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.
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.
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.