Hydraulic Modeller and GIS Analyst
Andrew Rickert joined the WCS Engineering team in 2016 as a hydraulic modeler and GIS analyst. He has extensive experience in natural resource management with a chief focus on catchment management including freshwater, coastal, and marine areas. At WCS, Andrew has gained substantial experience in water and wastewater hydraulic modeling, GIS analysis, and optimization using the OptimizerTM software by Optimatics.
In his previous employment with Bellingen Shire Council, Redland City Council, and Wide Bay Water, Andrew developed an extensive skill set and demonstrated success in working with a range of stakeholders including government, agricultural enterprises, industry, educational/research institutes, and the broader community.
Andrew’s key strengths include communication, teamwork, organization, and project coordination. At WCS, Andrew is responsible for development application hydraulic assessments, geospatial mapping, model preparation for optimization projects, new staff training and project administration. He is highly motivated to work closely with clients to deliver water and wastewater projects at the high standard for which WCS is renowned.
Selected Project Experience
- Wellington Water, NZ – Consent Alternatives Optimization and Prioritization
- Bayonne, NJ, USA – LTCP Optimization and Sensitivity Analyses
- City of Tulsa, OK, USA – Northslope Basin Optimization
- Kansas City, MO, US – North Bank Tunnel preliminary optimization
- Logan City Council, AUS – Rochedale South master plan optimization and prioritization
- Christchurch City Council, NZ – InfoWorks ICM model development, review and refinement
- Queensland Urban Utilities, AUS – InfoWorks model conversion to SWMM
- Managed all Sustainability & Natural Resource Programs within the Bellingen Shire (Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coastline & Estuary Management, Healthy Rivers Program, Sustainability, Vegetation Management and Environmental Levy projects).
- Coordinated the Bellingen Shire River Health Program and manage associated grant funded programs and projects
- Implemented priority Management Objectives & Strategies under the Shire’s Estuary Management Plan (DECCW)
- Coordinated and delivered the Waterway Extension Program: worked with stakeholders in the Redlands Catchments to implement best management practices (BMP) to improve catchment health
- Provided BMP advice to landholders on a variety of property management challenges
- Launched the waterways extension program: development of program marketing materials and promotion of program through a variety of avenues including local industry associations, clubs, private enterprise and the media
- Established key research partners to further scientific credibility and understanding of BMP in catchment management
- Developed key land and catchment resources to be used in delivery of the waterways extension program
- Worked collaboratively and cooperatively within the environmental education team to deliver a professional service to customers on a wide variety of natural resource management issues
- Coordinated water quality monitoring, improvement, education and training programs within the Burnett and Mary River Catchments.
- Successfully coordinated several riparian regeneration projects on public and private property.
- Monitored monthly WQ of major rivers and tributaries within the Burnett and Mary Catchments
- Secured funding for four grants specifically for the Alliance (100% success on application)