Design of Urban Drainage and Stormwater Management Facilities Workshop

Calgary, Alberta /
New dates to be determined /
Course Code: 11-0602-2377

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After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Strengthen your skills on urban drainage system design
  • Apply your knowledge of basic hydraulics to drainage design problems
  • Develop a better understanding of technical design issues by focusing on related planning and environmental impact considerations
  • Apply your learnt techniques to enhance the protection of property owners from flood drainage and reduce pollution at a lower cost

To design an effective urban drainage and stormwater management system, knowledge of the technical design principles for each component of the system is required. After a brief refresher of basic hydrology, this seminar focuses on the practical application of sound planning and design practices as well as specific stormwater management techniques.

Case studies will be presented to demonstrate, in practical terms, the pros and cons of alternative strategies, how to avoid pitfalls and the characteristics of successfully designed systems. The uniqueness of this course is its emphasis on hands-on exercises for designing the various components of drainage and stormwater management systems.

Course Outline

  • Drainage and stormwater design criteria
  • Rainfall analyses
  • Hydrology methods of computing runoff
  • Hydraulic design of open channel flow
  • Alternative practices
  • How to select facilities
  • Review of drainage design software
  • Writing and reviewing design reports
  • Workshop: Examples

Who Should Attend
Those involved with drainage and stormwater facilities, including:
Municipal Engineers • Consultants • Developers • Planners • Technical personnel

Special Features & Requirements
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 and to share additional information and tools. 

Please download and install the following information:

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Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration & coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

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

Day I

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

Quick Review of Basic Hydrology

Drainage & Stormwater Design Criteria

  • Flood control
  • Water quality control
  • Erosion control
  • Water balance, recharge & base flow criteria
  • Thermal warming criteria

Rainfall Analyses

  • Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) data
  • Storm distribution in time
  • Historical storms
  • Storm frequencies
  • Design storms
  • Flood frequencies

Time of Concentration – Review of Design Equations & Selection

  • Bransby Williams Equation
  • Kirpich Equation
  • Airport Formula

Hydrology - Methods of Computing Runoff & Design Flows

  • Computer model data and input
  • Runoff coefficients
  • Hydrograph Method
  • Estimating discharge using recorded stream flow

Quick Review of Open Channel Flow

Basic Hydraulics

  • Basic laws of hydraulics
  • Types of flows
  • Manning’s Equation
  • Roughness coefficients
  • Backwater Effects
  • Stream Erosion & Threshold velocities
  • Effect of Urbanization on stream hydraulics

Hydraulic Design of Open Channel Flow

  • Manning’s Equation
  • Stable Channels
  • Composite Channels
  • Triangular Channels & Gutters
  • Closed conduits

Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices

  • Lot controls
  • Conveyance controls
  • End of Pipe controls
  • Miscellaneous controls

Day II

How to Select Stormwater Best Management Facilities

  • Major-minor system design
  • A review of the most frequently used control practices
  • Review of latest technologies, (porous pavement, green roofs, bio-retention, etc.)
  • Low Impact Development

Review of Drainage Design Computer Software

  • Simple models compared to complex models
  • User expectations and required knowledge

Stormwater Management Design Reports

  • What to include for writers
  • What to expect for reviewers

Workshop- Examples of

  • BMP Design
  • Open Channel Design
  • Storm Sewer Design

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

Concluding Remarks & Final Adjournment


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):

Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport
2335 Pegasus Rd NE
Calgary AB  T2E 8C3

Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport
6620 36th ST NE
Calgary AB  T3J 4C8

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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