Water Sensitive SA

Construction of WSUD assets

In-house training

 Construction of WSUD assets (PDF)

Learning objective

The training will assist participants to improve the quality and success of WSUD assets to function as per their design, providing stormwater quality benefits, reductions in run-off to the drainage system and better integration with other stormwater assets.


Those involved in the design, construction and establishment of WSUD assets, including site supervisors, compliance officers, civil and landscape contractors, and civil engineers and urban design/landscape consultants.


01 – Introduction

  • Assessment of WSUD asset condition
  • Construction plans and checklists

02 – Site inspections

  • Work through checklists/audit forms on site
  • Inspect and discuss critical construction sequence
    and tasks at each site

03 – Bioretention construction

  • principles of operation/function
  • construction sequence
  • critical hold points
  • filter media specs (and sourcing)
  • tolerances
  • construction sign-off forms

04 – Wetland construction

  • principles of
  • tolerances
  • construction sign-off forms

05 – Plant requirements

  • procurement and supply (timing)
  • inspection before planting
  • planting and establishment
  • irrigation/netting/weeding

06 – Infiltration systems
(incl. porous pavements)

  • construction sequence
  • critical steps
  • sign-off forms

07 – GPT construction

  • range of GPTs
  • construction sequence

08 – Overview of handouts: Checklists

Learning resources
  • Contract construction sign off form templates, with hold points for critical inspection tasks)

Robin Allison, DesignFlow
Jason Sonneman, DesignFlow

Core competencies attained
  • An understanding of the basic concepts of WSUD and integrated water management.
  • An understanding of asset function and key components.
  • Awareness of the key issues and risks for consideration when constructing and establishing WSUD assets.
  • Appreciation of the importance of construction phase sediment and erosion control practices, and relationship with asset operational phase.
  • An understanding of specifications and materials (i.e. bioretention filter media).
  • An understating of construction methods and approaches for WSUD assets.
  • An understanding of the requirements for successful vegetation establishment.
  • An understanding of the issues associated with asset handover.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Water Sensitive SA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.