Matt Blacka

Matt Blacka
Principal Engineer - Coastal
UNSW Water Research Laboratory
Contact details:
0438 812 978

His experience working on a broad range of coastal protection applications provides a wealth of knowledge on the use and mis-use of coastal protection systems.

 

Matt has over 12 years of applied experience working at WRL, and manages projects in the fields of coastal processes and hazards, estuary processes, coastal structures, coastal engineering vulnerability assessment, physical modelling, field data collection and coastal monitoring.

Matt’s background qualifications in Civil Engineering combined with his passion for the natural coastal environment allow him to bring a considered but technical approach to his projects. His experience working on a broad range of coastal protection applications provides a wealth of knowledge on the use and mis-use of coastal protection systems. Matt is one of Australia’s foremost experts in the application of physical models for analysis of coastal and marine structures, having modelled over 30 projects in the past 12 years, and published many papers on coastal structure physical modelling methods and case studies. His expertise in coastal structures extends to include wave loading assessments, coastal protection design as well as structure condition assessments.

Matt regularly undertakes desktop and field investigations for coastal and estuary processes, hazards and management studies. He has completed coastal processes and management studies for projects ranging from small property developments through to regional scale communities. Matt’s work extends from Tasmania in the south to Darwin in the north, and includes a range of projects in the Pacific. Matt currently manages WRL’s Coastal Imaging programs and he has many years of practical experience undertaking environmental data collection in the coastal zone.

Matt is an active member of the Australian/Pacific coastal engineering community, regularly publishing work in technical conferences and journals. He is also a committee member of the Engineers Australia NSW Coastal, Ocean and Port Engineering Panel (COPEP) and was secretary of the committee in 2013 and 2014.