Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling software packages are becoming increasingly powerful, with impressive abilities to run countless iterations and display realistic flood inundation scenarios; however, a basic understanding of the underlying concepts is key in correctly interpreting, applying and presenting results.

Working in collaboration with industry and academic experts the Australian Water School created the Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) Essentials training series, now available on-demand.

The H&H Essentials series kicks-off with 2 free webinars Froude, Dude! and From Courant to Saint Venant, where the equations are explored that are hidden inside the “black box” of most hydraulic modelling programs (head to our YouTube page to view these recordings https://youtu.be/hdnSk_DxyZY and https://youtu.be/FDDKsJ3MzDI).

After viewing the webinars, start your H&H Essentials Series, covering 8 individual intensive 3-hour courses. Each course in the series focuses on a key principle of hydrology and hydraulics.

Every course is hosted by experts in their field, who delve in-depth into the key topic, explaining best practice techniques and approaches covering theoretical background material and practical applications specifically catered to practitioners in the water sector.

Attendees are introduced to, and work on, practical examples and case-studies, allowing them to apply the knowledge from the series and learn, hands-on how to use various modelling software packages. Whether you conduct your rainfall-runoff and hydraulic modelling in HEC-HMS, MIKE, TUFLOW, HEC-RAS, FLOW3D or any other 1D, 2D, or 3D software, this course provides the background hydraulic knowledge to allow you to appropriately select input variables, troubleshoot, and interpret results. Courses include basic equations that are used to compute key parameters and results for comparison to numerical models.


Format x8, 3hour session recordings; pre and post course materials to go through via the learning platform
Cost Standard fee $1,700.00
Code OS-22-8-055
Contact training@awschool.com.au
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Michael Konieczki


Michael Konieczki, PE, D.WRE has over 15 years of experience as a civil engineer modeling complex hydrologic and hydraulic systems, including flood warning and reservoir operation decision support sys... Read more

Tony Ladson


Tony Ladson has 35 years' experience in hydrology and river management and has worked on projects throughout Australia and in the US, Taiwan and PNG. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and ... Read more

Martin Hendriks

Utrecht University

Dr Martin R. Hendriks is Associate Professor (retired) of Physical Geography & Hydrology at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. He studied Physical Geography at the University of Amste... Read more

Krey Price

International Water Training Institute

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more


Tony Ladson has 35 years’ experience in hydrology and river management and has worked on projects throughout Australia and in the US, Taiwan and PNG. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota.  More

Hubert Chanson is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, where he has been since 1990, having previously enjoyed an industrial career for six years. More

Evan O’brien is an RPEQ-certified engineer with 17 years of experience in water resources design and civil site construction roles. More

Robert Keller‘s main areas of expertise are steady and transient flow analyses of pipe network and irrigation systems, physical and numerical modelling of river works and hydraulic structures, 1D and 2D computer modelling of rivers and flood plains, river stability, bank and bed protection, scour studies, and urban storm drainage analyses. More

Jessica Daignault has a Masters Degree in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from Colorado State University and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. More

Chris Goodell is the Principal Consultant for Hydraulics and Hydrology at Kleinschmidt Associates. Chris specializes in water resources hydraulic engineering. More

Kyle Thomson is a Technical Director at WMS with extensive experience in hydraulic, hydrologic and civil engineering. More…

David Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991).  More

Casey Kramer is a recognized expert in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, scour, river engineering, sediment transport and fish passage, while specializing in the hydraulic design of transportation facilities.  More


How it works

AWS designed the H&H Essentials series to be delivered as a series with each course flowing into the next. This ensures attendees build their skills piece by piece through every course.

Register now for the ENTIRE series (via the AWS Learning Platform) and be rewarded with

15% discount or purchase your preferred, individual course by clicking the link below.

Surface Water Hydrology: Quantification of Flow
1. Meteorology and precipitation
2. Infiltration and losses
3. Flow routing
4. Stochastic hydrology
Surface Water Hydraulics: Characterisation of Flow
5. Hydrostatics and open channel flow
6. 1D, 2D, and 3D flow
7. Pipe flow and hydraulic structures
8. Flood hazard, scour and sedimentation


Because these courses are designed to cater for engineers and non-engineers alike, including those with no previous background in hydrology and hydraulics, there are no formal prerequisites; however, a range of pre-course background materials are provided designed to allow the course sessions to proceed at an appropriate pace. Our intention is to make the course series challenging but not overwhelming for all attendees, with each course being suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals seeking a refresher for the underlying concepts behind hydrologic and hydraulic modelling applications.

The course workshop materials assume an ability to perform basic calculations in Microsoft Excel or equivalent spreadsheet program; no other prior software knowledge is required. If you are unfamiliar with spreadsheet calculations, those with MS Excel should review the Excel Basics tutorial and the calculation functions here; or for those without Excel, please download Google Sheets and view the Google Sheets Basics tutorial and the calculations functions here.


Each course consists of a 3-hour session with pre- and post-course materials delivered through sequential units via our customised learning platform.

Take sessions anytime, at your own pace, with unlimited course access for 4 months.

The courses include electronic copies of background material and workshop instructions, with pre-readings/videos and manuals available for ongoing learning.

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

  • 3-hours of session recordings to view as many times as required,
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters at any time through the learning platform,
  • PDF manual of the course available for ongoing use,
  • Workshop material for hands-on exercises, downloaded from the learning platform before starting the session recordings,
  • Pre-reading and viewing materials.



A good internet connection.

To provide the best desired learning outcomes, set up in a quiet space with dual monitors (i.e. one screen with the on-demand recording and the other with the software/exercise that attendees can work on simultaneously).


On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation. Attendees earn CPD hours/points with professional organisations for at least 5 hours per course (therefore 40+ hours for the series).

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Any further questions? Email training@awschool.com.au