Splash Network: Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems

Date: Friday 30 June 2017
Location: Fairfield City Council, 86 Avoca Rd, Wakeley
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

  • Member CRC – $115 ex GST
  • Non Member – $300 ex GST

This one day workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the Centre for Cooperative Research for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) “Adoption Guide lines for Stormwater Biofiltration System”.

The workshop will guide participants towards key content in the guidelines including; what is a biofiltration system, how do they function and what are their benefits. Participants will also work through key considerations for design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance. The workshop will also debunk some of the myths around biofiltratjon systems.

Participants will also be introduced to other useful resources referenced in the guidelines s including those developed by Water by Design (now Healthy Land and Water).
By tine end of this workshop participants will:

  • Have a good understanding of the content of the guidelines and know where they can find
    relevant information.
  • Understand what a biofiltration system is, how it functions and what are the benefits of
    these systems
  • Understand the different types of biofiltration systems and the context that they would be used
  • Identify key considerations for designing biofiltration systems at the concept stage
  • Identify common design, construction, handover, operation and maintenance issues associated with biofiltration systems.

Who should attend?
Practitioners seeking a better understanding of biofiltration systems including asset and civil engineers, development assessment officers, landscape architects, environmental officers and planners.

RSVP: Contact Kristy Good on: kristy.good@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Sally is a founding Director of E2Designlab and an experienced urban water
management practitioner well versed in WSUD, aquatic ecosystem remediation and the design of stormwater management systems from concept to delivery. With a background in freshwater ecology and 17 years of experience spanning both research and consultancy, Sally enjoys sharing this knowledge through capacity building.

Sally is a contributing author to industry guidelines on Water Sensitive Urban Design
and has presented numerous capacity building workshops. This has included the Bioretention Technical Design Guidelines and Bioretention Design Training Workshops for Water by Design, Queensland’s capacity building program. As active industry partners with
the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and the previous Facility for Advancing Water
Biofiltration , E2Designlab has a focus on demonstrat ing latest thinking by putting
research into practice. As a member of the Regional Advisory Panel for the CRC Water
Sensitive Cities, Salty is helping to guide knowledge generation, translation and
adoption initiatives.

Sally was awarded the inaugural Urban Development Institute’s Women in Development Excellence Award Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Creating a Sustainable Environment, 2009 as testament to her achievements in delivering successful on-ground applications
of WSUD.

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities: Research Projects, Products, Tools and Opportunities Seminar

Splash is excited to announce that it has organised for Jamie Ewert of the CRCWSC to come to Sydney to deliver a special one hour seminar. The seminar will provide an overview of the CRCWSC and its research program, flagship research projects and emerging tools and products. Jamie will also present case studies of innovative, integrated water management projects that have involved CRCWSC collaboration with stakeholders across Australia including involvement in the the Aquarevo Project and Fishermans Bend.

The seminar will also identify collaboration opportunities for organisations that are not currently CRCWSC partners including the CRCWSC’s research synthesis program. Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity to ask questions about projects within their organisations that may benefit from the research synthesis program.

RSVP: kristy.good@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Three hour parking is available underneath the Max Weber Library opposite the council. Alternatively Council is only a short ten minute walk from Blacktown train station.

When: 1:00 – 3:00pm Wednesday 14 June
Where: Blacktown City Council, 62 Flushcombe Rd Blacktown, Nirimba Room
Hosted by: Splash, Hunter Water and Blacktown City Council
Seminar: Jamie Ewert (Monash University | CRC for Water Sensitive Cities)

54th Presentation Of EEA 2-Day Stormwater Management Workshop: Sydney, May 2017

A 2-day Workshop entitled “Stormwater Management (source control)” has been organised by EEA (Engineering Education, Australia) for Tuesday/Wednesday, 30/31 May, in Sydney. The Notes provided in the course are based on the content of the award-winning manual “WSUD: basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater – a Handbook for Australian practice” edited by Professor John Argue AO HonFIEAust (University of South Australia). This document is endorsed by Stormwater Australia, Australian Water Association (AWA) and by Dept of Water, Western Australia; it is included as a major reference in Book 9 (Urban Storm Drainage) of the current AR&R Revision.

The content features a balance between the three domains of WSUD (stormwater) practice – quantity control, pollution control and stormwater harvesting. Serious issues of stormwater management in Australia are posed by the prospect of 35 million population of Australia by 2050.

  • How will Sydney’s existing stormwater infrastructure and that of other major population centres in NSW cope with change under the ‘high density’ urban consolidation option presently being implemented by councils and the state government ?
  • What strategies can be adopted to enable existing (competently-performing) infrastructure to manage these changes without expensive (conventional) upgrade?
  • How can re-development in catchments with existing under-performing stormwater infrastructure be managed to enable the existing in-ground works to progressively meet greater demand without expensive (conventional) upgrade?
  • Must the creeks and natural waterways falling within the municipal jurisdictions of the Greater Sydney area as well as those administered by regional municipal agencies in NSW be sacrificed to hard-lining in the wake of urban expansion?

Positive answers to these and many other questions based on WSUD ‘source control’ practice will be provided in the Workshop as well as a 30-minute presentation on how the City of Gosnells WA has incorporated this practice into its cost-effective urban re-growth strategy.

The Workshop will also include results of continuous simulation modelling of high-performing filter-bioretention systems enhanced by treatment taking place in parent soil masses; the fate of dissolved pollutants is singled out for particular attention.

The short course includes: design procedures based on state-of-the-art analyses and best overseas practices adapted to Australia-wide conditions; case study illustrations drawn from field installations   with between 10 and 18 years of Australian operational history; design ‘worked examples’; introduction and access to rainwater tank sizing software applicable across Australia. The Workshop includes an (optional) overnight tutorial exercise. The Workshop will be led by Professor John Argue.

Why you should attend the Workshop –

  • This is likely to be the only presentation of the Workshop in Sydney this year;
  • It covers the three main domains of WSUD practice – quantity (urban flooding), quality (pollution treatment/control) and stormwater harvesting – in a comprehensive, integrated manner;
  • The (stormwater) retention practices covered in the Workshop are featured in the 2017 AR&R Guidelines Revision (Book 9 – Urban Storm Drainage, currently being completed);
  • It earns participants 32 hours of CPD credit with Engineers Australia.

More information about the workshop including course content, cost and Registration Forms is available on the EEA website http://www.eeaust.com.au/ or by calling Emily on (07) 3226 3021.

Updated 21st April for change in date of the course.

Engineers as Leaders – College of Leadership and Management Info Night

The College of Leadership and Management (CLM) is holding a free information session on ‘all things CLM’, asking all engineering professionals to join the leadership conversation!

Date: Tue 4th April, 2017
Time: 5:30 for a 6pm start
Place: Engineers Australia Chatswood office

For more information about the event and to register, please see the attached flyer or access the link below.

Note – this event is also open to non-members of Engineers Australia who want to learn more about this new college. Once non-members enter their email address, the system should not ask you for a password. Members who have forgotten their password will be emailed a link to re-set it, as once you are signed in, you will not need to re-enter your contact details in the registration form for this event. Please let me know if you are having any trouble registering through the link below.

The registration link is https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/event/engineers-leaders-join-conversation

A PDF flyer is available.

Getting Started With ARR2016: The Data Hub Is Your Friend

ARR Data Hub, How To and Q&A

This presentation will demonstrate the use of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff data hub. The ARR Data hub is your one stop shop for design flood estimation inputs.

The talk will outline the methodology used and the benefits of the data hub. A how to guide for some of the new aspects of ARR will be presented for example how to apply storm losses and preburst.

The seminar will feature a question and answer session on the new ARR application.


11th April 2017
BoM Auditorium
Level 15
300 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2000

Online registration is mandatory. Costs:

$0 for Members, Students and Bom Staff (BOM Discount Code: BOM2017)
$30 for all others.

Speaker: Mr Mark Babister

Mr Mark Babister is a national leader in water engineering, specialising in flood
estimation and floodplain management. Mark has over 30 years’ experience and has
successfully led an extensive number of significant hydrologic, hydraulic, floodplain
management, infrastructure and dam studies for a wide range of water managers and infrastructure owners. As Managing Director of WMAwater, Mark runs a specialised water engineering consultancy employing more than 35 water engineers in three offices.

Mark has been instrumental in the update of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) which is the national guide for design flood estimation. Mark chaired the technical committee, was a member of the steering committee overseeing the project and is a co-editor of Australian Rainfall and Runoff. Mark has played a key role in development of a number of other guidelines for water engineering in Australia.

Mark has undertaken a number of expert advice roles including the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, Natural Disaster Insurance Review, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Wivenhoe Manual, and the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study – Independent Panel of Experts. Mark was recently named the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year for 2017.

A printable PDF flyer is available for download.

Call for Abstracts for the 13th Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference in Sydney, 13-16 November 2017

The National Committee on Water Engineering and Engineers Australia is pleased to announce that the 13th Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference will be held at the DockSide, Sydney on 13-16 November 2017 (http://hiwe2017.com.au/). The conference will cover all aspects of Hydraulics in Water Engineering.
The Scientific Committee of the 13th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering is inviting Authors to submit Abstracts to any of the following themes.

Conference Themes

  • Applied Hydraulics         (Best engineering practice, Risk management, Climate change adaptation, Education)
  • Hydraulic structures     (Conveyance structures, Dam operations, Hydropower, Flow structure interactions)
  • Infrastructure                    (Stormwater, Bridges, Pipes and pumps, Irrigation)
  • Coastal Hydraulics        (Ports and harbours, Shoreline protection, Geomorphology)
  • Riverine Hydraulics        (Rivers, Estuaries, Sediment transport, Wetlands)
  • Numerical methods      (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics, Flood forecasting)
  • Environmental                  (Ecohydraulics, Environmental fluid mechanics, Ocean outfalls, Stratification, Water quality)
  • Hydraulic Methods      (Technology, Innovations, Physical modelling, Data collection, Industrial processes)

Submission Details

Download the Abstract Template provided and submit all Abstracts to abstracts@hiwe2017.com.au by 31st March 2017.

Once the Abstract has been accepted, authors are required to submit a full paper for peer review.

Further details and the Abstract Template can be found on the conference webpage: http://hiwe2017.com.au/call-for-abstracts/

Key Dates for your diary

Abstract submission closes                                         31 March 2017
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts                     28 April 2017
Full papers due                                                            23 June 2017
Final date for submission of revised full papers         15 Sept 2017
All oral presentation to be submitted                          October 2017

Call for applications – JD Lawson Scholarship

The Civil College National Committee on Water Engineering is calling for nominations for the JD Lawson Scholarship. The scholarship recognises and encourages a professional engineer who is making an outstanding contribution in hydro-environmental engineering to the professional community. 

Who was JD Lawson?

Jack Dempster Lawson was an Emeritus Professor whose career spanned four decades, and whose contribution to the fields of hydraulic and water resources engineering was and still is profound. After working briefly with the Commonwealth Department of Works and for two years as a Research Hydraulic Engineer with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority he joined the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer in 1954. In 1970 he was appointed Professor of Civil Engineering, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. At the time of his death in 1991 he was the world President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). 

The Scholarship

The scholarship includes up to $5000 for registration, flights and accommodation to attend the 37th IAHR World Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 13-18 August 2017. 

Find out more

To find out more and to nominate, visit our website

Nominations close Monday, 13 February

Announcement and Initial Call for Abstracts 13th Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference

The National Committee on Water Engineering and Engineers Australia is pleased to announce that the 13th Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference will be held at the DockSide, Sydney on 13-16 November 2017. The conference will cover all aspects of Hydraulics in Water Engineering.  The Scientific Committee of the 13th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering is inviting Authors to submit Abstracts to any of the following themes.

Conference Themes

  • Applied Hydraulics
    • Best engineering practice
    • Risk management
    • Climate change adaptation
    • Education
  • Hydraulic structures
    • Conveyance structures
    • Dam operations
    • Hydropower
    • Flow structure interactions
  • Infrastructure
    • Stormwater
    • Bridges
    • Pipes and pumps
    • Irrigation
  • Coastal Hydraulics
    • Ports and harbours
    • Shoreline protection
    • Geomorphology
  • Riverine Hydraulics
    • Rivers
    • Estuaries
    • Sediment transport
    • Wetlands
  • Numerical methods
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics
    • Flood forecasting
  • Environmental
    • Ecohydraulics
    • Environmental fluid mechanics
    • Ocean outfalls
    • Stratification
    • Water quality
  • Hydraulic Methods
    • Technology
    • Innovations
    • Physical modelling
    • Data collection
    • Industrial processes

Submission Details

Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words will be accepted in Microsoft Word or plain text and should be submitted to abstracts@hiwe2017.com.au by 3rd March 2017.  Once the Abstract has been accepted, authors are required to submit a full paper for peer review on the template to be provided.

Sponsors and Further Information

We are seeking sponsors, if you are interested please contact us on: info@hiwe2017.com.au. Our website: http://www.hiwe2017.com.au/ will go live soon.

Registration Open for Australasian Coasts & Ports 2017 Conference

See: http://www.coastsandports2017.com.au/

The Local Organising Committee, the National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia, PIANC and IPENZ invite you to attend the Australasian Coasts & Ports 2017 Conference; an amalgamation of the 23rd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 16th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. The Conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland, from 21-23 June, at the Cairns Convention Centre.

The Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines related to coasts and ports.

Our Conference theme “Working with Nature” reflects the increasing recognition of the need to design and operate projects from a perspective that places the natural environment at the forefront of the project, to benefit the community and nature.

An increasing awareness of the value for ecosystem services, both marine and terrestrial, complements this philosophy, and provides opportunity for maximising the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration between engineers, scientists and regulatory bodies.

Coasts & Ports 2017 will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to Cairns, to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

Coasts & Ports 2017 will continue to publicise the persisting importance of coastal engineering problems, incorporating numerous concurrent streams for technical presentations, half-day field trips and the opportunity to network with colleagues in a vibrant social program, including a Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and Closing Sundowner.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairns in 2017!

Professor Tom Baldock
Coasts & Ports 2017 Chairperson


HWRS: One week to go. Dont miss out

Register now. Over 388 people registered. https://oncue.eventsair.com/nzhs-2016-conference/registration/Site/Register

You are probably aware that New Zealand has recently been rocked by Earthquakes. The thoughts of the Local Organising Committee are with delegates and their families that have been impacted by this series of earthquakes. For international visitors, the location of most of the earthquakes have been in the top of the South Island and lower North Island. Fortunately, for our conference, Queenstown has not been affected and we are looking forward to hosting the joint conference of the NZHS and HWRS (EA) in a couple of days. Outside of North Canterbury everything is running as normal.

Note the Conference dinner and more importantly the Hydrologic Games will be held at the Skyline Gondola on the THURSDAY night at the end of the conference. Ticket includes a ride on the Gondola to spectacular views of Queenstown. Lets make sure the Kiwis don’t win the Cumec Throphy! Note in honour of the NZ adventure capital this year the conference dinner has an optional dress theme – “Adventure”. More details at http://nzhs2016.cloudaccess.host/programme/social-functions.html

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