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Advanced Surface Water Modelling for Green Infrastructure with EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM


September 15-17, 2015


Cape Town, South Africa                                    

We are pleased to announce 3-days of hands-on training on EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM, with day 3 specializing in Green Infrastructure (e.g. SuDs) applications.

Attend any or all days to earn up to 3 CPDs while advancing your professional skills and learning how EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM can enhance your green infrastructure modelling.

All attendees will be provided with a full 60-day software license of PCSWMM Professional 2D, as well as the EPA SWMM5 software and access to an extensive collection of new online learning materials and all digital course documentation.


Each workshop will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. Lectures will be interspersed with hands-on, real-world exercises allowing you to learn the different capabilities of the program.

Day 1:  Introduction to EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM 
Designed with the beginner in mind, the first day will focus on the basics including SWMM5 hydrology and hydraulics, building a new stormwater/sanitary model from scratch, hydrologic parameterization, storage facility design, dual drainage system design and GIS data integration. Other topics covered include design storm system analysis, continuous water quality simulations and introduction to climate change modelling.

Day 2: Intermediate/advanced use of EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM
Aimed at strengthening existing SWMM5/PCSWMM modelling skills, day 2 offers intermediate and advanced level topics including integrated 1D-2D model development and results interpretation for urban flood analysis, semi-automatic sensitivity, calibration and error analysis, watershed discretization and parameterization, importing HEC-RAS data sets for watershed flood analysis, and output analysis and inference.

Day 3: Modelling Green Infrastructure (SuDs)
For users who have attended days 1 & 2 or have attended a previous SWMM/PCSWMM workshop, this workshop will provide an in-depth look at new green infrastructure modelling capabilities, including green roofs, bio-retention, permeable pavement, rain barrels, infiltration trenches, rain gardens, vegetative swales and rooftop disconnection. Topics will also include pollutant buildup and washoff for continuous modelling, sizing stormwater ponds for treatment, modelling stormwater reuse with control rules, and erosion analysis.


Chris Brooker BSc(Eng), MSc(Eng), PrEng has been a consulting engineer specializing in environmental water related subjects and hydraulic structures since 1982. In 2001 he opened a practice in South Africa offering specialist consulting services mainly to other consulting engineers. He is an external examiner and occasional visiting lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of the Witwatersrand, and in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pretoria. Chris has authored numerous journal papers and conference presentations.

Onno Fortuin, PrEng. is a consulting engineer with over 20 years experience implementing mining projects throughout South Africa.  In 2008, Mr. Fortuin opened a practice providing consulting services with a focus on environmental and surface water engineering.  Since then he has had the opportunity to apply PCSWMM and EPA SWMM5 in a wide variety of advanced mine surface water modelling applications. Mr. Fortuin is a member of the Engineering Council of SA and the SA institution of Civil Engineering. 

COST AND REGISTRATION - Early bird rate ends August 20

Full 3-Day Workshop:

September 15-17
Cost: $625 US (~R7725)

2-Day  Workshop:

September 15-16
Cost: $530 US (~R6410)

1-Day Green Infrastructure Workshop:

September 17
Cost: $320 US (~R3870)

All full-time students will receive a 50% discount on registration
Register today before the 15% early bird discount expires

Registrants will receive detailed venue and workshop information closer to the training date. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at meghan@chiwater.com

Other upcoming South Africa specialty workshops:

  • Johannesburg, October 27-29, 2015 (Mine Modelling with EPA SWMM5/PCSWMM)

  • Durban, March 8-10, 2016 (Watershed Modelling with EPA SWMM5/PCSWMM) 

We would be grateful if you could forward this announcement to any interested colleagues. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

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