Stormwater and Groundwater - Development Effects - Part 1 (ON-LINE COURSE)


Whenever a development occurs, or infrastructure is built or maintained, it creates flow-on effects on surface and ground waters. These effects can impact the waters on the site where the development occurs, and also impact the receiving water environment downstream.

If you manage or plan development, infrastructure or construction projects, this online course will show you how to identify and describe the key features of both the site where the proposed development will take place, and the receiving environment that will be affected by any stormwater discharges from the development. Engaging and interactive, it combines a range of learning and assessment methods including quizzes, practical exercises and discussion forums. You can do the course at your own pace and take the time you need to reflect on the topic and develop your ideas.

You assess your knowledge of the topic by doing online quizzes to give you confidence that you understand the subject matter.

Practical exercises encourage ‘learning by doing.’ Our Stormwater Flood Flow Management scenario steps you through a real-life development to take you to the next level of implementing what you have learned.

Sharing your views with other course participants in the on-line discussion forum allows you to develop your thinking and learn from the experiences of others. This challenges and enhances your learning. And you are supported by expert Course Facilitators who are available to help you with any queries.

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$395 + GST per person to complete this on line course.

Please note: pre-payment is required before codes will be released to access the on line course.

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Topics include

Module 1 - Physical Description of the Site plus Stormwater Flood Flow Management Scenario [3 hours]

  • Define the range of physical parameters required to describe the site
  • Identify and describe the physical features relating to surface and ground water
  • Know where to access sources of information
  • Recognise the principles and steps of stormwater flood flow management

Module 2 - Physical and ecological description of the receiving environment [2.5-3 hours]

  • Identify the different components and types of water receiving environments
  • Understand the key physical characteristics of the water receiving environments
  • Know how or where to obtain information on the receiving environment
  • Identify key physical aspects of the water receiving environment so that you can assess effects of upstream discharges and activities associated with development
  • Know about ecological values and aquatic ecosystems

Module 3 - Social, Economic, Amenity and Cultural Characteristics of the site and the receiving environment [2.5-3 hours]

  • Understand why social, economic, amenity and cultural aspects of the site and receiving environment are important
  • Identify the aspects of a receiving environment you need to find out about
  • Know how or where to obtain information on the receiving environment
  • Understand how to identify cultural and natural heritage aspects of the site and receiving environment

Explore More . . .

In the optional Explore More section we've organized some further materials by topic, so you can easily follow up on particular issues or events of interest from the course.


Follow-on Courses

These follow-on courses will be available in future:

Part 2 - Identifying Activities and Potential Effects. When you understand the features of the site and receiving environment that you learn about in Part 1, the next step is to identify the development activities that will be carried out and their potential effects.

Part 3 - Assessment of Effects and Best Practice. After identifying the effects that these development activities have on the water environment, it is time to rate the significance of those effects, and to develop methods to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects using best practice.

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Who should attend

This course will be useful to anyone who needs to manage and plan development projects and their impacts on stormwater and groundwater management. It applies to practitioners across a range of skill sets:

  • Project Managers
  • Contract Managers and Supervisors
  • Construction Managers
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Engineers and architects involved in development or infrastructure projects
  • Planners who want to gain a deeper technical understanding of projects they are involved in or are responsible for reviewing
  • Anyone involved in planning, designing, managing, or reviewing infrastructure or development projects and their effects on stormwater management
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Presenter information

Nigel Mark-Brown is the Course Facilitator and subject matter expert. He is available to answer any queries and to moderate online discussions, so expert assistance is always on-hand to help you with any aspects.

Nigel is a degree qualified civil engineer, a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in New Zealand. He has over 35 years’ experience in environmental and civil engineering projects. His particular specialties are sustainable stormwater management and Low Impact Development (LID), flood assessment and reporting, and roof water harvesting and re-use. This has involved engineering for water supply resilience in the event of disruption to supply, and the design of systems for stormwater management.

Auckland University has engaged Nigel to lecture and teach courses on assessing environmental effects and he has also presented a number of seminars to practicing engineers and planners on infrastructure and development and how to manage their effects on surface and ground waters. He has presented papers at conferences and in national publications as well as appearing as an expert witness at planning, mediation and court hearings on stormwater issues. Nigel is also an accredited Independent Commissioner who is called in to Consent Hearings to provide specialist expertise, particularly where issues surrounding an application are complex or highly technical.

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The course is equivalent to nine (9) hours of continuing professional development, plus the optional ‘Explore More’ section, and you can start it at any time. Your progress through the course is recorded by an online learning management system. At the completion of the course you are issued with a unique certificate of completion for your records.

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  • Simply complete the registration form on the .pdf flyer or click here to register on line
  • NZIHT will then send you an invoice for payment of the on-line course/courses you wish to complete
  • Once invoice has been paid our partner company ‘CPD’ will send you a link to the course together with the code and instructions how to start.
  • Start your course at a time that suits you
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