Hydraulics of Fishways

This presentation will be delivered in three parts followed by a Q&A style session with all three presenters.  Across the three sections of this talk we will cover:

1. A brief overview of the biological issues surronding fishways as well as the critical need to include these structures in all water management plans and designs – particularly to be included at the early project conception stages.
2. The high capital and maintenance costs of fishways and how smart engineering solutions based on a detailed understanding of the biological needs of different species can, and is, bringing these costs down as well as improving performance.
3. An overview of the hydraulics classification of fishway stuctures including rock ramp, vertical slot, fish lock and other fishways.
4. Presentation of recent collaborative field trials by the Department of Primary Industries and UNSW WRL and their immediate application to design standards.

Dr Matthew Gordos, Visiting Fellow John Harris and Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper
This presentation will be delivered in three parts.  Dr Gordos is the Senior Manager – Fish Passage Unit and the Department of Primary Industies – Fisheries.  John Harris is a visiting professor at the University of NSW and Dr Mallen-Cooper of Fishway Consulting Services.  All three presenters have unique expereince of both the research and practical applications of fish ladders and hydraulics as well as their design and implementation.

Event Details

Event Status



Wed 1 Aug 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Registration Closes

Wed 1 Aug 2018 - 6:00 pm


PSA Auditorium
160 Clarence Street
Sydney New South Wales 2000



Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
Non-Member: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)


Water Engineering Panel

Key Speaker(s)

Dr Matthew Gordos; Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper; Professor John Harris

Maximum CPD Hours

1.5 hour(s)

Event Contact

Engineers Australia Member Services
1300 653 113