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Erosion and Sediment Control NSW (Blue Book)

Four one day professional development workshops for practitioners in Erosion and Sediment Control, based on Volume 1 of Managing Urban Stormwater: Soils and Construction (Landcom, 2004) (the “Blue Book”).


Workshop 1 (one day): Fundamentals of Erosion and Sediment Control

Workshop 1 provides training for people responsible for the selection, installation, inspection or maintenance of temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures.

  • The Theory of Soils and Soil Conservation
  • How, When and Why to use various Erosion and Sediment Control Products or Practices
  • Tips for conducting Inspections of Erosion and Sediment Controls on Sites
  • Real-world Examples of Reading and Understanding Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

Workshop 2 (one day): How to use the Blue Book

This workshop gives a broad overview of the material contained in the “Blue Book”. It introduces RUSLE, the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, as a tool for assessing erosion risk at a site under different management conditions.

  • Site Assessment and Site Planning
  • Effective Methods of Erosion and Sediment Control
  • How to Manage and Inspect a Work Site for Erosion and Sediment Control

Workshop 3 (one day): Water Management on Construction Sites

Workshop 3 trains those responsible for the selection, design or review of temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures on urban construction sites. Workshop 3 is geared mainly for consultants who prepare and regulators who review Soil and Water Management Plans.

  • Theory and Application of Water Management on Construction Sites
  • How to Size and Design Sediment Basins
  • How to Design Catch Drains and Diversion Structures

Workshop 4: (one day) Preparing and Reviewing Plans for Soil and Water Management

Workshop 4 trains personnel responsible for the identification and design of temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures on construction sites and for their delineation on a plan. It pulls together the information presented at Workshops 1, 2 and 3, and is a practical application of the work undertaken at the earlier workshops.

  • Theory of Plan Preparation
  • How to Prepare a Plan with a Guided Practice Exercise
  • How to Prepare a Plan Using Local Examples
  • How to Review Soil and Water Management Plans and Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
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