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Murrumbidgee River Hydrographic Survey

Performing a hydrographic survey over 300 kilometres of one of Australia’s most important rivers

  • Rockdale, NSW, Australia

    Rockdale, NSW, Australia

A critical bathymetric survey of the Murrumbidgee River

The next time you see a small boat snaking along a river with people busy around some equipment, there’s a chance that they are not fishing or having a lazy day on the river—they could be running a hydrographic survey,

The Murrumbidgee River is a major tributary of the Murray River within the Murray–Darling basin and is the second longest river in Australia. We were engaged by the Murray Darling Basin Authority, to run a hydrographic survey over 300 kilometres of the river, covering sections from the Tumut River to Wagga Wagga and Yanco Weir to Carrathool.

Using SONAR to map the riverbed and LIDAR to map the surrounding area, the survey was run from a boat which was driven in gentle “S” shapes up the river to form overlapping data points. This data was processed to form detailed surveys of the riverbed and the riverbanks. and was fed into a model to provide a better understanding of the impacts of changes in water flow conditions such as floods, and low water.

The survey is critical in the evaluation of water flow impacts across the Murray Darling basin which supports much of the agriculture and natural vegetation through New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.

At a Glance

  • NSW Department of Planning
  • and Environment
Meet Our Team

Julian Bosman, Project Director

I enjoy the creativity of engineering—taking ideas and concepts, turning them into designs and bringing them to life in the real world.

Adam Warburton, Group Leader - Survey Construction

There is no substitute for effort—all the best projects are the ones where you are totally committed.
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Pierre Hartzenberg, Business Leader, Geospatial

Surveying is always the first discipline carried out on site. We form the backbone for all other work that follows.
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Amy Steiger, Geospatial Discipline Lead, ANZ

Spatial science and digital technology is expanding at a rapid pace, and I love how we can use this knowledge to improve project outcomes.
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Julian Bosman

Project Director

Adam Warburton

Group Leader - Survey Construction

Pierre Hartzenberg

Business Leader, Geospatial

Amy Steiger

Geospatial Discipline Lead, ANZ

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