Stormwater Management for Non-Stormwater Engineers

Online /
Mar 5 - 6, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0320-ONL24

  • 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 (Will include the usual breaks)

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.

Course Outline:

  • Day 1- Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Introduction - Engineering Concepts
  • Hydrologic Cycle
  • Simplifications for ease of assessment
  • River and Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • Day 2- Land Drainage and Stormwater Management
  • Why do we need stormwater management?
  • Review of stormwater best management practices and role of stormwater management
  • Drainage Design and Stormwater Management

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

  • 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 the 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


Nav Sandhu, P.Eng.

Nav Sandhu, P.Eng., is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with 20 years of experience.

He has extensive experience in stormwater management and drainage planning and design throughout Canada, ranging from servicing /planning studies to detailed design of complex systems. His stormwater infrastructure design experience includes storm sewer systems, culverts, above and below-ground detention and water quality facilities, diversion structures, control and outfall structures, infiltration systems, rip-rap protection works, and instream rehabilitation works. He’s also experienced in base-flow augmentation, source control/rainwater management and other LID systems-relatively new techniques that support sustainable design.

His stormwater engineering knowledge, municipal development, and highway experience make him an excellent resource for a range of clients. He has also provided expert opinions and reports on legal proceedings related to drainage throughout BC.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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