Stormwater Management - Source Control

Engineering context

By 2050, the Commonwealth government aims to have Australia’s population reach 35 million. This significant increase will have implications for resources of all types, not least of all water, and the way we manage stormwater.

This two-day course covers the principles of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) relating to source control of stormwater. The content features a balance between the three domains of WSUD (stormwater) practice - quantity control, pollution control and stormwater harvesting.

Particular attention is directed to the problems posed by the expected rapid increase in population, including infrastructure strains, the future of our natural waterways and the potential need for redevelopment.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be able to explain the differences between detention and retention installations as components of urban stormwater infrastructure; design a range of infiltration surfaces as components of water-sensitive stormwater management infrastructure, and ‘size’ a rainwater tank system for a domestic or industrial application using software introduced during the course.

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Is this course for you?

This is an advanced course tailored to engineers and technical officers engaged in the design or approval of devices or systems employing WSUD on residential or industrial sites.

The course assumes you’re familiar with the basic principles of engineering hydrology, including runoff hydrographs, rational method, ‘time of concentration’, use of IFD data, ARI, runoff coefficients and EIA, infiltration and stormwater infrastructure.

Your facilitator for this course

Adjunct Professor John Argue BE MS FIEAust CPEng has taught and carried out research in urban hydraulics and hydrology since 1976 at the University of South Australia (formerly SA Institute of Technology). This work led to the publication by ARRB in 1986 of Storm drainage design in small urban catchments – a handbook for Australian practice. This book has been widely used by engineers and technical officers in consulting practices and municipal agencies across the nation. This handbook introduced retention technology to Australian practice.

In 1987, John focused his interests on the application of retention practice to flood control, pollution control and stormwater harvesting. He published the results of this research in WSUD: basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater – a Handbook for Australian practice. This document sees the problem of flooding in the urban landscape as the prime task to be solved by water engineers and forms the knowledge base of the Stormwater Management (Source Control) workshop delivered by Engineering Education Australia.

John holds the post of Adjunct Professor of Water Engineering at the University of South Australia.

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