I have established my own company to provide consulting services. Before this I had an extensive career in irrigation utility organizations across Victoria. I have extensive skills and knowledge relating to the management and upgrade of irrigation systems to operate efficiently to provide high levels of services and reliable assets. I have a good understanding of the challenges modernisation projects have and the business transitions required to make them successful.
Water Resources Management:
• Profiling water supply portfolios on tenure, security, reliability, quality and supply limitations and trade options.
• Profiling water demand scenarios covering differing crops, critical growing periods, climate scenarios, application efficiency and expected reliability.
• Assessing the impact of climate change scenarios on supply and demand and the adaption and mitigation options.
• Water balance analysis covering best practice measurement, identifying the location, volume, seasonal variability and uncertainty of losses plus identifying potential double counting of water.
• Matching network measurement requirements with modernisation options to provide confidence in capturing real water savings.
Technical advice on irrigation modernisation options, with their costs and benefits:
• This covers canal lining, pipelines, off-channel storages, canal automation options, customer outlets, service levels, control approach and water measurement.
Planning and execution of irrigation infrastructure projects:
• Diagnostic situation analysis assessing the current gaps and opportunities for institutions, water resources, service levels, assets and financing.
• Develop strategic action plans with options that can fit with the business context, policy-objectives, and future upgrade plans.
• Develop business cases to support investment decisions, including a range of plausible future scenarios to assess risk and uncertainty.
• Plan the important staff, customer, operation and maintenance changes to sustain the benefits.
• Set up the delivery of projects for success including practical project governance and defining meaningful project objectives and success measures.
Institutional support for irrigation business:
• Covering governance, financial viability, water security and reliability, service models and levels, asset management, pricing model and tariff design, business re-structuring and regulatory compliance.
• To understand their current and future interests, concerns, capabilities and their current level of trust. The engagement can be direct or remote and include gender equality and social inclusions.
People capability – Paul Byrnes:
• Leadership in a rural water authority responsible for dams, irrigation systems, groundwater and surface diversions
• Extensive success in completing the upgrade of irrigation systems. These projects have saved water, delivered high service levels that support increased agricultural production and are sustainable.
• Water resource assessments, including surface water and groundwater.
• Water measurement standards and water balance studies.
• Detailed understanding of water losses and how to quantify the real savings possible from irrigation upgrades.
• Project management skills covering strategic planning through to the delivery and handover.
• Asset management funding models, frameworks, skills and systems.
• Advanced analytical and synthesis skills.
• Data analysis and presentation and understanding the limitations of poor data.
• Adaptable reporting and communication skills.