Hydrotechnical Engineering

We are leading technical experts in hydrotechnical engineering, water, environment, infrastructure, energy, and resource management. Our hydrotechnical engineering team develops conceptual designs for various features which interact with water; some of these include spillways and outlet works for dams, culverts for highways, and canals and related structures for irrigation projects.

Austin Engineering’s dynamic team takes pride in their work and is well-versed in hydraulic spillway modeling, hydrological modeling, physical modeling, flood mapping, flood studies, and the design of hydraulic structures such as channels, spillways, dykes, berms, rip-rap, and gabion protection systems.

We provide all of these hydrotechnical engineering services while facilitating clear communication with subcontractors and clients to help foster and maintain our working relationships according to the same rigorous standards our technical work is subject to.

We are leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, energy, and resource management

Hydrological Modeling and Flood Mapping

Hydrological engineering: modeling and inflow

At Austin Engineering we use hydrological and inflow flood design modeling to simplify the study of real-world systems like surface water, soil water, wetlands, groundwater, and estuaries. These tools aid our engineers in understanding, predicting, and managing water resources.

From its cutting-edge fluid mechanics lab, the team also uses 3D printed modeling of weirs, dams, and flow pathways to compliment inspections, condition assessments, and micro-hydro feasibility studies.

Austin Engineering is an expert in flood mapping areas that experience periodic flooding from nearby rivers, lakes, streams, and the sea. These designated areas are mapped to show the location of normal water channel courses, surrounding features or developments, ground elevation contours, flood levels, and floodplain limits.

Our team also undertakes inundation studies to provide our clients with intel on where best to intentionally flood dry land for agricultural or river-management purposes.

Flood Hazard Assessments and Flood Risks Assessments

Hydrotechnical engineering: Flood Hazard Assessments

Austin Engineering approaches hazard assessment, including flood risk, with great care; we always consider those who may be impacted by an event that could lead to property damage, loss of livelihoods or services, social and economic disruption, and/or environmental damage. Our engineers are equipped to examine and determine the likely volume and direction of river water.

By leaning on data to help define these flow characteristics, we calculate flood extent and flood depth and create intuitive maps and other tools to closely examine flood hazards and risks. Our recommendations include sedimentary abatement solutions and complete flood hazard assessments.

Spillway and Hydraulic Structure Design and Assessments

Hydrotechnical engineering: spillways

Dams are a critical infrastructure that provide significant benefits to communities including water supply, flood mitigation, power generation, and/or irrigation. Equipped with gates to provide control of spillway flows or outlet releases, these structures may require upgrades or remedial works as a result of deterioration due to ageing, changes in design standards, or inadequate original design.

It’s our pleasure to efficiently assess the spillway and hydraulics of these structures and find design solutions.

Erosion Control and Channel Remediation

Erosion control

Erosion control encompasses a variety of hydrotechnical engineering methods for reducing river and stream erosion.  Austin Engineering works with contractors in re-stabilizing river and stream banks after a flood event to secure developments in the surrounding area.

Through hard engineering projects such as retaining walls or naturalized options like gabion structures, rip rap, and/or vegetation to soak up excess water and prevent bank destruction, erosion control can be remediated with the right plan and follow through. Our team supports this work by conducting drainage basin studies as well as erosion control and shoreline surveys.