Dr David Wainwright

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

Dr David Wainwright is an adjunct research fellow with the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. Apart from his involvement in research, David also has over 20 years of industry experience as a consulting engineer, focusing on coastal engineering, environmental hydraulics, geomorphology and adaptation to climate change - particularly in the coastal zone.

David’s work typically covers coastal engineering design, coastal geomorphology and land use planning. David is also broadly familiar with key aspects of coastal ecology, local government management, property law and community consultation. His key areas of expertise include risk assessment methods for planning in the face of coastal and flooding hazards and sea level rise, engineering design, numerical modelling, and coastal lagoons. David’s PhD thesis investigated numerical modelling methods to inform management of the entrances to coastal lagoons.

He has been a chartered engineer with Engineers Australia since 2001, with membership in the Civil and Environmental Colleges. David provides regular services to that organisation in interviewing individuals applying for chartered membership and acting as a judge for its biannual Engineering Excellence Awards. David is also a conjoint lecturer with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. David is a director of Salients Pty Limited, a consulting company he established in 2015.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philisophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours, University of Technology, Sydney

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Woodroffe, Colin, Callaghan, Dave, Cowell, Peter, Wainwright, David, Rogers, Kerrylee and Ranasinghe, Roshanka (2014). A framework for modelling the risks of climate-change impacts on Australian coasts. In Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation (pp. 181-189) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118845028.ch20

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wainwright, David J., Callaghan, David P., Cowell, Peter, Dougherty, Amy and Woodroffe, Colin D. (2013). Probabilistic coastal hazard lines for risk based coastal assessment. In: Ian L. Turner and Edward D. Couriel, Coasts & Ports 2013 Conference: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. Proceedings. Coasts and Ports 2013: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Manly, NSW, Australia, (1-6). 11-13 September, 2013.

  • Wainwright, D., Baldock, T. and Callaghan, D. (2012). Coastal Lagoon Entrance Management - What can models tell us?. In: 21st NSW Coastal Conference: Papers. 21st NSW Coastal Conference, Kiama, NSW, Australia, (1-20). 6-9 November 2012.

  • Wainwright, David, Callaghan, David, Cowell, Peter and Woodroffe, Colin (2012). Coastal adaptation framework from geological to engineering time scales. In: Living on the Edge. Coast to Coast 2012, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-21 September 2012.

  • Wainwright, David, Callaghan, David, Jongejan, Ruben, Ranasinghe, Roshanka and Cowell, Peter (2012). How to weigh coastal hazard against economic consequence. In: Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012. 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012, Santander, Cantabria, Spain, (). 1-6 July 2012. doi:10.9753/icce.v33.posters.31

  • Wainwright, D. J., Baldock, T. E. and Callaghan, D. P. (2012). Statistical modelling of coastal lagoon barrier height to inform coastal design and planning. In: Coast to Coast 2012, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-21 September 2012.

  • Wainwright, D. J., Kidd, L. J., Guard, P. A. and Baldock, T. E. (2011). Morphodynamic modelling of entrance breakout for a coastal lake. In: Coasts and Ports 2011, Perth, Australia, (84-89). 28-30 September 2011.

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