1. INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING
Designer: Roger Brisbane
Contractor: Morton Urban Solutions
Client: Stockland Development PTY Ltd
Location: Ormeau, Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia
Mortons Urban Solutions was commissioned to undertake design, project management, and construction supervision of the project to fulfill part of the region's demand for residential lots in the fastest growth corridor in Australia.
Ridge is an 890-lot residential subdivision located adjacent to an existing flood plain and within the Gold Coast / Brisbane “Green Belt”. Compensatory earthworks for flood mitigation and requirements to place bio-retention basins above major storm levels presented technical challenges for piped stormwater conveyance systems.
Restrictive floodplain dynamics presented opportunities to utilize the full potential of 12d Dynamic Drainage Analysis (DDA), and permitted calculations, iterations, and interrelations that would be unthinkable in any other drainage analysis package.
To fully utilize the site’s potential an end-of-line bio-filtration approach was adopted, however, this presented additional problems with the conveyance of large quantities of piped stormwater. 12d’s DDA facilitated a highly interrelated system incorporating bio-filtration basins, piped drainage, multiple bi-directional pits, and overland flow components, with each component affecting the functioning of the other. A series of 16 bi-directional pits within the estate permitted low flows (Q3 month) to be directed towards bio-filtration basins, whilst larger flows were discharged directly into the floodplain.