Australian ADCP Regatta 2015

Mic Clayton - Snowy Hydro Limited, New South Wales , 28 June, 2016

In late November 2015, the Hydrographic Team of Snowy Hydro Limited (SHL) hosted a two day Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) Regatta on the Swampy Plains River downstream of Khancoban, in southern New South Wales. The initiative was prompted by observations of the success of similar Regatta events in New Zealand, hosted by the New Zealand Hydrological Society Technical Group, in recent years.

Twenty one participants from six organizations (representing four states) attended the inaugural Australian regatta, with representatives from two suppliers, Xylem Analytics and Hyquest Solutions also participating in a technical advice capacity.

Participating organisations were:

  • Snowy Hydro Limited;
  • ALS Global – Sydney and Melbourne;
  • DPI Water – Albury and Tumut;
  • Ventia Utility Services – Victoria (previously Theiss Services);
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA) ; and
  • Department of Water (WA) – South West Region.

The mix of participants included State government bodies, hydrometric services companies and corporations.

This article describes the design of the event, results and outcomes from the Regatta and a summary of future proposed Regatta focus points.

Results and other outcomes of the Regatta data have been presented without identifying organisations or individuals in this report. The participating organisations are welcome to contact the author for identification of their individual results.