Dr Sharmil Markar

BSc(Eng) (Hons) PhD FIEAust CPEng RPEQ NER IntPE(Aus) APEC Engineer

Senior Principal Engineer

Dr Sharmil Markar


A director of WRM from 2004 to 2021, Sharmil holds a PhD in water resources engineering and has 35 years international experience in the water industry. He is a highly respected member of the engineering community, who has been appointed to significant government and industry working groups, and is often called on as an expert witness and reviewer. Sharmil has advanced technical skills in, and a strategic understanding of, flood and floodplain management, and water resources planning and management. He has worked on projects of all sizes in all states and territories of Australia and overseas, including major flood forecasting, and water entitlement and trading projects in China. Sharmil also offers expertise in water allocation modelling; management of stormwater and mine site water; and flood damage assessment. He has worked with clients in the mining, development, industrial, insurance, litigation, and overseas development sectors, and for local, state and federal governments. Sharmil has made significant contributions to 4 water resources projects that were awarded Engineering Excellence Awards by Engineers Australia: Yangtze River Flood Control and Management Project; Wivenhoe Dam Spillway Upgrade Project; NSW North-west Rivers Flow Forecasting Model; and Nyngan Flood Investigations.

Career highlights

  • Member of 3-person Expert Hydrology Panel that advised the Insurance Council of Australia on the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. Sharmil was subsequently invited to provide expert advise and evidence to the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry on Brisbane River design flood estimation
  • Team leader and principal hydrologic modeller for the development of a web-based, integrated and state-of-the-art flood forecasting system for the Yangtze River in China
  • Member of 3-person working group appointed by the New South Wales Government to review the calibration and application of the IQQM model for Murray-Darling river CAP auditing purposes.

Fields of expertise

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and investigations
  • Mine site water management
  • Catchment management
  • Stormwater management
  • Flood and floodplain management
  • Flood forecasting
  • Flood damage assessment
  • Peer review and expert evidence
  • Training courses.

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