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Advanced Surface Water Modelling for Mines with EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM


October 27-29, 2015


Johannesburg, South Africa                                    

We are pleased to announce a new 3-day hands-on training workshop on EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM, with day 3 specializing in mine modelling 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 mine 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.


Day 1: Introduction to EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM 
SWMM5 hydrology and hydraulics and modelling procedures, building a new stormwater/sanitary model from scratch, hydrologic parameterization, storage facility design, dual drainage system design, GIS data integration, design storm analysis, continuous water quality analysis, results interpretation and introduction to climate change modelling.

Day 2: Intermediate use of EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM and introduction to mine modelling
This workshop will provide an in-depth look at new green infrastructure (SuDs) modelling capabilities in PCSWMM and EPA SWMM5 including green roofs, bio-retention, permeable pavement, rain barrels, infiltration trenches, rain gardens, vegetative swales and rooftop disconnection.  From there the user will gain insight in integrated 1D-2D model development and result interpretation using local mining examples. Other topics include sensitivity, calibration and error analysis, automatic watershed delineation and estimating erosion using MUSLE.

Day 3: Intermediate/advanced use of EPA SWMM5 and PCSWMM and intermediate/advanced mine modelling
This workshop will focus primarily on mine modeling including groundwater aquifer parameterization techniques, current mine flooding standards, legal requirements for stormwater mines in South Africa and setting up and interpreting a 1D stormwater management plan.  In addition, attendees will be familiarized with methods of obtaining modelling data including online and offline sources and rainfall disaggregation.  Other mine related topics include global warming/drought impacts, and setting up control rules to model water balance procedures.


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 September 27

Full 3-Day Workshop:

October 27-29 
Cost: $625 US (~R8165)

2-Day Workshop:

October 27-28
Cost: $530 US (~R6920)

1-Day Mine Modelling Workshop:

October 29
Cost: $320 US (~R4180)

All full-time students will receive a 30% discount on registration

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:

  • Cape Town, September 15-17, 2015 (Green infrastructure 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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