Online Course: QGIS for Water Modelling

Using QGIS in catchment and stream delineation for adding and visualising hydrological data

Learn how to apply free GIS applications and plugins to aid the development and animation of hydrologic and hydraulic models. The course will consist of 2 live and interactive 2-hour sessions, one week apart. There is also pre and post course materials to develop and solidify your learning. Don't miss the opportunity to have your questions answered live or via email from industry experts.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Time: 3:00pm (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Cost: AUD$295 (about $200 US dollars)

Chair: Trevor Pillar, National Partnerships Manager


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Hans van der Kwast

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Hans van der Kwast is senior lecturer in ecohydrological modelling at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Hans holds a PhD in Physical Geography. During his previous work at the Flemish Institute... Read more

Kurt Menke

Bird’s Eye View

A former archaeologist, Kurt Menke is a geospatial generalist based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He received a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That sa... Read more

Krey Price

Surface Water Solutions

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more


Content: This course consists of two live and interactive training sessions. You will build a catchment and stream delineation model step by step with your presenters using QGIS and other tools. You will then run, animate, interpret and troubleshoot your model.

Theory on catchment delineation using GIS will be addressed using modelling tools including QGIS, SRTM and GRASS.

You will then be shown how to add and develop the following:

    • Hydrological data from OpenStreetMap (QuickOSM plugin)
    • Flow direction map with Crayfish plugin
    • QChainage plugin and Point sampling tool to get river elevation
    • Styling of hydrological features using
      • DEM
      • stream order
      • places
      • flow direction
      • hillshade

Visualise your results with:

      • 2D maps in print composer
      • QGIS 3D
      • View cross sections using the profile tool

The course is delivered through units via the learning platform

  • 2 live and interactive sessions of 2 hours over two weeks
    • Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 10:30am (Sydney Time)
    • Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 10.30am (Sydney Time)
    • Sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform (within 24hrs after session), if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • Exercises between the 2 live sessions.

Preparation: Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey. After the first week you will be given some exercises to complete, prior to the next session.

Requirements: A good internet connection and software and downloads as described in the learning platform.

Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.


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