Understanding Civil Engineering Design

About this event

This webinar focuses on Understanding Civil Engineering Design with Catherine Roberts from Equal Access Group on Wednesday 20th July 2022 starting at 12 noon (AEST Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time)

This presentation will predominantly aim to give people a basic understanding of how to read parts of civil engineering drawings related to features that may affect access, and will also provide a broad overview of how to read more complex civil engineering drawings. It will include basic training on how to read and understand site feature and level surveys, focusing on how to measure gradients from site contours and levels.

Catherine will discuss the different types of civil documentation that you may be likely to receive for a building or infrastructure project and which documentation is relevant to assessing whether access provisions are met. The focus of the presentation will be on more basic civil documentation like the documentation produced for building projects, but will also briefly cover more complex civil documentation that may be provided for infrastructure projects like road upgrades, railway projects, etc. This part of the presentation will include an overview of how to read longitudinal and cross sections based on chainages provided on alignment plans.

About Catherine Roberts - Disability Access Consultant, Equal Access Group

Photo of Catherine RobertsCatherine has three years of experience supporting people with disability and two years of experience working as a civil engineering consultant in building design and construction at Robert Bird Group. Combining her interest in both these sectors, she moved into disability access consulting and has been working in the industry since.

Catherine has a strong interest in Universal Design and with a background in both disability services and engineering, she aims to achieve pragmatic and efficient solutions to resolve access issues.


  • Master of Engineering (Civil) with Distinction
  • Bachelor of Science (Civil Systems)
  • Diploma in Access Consulting
  • Completed SDA Assessor Accreditation course (exam passed, Accreditation pending)
  • Manual Handling Training
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (White Cad)

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All times are in AEST - Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne

Event Details

Event Date 20-07-2022 12:00 pm
Event End Date 20-07-2022 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 14-06-2022 9:00 am
Registration closes 20-07-2022 1:00 pm
Individual Price $66 ACAA members, $82.50 non members
CPD Points 2
Number Hours 2

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