Understanding and Mitigating Hazards

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The project will inform decision making on the mitigation of community risk posed by Australian buildings in flood plain environments, either through poor planning, or placed there by design as part of planned developments. It complements parallel CRC projects for earthquake and severe wind.

The motivation for this project came from observations of widespread devastation during the 2011 and 2013 flooding in Queensland. A fundamental reason for this damage was inappropriate development in flood plains and a legacy of high risk building stock in flood prone areas.

The project is developing cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. The research is providing evidence-based retrofit strategies for decisions concerning buildings with the greatest vulnerability in Australia.

Repeat inundation due to inappropriate development results in significant logistical issues for emergency management, disruption to communities, and considerable cost to all levels of government to repair damage and to enable communities to recover.

This project is building on existing research to broaden the knowledge of the vulnerability of Australian building stock to riverine flooding and is identifying suitable retrofitting strategies.

To date, the project has developed a building classification schema to categorise Australian residential buildings into a range of typical building types. Mitigation strategies developed nationally and internationally have been reviewed.

As the project continues, appropriate strategies will be costed for key building types through the engagement of quantity surveying specialists. Vulnerability of predominant building types will be assessed along with the factors affecting vulnerability. The information on vulnerability is fundamental to evaluate mitigation strategies and to examine the opportunities for reducing vulnerability.

The research will also entail experimental testing of preferred material types to ascertain their resilience to water exposure. Cost benefit analysis will be conducted to find optimal mitigation strategies for selected building types located within a range of catchment types.

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2016 Conference Paper Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Dale, K. & Edwards, M. Development of flood mitigation strategies for Australian residential buildings. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Dale, K. & Edwards, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategies for residential buildings in Australian flood plains. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering 6, 550-559 (2016).
2016 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Presentation Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings. (2015).
2015 Report Wehner, M. & Maqsood, T. Dungog Flood 20-21 April 2015: post-flood damage survey. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Edwards, M. & Dale, K. Cost-Effective Mitigation Strategy Development for Flood Prone Buildings Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2014 Report Maqsood, T., Dale, K. & Wehner, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings - Preliminary Building Schema. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2014).
Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings
25 Aug 2014

The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. 

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Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings
18 Aug 2015

The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. The research will provide evidence-based retrofit strategies for decisions concerning the buildings with the greatest vulnerability in Australian communities.

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The main objective of this research is to identify cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods.

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