Stormwater and Groundwater – Development Effects – Part 1 – Online Course

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Our online course ‘Stormwater and Groundwater – Development Effects (Part 1)’ will be useful to anyone who needs to manage and plan development projects and their effects on stormwater and groundwater management. It applies to practitioners across a range of skill sets.


Part 1 – Describe the site and its receiving environment

Whenever a development occurs, or infrastructure is built or maintained, these activities can have 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.

Part 1 of this online course shows you how to identify and describe the physical characteristics of both the site where the proposed development will take place, and the receiving environment that will be affected by any discharges from the development.

Content

Part 1 consists of three modules covering:

Module 1. Physical Description of the Site [Total 3 hours]

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • define a range of physical parameters required to describe the site
  • identify and describe the physical features relating to surface and ground water for the site.
  • know where to access sources of information
  • download Module Overview . . .
Module 2. Physical and ecological description of the receiving environment [Total 2.5 – 3 hours]

This module covers the identification and description of the physical and ecological characteristics of the receiving environment. By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • identify the different components and types of water receiving environments
  • know about key physical characteristics of water receiving environments
  • know how or where to obtain information on the receiving environment
  • identify key physical aspects of the receiving environment that are relevant for assessing effects of upstream discharges and other activities associated with development that affect the water environment
  • know about ecological values and aquatic ecosystems
  • download Module Overview . . .
Module 3. Social, Economic, Amenity and Cultural Characteristics of the site and the receiving environment [Total 2.5 – 3 hours]

This module covers identification and description of the social, cultural, economic and amenity features of the site and the receiving environment. By the end of this module you will:

  • know why social, economic, amenity and cultural aspects of the site and receiving environment are important
  • know what 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 heritage aspects of the site and receiving environment
  • download Module Overview…

Course Facilitator

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 including managing and leading major projects from inception to implementation. Sustainable stormwater management and Low Impact Development (LID), flood assessment and reporting, and roof water harvesting and re-use, are his particular specialties. This has involved engineering for water supply resilience in the event of disruption to supply, and the design of systems for stormwater management including green infrastructure. He has presented papers at a number of conferences and seminars and in national publications as well as appearing as an expert witness at planning, mediation and court hearings on stormwater issues. 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, their effects on water systems and how to manage those effects. Nigel is also an Independent Commissioner who is called in to Resource Consent Hearings to provide specialist expertise particularly where issues surrounding an application are complex or highly technical.

Who should take this online course?

  • project managers for infrastructure, development and construction projects
  • contract managers and supervisors
  • construction managers
  • contractors
  • 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, managing, or reviewing development projects and their effects.

The principles in this course apply to anyone who needs to manage and plan development projects. It applies to practitioners across a range of skill sets including the science, engineering, architectural and planning fields.

How long will it take?

The online course “Stormwater and Groundwater – Development Effects: Part 1 – Describe the site and the receiving environment” is equivalent to 8 – 9 hours of continuing professional development. If it takes longer to complete, then you can claim extra CPD credits. Your progress through the online course is recorded by Continuing Professional Development’s learning management system. At the completion of the course you will be able to print a unique certificate of completion for your records which shows the equivalent hours of CPD. Stormwater and Groundwater – Development Effects (Part 1) forms part of Continuing Professional Development’s Online Environmental Courses.

Follow-on Courses

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.

These follow-on courses will be available later in 2015, so subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to make sure you are notified.

Testimonials

“A very useful and interesting course. And being that I completed the course over a couple of weeks online in the evening, it then gave me the opportunity to take the subjects in better than doing it over a single day. Great course!!”

Civil Engineer

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