Take sessions anytime, at your own pace with unlimited course access for 30 days on registration.

This introductory course will provide beginners with the necessary knowledge to design and construct accurate, reliable, and stable two-dimensional hydraulic models from scratch whilst identifying potential sources of error in hydraulic modelling. Not only designed for the beginner, attendees will be rewarded with access to TUFLOW eLearning modules valued at over $1,000, free of charge!

See full course details below and register now to secure your place!


Format x3, 2hour recordings; pre and post course materials to go through via the learning platform
Cost Standard fee $695.00 (INC GST)
Code OD-23-3-088
Contact training@awschool.com.au
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Chris Huxley


Chris is a Principal Engineer for BMT (the developers of TUFLOW) with over 20 years’ experience in the field of flood / stormwater modelling and floodplain management. Chris is an expert in the fiel... Read more

Abigail Lillo


Abigail Lillo has recently joined the TUFLOW team, where she actively engages in flood modelling, provides technical support, and contributes to training. With a background in consulting, Abigail has ... Read more

Shuang Gao


Shuang Gao is an Environmental Engineer and software developer. He currently works at BMT’s Brisbane office on the development and testing of the TUFLOW software suite, a set of shallow water equati... Read more

BONUS💡🛠️: Attendees will be rewarded with access to TUFLOW eLearning material valued at $1,000, for free!

Course outline

There are numerous potential sources of error in hydraulic modelling including:

  • data input inaccuracies;
  • poor model design; and
  • inaccuracies in the numerical solution being used.

This course specifically focuses on reducing errors associated with poor model design. Topics include, though are not limited to:

  • Appropriate 2D cell size(s);
  • Model extent constraints;
  • Recommended boundary condition locations and implementation;
  • Timestep selection;
  • “Traditional Grid” vs “Sub-Grid Sampled” topography treatment;
  • Topography updates to enforce significant (necessary) hydraulic controls;
  • Simulation check files.

Background theory will be discussed, and a range of TUFLOW HPC model build exercises will be used to demonstrate the concepts mentioned above, and their impact on hydraulic modelling results.

Session outline

Session 1: Active domain extent; Boundary condition locations
Session 2: Simulation timestep; 2D cell size
Session 3: Hydraulic control reinforcement; simulation check files.


  • Unlimited course access for 30-days presented as sequential units in the Learning Management System (LMS);
  • 6+ hours of session recordings with unlimited access for 30-days; 
  • Pre-course materials to go through via the LMS;
  • TUFLOW eLearning exercises between Session 2 & 3;
  • Access to TUFLOW eLearning modules valued at over $1,000, free of charge!
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters at anytime through the LMS;
  • Attendees earn CPD hours/points (i.e. with Engineers Australia) for at least 12 hours for the entire course.



  • A good internet connection.
  • Computer device with a Windows OS.
  • The modelling demonstrations during this course will be completed using TUFLOW HPC. Attendees will be guided to work through examples using QGIS for TUFLOW.
  • No software licences are required. All exercises will be built to function using TUFLOW’s free demo mode.  The demo mode is built into all TUFLOW releases, though has the following limits:
    • 100,000 total cells and 30,000 active (potentially flooded) cells.
    • 100 1D channels.
    • A simulation time of 10 minutes.
  • For more information on TUFLOW’s free demo mode, please see: New User Guide Free Demo Version.


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


Watch this introductory webinar to get a sneak peak into what the course has to offer:



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