Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Urban Drainage and Stormwater Management

Overall Course Objectives

The aim is to provide participants the general skills and knowledge needed to design, analyse and adapt urban drainage and stormwater systems in a setting with growing urbanization and climatic change. Knowledge is provided in the most important hydraulic and hydrological processes, as well as entry level statistics on extreme rainfall, wet-weather pollution discharges and flooding. Skills are provided in the traditional way of dimensioning drainage and stormwater systems by hand calculation as well as in the use of a state-of-the-art software for dynamic simulation of urban stormwater systems under heavy rain (e.g. MIKE+). The course focuses on both water quantity and quality and will introduce both traditional and novel solutions to managing stormwater – including both technical stormwater control measures, nature based solutions, and new digital data products and control principles.

Learning Objectives

  • Design simple urban drainage and stormwater management systems
  • Analyse existing systems to identify areas in risk of flooding
  • Propose a range of solutions to solve flood and surcharge problems, and document the effect of these solutions
  • Dimension the most important system structures such as pipes, basins and overflow structures as well as nature based solutions and ocal infiltration devices
  • Use advanced simulation software for urban stormwater systems (e.g. MIKE+)
  • Understand the perspective of latest trends in digitalization of urban drainage systems – including new data and model products and digital twins
  • Quantify frequency and volume of overflows
  • Estimate pollutant loads to recipients
  • Choose between different types of raindata for use on different types of problems
  • Identify the main sources of uncertainty in model assessments and compare to uncertainty from climate change and growth of cities

Course Content

Urban drainage and stormwater management; cloudburst; pluvial flooding; overflow; dimensioning new system components; hydraulics; urban hydrology; backwater; modelling; simplification; st. Venants Equations; nature based solutions (LAR, SUDS, LIDS, WSUD…); rainfall statistics; return period; sources to pollution; effects of climate change on stormwater systems, real time modelling and control.

Recommended prerequisites

41102/12320, Basic understanding of hydraulic and hydrological phenomena and calculations

Teaching Method

Lectures, tutorials, computer simulations, excursions, project work in groups and report writing.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12122
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK