Queensland Government Hydraulics Laboratory (QGHL)

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government

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Wave flume assessment of rock seawall stability under wave attack.

The Queensland Government Hydraulics Laboratory provides technical expertise in coastal engineering and monitoring to support policy, research, planning, and disaster management. The unit manages the storm tide and wave monitoring networks along the Queensland coastline; administers the Tweed Sand Bypassing Project; and provides technical support to other agencies regarding coastal processes and modelling, and the associated impacts, including disaster management.

Website https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/coasts-waterways/beach/hydraulics-laboratory

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Metocean environmental monitoring
  • Physical modelling of coastal processes
  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes
  • Storm tide technical advice during extreme events
  • Post extreme event coastal impact assessments and surveying
  • Coastal hazard assessment and studies
  • Local government services
  • Marina and port investigations

Facilities and major equipment

  • Buoy calibration equipment
  • 1,800 m2 models hall
  • Two customisable wave basins
  • Wave flume (LWH = 25 x 1 x 1.4 metres)
  • 20 m basin paddles (long-crested)

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


27 Quinlan Street, Deagon QLD 4017

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency

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