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Permeable paving: Design through to asset renewal

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Permeable paving: Design through to asset renewal

Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois - permeable paving
Showcasing best practice

Head to our Permeable paving page to check out the benefits, design tips, research, projects and demonstrations, and more – plus you can watch the full presentations filmed during this seminar.


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What is the current best practice for permeable paving systems? Hear from our guest speakers about best practice design, construction and maintenance of permeable paving systems both here in South Australia and overseas.

A site tour of the Novar Gardens Bowling and Petanque Club car park’s permeable paving will set the scene for the afternoon. Following the seminar you will have a chance to network.

  • Site tour: Novar Gardens Bowling and Petanque Club carpark View a 10-year-old permeable paving infiltration performance and level of clogging as we view a deconstructed a section of the carpark. Andrew King, City of West Torrens
  • A permeable solution for every application Challenging site constraints and special applications require new solutions for pavement design and construction. Arlene Nardone will share a series of case studies from South Australia and interstate demonstrating how permeable paving can support the urban greening agenda through the protection of significant trees and working with different base materials.
  • Permeable paving: The international scene In recent years the UK and USA have moved forward in leaps and bounds in the regulation and application of permeable paving technology. Prof. Simon Beecham will share examples of leading international and commercial scale projects.
  • Designing permeable paving | DesignPave and other essentials Understanding the latest software available for the design of permeable paving systems can support greater uptake of permeable paving. James Luo will provide a demonstration of recent upgrades to DesignPave, standard design requirements for residential versus commercial developments and designing in proximity to structures.
  • Change in permeable paving practice over 10 years The role of permeable paving in the City of West Torrens projects and asset management has emerged over time. Andrew King will describe how permeable paving has been integrated into a series of Council projects using varied techniques. , City of West Torrens
  • Maintenance and renewal of permeable paving assets The City of Charles Sturt recently reviewed several historical permeable paving assets. Ryan Nelson will explain how performance of these systems had altered over time and describe the actions for maintenance and refurbishment, including costs.

Permeable paving event sponsors: Stormwater SA and Adbri - May21

We would like to extend our thanks to the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia for their support in the planning of this event

Our presenters
Professor Simon Beecham
Professor Simon Beecham University of South Australia

Simon joined UniSA in 2006 and was acting Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation from 2019-2020. From 2015 to 2018 Simon was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment. Before that, he was Head of the School of Natural and Built Environments (2010 – 2014) and Director of UniSA’s Centre for Water Management and Reuse (2006 – 2010). Simon is a Fellow of Engineers Australia as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In terms of his own personal research, Simon has been awarded (as Chief Investigator) seven Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage and LIEF grants in the past ten years and he has three current ARC grants (full details listed under the Projects link on Simon’s homepage). His research is outcome-focused and in particular he believes we need to be more sustainable in the management of our water resources. To this end, he has through his research been the author of industry available tools such as the Syfon and Switch2 software programs.

Andrew King City of West Torrens

Andrew is a Civil Engineer with experience in all levels of Government and private practice, currently employed as the Coordinator Engineering Services with the City of West Torrens. He considers himself lucky to have been mentored and influenced by some of South Australia’s most respected and passionate water professional and academics.

As long-standing Chair of Stormwater SA and a member of many of the stormwater reference committees, working groups and networks established over the past decade, Andrew is consistently pushing for better practices, capacity building, guidelines and legislation in relation to stormwater management, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and related fields.

Andrew has been involved in the development of a cultural change within the City of West Torrens, to the point where this council is thought to be the most progressive inner urban council in South Australia with regards to the WSUD adoption measures. The change of daily practices in the management of the city’s infrastructure has seen the city now heading towards the installation of 200 individual raingardens and the adoption of best practice WSUD into a substantial number of private developments through influence in the development process.

James Luo Concrete Masonry Association of Australia
James Luo Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA)

James is a civil engineer who has been with CMAA for more than a year and he leads the CMAA Technical Team. As part of CMAA, James creates online learning modules, technical videos and develops factsheets to make it easier to build in blocks and pavers. James regularly presents to external stakeholders such as councils, engineering consultants and universities on the design and construction of concrete segmental pavements and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems.

James is a key contributor to DesignPave, and continues to improve the software in collaboration with industry and academia. James is interested in Water Sensitive Urban Design and water quality improvement systems to help create livable urban environments.

Arelene Nardone, Adbri Masony
Arlene Nardone Adbri Masonry
Arlene is a registered civil/structural engineer with more than 25 years’ experience, and is currently employed as the National Engineering Manager at Adbri Masonry. Arlene graduated with a double degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) and Management Studies.

Arlene has been a prime contributor to developments in the masonry industry, through roles such as: chairman of the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia Technical Committee (2017); current member and industry representative on a number of Australian Standards committees. Arelene was also a participant in research on masonry with thin-bed mortar and a modified approach to the compressive capacity of reinforced masonry, which led to changes to the provisions in AS3700.

Ryan Nelson City of Charles Sturt

Ryan is Project Engineer – Civil & Stormwater, Engineering Strategy & Assets at the City of Charles Sturt. He has worked in civil construction for the last 15 years, and the last three at City of Charles Sturt.

Ryan’s experience with permeable paving during his time with City of Charles Sturt extends to the construction of footpath and laneway projects, and the assessment of permeable paving in private development settings. He has also reviewed a number of permeable paving installations onsite to work through post-construction issues and determine paths to rectifying those issues. Ryan’s team is responsible for stormwater assets decision making.


Novar Gardens Bowling and Petanque Club
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May 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
May 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Novar Gardens Bowling and Petanque Club
489 Anzac Highway
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