Stormwater Management for Non-Engineers

Online /
Sep 29 - 30, 2021 /
Course Code: 12-0908-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern

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

  • solve common hydrology and hydraulic engineering problems
  • employ latest techniques in hydrology and hydraulic design procedures
  • apply various analysis methods to estimate flows in rivers and drainage infrastructure
  • assess the design of streams and rivers, culverts, bridge openings, drainage facilities, and stormwater management structures

Stormwater Management is a branch of engineering concerned with the study of water and the protection of people and property from the damaging effect of surface water.

The course was prepared for non-engineers and technicians who need a basic understanding of the three most commonly used branches of hydrotechnical engineering:

  • Engineering hydrology
  • Hydraulics of drainage infrastructure
  • Drainage and stormwater management

This course provides the fundamentals without delving into complicated mathematical formulas. Lectures will include real life examples and simple hands-on exercises and problem-solving.

Who Should Attend
Engineers and technologists not familiar with hydrotechnical engineering, such as:

  • civil engineers
  • mechanical engineers
  • electrical engineers
  • mining engineers
  • chemical engineers
  • agricultural engineers
  • municipal engineers
    • manufacturers of drainage products
    • general contractors
    • property managers
    • directors of physical plants
    • municipal building officials
    • building inspectors
    • field review personnel
    • project engineers
    • others who would like to know more about hydrotechnical systems, or require a refresher

Requirements and Special Features
Participants are expected to have some elementary technical knowledge of engineering principles.
Notes will be provided in electronic format. Please have a standard engineering calculator with scientific functions, a laptop, with Microsoft Windows, MS Excel spreadsheet, or equivalent. The course includes a comprehensive list of reference material available on the internet from government & non-government organizations.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1-Hydrology and Hydraulics


Day 1- Introduction - Engineering Concepts

  • Hydrologic Cycle
  • Simplifications for ease of assessment
    • Runoff Calculations
    • Introducing the Rational Method
  • Engineering Hydrology
    • Statistical analysis and uncertainty
    • Rainfall and Analyses
    • IDF curves
    • Time of Concentration
    • Simple Application of the Rational Method
    • Recorded stream discharges
    • Estimating Floods Using Stream Flow Records
    • Effect of Climate Change
  • River and Open Channel Hydraulics
    • Basic Hydraulic Theory
    • Design of Open Channels
    • Flood Plain Analysis
    • Design Standards and Risk
    • Flood Proofing Methods
  • Hydraulic Structures
    • Design of Storm Sewers using Rational Method
    • Design of Culverts and Bridge Openings
    • Drainage Design Software - A Review

Day 2- Land Drainage and Stormwater Management

  • Why do we need stormwater management?
    • Evolution of stormwater management
  • Change in peak flows and runoff volumes
  • Change in water quality
  • Change in groundwater recharge
  • Change in stable river systems
  • Review of the latest flood control & stormwater management criteria
    • Floodproofing through planning and watershed management
    • Relying on flood insurance
    • Floodproofing by design
    • Urban Drainage with Minor and Major systems
  • Review of stormwater best management practices & role of stormwater management
  • Drainage Design and Stormwater Management
    • Stormwater Ponds and Alternative Design Characteristics
    • Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Low Impact Developments (LID)
    • Outline of Most Frequently Used BMP Designs: Wet ponds, and grass swales
    • Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater BMPs
    • Monitoring of BMPs
    • Infiltration and Erosion/Sediment Control
    • Erosion and Sediment Control
    • Recent trends in Stormwater Management and Low Impact Developments
    • Legal Implication of the Common Law

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.


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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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