Further Information

This course offers practical design guidance for infill development to meet Integrated Water Management 2020 standards. We will be using the InSite software to get quick but accurate engineering and design answers .

Course Length: 3 hours

Individual and discounted group bookings available.

Course access details will be prior to the day.

Case Studies that will be presented: Townhouse, Industrial, Commercial offices, and Apartments.

The course will provide attendees with skills for:

  • Detention tank sizing
  • Retention tank sizing
  • Water tank sizing
  • Using water tanks to meet detention and retention requirements (STCA)
  • Designing for drought resilience
  • Meeting Council legal point of discharge requirements
  • Meeting planing integrated water management requirements
  • Sizing and specifying WSUD treatments such as raingardens and green roofs
  • Sizing and specifying infiltration
  • Volume management approaches for when there is not adequate legal point of discharge

Who should come:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • ESD Consultants
  • Planners
  • Hydrologists
  • Builders and developers
  • Building designers

About InSite Water

  • This training focusses on “InSite water” insitewater.com.au, which is online software developed specifically for lot scale stormwater design.
  • The software is the result of 4 years and $300k investment, is a collaboration of Stormwater Australia members, and has over 500 building design professionals and Council officers using it, including 10 Victorian Councils.
  • InSite is also used in Adelaide, which has commissioned their own local SA version (at https://www.watersensitivesa.insitewater.com/)
  • The InSite methodology is based on Book 9 of the ARR 2019, which was relaunched in March 2019. This as it is considered the primary text of the stormwater industry.
  • InSite Water aims to provide a way of undertaking the engineering calculations required by book 9 (the Urban Chapter) of the 2019 ARR, including providing the calculations and targets for relatively new concepts such as source control and volume management, while still providing calculations for more established methodologies like sizing a detention tank and measuring stormwater quality improvements in a system’s design.

Training will cover:

  • Introduction on how to use InSite water (insitewater.com.au) as an integrated water management design and assessment framework
  • Introduction to Integrated Water Management (IWM) best practices on development sites.
  • We look at the Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning Process (SDAPP) program used by most Melbourne metropolitan councils, as well as how BESS, STORM, InSite Water, Music and Green Star can be used to efficiently generate and assess the stormwater sustainability of planning permit applications.
  • Planning Approvals: We will look at local Council MSS, local activity centre, VPP and LPP policies that support and require stormwater sustainability assessment of applications.
  • The 2018 VC154 VPP Clauses – These clauses were introduced in October 2018 into the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) and create new requirements beyond residential subdivisions and apartments.
  • The 2018 SEPP(Waters) which gives Councils new powers to require stormwater retention, best practice pollution reduction, and maintenance of WSUD assets.
  • Discuss application of InSite to other states in Australia.
  • Building Approvals: We look at how WSUD relates to Stormwater Connection Permits.
  • We look at the principles of the Volume Management, and how the new ARR (Engineers Australia 2019) can be applied to Council drainage connection permits. The new ARR is significant because it is what the legal community will use when deciding cases of flood liability and professional practice.

About the Trainer

Ian Adams, director of Organica Engineering is an environmental engineer and experienced public speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, regularly providing training at the highest levels in government and the building industry. Previously CASBE / MaV’s only endorsed BESS trainer. He is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as InSite Water, BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement WSUD and sustainable design in buildings. Formerly he worked as Sustainability Coordinator for Frasers (Australand) guiding their implementation of ESD and WSUD into over 1,000 housing, industrial, commercial and apartment buildings.

Ian has worked as a planning sustainability referrals officer at Knox Council, and he has assisted many metropolitan Councils with establishing their sustainability assessment in planning and capital words programs. Ian also has extensive experience in Green Star for many projects and in training and facilitation of workshops for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Ian and the team at Organica Engineering developed the InSite Water cloud based software (www.insitewater.com.au), specifically targeted to help Councils assist development applicants to deliver good WSUD designs in the planning and building approvals process. InSite can be thought of as a STORM upgrade that also calculates On Site Detention (OSD) requirements.

Relevant Training Experience

  • Faculty Member and Trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, running the Green Star Courses in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane for over 10 years and training over 1000 building industry professionals for the following Green Star courses: Design and As-Built Course, Green Star Performance, Green Star Communities Green Star refresher, and Green Star Submissions.
  • Lecturer for RMIT university for the last 8 years running the Urban Systems sustainable design course for undergraduate Environmental Engineers.
  • Lecturer for RMIT University for the last 8 years for the “Masters of Sustainable Practice” course, including WSUD modules, focussing on integrating sustainability into the built environment and urban infrastructure.
  • Lecturer for Melbourne University’s architecture faculty, teaching Masters of Environments students about Green Star and built environmental sustainability.
  • Undertaking in house training and workshops on implementing ESD, WSUD and sustainable capital works for several councils including the City of Port Phillip, Whittlesea, Maribyrnong, Manningham, Casey, Dandenong, Knox, Hobson’s Bay, Brimbank, Whitehorse, and Penrith, Queanbeyan and the Blue Mountains Council in NSW.

Testimonials for Ian’s training

“One word – Informative”
“Very well presented with good balance of visuals, concepts and using relevant examples.”
“Excellent. I had no knowledge about the area. Ian made it interesting even for the novice. He also made it clear that there are no simple solutions. I enjoyed learning from an expert that appreciated complexity.”