These core product offerings are valid as of January 2019. These products may be removed or replaced by other workshops and other service providers at the discretion of the Splash Steering Committee. Splash will continually update this list as we find new products that are relevant, effective and provide good value to our members.

Living Waterways Framework

Duration: 8 hours

Provider: Healthy Land and Water and Splash 

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the Living Waterways Framework and how the methodology can be used to design projects to embody elements of liveability, resilience, sustainability and productivity. Participants of this workshop typically include planners, engineers, catchment managers, designers, landscape architects, asset managers and policy officers. Working through the framework, the workshop will guide participants to align traditional stormwater principles with place making benefits. This is a workshop that will give participants the skills to identify ways to meet community and environmental outcomes through good design, identify best practice design options, promote collaborative thinking for design solutions and strategies, provide an effective way to communicate and engage with key stakeholders. Topics include; 

  • Overview and benefits of the Living Waterways Framework
  • How the framework works and its application to a nominated project
  • Peer review of the design using the framework
  • Broader application of the framework

This workshop is most effectively run with multiple groups, with 5-7 members, of multidisciplinary project team with a project as a case study. This provides the opportunity to work through the framework and its guiding principles and methodology. At the end of the workshop each team will have a well-designed project with input from its multidisciplinary members  (and possibly community representatives).  This workshop can also be delivered in a format with individuals working on a project preselected by the workshop facilitator.

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Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems Workshop

Duration: 8 hours

Provider: E2 Design Lab

This workshop uses material from the Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltrations Systems by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRC WCS). It will provide a good understanding of all aspects of stormwater biofiltration systems; from concept design, detailed design, construction, establishment, handover and maintenance. It is ideal for staff who need to understand how these systems function, what are some of the key design issues that need to be considered, what are some of the common issues to look out for prior to handover and during the construction and establishment phases. A range of disciplines have found this workshop to be very beneficial including planners, development assessment officers, engineers, landscape architects and labourers. Topics include; 

  • Overview of the CRC Water Sensitive Cities ‘Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems’
  • When you might choose a biofiltration systems
  • Function and benefits of biofiltration systems
  • Components of a biofiltration system
  • Design; concept through to detailed
  • Common misconceptions
  • Key construction and establishment stages and hold points
  • Site tour to see a biofiltration system in the ground

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Construction and Establishment of Stormwater Vegetated Assets Workshop

Duration: 7 hours

Provider: Jason Sonneman of DesignFlow

This session focuses on the construction and establishment phases of a biofiltration system. It is targeted at staff responsible for wetlands and bioretention basins. It is ideal for staff who are supervising the construction of these assets as well as those staff who are building and establishing the vegetation within these assets. Without knowing the key construction and establishment issues these assets can become a liability for an organisation. This is a very practical workshop with half of the workshop spent in the field visiting different assets in the ground. Topics include;

  • Function of bioretention systems and wetlands
  • Guidelines and asset handover sign off
  • Certification
  • Issues with bioretention system construction and landscape establishment and maintenance
  • Issues with wetland construction and establishment and maintenance
  • Site inspection of a range of assets (good and not so good)

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Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) Strategic Planning Training

Duration: 4 hours

Provider: McGregor Coxall

This session is targeted at sustainability/strategic planning staff who would drive the sustainable water management strategic planning process within their council. It is intended to give participants the tools to develop an effective strategic plan for sustainable water management at a whole of council scale. Topics include:

  • Why create a strategic plan for Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM)?
  • Discuss local context including local drivers for the SUWM strategy
  • Best practice guidelines for preparing SUWM strategies
  • Examples of other councils’ strategies including key elements which have been done well elsewhere
  • Key steps in the strategy development process
  • Discussion on what is the right process for your council.

This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) Strategic Planning Workshop

Duration: 4 hours

Provider: McGregor Coxall

This is an ‘in-house’ facilitated workshop to kick off the development of a sustainable water management strategic plan for a specific council. This workshop is recommended for councils who are ready to develop a strategic plan for water management, and are able to organise a wide range of staff to attend the workshop (participants could include anyone with responsibilities related to water management). Topics include;

  • Local context for strategic plan
  • Small group discussion sessions to develop council’s vision and principles for water management
  • Synthesis of ideas into a single draft vision and set of principles
  • Small group discussion sessions to develop objectives for water management
  • Synthesis into a set of draft objectives and agreement on next steps.

This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

Implementing Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in New Development Workshop

Duration: 4 hours

Provider: McGregor Coxall

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in how their council could improve the sustainable water management outcomes in new development. It would be useful for any council who is updating their planning controls, but will also provide participants with tools and options to improve all of their processes around new development, and not just the controls themselves. Topics include;

  • WSUD in new development
  • Typical development taking place in the local area
  • Typical WSUD controls in LEPs and DCPs
  • Challenges implementing current DCP controls
  • Options to simplify the process for both developers and assessment staff, including offsets, “deemed to comply” solutions, calculation tools. MUSIC-Link and better guidelines
  • Examples from elsewhere
  • Novel approaches including Living Waterways Framework

This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

Assessing WSUD in New Development Training

Duration: 1.5 hours

Provider: McGregor Coxall

This ‘in-house’ session is intended for development assessment staff, including a non-technical audience (e.g. planners). It is intended for those councils where there are DCP controls for WSUD. The session is intended to help DA staff understand these controls in more depth, so these staff can support their successful implementation. Topics include;

  • What is WSUD?
  • What does WSUD mean in the local context?
  • Why is WSUD important in new development?
  • What are the WSUD controls in this council’s DCP?
  • Examples of how the controls can be implemented in new development
  • Key things to look for in a WSUD strategy at DA stage and common issues.

This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

Auditing Stormwater Treatment Systems in the Field Training

Duration: 3 hours

Provider: McGregor Coxall

This workshop is intended for those involved in operations and maintenance of stormwater treatment systems, however anyone involved at any stage of a stormwater treatment project could benefit from this knowledge. This training involves site visits to stormwater treatment systems in the field. At each site, participants will complete a field audit together, and discuss:

  • What to look for in a dry or wet weather field inspection (we will provide checklists)
  • Any maintenance challenges or other issues we observe in each system
  • Discuss causal factors
  • Discuss options to rectify problems with each particular system (where relevant)
  • Discuss lessons for the next design

This course is presented by Alexa McAuley or David Knights.

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Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Harvesting Projects Workshop

Duration: 4 hours plus optional site visit 

Provider: Optimal Stormwater

This workshop is targeted at staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of stormwater harvesting systems and or those interested in finding out what is involved in managing these systems. This course is presented by Omid Sayar and Murray Powell.

Presenters will use case studies from recent projects to explain the concepts discussed in the workshop.  Topics include;

  • Skills and training required for maintenance
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Asset and equipment auditing 
  • Preventative & reactive and predictive maintenance
  • Process & Instrumentation Diagrams 
  • Electrical works
  • Managing water quality and quantity
  • User interface and irrigation  
  • O&M Budgeting
  • Regulation and guidelines,
  • Risk assessment
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Reporting & Records

There is an option to visit a nearby stormwater harvesting scheme following the workshop to see a system in action.

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Introduction to Stormwater Quality Management Workshop

Duration: 8 hours

Provider: Sustainability Workshop and CT Environmental

This is a 1-day course which is an introduction to stormwater quality and includes basic principles of why we need to do it and an introduction to water quality treatment science. This course would give designers and Council regulators a solid understanding of water quality science and some of the regulatory issues. The course is presented by Mark Liebman and Carl Tippler, both presenters have many years of Council and consulting real world field experience underpinned with the right mix of academic learning.

Modules include:

  • Aquatic Ecology basics (Carl Tippler presents this component and is a hands-on session looking at two different creek benthic samples – one from an urban creek and one from a natural creek).
  • Impacts of Urban Development in terms of pollutants and flow and imperviousness.
  • Flows and Stream Erosion – designing for water quantity and its impacts – it is not all about quality at all.
  • Stormwater Treatment Processes (including a discussion of treatment trains – what are they and how to design one)
  • Discussion of the Stormwater Australia Draft stormwater quality improvement device evaluation protocol (SQIDEP) which teaches students about the science of measurement of water quality and how to “filter” for the truth from proprietors.

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Introduction to Stormwater Harvesting

Duration: 8 hours

Provider: Sustainability Workshop and Optimal Stormwater

This is a one-day course presented by Mark Liebman (Sustainability Workshop) and Omid Sayar (Optimal Stormwater).  Mark has been at the forefront of stormwater harvesting and reuse for over 15 years.  He has designed numerous successful, small and large systems for Councils and developers.  Mark played a key role in designing the recently commissioned Angus Creek stormwater harvesting scheme which will see Blacktown Council harvesting nearly 200 megalitres of stormwater per year.  Dr Omid Sayar is a passionate process engineer with significant experience in commissioning and operating stormwater harvesting systems.  Optimal has commissioned and operates numerous stormwater harvesting systems across Sydney for various Councils.

Together, Mark and Omid will see participants learn how to design a basic stormwater harvesting scheme and then the stages involved in commissioning and operation.

This course takes participants through:

  • Critical design elements of small and large schemes
  • Environmental constraints – dealing with and identifying salinity and sodicity
  • Detailed discussion of the Blacktown International Sports park stormwater harvesting scheme from both a design and commissioning perspective.
  • Modelling – MUSIC and Goldsim – learn how to use simple rules of thumb and also build reliable models
  • Risk management and legal frameworks including Water Industry Competition Act – by both Mark and Omid.
  • Discussion of the commissioning phase of a stormwater harvesting system by Omid.

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Influencing and Engaging Stakeholders

Duration: 4 hours

Provider: Transform Leaders 

This is a workshop for any staff that are in a position where they need to influence someone (peer, manager, team, client, external stakeholder) or an outcome. The ability to influence and engage is an important skill to have in many areas of our professional and personal life. It is particularly important as we work towards finding integrated water management solutions to complex water problems that span a range of stakeholders and teams. It is also important as we work towards implementing water sensitive urban design solutions to achieve multiple place making benefits. This workshop will give participants the tools they need to plan and implement more effective and successful influence attempts. Topics include;

  • Identifying the difference between influence and persuasion
  • Six principles of influence
  • Strategies to plan and implement an influence attempt

This workshop can be run for individuals however works most effectively when teams participate in the workshop and can identify the stakeholders they need to influence to do their jobs well.    

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Bioretention Design and Construction OR Operation and Maintenance Workshop

Duration: 8 hours

Provider: Sustainability Workshop, CT Environmental, LT Urban Engineering  

This course is designed for Councils or teams who have responsibility for both design, construction and operation and maintenance of bioretention systems. The one-day workshop included in the standard product offering will focus on design and construction or operation and maintenance. For a small additional cost both design and construction and operation and maintenance can be covered in the afternoon breakout sessions. The advantage of choosing to run both breakout sessions is that it allows an organisation to send both indoor and outdoor staff knowing their training needs will be tailored. 

This course is presented by two of the following presenters Mark Liebman, Carl Tippler or Paul Tatham and the presenters will be tailored to meet the needs of participants.  Mark has worked with a leading team at Blacktown Council for 3 years developing their WSUD standard drawings which have a major focus and bring much needed innovation to bioretention design.  Carl Tippler is one of Australia’s leading aquatic ecologists.  Paul Tatham has substantial experience designing, building and auditing hundreds of raingardens for the City of Sydney.

The first half of the day is spent together learning about:

  • Why we are doing this?  A basic introduction to aquatic ecology presented by Carl Tippler.  Carl brings in a sample from a natural creek and an urbanised creek and shows participants what the difference is.  He talks about aquatic ecology with an infectious passion and at an appropriate level for all staff.
  • Fundamental stormwater treatment process presented by Mark Liebman – provides participants with an understanding of the basic treatment processes.  This builds basic knowledge required to understand how bioretention systems function.
  • Bioretention Fundamentals – presented by Paul Tatham – describes basic processes present in bioretention systems.
  • An optional field based learning component would take participants into the field to look at the good, bad and ugly.
  • Following lunch there are two break out groups – one attending a design + construction stream and one attending an operation + maintenance stream.  The afternoon sessions provide detailed knowledge required to design and construct and separately to operate and maintain bioretention systems. 

Mark and Paul share many years of non-academic, practical, field knowledge and experience.

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