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Tariq Maqsood
Project Leader

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This project is building on existing research to broaden the knowledge of the vulnerability of Australian building stock to riverine flooding and is identifying suitable retrofitting strategies. Existing building schema have been assessed, both national and internationally. This led to the development of a new building classification schema to categorise residential buildings into a range of typical storey types. Mitigation strategies developed nationally and internationally have been reviewed.
Research team:
The June 2016 Launceston flood provides a significant opportunity to review the actual cost versus benefit from the significant mitigation works recently contracted to protect the city.

Lead end user

The 2015 Productivity Commission’s report on natural disaster funding arrangements in Australia found that governments overinvest in post-disaster reconstruction and underinvest in mitigation activities that would limit the impact of natural disasters. Given the multitude of natural hazards that require mitigation and response from government agencies and the tighter budgets at both state and national levels, natural hazards managers are increasingly under pressure to justify the use and allocation of resources for mitigation efforts.
Year Type Citation
2017 Report Maqsood, T. et al. Launceston flood risk mitigation assessment - June 2016 floods: suburb of Newstead. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Mohanty, I., Corby, N. & Edwards, M. Launceston flood risk mitigation - June 2016 floods. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Journal Article Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Dale, K. & Edwards, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategies for residential buildings in Australian flood plains. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering 6, 550-559 (2016).
2016 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Dale, K. & Edwards, M. Development of flood mitigation strategies for Australian residential buildings. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Presentation Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings. (2015).
2015 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M. & Dale, K. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Maqsood, T., Wehner, M., Edwards, M. & Dale, K. Cost-Effective Mitigation Strategy Development for Flood Prone Buildings Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2015 Report Wehner, M. & Maqsood, T. Dungog Flood 20-21 April 2015: post-flood damage survey. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2014 Report Maqsood, T., Dale, K. & Wehner, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings - Preliminary Building Schema. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2014).

Posters credited

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings


The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. 

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings


The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. The research will provide evidence-based retrofit strategies for decisions concerning the buildings with the greatest vulnerability in Australian communities.

Key Topics:
Tariq Maqsood Conference Poster 2016


The main objective of this research is to identify cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods.

Key Topics:
Experimental testing of residential building materials exposed to inundation


The main objective of this research was to assess the strength and durability implications of immersion of key residential building materials/systems in slow water-rising conditions. The research will help to ascertain where deterioration due to wetting and drying needs to be addressed as part of repair strategies.

Key Topics:
Cost-effective mitigation strategy for flood prone buildings


The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. The research will provide evidence-based retrofit strategies for decisions concerning the buildings with the greatest vulnerability in Australian communities.

Key Topics:

Resources credited

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook