Urban Flood Control, Land Drainage and Stormwater Management

Winnipeg, Manitoba /
Jan 25 - 27, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0103-2386

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply new techniques to enhance the protection of life and property from flood damage select computer software for application in flood control and urban drainage design
  • Strengthen your skills in flood control and urban drainage system design
  • Understand limitations of the standard of practice and examine state of the art engineering
  • Gain a solid understanding of water quality design principles and criteria
  • Learn to use the SWMM computer software

This workshop provides a detailed review of the complex stormwater management pond design procedures. By participating in this course, you will focus on the latest application of sound planning, design, construction and maintenance practices for stormwater management ponds.

The workshop will cover a review of the building blocks of a pond design, such as hydrology and hydraulic calculations that underlie a design. It will provide an overview of the current criteria required by approval agencies, and a review of pond layout components, such as forebays, permanent and active storages, inlets, outlets, and spillways. Detailed steps with working examples on how to design extended detention wet ponds will be covered as well.

Course Outline

  • Overview of stormwater management for flood control and improving water quality
  • Selection of Design Criteria for Flood Control
  • Stormwater design criteria
  • Pond design, operation, inspection, maintenance, and monitoring
  • Example of a step-by-step design of an urban drainage system with flood protection

Who Should Attend
Those involved with the design, construction, operation, maintenance, or review of stormwater ponds, including:
Drainage Engineers Municipal Engineers Consultants Technologists Developers Planners Supervisors Field and Technical personnel.

Special Features:

You have the option of attending Day 1 & 2 or all three days of the course.

The course notes will be provided in electronic format and those attending should bring a laptop computer to with a USB port access the presentation notes, to share additional information, and to complete the hands on examples. An extensive list of readily available references will be provided.
Required Resources:
Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions
Laptop for software training with Microsoft Windows operating system and USB port.
MS Excel spreadsheet, or equivalent
The details and installation information for the software requirements are at the following website:
Environment Canada databases of IDF Curves and Google Earth App:
Environment Canada stream gauging database HYDAT:

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Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration & Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment & networking break during each morning & afternoon session.

Day 1-Building Blocks of Flood Control

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes & The Assessment Method

Overview of Flood Control Alternatives, Advantages And Disadvantages


  • Why do we need stormwater management?
  • Review of stormwater best management practices & role of stormwater management
  • Review of the latest flood control & stormwater management criteria
  • Change in peak flows and runoff volumes
  • Change in water quality
  • Change in groundwater recharge
  • Change in stable river systems
  • Standard of Practice comparted to State of the Art

Modify the Flood by Structural Control

  • Dams, Reservoirs, Levees
  • Channel improvements, Diversion
  • Flood proofing, Elevate structures
  • Relocation

Modify the Flood by Non- Structural Control

  • Watershed treatment
  • Planning and enforcement, Redevelopment
  • Valley system approach and development setbacks
  • Flood forecasting, Evacuation
  • Emergency measures

Modify the Loss Burden

  • Flood insurance
  • Rehabilitation

Overview of Methods Computing Flows Based on Rainfall

  • Data preparation, IDF curves, statistical frequency analysis
  • Effect of climate change
  • Time of concentration, Various method comparison
  • Rainfall distribution, design hyetographs
  • Rainfall abstractions, runoff coefficients, SCS CN, antecedent conditions
  • Hydrographs and Unit hydrographs
  • Peak flow calculations
  • Computer assisted flow calculations
  • Example of estimating runoff using standard of practice

Overview of Methods Computing Flows Based on Recorded Flows

  • Data length, Homogeneity of data, Statistical analysis
  • Regional analysis of stream flow to estimate flood discharges
  • Compare to results to rainfall based example

Day 2- Land Drainage and Stormwater Management

Hydraulic Modeling of Stream Flows and Flood Levels

  • Hydraulic methods and model application
  • Selection of models

Flood Plain Mapping

  • Preparation of base maps, topographic data, surveys
  • Implementation of development control using flood plain maps & flood and erosion control policies
  • One and two zone concepts

How to Select Stormwater Best Management Facilities

  • Major-minor system design
  • A review of the most frequently used control practices
  • Storm ponds for quantity control, flood reduction, quality improvement
  • Review of latest technologies, (porous pavement, green roofs, bio-retention, etc.)
  • Low Impact Development; Standard of Practice and State of the Art

Pond Design Criteria

  • Pond types: dry, wet, and extended detention ponds
  • Typical design objectives and approval criteria
    • Discharge control criteria
    • Quality control criteria
    • Temperature

Overview of Pond Components

  • Permanent & active storage
  • Inlets, Forebays, Outlets, Spillways
  • Spillway & embankment
  • Safety & recreational activities
  • Legal implications
  • Liabilities & risk reduction

Step by Step Review of Pond Design

  • Input hydrology and design discharges
  • Establish control works
  • Iterate for pond volume and configuration
  • Effect of water quality features
  • Design of inlet
  • Design of forebay
  • Design of outlets

Operation, Inspection & Maintenance

  • Municipal input during design review
  • Post construction operation, inspection & maintenance requirements
  • How do O&M factors affect designs

Day 3-A Hands on Demonstration of SWMM (Optional)

Review of EPA-SWMM Software

  • How to install software
  • Licensing & limitations of model

Example of a Step By Step Urban Design Using the software

  • Setting up project
  • Entering data
  • Hydrograph computation
  • Analysis of results
  • Method of refining design

Questions & Answers & Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Jim Dumont, P.Eng.

Jim is a water infrastructure specialist with over 40 years of experience in the fields of water resources and civil engineering. Jim has been responsible for a variety of projects from planning studies that establish design criteria to detailed flood relief designs of complex hydraulic systems and municipal infrastructure.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg
288 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3C 0B8

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites
1800 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3H 1B2

Delta Hotel by Marriott
350 St Mary Avenue,
Winnipeg MB  R3C 3J2

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There are 2 pricing options for this course and they are listed below.
Standard Pricing
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after December 18, 2020:

$2295 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

Attend Day 1 & 2 only
Early Registration Fee:

$1495 + taxes

Fee after December 18, 2020:

$1695 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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