Case study

Springfield Development

ProjectSpringfield Development: Flood and Stormwater Management Studies
ClientSpringfield Land Corporation
LocationSpringfield, Queensland
Completion2004 – 2012
Disciplines/ServiceHydraulic Modelling
Flood Impact Assessment
Conceptual Planning
WRM ContactDavid Newton

The Challenge

Springfield is one of Australia’s largest urban developments with a total area of 2,850 hectares. The site is characterised by steep topography, presenting challenges for the implementation of effective stormwater quality management, with a number of potentially flood-affected properties downstream.

Approach and Key Activities

Since 2004, WRM has undertaken numerous flood and stormwater management investigations and provided advice for this major master-planned urban development.

Initial work undertaken by WRM included concept design for flood management infrastructure, including major detention basins and urban lakes, in the Woogaroo Creek catchment to ensure no adverse impacts on downstream properties. WRM provided ongoing advice on flooding and stormwater management, including management of stormwater quality. WRM also advised on significant creek works, including diversions and major hydraulic structures associated with the development of parkland features.

These tasks required the development of a number of hydrologic and hydraulic models combined with extensive GIS mapping while working with numerous stakeholders and consultants.


The adopted strategy for the management of stormwater quality and quantity was accepted by council, maximising the developable area of the site while ensuring no adverse impacts on downstream flooding or water quality.