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 Our September 2017 Brisbane course is now a wrap!
If you are interested in attending a future ICE WaRM course or any other future course in Brisbane, please click here to register your interest or enquire with any questions.

The September 2017 course in Brisbane spans five days with flexible attendance options to suit all background levels. The course covers 1D, 2D, and coupled 1D/2D models. Click here for course contents and registration details.

Click on the image below for a pdf flyer with course details:


The September 2017 Australian Water School course covers both 1D and 2D features of HEC-RAS and is organised through the International Centre in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM). The 1D modules will be taught by Professor Bob Keller, with 2D modules taught by HDR’s Mark Forest and Surface Water Solutions’ Krey Price. Flexible attendance options are provided to suit all backgrounds and HEC-RAS experience levels. The ICE WaRM course will be similar in format to our previous ICE WaRM course held in Melbourne in 2016. Following is a description of the 2016 course with an outline of the schedule, contents, and attendance options:



 For registration forms and additional details on the course, please visit the ICE WaRM HEC-RAS page.


We also participated in Stormwater Queensland’s Winter School which was held in Brisbane on 9 August 2017. Please register your interest to be kept informed of any future training courses with Stormwater Queensland.

Dam Breach Course

Following our sold-out dam breach course in Auckland, New Zealand in 2016, we held another sold-out dam breach course in Brisbane in February 2017; we are planning to repeat the course annually, rotating around Australia. The next course is scheduled for October 2017 in conjunction with the ANCOLD conference in Hobart. If you are interested in attending, please subscribe to our e-mail list to receive updates.

The course focusses on setting up, running, animating, and exporting dam breach models, including the proper selection of dam breach parameters. Here is the flyer from our 2017 course in Brisbane:

Recent dam failures and updated guidelines highlight the need for continuing education around the governing principles of dam breach analyses. Ongoing improvements in both hardware and software allow increasingly detailed models that still require proper input selection to provide meaningful results that improve public safety.

Please join us for an intensive, interactive course that will expand your modelling capabilities using free software. Following is an outline of the course proceedings:

Dam Breach Course Outline

DAY 1:

8:30 am – 9:00 am Introductions
9:00 am – 9:15 am Demonstration of dam breach simulation
9:15 am – 9:45 am Lecture: 1D vs 2D theory for dam breach
9:45 am – 10:15 am Lecture: Unsteady flow review for dam breach
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning Tea
10:30 am – 11:30 am Workshop: Unsteady flow for dam breach
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lecture: Level pool vs. dynamic routing
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Lecture: Setting up a dam breach model
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Workshop: Adding an inline weir and breach
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Lecture: Diagnosing a dam breach model
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon tea
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Fixing a dam breach model, Part 1
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture: Application of ANCOLD guidelines

DAY 2: 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Lecture: Breach parameters
9:00 am – 10:00 am Workshop: Fixing a dam breach model, Part 2
10:00 am – 10:30 am Lecture: Calibration of dam breach models
10:30am – 10:45 am Morning tea
10:45 am – 11:45 am Workshop: Running a dam breach model
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lecture: Viewing and exporting in RAS Mapper
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lecture: Troubleshooting steps
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop: Exporting and animating inundation maps
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lecture: Model Calibration
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon tea
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop: Building a dam breach model from scratch
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Summary and closure

Course materials are provided under license agreement with WEST Consultants, a contracted training provider for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


The registration fee for the course is just $800+GST. Please enquire for academic discounts, group discounts for additional attendees from the same organisation, and discounts available to members of selected professional organisations.

Training Services

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2017 courses. Register your interest for open or in-house course in your area in 2018! Get started with our Introductory Workshop document. Who attends our courses?  What are they saying?

Consulting Services

Need help setting up, reviewing, or troubleshooting models? We also offer drainage designs, surface water management plans, QA/QC, and more. See our consulting services or book in customised, in-house training.

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