About us

Working with Swash

Swash specialises in dredging advisory, dredging project management, sand / sediment management and related services.

Based in Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast (Qld, Australia), we are a boutique firm providing deep and diverse expertise via our in-house specialists and carefully selected collaborative partners.

Our network enables us to provide comprehensive service packages that offer clients the option of a convenient, single point of contact to holistically run their dredging or sand management programs. We also provide a range of individual services, targeted to your requirements.

At Swash, we slot into your projects however you need us.

Our footprint extends around Australia and beyond. Clients can leverage our key contacts and important relationships with regulators, industry peak bodies, environmental scientists, engineers, dredging equipment and vessel providers, and many others, when they use our services.

What is 'swash'?

Swash. The rush of water up a beach from a breaking wave.

Our name was inspired by the meaning behind the word. As the interface of water and sand on the beach, swash reflects our philosophy that the best outcomes are delivered when different skill sets come together to innovate, share knowledge and exchange ideas.

We strive to bring this mindset, alongside our practical approach, to all of our projects, developing long-term relationships with our clients that enable us to add substantial value as we engage with and grow to know the whole of their business.

About Damian Snell

Damian Snell is a Civil Engineer (RPEQ) with more than two decades of experience in the water utilities and ports industries.

Damian Snell

His background includes in-house roles at ports and regional councils such as North Queensland Bulk Ports, Gippsland Ports and Albury City Council, as well as project management roles with Unitywater and AECOM.

Damian founded Swash in 2015, because he saw an opportunity to channel his passion for water and sand projects into helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes in a wide variety of pursuits. He believes that smart sand management and well-run dredging programs have the potential to deliver benefits for the economy, the environment and for communities.

In addition to project delivery, Damian is committed to educating the public about the benefits and processes of sand management and dredging, and he has produced several graphics, blogs, animations and video resources that often inspire clients’ own project communications.

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