Sr. Research Scientist Bio EC 2184 Email 305.348.8218 Dr. Muhammad Alam is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Florida International University’s (FIU’s) Applied Research Centre (ARC). He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the School of Civil and Resource Engineering at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) in 2009. He earned his B.Sc. in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) in 2002, and his Master’s…

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Muhammad Alam

Sr. Research Scientist

Bio

EC 2184

Email

305.348.8218

Dr. Muhammad Alam, Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Muhammad Alam is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Florida International University’s (FIU’s) Applied Research Centre (ARC). He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the School of Civil and Resource Engineering at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) in 2009. He earned his B.Sc. in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) in 2002, and his Master’s in Information Technology from the University of Ballarat (Melbourne, Australia) in 2004.

Dr. Alam manages and leads the Applied Research Centre’s hydrology modelling team. He is conducting research that supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) soil and groundwater remediation program under the DOE-FIU Cooperative Agreement. He serves as ARC’s Soil and Groundwater Lead for projects involving simulations of watershed hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water management scenarios, and contaminate fate and transport, especially nuclear contamination. His research is conducted in collaboration with researchers and scientists from Savanah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Dr Alam is an experienced hydrologist with nine years of experience in the water industry delivering a range of surface water and groundwater modelling, extreme flood events modelling, and integrated water management projects in Australia for informing drainage and water management planning, land use planning and policy development. He is skilled in assessing impacts of climate change and land use change on water resources, to inform catchment management plan, drainage and water management plan (DWMP), district structure plan (DSP), local water management strategy (LWMS), and state’s planning investigations for future residential and industrial developments. He has been involved in multiple projects as a lead modeller and project manager. He has demonstrated experience on reviewing internal and external flood models, technical reports and journal papers. He has demonstrated supervising skills for managing analytical and modelling works of graduate engineers, team members, and PhD, masters and work experience students. He has vast experience in Lattice Boltzmann 2D and 3D flow and sediment transport modelling.

Some Selected Project Experience (2011 – 2019)

East of Kwinana flood study – model development and calibration| Client: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Development of a MIKE FLOOD Flexible Mesh flood model combining north-east Baldivis and Birrega-Oaklands planning investigation areas to assess flood risks associated with a variety of land development and drainage scenarios
  • Calibration and validation of the flood models with gauged hydrographs and anecdotal flood levels

The greater Bunbury hydrological studies – land development, drainage and climate scenario modelling| Client: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Engagement with a variety of stakeholders from state and local government agencies and other consultants to gain input to develop sensible climate, drainage and development scenarios for the study
  • Scenario modelling of planning investigation areas under future climate change, land development and sub-surface drainage options (using the calibrated MIKE SHE groundwater model for the region)
  • Extensive analysis of modelling results including water balance calculation, groundwater inundation and drainage volume estimation for each of the development footprints
  • Development of groundwater inundation (waterlogging) maps and groundwater level maps for each of the modelling scenarios using ArcGIS
  • Publication of a complete report (internally and externally reviewed)

The greater Bunbury hydrological studies – model development and calibration| Client: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Development of a surface water and groundwater interactions model using an integrated MIKE SHE, MIKE HYDRO and MIKE 11 modelling platforms for the greater Bunbury to support district structure plan and water management plan
  • Calibration of the groundwater model following the Australian Groundwater Modelling Guidelines
  • Translation of modelling outputs and development of groundwater inundation map, and average annual maximum and minimum groundwater level maps to inform flood models to be developed for the study area
  • Water balance estimation for pre-development conditions
  • Publication of a complete report (internally and externally reviewed)
  • Publication of full-length conference papers in MODSIM2017 and HWRS2018 conference proceedings

Upper greater Bunbury Source Model | Client: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Redevelopment of a calibrated hydrology Source model for climate change scenarios
  • Scenario modelling and generation of point outflows to be used for the greater Bunbury groundwater model as model inputs

Neerigen Brook Flood Study 2016, Armadale| Client: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA)

  • Flood frequency analysis for estimation of peak flows
  • Development of a catchment-scale hydrology model to derive inputs to the Wungong Master Plan hydrodynamic model
  • Engagement with a variety of stakeholders from governments to improve Rating Curves for the gauging station at the outlet
  • Estimate flood hydrographs employing Monte Carlo simulation techniques using RORB for design flood events ranging from 0.2 − 50% AEPs
  • Publication of a complete report (internally and externally reviewed) and delivered to MRA

Punrak Food Study – hydrology and hydraulic modelling| Client: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Flood frequency analysis
  • Calibration of a hydrologic model to gauged flows throughout the Upper Punrak catchment using RORB.
  • Development and calibration of a hydraulic flood model for Punrak catchment in lower Serpentine using MIKE FLOOD modelling platform
  • Development of floodplain maps and long sections for major waterways for a variety of design flood events to inform future development and water management plans within the study area
  • Publication of a complete flood study report (internally and externally reviewed)
  • Publication of two full length conference papers at MODSIM2015

Wungong Flood Study 2016 – a review of the hydraulic model and flood study report | Client: Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI), Australia

  • Revision of the Wungong flood model (developed using MIKE FLOOD FM) to provide feedback on model parameterisation and performances
  • Revision of the Wungong flood study report

Impact of Bauxite Mining on Inflows to Serpentine Main Dam – model development and calibration| Client: Alcoa Alumina, Australia

  • Development and calibration of a daily hydrology model for the catchment contributing to Serpentine Main Dam, using LUCICAT modelling platform
  • Scenario modelling under future bauxite mining plans and climate change to predict streamflows and salinities
  • Translation of modelling outputs to inform land use management policy and salinity control targets
  • Publication of a complete hydrology report (internally and externally reviewed)
  • Publication of a bauxite mining impacts report in HWRS2012 conference proceedings

Recalibration of Lower Gascoyne River Flood Model – Gascoyne catchment| Client: Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

  • Recalibration and redevelopment of the existing RORB model using 2010 storm event for the Gascoyne catchment (79,00 km2 in size)
  • Development of an information matrix (correlating rainfall with pick flows) to be used as a decision support tool in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services

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