Live course: Fluvial Geomorphology Essentials

Learn the basics of fluvial geomorphology, focussing on infrastructure crossings

(Course code: LC-22-3-035)

In this three-session course, you will learn the fundamentals of geomorphology, building on knowledge gained from our 'Geomorphology 101' Webinar. This course will be highly practical and includes a ‘virtual’ field trip visiting carefully selected case study sites and also physical model simulations to apply the knowledge taught to real-world situations.

Highly respected industry experts from leading consultancies will guide you through each session.
- Session 1, Thurs 7th July 10am -12pm - Fluvial geomorphology fundamentals
- Session 2, Thurs 14th July 10am -12pm - Interpreting hydraulic/hydrologic model results for geomorphic analysis
- Session 3, Thurs 21st July 10am -12pm - Geomorphology, Crossings and Infrastructure

Date: Thursday, 7 July 2022 - Thursday, 21 July 2022

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

Location: Online

Format: x3, 2hour live training + recordings; pre and post course materials to go through via the learning platform

Cost: $595.00 (INC GST)

Contact: Joel Voortman

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Andy Markham


Dr Andy Markham is a Certified Fluvial Geomorphologist, Surface Water Hydrologist and Chartered Environmental Scientist. He has a PhD in fluvial geomorphology from London University, over 30 years of ... Read more

Michael Cheetham

Water Technology

Michael is a geomorphologist with 17 years' experience coordinating research and consultancy projects for clients such as water authorities, utility companies, and local and state government. Michael ... Read more

Ben Pearson


Dr Ben Pearson is an experienced geomorphologist, environmental consultant and advisor, with 15 years of industry experience. In his current role, Ben manages the Land and Water Management group at Hy... Read more

Julian Martin

Water Technology

Julian has experience in design, modelling, construction and project management and has undertaken a variety of projects incorporating geomorphic, hydraulic and hydrologic investigation work. Julian b... Read more


Rivers change continuously. Fluvial Geomorphologists use landscape interpretation skills to understand form and process, both historically and into the future.  In this 3-part course, attendees will build on knowledge gained from our Geomorphology 101 webinar. In the first session you will dive into the Geomorphology deep-end.

Key application areas such as understanding geomorphological values and concepts such as dynamism and upstream-downstream processes will also be covered by our expert presenters.

In the second session, attendees will learn how to interpret hydraulic/hydrologic model results for geomorphic analysis using models such as HEC-RAS, TUFLOW, MIKE, 3D models, build an appreciation for the benefits of using models, understand some of the pitfalls of over-reliance on their outputs, and hear about their application from an engineer’s perspective.

The third session will involve a virtual field trip applying the tools and perspectives.

Course Overview

Session 1 | 7th July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

Fluvial Geomorphology Fundamentals – Led by Mick Cheetham

  • Complex response and equilibrium
  • Physical model visualisations

Session 2 | 14th July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

Interpreting Hydraulic/Hydrologic Model Results for Geomorphic Analysis – Led by Ben Pearson

  • Types of models
  • Use of hydraulic models in geomorphology

Session 3 | 21st July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

Geomorphology, Crossings and Infrastructure – Led by Julian Martin and Andy Markham

  • Crossing types and examples
  • Materials and techniques
  • Case studies – bridge stability and adjacent infrastructure – including short virtual field trip



This course is designed with:

  • 6+ hours of live sessions and recordings with unlimited access for 30-days after the last live session
  • Units to complete consecutively via the AWS learning platform
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the AWS learning platform
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters at anytime in the live sessions and through the learning platform
  • Homework to follow through the learning platform, between the sessions
  • You will have unlimited access to all the course materials for one month after the final live session.
  • Attendees earn CPD hours/points (ie with Engineers Australia) for at least 10+ hours for the entire course

The sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform if you cannot attend live.



There are readings before the live sessions (provided through the learning platform), with some videos to watch as introductory background. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions, via the initial survey. The learning platform will also include a folder of approximately 20 reading materials to view after the session.


A good internet connection, a mic and a webcam are encouraged to allow for live interaction in the Q&A times. The Zoom platform is used, you can test your internet connection, download and install the launcher now using this test meeting:


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


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