Online Course on Modelling Sanitation Systems

This course focuses on the application of mathematical models for simulation by computers in the field of the urban water cycle, urban drainage, sewerage and a selection of sanitation systems.

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For whom?

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in the urban water cycle and/or wastewater treatment or those who have an interest in model application from a research point of view.

Basic knowledge of urban drainage and sewerage, wastewater treatment processes, biochemistry and microbiology is required for successful completion of the course.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 04 May 2020
End: 04 September 2020
Deadline IHE application: 03 May 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1035

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. To describe the origin and application of integrated modelling and the use of GIS as support tool.To understand calibration, validation and sensitivity analysis. To be able to use AQUASIM in solving the assignments
  2. Learn how to set up a small model in EPA-SWMM, run the model and look at the modelling results. Understand the application of the model by a demonstration of a case study in Palestine
  3. To understand the history and development of activated sludge models (ASM) and understand how a wastewater treatment plant is modelled
  4. To understand the concept of anaerobic modeling and the use of ADM1 by a demonstration of the application in the dynamic phase of the reactor start-up using BioWIn
  5. To learn about process modelling, fouling modelling and cost modelling in the field of MBR's. To use AQUASIM to get an understanding of the importance of several parameters when describing the behaviour of an MBR system.
  6. To apply AQUASIM to understand the importance of several parameters when describing the behaviour of a biofilm reactor system.
  7. To apply AQUASIM to understand the processes and parameters involved in pond modelling

Course content

  • Introduction to modelling of sanitation systems: Z. Vojinovic, M. Henze, C.M. Hooijmans
  • Urban drainage and sewerage: A. Pathirana, D. Brdjanovic
  • Activated sludge systems: D. Brdjanovic, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht, C. Fall
  • Membrane Bioreactors (MBR): D. Saroj
  • Anaerobic digestion: J.B. van Lier, N. Mahmoud
  • Biofilm systems: E. Morgenroth
  • Ponds and wetlands: D. Rousseau, C.M. Hooijmans, L. Sah

Additional information

Participants complete the internet based curriculum in a period of about four months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours per week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The curriculum consists of narrated or video recorded lectures available for those registered for the online course, and of lecture handouts and assignments.

The course includes access to the course materials as well as individual guidance and mentoring during the course. The maximum number of participants is 20. The course material is also provided compiled in a DVD package. Most of the material is also used for teaching in the Sanitary Engineering specialisation of the IHE Delft’s Master Program in Urban Water and Sanitation. Discounts apply as follows: 30% to IHE Delft alumni, 10% to UN family staff members, 10% to groups of 5 or more – provided that the courses start at the same time and group application has been sent.


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