Advanced Water Transport and Distribution

This course introduces participants to advanced methods and tools used in design, operation & maintenance of water transport and distribution systems.

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2021 Edition Online

This course will be offered in an online/remote teaching format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The course's content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the duration may be extended. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

For whom?

Engineers and scientists with keen interest in modern methods, technologies and tools used in design, operation and maintenance of water transport & distribution networks.


BSc degree in Civil Engineering or similar; a few years of relevant experience; knowledge of steady-state hydraulics of pressurised flows; basic use of network models; good English command. Students without any WTD experience should first complete the module Water Transport and Distribution.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 04 July 2022
End: 22 July 2022
Deadline IHE application: 03 June 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, discuss and interpret the theory of advanced hydraulic modelling; practice with state-of-the-art modelling software for the assessment of irregular operation scenarios and develop a reliability based and cost-effective designs.
  2. select modern tools for monitoring of operation, and planning of maintenance of WTD systems.
  3. Classify GIS and remote sensing technologies, and practice with the GIS-based techniques for sustainable planning and management of WTD systems.
  4. Demonstrate, discuss and interpret the theory of transient flows; model and design measures to prevent and control water hammer events in hydraulic systems.
  5. distinguish between various sources of water quality problems in distribution networks;understand the basic mechanisms of biological stability and suggest the list of preventive and reactive measures;

Course content

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Theory of Hydraulic Modelling: Methods of reliability assessment, optimisation models. Model building, validation and calibration.
  • Computer-aided Design: Development of alternatives, pump selection, design of tanks/water towers, cost comparisons. Monitoring and control of water quality in distribution networks, corrosion forms and remedies, bio-film formation and control, optimal water composition. Modelling of chlorine residuals, water age and mixing, GIS applications.
  • Asset Management: Optimal maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement scheduling.
  • Water Hammer in Pressure Conduits: Influence of pipeline characteristics on valve and pump operation, surge tanks and air vessels, simplified design procedures, constructional aspects, computer applications.



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