This course teaches the basic principles of hydrology and hydraulics for staff with no formal training in water engineering.


Ian Cordery

University of New South Wales

Ian is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he specialises in teaching engineering hydrology and irrigation. He is the auth... Read more

Trevor Jacobs


Trevor recently retired from the position Senior Director River Operations, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, with over 40 years experience in management of the River Murray System. He is currently a co... Read more

Charles Lawrence

University of Melbourne

Charles is an Honorary Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in hydrogeology, Melbourne Uni. He gained a doctorate in 1972 at Melbourne Uni. Charles initially worked for the Groundwater Section of the Vic... Read more

Who should attend:

Environmental consultants

Technical staff at water authorities and other water businesses

Building services personnel

Surveyors, architects, landscape designers, plumbers

Federal, state and local government staff involved in planning or development
Course Objectives:
Hydrology and hydraulics are the cornerstones of modern water engineering and many water-related projects rely on an understanding of the occurrence and distribution of water (hydrology) and the movement of water through our pipe and open channel systems (hydraulics).
On completion of this workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of the principles of water engineering theory and why particular design solutions have been proposed. Whatever your particular area of interest, specialising in water can open new career advancement opportunities.

What’s included:
• Presentations by experienced water professionals
• Set of course notes
• Activities and discussions
• Networking with other industry professionals
• Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
• Catering: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas

Course content includes:

Background to hydrology

Rainfall and runoff estimations

Flood management

Environmental impacts


Closed pipe system hydraulics

Open-channel flow hydraulics

Static and dynamic water pressure design

Design forces in pipe systems

Energy losses in pipe systems

Introduction to drainage design

Case Studies