Australian Rainfall and Runoff Workshop

Engineering context

Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) is a national guideline for flood risk estimation. ARR provides guidance and datasets to produce accurate and consistent flood studies and mapping to ensure communities, infrastructure and the environment can withstand the impact of extreme rainfall, flooding and storm surge.

In 2016 the first major update to the guidelines in nearly 30 years was published. The modernisation of the guidelines and the accompanying data and software takes into account the significant technological advances in rainfall and runoff assessment since the previous edition.

During this two-day course expert facilitators will provide an introduction to ARR and the update, as well as deliver an advanced practical application workshop.

Attending this course provides participants with an understanding of the updated guidelines and an appreciation of how consistent use reduces flood risk and contributes to the development of safe and sustainable infrastructure.

Day One – Introduction and Update

Suitable for all professionals working within the water industry, Day One will deliver an overview of the ARR guidelines and tools, as well as the updates to best practice as detailed in the 2016 edition.

Day Two – Advanced Application

Designed for hydrologists and engineers working within water related fields, this workshop will detail how to practically apply the tools, techniques and software in ARR 2016.

Download the Technical Flyer for more details.

Registration Options
Participants have the option to attend the full workshop or a single day (Day One or Day Two).

Workshop requirements
Day One - Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop.

Day Two - Participants are required to bring their laptop.

Build your Chartered competencies

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

2.   Practise competently
3.   Responsibility for engineering activities
4.   Develop safe and sustainable solutions
6.   Identify, assess and manage risks
7.   Meet legal and regulatory requirements
12. Advanced engineering knowledge
13. Local engineering knowledge
14. Problem analysis
16. Evaluation

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.


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Is this course for you?

This workshop is suitable for professionals working in the water industry including hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers, scientists, policy makers, and urban planning/design practitioners from local government, catchment authorities, consultants, researchers, and land developers.

Day One:

Designed for all professionals working within the water industry who want to develop their understanding of ARR and the changes in the 2016 edition. Also ideal for support staff.

Day Two:

Designed for practitioners involved in managing flood impact and flood modelling including hydrologists and engineers who want to learn how to apply the tools, techniques and software in ARR 2016 to their role.

Participants attending Day Two must be actively working within hydrology or water related fields with some knowledge of ARR.

Your facilitator for this course

This workshop will be facilitated by a range of experts involved in the update of the ARR guidelines:

Mark Babister FIEAust CPEng NER is a national leader in water engineering, specialising in flood estimation and floodplain management. He has over thirty years’ experience in water engineering studies 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. He is currently a Director at MWAwater.

Mark was the Chair of the Technical Committee for the ARR revision and an editor of the document.

In 2017 he received the Engineers Australia John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year award.

Rory Nathan FIEAust has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching.

Rory was a co-editor and contributing author of the 2016 revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff. He has been Australia’s representative on the International Committee of Large Dams floods committee and a member of the hydrology sub-committee of the NSW Dams Safety Council. He has published around 200 research papers on engineering and environmental hydrology in journals, books, and refereed conference proceedings.

Bill Weeks FIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ is a skilled hydrologist with over forty years’ experience in surface water and groundwater hydrology and hydraulics. He has worked on projects covering water resource assessments, flood studies, irrigation and water supply assessments, bridge and road embankment hydraulic studies and environmental studies.

Bill was a member of the Technical Committee and a co-editor for the 2016 revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff.

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