Urban Drainage and Sewerage

This course aims at providing an explanation of the elements and processes involved in the urban drainage systems and a recommendation of appropriate application.

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For whom?

This course is designed for professionals interested in achieving and maintaining the environment and public health. Typical students include civil, process and sanitary engineers, university faculty and researchers, and technical managers.


The same as the specializations' (SE, UWEM) pre-requisites and having followed all the preceding modules. Participants need to have previous  knowledge of:

Fluid mechanics and hydraulics, Hydrology and Chemistry.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 01 February 2021
End: 19 February 2021
Deadline IHE application: 30 December 2020 - 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. Describe the chemical and biological processes that take place within sewer systems, and evaluate their implications for the design and operate of urban drainage systems
  2. Explain the standard practice in designing urban drainage systems. Prepare drainage system designs by integrating information on hydrological, hydraulic, economic and practical engineering concerns.
  3. Critically assess and analyse quantity and quality characteristics of stormwater and wastewaters originating from urban environments as a basis for the design, operation and maintenances of urban drainage system facilities.
  4. Be able to judge different design options and alternative scenarios

Course content

  • Introduction to urban drainage and sewerage and Types of drainage and sewer systems
  • Rainfall characteristics      
  • Wet weather flows quantitative characterization     
  • Sewerage layout and design      
  • Dry and wet weather flows quantitative characterization and exercise
  • Conventional sewer design exercise     
  • Hydraulics of urban drainage and sewerage   
  • Pumping stations and CSOs    
  • Data acquisition for urban drainage and sewerage studies
  • Model-based design and simulation - introduction  
  • Model-based design and simulation exercise
  • Fieldtrip


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