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A steady stream of interest in Engineering student's flood investigation

Published:01 November 2019

Kristy Jensen presents her final-year thesis project to the Queensland Water Panel of Engineers Australia at Engineering House in Brisbane.

Hydrologists, town planners and development assessment engineers have a new source for the potential impact of floodwaters in Rockhampton, thanks to CQUniversity Engineering graduating student Kristy Jensen.

The former Bundaberg Campus student has investigated the impacts of recent revisions to flood estimation guidelines, with a case study on the suburbs of Norman Gardens, Park Avenue and Kawana that surround Splitters Creek in Rockhampton.

At the end of October, she placed third at the prestigious Michael Woodhouse Student Awards in Brisbane, where she presented her final-year thesis project to the Queensland Water Panel of Engineers Australia.

Foundation Engineering Studies Discipline Leader, Dr Ben Taylor says Kristy's project investigation incorporated registered flood records and anecdotal community observations from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013 and Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

"As the revisions to the flood estimation guidelines are so recent, Kristy's results are breaking new ground, which is relevant to communities throughout Queensland," Dr Taylor says.

Kristy is also kicking goals on the employment front. She has finished her CQUni degree in distance mode and joined AECOM as an engineering cadet.

"I have always had a keen interest in the water industry and CQUni's Co-op Diploma of Professional Practice allowed me to gain valuable experience in water-related roles accross Queensland, whilst studying my degree," Kristy says.

"My first Co-op placement was within Mackay Regional Council's Water and Sewer Planning team. I then gained employment with Downer at the Rubyanna Waste Water Treament Plant in Bundaberg, and finally as an undergraduate at AECOM in the Water Resources team in Rockhampton.

"As a 2020 graduate at AECOM, I will continue working in the Water Resources team, where I will be able implement many of the flood modelling skills and knowledge gained during my thesis study."

Dr Taylor adds that he has been very fortunate to assist Kristy right throughout her Engineering course, "from presenting her first lecture on engineering fundamentals through to supervising her final project in collaboration with colleagues at AECOM".