Hydroterra Associates are experts in their chosen field, specialising in utilising technology and application knowledge to identify and deliver solutions, which optimise our clients productivity, reduce their operational regulatory compliance costs, whilst protecting and enhancing their reputation.
Our core competency in facilitation of knowledge and technology transfer is only achieved through the quality of our people.
HydroTerra has employed the expertise of experienced Natural Resource Management and Environmental Monitoring Experts in order to provide clients with the best knowledge and best solutions to all environmental monitoring requirements.
Dip Forestry, BSC (Forestry), Grad dip Mgmt, MB, CEnvP #15, MEIANZ, GAIDC
Ric Bland has extensive experience of government processes at Commonwealth, State and local levels, including policy development, implementation and review. He has particular expertise in strategic planning on both public and private land, natural resources management issues (surface water and groundwater, land use and zoning, land protection, fisheries and forests) and environmental assessments (biodiversity (particularly the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and its predecessor the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act, and key State and Territory Acts), endangered species and communities, flora, fauna and cultural heritage).
He has prepared Environment Management Plans for road construction, contaminated sites remediation, land development landfills, and marine activities. He has undertaken environmental (and social audits) of Environmental Management Plans and Monitoring Plans for landfills, land development, mines, ports and transshipment facilities.
As a Manager, Ric has led environmental (permitting, contaminated land and water) teams, developing and growing a business.
B. App Sci (QUT), Grad. Dip. Env.Micro. and Biotech. (RMIT)
Stephen is an experienced research scientist and project manager specialising in water pollution monitoring, and currently holds a position at the University of Melbourne's Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM). Stephen has developed a range of novel and innovative solutions for the detection of water pollution and is published both locally and internationally. High-level expertise in data analysis and management further strengthens HydroTerra's robust Quality Control and Quality Assurance procedures, ensuring data produced from our sensor networks is validated in near real-time and compliance reporting is of the highest international standards.
Training & Agriculture Associate
Alastair has developed a broad range of experience in natural resource management, data analytics, agriculture, practical-based training and integrated technology. After completing Science (Genetics) and Forest Science degrees at the University of Melbourne, he worked in strategic planning and fire-line operations for the Victorian Government Fire Management Department before undertaking a PhD in Forest Genetics. The systems-thinking approach developed during this research has been used to inform later research output in natural environments, broad-acre cropping and horticulture, particularly using IPM to enhance ecosystem services. Research in big data analytics led to being presented with the Christophe Baron Award for Best Presentation at the 2015 American Association of Wine Economists Conference. Alastair has consulted in energy management and sensor-implementation for operational optimisation of agricultural enterprises.
Between 2008 and 2016 Alastair coordinated the Viticulture and Winemaking higher education program at Melbourne Polytechnic, developing a pioneering online delivery program, allowing off-site students to undertake highly practical courses with a firm and uncompromising grounding within industry-recognised graduate outcomes. Alastair brings this approach to HydroTerra's innovative program of training packages, providing flexibly delivered courses for environmental monitoring professionals.
Professor Bill Moran
Ph.D. Mathematics, B.Sc.(Hons)
Bill is a Professor at RMIT University in the School of Electrical and Computing Engineering. Bill has worked as a university scholar at several universities across Australia and in Liverpool, UK. With a PhD in Mathematics, Bill has lecturer and been director of the Defence Science Institute at Melbourne University. Professor Moran has published multiple research papers on Fusion theorems and mathematical sciences.