Francois Flocard

Sch: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Contact details:
(+61 2) 8071 9823
(+61 2) 9949 4188

UNSW Water Research Laboratory Manly Vale Campus


Francois is a Principal Engineer at the Water Research Laboratory. Francois has been with WRL since 2011 andhas over 12 years of applied experience working on a range of consulting engineering projects in the marine renewable energy sector, coastal engineering, and the oil and gas industry. Francois is an expert in the field of marine renewables; he has managed the installation of a 250 kW pilot device in Victoria and led several large studies related to wave dynamics and wave energy conversion.


Francois has also managed projects in the fields of coastal hazards, coastal structures, climate change adaptation, physical and numerical modelling, and coastal monitoring. Francois brings at WRL the combined attributes of a practical engineering background and academic analysis to resolve complex coastal and hydraulic problems. He also has extensive experience in accurate data management, processing and analysis (i.e. time series, statistical and spectral analysis methods) as well as geographic information systems (GIS). Francois is an expert in 2D and 3D physical modelling with expertise in the application of over 20 physical models for assessing coastal, marine structures and wave energy devices.


Francois is an active member of the marine renewable energy and coastal engineering communities, regularly publishing work in technical conferences and journals. He is an active member of PIANC, INORE and Engineers Australia NSW Coastal Panel and was a committee member of the Australian Wave Energy Atlas project in 2015 and 2016.




PhD (Civil Engineering), University of Sydney

MEngSc (Hydraulics), Ecole Nationale des Arts et Metiers, France

BE Hons 1 (Mechanical Engineering), Ecole Nationale des Arts et Metiers, France