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Development of a sewerage infrastructure buffer assessment tool for local authorities

Cheong, Julia, Oflaherty, Patrick , Dawes, Les A., & Foong, Yin (2011) Development of a sewerage infrastructure buffer assessment tool for local authorities. In Valentine, Eric (Ed.) Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress, 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, Engineers Australia, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 2728-2735.

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    Abstract

    Urban expansion continues to encroach on existing or newly implemented sewerage infrastructure. In this context, legislation and guidelines, both national and international, provide limited direction to the amenity allocation of appropriate buffering distances for land use planners and infrastructure providers. A review of published literature suggests the dominant influences include topography, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, existing land uses and vegetation profiles. A statistical criteria review of these factors against six years of sewerage odour complaint data was undertaken to ascertain their influence and a complaint severity hierarchy was established. These hierarchical results suggested the main criteria were: topographical location, elevation relative to the odour source and wind speed. Establishing a justifiable criterion for buffer zone allocations will assist in analytically determining a basis for buffer separations and will assist planners and infrastructure designers in assessing lower impact sewerage infrastructure locations.

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    ID Code: 44079
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: BUFFER, SEPERATION DISTANCE, ODOUR, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
    ISBN: 9780858258686
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
    Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Engineers Australia
    Deposited On: 22 Aug 2011 07:58
    Last Modified: 24 Aug 2011 20:48

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