ARR Live Course #1: Rainfall Design Inputs

Learn what the most important inputs are, where to find them in the data hub and how to use them for rainfall design.

In this 3-hour intensive live training course our experts will guide attendees through the importance of design rainfall for flood estimation.

Attendees will increase their knowledge of the different rainfall related design inputs in Australian Rainfall and Runoff, including Intensity Frequency Duration (IFD), temporal patterns, spatial patterns, and tips and tricks for their application. We will also investigate the differences between historical and design rainfalls, and issues associated with development of rainfall models for design flood estimation in ARR.

Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021

Time: 10:00am (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Format: 3-hour live and interactive course + Pre/post-course materials via the learning platform

Cost: AUD$195 (includes GST) or combine with the full ARR Series and save 25%

Contact: Joel Voortman


Mark Babister


Mark is a national leader in floodplain management and analysis. Mark has successfully completed numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, floodplain management, infrastructure and dam studies. Mark’s clear, ... Read more

Monique Retallick


Monique has 12 years’ experience in hydrology, 2d modelling and design of major waterway openings for road projects particularly on large and coastal rivers. Monique has extensive experience in the... Read more



Full Series | Register for the ENTIRE series and be rewarded with a 25% discount.

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Throughout the course attendees will be shown practical working examples, learning hands-on how to use and apply different rainfall related design inputs, including:

Key concepts/topics covered
• design rainfalls
• very rare design rainfalls
• temporal patterns

Learning objectives
• how to get IFD data
• how to use ARR data hub
• how to select which temporal pattern to use


The course is delivered through 5 sequential units via the learning platform

  • 3 hour live and interactive session
    • Thursday, 27th May 2021, 10am-1pm (Sydney Time), includes a 10 minute break.
    • Session is recorded & uploaded to the learning platform (within 24hrs after session), if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • Course Manual.
  • Ability to access all the online course materials for up to a month after the course. The pre-readings/videos and manual/s are available for ongoing learning.


Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) is the national guideline document, data and software suite for the estimation of design flood characteristics in Australia.

Originally published in 1958 by Engineers Australia, ARR 4th edition was released in 2019 with support of the Commonwealth Government of Australia and Geoscience Australia.With national applicability, balancing the varied climates of Australia, it is a pivotal framework to the safety and sustainability of Australian infrastructure, communities and the environment. The information and the approaches presented in Australian Rainfall and Runoff are essential for policy decisions and projects involving:

  • infrastructure such as roads, rail, airports, bridges, dams, stormwater and sewer systems;
  • town planning;
  • mining;
  • developing flood management plans for urban and rural communities;
  • flood warnings and flood emergency management;
  • operation of regulated river systems; and
  • estimation of extreme flood levels.

ARR 4th edition is a major update to guidelines, the first in 30 years and consists of The Guidelines and associated Data hub and software.

What’s Included

The ARR Live Training Series is designed to be taken individually. Each course will be highly practical and hands-on (ie; not simply a PowerPoint of lectures), turning ARR policy and research into practice.

Dependent on the course, attendees will be interacting and developing models, learning software, working through exercises and case studies. Where relevant, attendees will also have homework between courses.

What’s included within each of the 8 courses in the series:

  • 3-hour live session & recordings to view as many times as required in the allocated time;
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters within the session and before/after through the learning platform;
  • PDF manual of the course. The manual is recommended for ongoing use;
  • Any working models/ software’s necessary as per instructions in individual course- to be installed before the live session, downloaded from the learning platform;
  • Some courses will have Exercises / homework to complete between courses;
  • Pre-reading and viewing materials;
  • Ability to access all the online course materials for up to a month after each course. The pre-readings and manual are available for ongoing learning;
  • Attendees earn CPD hours/points (ie with Engineers Australia) for at least 5 hours per-course (therefore 40+ hours for the Series).

Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey.

A good internet connection and software and downloads as described in the learning platform. To provide the best desired learning outcomes, setup in a quiet space with dual monitors (ie one screen with the live session and the other with the software/exercise that attendees can work on simultaneously). The courses are not designed for a board-room setup.

On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.

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