Stormwater Design Tour

Stormwater Design Tour

The Stormwater team in Melbourne specialise in urban flood mapping projects, Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), development proposals and stormwater management plans for a range of clients including Melbourne Water, private developers, councils and CMAs.  Where possible our designs link both the hydraulics and water quality aspects of the catchment, providing outcomes which meet multiple purposes.  In line with Water Technology’s values of technical excellence we have invited Neil Craigie to mentor the team and add his significant knowledge and experience in the field to our designs.

Botanica Springs Online Wetland / Retarding Basin

The first mentoring session involved a study tour to housing estates in the western suburbs.  Examples of a variety of wetlands, bioretentions, retarding basins and flow channels were shown from Watervale, Caroline Springs, Botanica Springs, and Riverina Estate.  Neil was also joined by Pat Condina who provided commentary on the water chemistry, vegetation and ecology of the WSUD features.

Caroline Springs Constructed Wetland

Viewing designs which varied in age provided the team with a greater insight into the ability of the system to establish and adapt to the surrounds.  Design features which encourage interaction between the residents and the waterway and the importance of vegetation selection were also discussed.

This design tour will help improve future designs from our team and we look forward to continuing to work with Neil and Pat into the future.

Caroline Springs Bioretention

About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.

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