The detailed design is based on the approved concept and functional designs, and involves documenting the design and functional elements with detailed design drawings and specifications.
The detailed design includes the following design objectives:
maintenance and operational access and safety
cost-effective asset management
Specific design considerations for wetlands, raingardens and other WSUD treatments are listed in the following sections of our website:
Detailed design package
The detailed design package must include all elements specified by the relevant authority.
Some councils have prepared standard design drawings for WSUD treatments, which can be used as a starting point for your design.
Developers designing wetlands that will be handed over to Melbourne Water for operation and maintenance must use the Constructed Wetlands Design Manual.
Councils and other design assessors should consider requiring the relevant elements of the concept and functional designs, as well as the elements in the following table.
Depending on the scale and type of treatment, some or all of these may be relevant for the design and required by the approving authority. These requirements can also be used or adapted by authorities to prepare a brief for a project tender or a list of requirements for a development application or planning permit.
A statement listing:
|Updated design report, which has been technically reviewed and undersigned by the designer||A summary of any design changes that have been made since the functional design was accepted.|
|Calculations and assumptions||
|Final hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality models||RORB, HEC-RAS, MUSIC/STORM calculator|
|Civil and landscape construction drawings||
Drawings covering all aspects of the WSUD treatment and showing all the required items listed in the functional design package, as well as:
|Asset operation plan and maintenance agreement|||
|Details of establishment maintenance to be done in the first 24 months following construction||Before the asset is transferred to the relevant authority|
|Written approval from service authorities for any service alterations or relocations.|||
|Summary of requirements of any Cultural Heritage Management Plan that relate to construction|||
|Draft site safety and environmental management plan|||
Assessing detailed design
When reviewing a design, check that it meets all the design objectives, and that the drawings and specifications are ready for construction:
hydraulic, treatment and landscape aspects are clearly distinguished
maintenance plans and arrangements have been confirmed and agreed upon with the responsible authorities for ownership and ongoing maintenance
flora and fauna, cultural heritage and any services are clearly marked on plans
locations have been confirmed and the relevant approvals should be obtained
Checklists are available to help assess the detailed design of a WSUD treatment:
Common mistakes and issues
At the detailed design stage, avoid common mistakes and issues with raingardens by ensuring:
the raingarden is sacrificial until housing construction in the catchment is 95% complete (including the resident’s landscaping) - any earlier and the systems will block and fail
sediment removal is placed upstream of wetlands and raingardens
all stormwater treatment is offline and not in the base of the waterway
calculations for velocity entering the stormwater treatment are acceptable so the filter medium and plants aren’t scoured out
raingarden plants chosen can tolerate sandy soils, dry periods and being under water for up to 72 hours
mulch, other than rock, is not used on the raingarden surface