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Design of Urban Water Management Structures

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750 USD
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Course description

Design of Urban Water Management Structures

Detention storage structures and storm sewer systems are used to store and transport rainfall-runoff through open ditched and underground pipes.

In this course, we will:

  • Learn about spatial distribution of rainfall, perform statistical analysis, fit different distributions to the data, and calculate design rainfall.
  • Learn to estimate runoff using the rational method and time of concentration, and use the SCS-CN method to determine the time distribution of runoff. Unit hydrograph theory and computation of storm hydrographs will be covered.
  • Use regulations to design storm sewer systems using EPA-SWMM.
  • Compute storage volumes for detention storage structures.

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  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


  • An undergraduate course in hydraulics or fluid mechanics
  • Analysis and Design of Water Distribution Systems
  • Design of Sanitary Sewer Systems would be highly desirable.

Training content

Week 1:

Rainfall temporal and spatial variation, design rainfall and hydrologic risk

Week 2:

Runoff using Rational Method, storm sewer design

Week 3:

Detention storage design, SCS CN method

Week 4:

Hydrographs, SCS triangular and curvilinear unit hydrographs

Week 5:

Superposition, computing runoff hydrographs from unit hydrograph theory

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Purdue University, a partner institute of EdX.

5-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$750
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Determine design rainfall and calculate runoff using rational method, SCS curve number method and unit hydrograph theory.
  • Calculate stormwater flows.
  • Analyze and design storm sewer systems and detention storage volumes by rational method.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems.

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