Why professional hydraulic design is vital to your building project

Hydraulic design and services exist for many vital reasons. Considering the various requirements and standards that need to be complied with, you will need a hydraulic engineer at most to ensure a well-designed hydraulic system and, at the very least, a hydraulic consultant to perform a peer review of hydraulic design.

What is hydraulic engineering exactly?

It is a sub-discipline of civil engineering that focuses on the conveyance and flow of fluids, mainly sewage and water. This specific area is intimately related to sanitary and environmental engineering as well as in the design of bridges, channels, canals, dams and levees.

It uses the principles of fluid mechanics to address problems with the use, collection, storage, control, measurement, transport and regulation of water.

The application of these principles is what differentiates a hydraulic engineer from a plumbing engineer. Both, however, work hand in hand in most building projects where a hydraulic system is required.

Different hydraulic services

Services vary between companies, but there are similarities in certain aspects.

Most providers not only offer hydraulic design but also assist in:

  • Due diligence
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Concept design and detailed design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Plumbing approvals and estimating
  • Development applications
  • Cost plans and budget estimates
  • Contract administration
  • Services auditing
  • Construction support
  • Peer reviews
  • Installation inspections
  • Tender evaluation

In choosing a provider, check beyond the number of services they can help you with. Make sure that the ideas they implement will have the most impact on your building project. A good hydraulic engineer can identify longer-term risks and deliver solutions that will lower them, save time and money, and outlast a project’s life cycle.

Why do you need professional hydraulic design and services?

This is because there are standards and specifications that need to be followed. If your project fails the hydraulic assessment, work will be delayed.

Queensland Urban Utilities, for example, require businesses that need to dispose of trade waste to submit hydraulic plans according to specific requirements.

Plan preparation must be done in accordance with the Trade Waste Hydraulic Plan Guideline, which includes the trade waste drainage requirements and the right measurements for grease and oil arrestors. Following the guide will ensure a fully compliant hydraulic modelling process.

When times comes to submit your plans to the council, you won’t have to provide additional documents for assessment if the hydraulic plans meet requirements and when only approved pre-treatment devices are used.

A hydraulic or plumbing consultant knows that the Register of Authorised Basic Pre-treatment Devices specifies that only Grease Silt Register, Oil Silt, and Other Infrastructure should be used in hydraulic design and installation.

Otherwise, you’ll need to obtain a Trade Waste Consent from Urban Utilities so that plumbing compliance assessment will be carried out.

Consult with an expert

Protect your investment by partnering with experts in hydraulic systems. Avoid mistakes and legal problems even before the start of a project to ensure a seamless process, from the beginning right through to completion.

With this in mind, speak with the hydraulics team of DMA Engineers. The company also has an MEP consultant and professionals you might need. For more details, visit us at https://dmaengineers.com.au/services/hydraulics/