and alerting dashboard.

Endeavour River Catchment and Flood Study, QLD

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A catchment-wide hydrology and flood study was undertaken throughout the Endeavour River, which flows through Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, discharging at Cooktown.  It included development of a new catchment elevation model using LiDAR and bathymetry, hydrologic modelling following ARR using URBS, hydraulic modelling using Tuflow, and detailed velocity analysis around structures using Flow3D.

Lismore Depth Damage Assessment for Flood Gauge Investment 


This project developed business case justification for new flood infrastructure for five new locations in the Lismore LGA.  It used JBP's available northern NSW flood maps, large-scale flood risk management tools, and economic analysis to consider their benefit in reducing flood risk for downstream residents.  The flood data was used in conjunction with property locations, depth-damage calculations performed, and an economic assessment used to consider the benefits of earlier flood warnings.

Far North Queensland Shire-Wide Flood Mapping


A broad scale hydrology and flood mapping project to perform shire-wide hydrologic analysis, pluvial (rainfall) modelling, fluvial (river) modelling and development of flood maps for the region.  Flood maps covered six return periods, from Q20 to Q1500, and were delivered at a 5m resolution throughout the shire for use by Council, disaster managers and first responders.

Kempsey Shire Coastal Vulnerability Area Mapping


New Coastal Vulnerability Area (CVA) mapping under the NSW coastal reforms.  Detailed hydrodynamic modelling and analysis of five hazards; (1) Beach erosion, (2) Shoreline recession, (3) Coastal lake or watercourse entrance instability, (4) Coastal inundation, (5) Tidal inundation.  Hazard mapping was undertaken to identify future assets, infrastructure and land affected by coastal processes.

NSW March 2021 floods assessment and event footprint


Hydrology assessments for the NSW March 2021 floods.  This included on-ground assessment, damage assessments, event footprint mapping and exposure analysis.  Rainfall analysis showed the highest recorded gauges receiving 50-year to 200-year return period rain for various durations.  Mapping of the flood extent show between 20 to 50-year flood levels in the downstream catchment.

Etta Plains Flood Study and Hydraulic Assessment


A large-scale flood study including hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, applying flood estimation approaches consistent with ARR2019 and hydraulic assessment of proposed development in outback Australia.  Tasks included joint hydrologic-hydraulic calibration, derivation of new rating tables, flood hazard mapping and engineering design of mitigation structures. 

Clarence Valley Council Shire-Wide Flood Mapping


Large scale flood mapping throughout the Clarence Valley Council region, spanning an area over 10,000 km2.  This included catchment delineation, hydrologic assessment and flood modelling at a 5m resolution, between 1 in 20 to 1,500-year return periods.  Hazard maps are now in use by Council, disaster managers and planning officers.

Australia national flood hazard mapping

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A national assessment of hydrology and flood risk which resulted in Australia-wide flood mapping at a 30m resolution.  Flows were derived at 2km chainage along every watercourse, incorporating new Australian Rainfall and Runoff (2016) rainfall and flow datasets. Maps include 20, 50, 10, 200, 500, 1500-year return periods.  New updates are now being undertaken at a 30m resolution.

Pacific Flood Maps


Flood Hazard Mapping completed for every inhabited island, including key locations at Palau, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Soloman Is., Vanuatu and Tonga.  Mapping has been developed based on assessment of long-term rainfall records, river records, and statistical analysis to create new Intensity-Frequency-Duration datasets.  Numerical Modelling has been undertaken using JFlow - dedicated flood modelling software run on the worlds largest dedicated flood mapping computer cluster.  Elevation has been based on Intermap’s NEXTMap WORLD30 DSM and a variety of bareearth DTM datasets were used.

Design event estimation for Williams River, QLD


Estimation of the 1 in 100-year peak flood level, depth and velocity across rural catchments in the Cloncurry Shire, on the Williams River, QLD. The  rural location meant that no gauging stations were located within the site vicinity, and instead extreme conditions had to be estimated using regional Flood Frequency Analysis (FFA) techniques, and 2D hydraulic flood modelling of both flows and rainfall patterns, following Australian Rainfall and Runoff (2016).