ANCOLD Young Professional Best Paper Award recipients

2023 – Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Lindsay Speyers (Mott Macdonald) for his paper titled  “Carbon Digital Twins – How Kidston’s carbon data is changing the way we design and construct”

2022 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Laura Montano (UNSW Water Research Laboratory) for her paper titled “Remote sensing technology for dam design and prototype monitoring”

2019 – Auckland, New Zealand

Hench Wang (Hydrology and Risk Consulting Pty Ltd)

Haden Smith (U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Risk Management Center)

2018 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hench Wang (Hydrology and Risk Consulting Pty Ltd) for his paper titled “Using HEC-LifeSim to better understand and reduce dam failure consequences for three case studies around Australia”

Haden Smith (U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Risk Management Center) for his paper titled “A robust and efficient stochastic simulation framework for estimating reservoir stage-frequency curves with uncertainty bounds”

2017 – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Oliver Giudici (Hydro Tasmania) for his paper titled “Spillway Concrete Scour Detection and Repair at the Base of an 84m High Arch Dam”

2016 – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Tom Reed (Snowy Hydro Ltd) for his paper titled “Applying Mechanical Thinking to Dam Strategy”

Matthew Sentry (The Geotech Group) for his paper titled “Construction of a high capacity post tensioned permanent Carbon Fibre Ground Anchor”

2015 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Michael McKay (GHD) for his paper titled “Seismic Analysis of a Concrete Dam with a Complex Configuration: Nonlinear, Time History of Mt Bold Dam”

Simon Lang (SKM) for his paper titled “Estimating potential loss of life downstream of retarding basins”

2014 – Canberra, ACT, Australia

Lyndon Johnson (Hydro Tasmania) for his paper titled “Data Presentation in the 21st Century: Giving Complex Surveillance Data Intuitive Meaning”


David Stephens (Jacobs) for his paper titled “Applying Joint Probabilistic Techniques to the Determination of Downstream Coincident Flows and Incremental Consequences of Dam Failure ”

Steven Hare (State Water Corporation) for his paper titled “Justifiable Maintenance – Reliability Centred Maintenance of Dam and Weir Assets”


Kristy Carroll (Melbourne Water) for her paper titled “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Retarding Basins? An Asset Owners Perspective”

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