This course focuses on wave modelling; including theory, analytical calculations, numerical modelling and physical modelling using SWAN, developed at Delft University of Technology. It will introduce the standards, best-practice guidelines and how to perform simple checks for coastal models.

Join us for a comprehensive journey, over 3 hands-on interactive sessions including several tutorials and step-by-step guidance to develop wave models for real-world applications. This course is ideal for early-stage practitioners, designers, and councils seeking to harness SWAN's power for coastal assessments. Let's make waves together!


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Thursday, 4 April 2024 - Thursday, 18 April 2024
3:00pm (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)
Format x3, 2hour live training + recordings; pre and post course materials to go through via the learning platform
Cost Standard fee $695.00 (INC GST)
Code LC-24-3-100
Contact training@awschool.com.au
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Daniel Rodger

JB Pacific

Dan is a Director at JB Pacific, the Chair of the Engineers Australia Queensland Water Panel, and a member of the Griffith University Civil Engineering Reference Group. He has 16 years experience in c... Read more

Alexandra Maskell

JB Pacific

Alex is a Senior Coastal Modeller at JB Pacific. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has 10+ years' experience in numerical modelling and extremes science. Read more

SWAN is an open-source, third-generation wave model, developed at Delft University of Technology. It computes random, short-crested wind-generated waves in coastal regions and inland waters.


Course Outline

  • The theory of waves
  • Sources of uncertainty
  • Tutorial on setting up SWAN control files
  • Grid generation and assigning bathymetry
  • Selection of boundary conditions and simulation parameters
  • Model calibration and validation
  • Viewing and interpreting results

Attendees will gain:

  • Hands-on Learning by engaging in practical exercises and case studies;
  • Expert Insights and tips from both Daniel and Alex’s extensive experience;
  • Comprehensive Skillset development in data handling, visualization, model fitting, and more;
  • Real-World Applications applying SWAN directly for coastal assessments.


  • All sessions will be held on Thursdays 3 – 5 pm (Sydney Time, 2 hours per session)
    Session 1: Thursday 4th April, 2024
    Session 2: Thursday 11th April, 2024
    Session 3: Thursday 18th April, 2024
  • Session recordings available via the learning platform (LMS) if you are unable to attend live;
  • Unlimited course access for 30-days after the last live session;
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the LMS;
  • Exercises between the 3 sessions;
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters live and at anytime through the LMS;
  • Attendees earn CPD hours/points (i.e. with Engineers Australia) for at least 12 hours for the entire course.


No experience in SWAN is required; however, a basic understanding of hydrological fundamentals and data processing is advantageous.


A good internet connection and software and downloads as described in the learning platform.


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


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