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Workshops: New dates & locations!


We're excited to announce new dates and locations for our popular In-Person DRAINS Workshops!

Psst: Can't make it in-person? View our Live Online or Self-Paced Online Training instead.
Or why not request Private Training?

Suitable for both new and experienced DRAINS users, you will:

‣ Learn or refresh the fundamentals of DRAINS
‣ Master and apply AR&R 2019 guidelines to urban drainage
‣ Discover the latest features in DRAINS with hands-on activities, discussions and more

Plus, get 90 days of free access to DRAINS Self-Paced Online Training.


Perth: 27-28 Feb 2024
Sydney: 5-6 Mar 2024 [ALMOST FULL!]
Adelaide: 13-14 Mar 2024
Melbourne: 26-27 Mar 2024
Brisbane: 16-17 April 2024
Sydney: 6-7 Aug 2024

Upcoming In-Person Workshops:

Soakwells Example

Example of a soakwell drainage system.

We’ve added even more to the workshops lately, including localised content, specific models and customised worked examples for your state. For example, all workshops now include soakwells and infiltration systems.

So, whether you’re a brand-new user or a DRAINS veteran, you’ll find something to gain from our updated In-Person DRAINS Training Workshops.

DRAINS In-Person Workshop Summary

Suitable for both new and experienced DRAINS users, our DRAINS In-Person Workshop is a 2-day, comprehensive and hands-on course led by Dr. Benjamin Kus and Hossein Ansari.

  • Learn or refresh the fundamentals of DRAINS
  • Master and apply AR&R 2019 guidelines to urban drainage
  • Explore & build DRAINS models with hands-on examples, case studies and troubleshooting.

Plus, participants will also:

  • Discover how to model complex on-site detention with weir and orifice links
  • Create, analyse and optimise street and property drainage systems
  • Apply hydrological models in DRAINS, including IL-CL, Horton ILSAX, RORB, RAFTS & WBNM
  • Configure project-specific and compliant DRAINS databases for pits, pipes and overflow routes

Each workshop includes access to DRAINS On-Demand Training for 90 days, plus a fully-featured DRAINS Unlimited Links Cloud Subscription to trial for 10 days.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion and 18 CPD points.

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Workshop Calendar 

Perth: Feb 2024

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Sydney: Mar 2024

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Adelaide: Mar 2024

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Melbourne: Mar 2024

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Brisbane: Apr 2024

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Sydney: Aug 2024

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Recent Workshops

Adelaide, SA: 1-2 Mar 2023
Sydney, NSW: 4-5 Apr 2023
Live Online Training: Aug 2023
Brisbane, QLD: 13-14 Sept 2023
Sydney, NSW: 17-18 Nov 2023
Melbourne, VIC: 22-23 Nov 2023

Can’t see a date or location that suits you?

View our online Self-Paced Training, which offers 15 CPD points and a certificate upon completion. Access can be purchased for set durations (eg. 7 days, 30 days, 90 days and 12 months). Full course notes can also be posted to your location. Learn more.

In-Person Workshop Details

Pre-Workshop Seminar: 2.5 hour ARR Online training (mandatory before Workshop).

Workshop Format: In-person.

Time: 9am to 5pm each day for two days.

Complimentary access to DRAINS Self-Paced Online Training:  90 days’ free access to our Self-Paced Online Training. Use your access to re-watch or refresh the full course material covered during the in-person workshop, with options to upgrade to 12 months’ access.

Certificate & CPD: Digital Certificate of Completion with 18 CPD.


  • 2-day In-Person Workshop
  • Printed workshop materials & USB flash drive
  • All day catering
  • PC workstation with DRAINS licensing
  • Digital Certificate of Completion (18hrs CPD)
  • Access to DRAINS Self-Paced Online Training ($800 value – access expires 90 days after the workshop)
  • 10-Days of Standalone DRAINS Unlimited Links Subscription access ($180 value) commencing from day 1 of the workshop

Training Instructors

Dr. Benjamin Kus

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Director & Principal Engineer, Watercom
Founder, Director and Principal Civil Engineer, Kustom Engineering

Dr Benjamin Kus is an astute and accomplished engineer, business manager, academic and educator, with over 20 years experience in urban development, stormwater design, on-site detention and flood studies.


He is a contributing author of the national Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR 2019) guidelines having authored Chapter 5 ‘Stormwater Conveyance’, in Book 9 ‘Runoff in Urban Areas’, has completed a PhD in Engineering – Membrane Technology and Water Harvesting, and is a published author of over a dozen journal papers.

Ben currently helms two of Australia’s leading engineering businesses – Watercom and Kustom Engineering – and is also guiding the nation’s next generation of engineers as a guest lecturer at the University of Wollongong.

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Hossein Ansari

Technical Manager & Principal Engineer, Watercom

Hossein is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, previously working as a Senior Design Officer at Sutherland Shire Council and as a Drainage Investigation Engineer at City of Botany Bay Council.


In his capacity as a consultant, Hossein has been providing services as a Civil/ Hydraulic Engineer to a number of consulting firms since 2007. Hossein’s experience covers roads, drainage, overland flow path studies, and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) projects, from inception to detailed design and construction.

His major interests include hydrological and hydraulic modelling and design utilising various computer software programs including DRAINS, HEC-RAS, ILSAX, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Civil Site Design, MapInfo, QGIS, ArcMap and other GIS software.

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For questions or enquiries about attending a workshop, including custom or private training, please contact us to discuss.