SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH125989
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Relevant mathematics Fluid Mechanics Hydraulics

Summary of Content

The impacts of development on the hydrological cycle and implications for water resource management will be explored. Methods of urban stormwater management will be introduced that will include storm rainfall estimation, runoff assessment, surface water sewer and open channel design. Microdrainage software will be applied to explore pipe networks, open channel, source control and sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). Methods to assess small rural catchment runoff will be introduced and the management of runoff within the planning process and current guidance. The group project assessment will apply these methods to an urban drainage design problem. River flood estimation and catchment flood management will be introduced backed up by river channel hydraulics and the use of Flood modeller software for river modelling. The software will be used to develop a 1-D river model to determine flood levels and risk under climate change scenarios. River restoration methods will be explored using the model(s) for analysis and design. The project assessment will assess flood risk to a development with design options. Water resources for supply will explore options for intakes, storage and distribution.


Introduction to water resource management Impacts of development on hydrological cycle Availability and use of models Urban stormwater management Review of rational method (year 3) Modified rational method (Wallingford Procedure) Urban storm rainfall estimation using the Flood Studies Report Analysis of GCU rainfall data Apply Masterdrain to develop storm intensity profiles Apply Microdrainage to analyse simple pipe networks Hydraulics of pipes Develop year 2 hydraulics to determine friction factors Develop pipe friction solver Use of Moody diagram Hydraulics of open channel flow Develop year 2 open channel hydraulics Steady uniform flow, backwater analysis Chezy equation, Manning's equation (Note: this will be reviewed after 20/21. Open channel flow will be taught in 2 nd year hydraulics from 19/20) Apply Microdrainage module to analyse open channel design. Apply simulation for sewer backwater analysis Overview of stormwater design criteria Guidance for stormwater drainage design Climate change Planning issues Microdrainage long sections, 3D graphics, interface with AutoCAD civil 3D Greenfield runoff Options for small catchment runoff ADAS, FEH, IH124 IH124 Flood estimation using FEH catchment descriptors and ReFH rainfall-runoff model Apply Microdrainage greenfield runoff module Stormwater management Source control options: storage lakes, tank sewers, infiltration systems Apply Microdrainage source control for design of a stormwater storage lake, stormwater tank sewer, tank sewer with network, infiltration devices Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) Current practice SUDS and their design/different scenarios Design criteria and method Apply Microdrainage to analyse SUDS River catchment flood estimation River channel hydraulics River structure hydraulics Introduction to river modelling 1-D and 2-D modelling Flood return period and probability Rainfall-runoff modelling Apply Flood modeller to develop 1-D river network on local river Apply flood hydrographs to model Determination of water levels Modelling of structures in Flood modeller Flood risk and management Planning issues, damages Climate change Resilience of buildings to flood Catchment flood management; source control. White Cart catchment case study (site visit?) Case studies Flood modeller 3D graphics Apply climate change scenarios to model River restoration River restoration case studies River environment enhancement, wetlands Case studies Construction risk issues in the river environment Application of Flood modeller river model to determine risk Water supply Water intakes Water storage Reservoir sizing to meet demand Water distribution Primary uses: mass diagrams, demand, reservoir yield. Water reuse Case study Apply EPANET to analyse a simple pipe network

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Understand the concepts of water resource management and water sensitive urban design and their complexities (A2, A6, A7, B6, B7, D1, D3, D4, D6).2. Understand and apply the latest industry flood estimation methods in urban environments (A2, B1, B2, B3, B4, C3).3. Develop the 2nd year pipe hydraulics to sewer design methods. (B1, B2, B3).4. Apply drainage modelling software modules to a variety of urban drainage analysis and design problems (A2, B1, B3, B4, C3, D1). 5. Understand methods of source control and SUDS, simulate them in modelling software with climate change and planning scenarios and use the results to inform design decisions (A2, A4, A5, B5, B6, B7, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6).6. Understand and apply the latest industry flood estimation methods for rural catchments (A2, B1, B2, B3, B4, C3).7. Understand the hydraulics of open channel river flow. Build on the 2nd year hydraulics to understand open channel flow in the context of river modelling and engineering. (B1, B2, B3).8. Apply river modelling software to a river flood analysis and design problem (A2, B1, B3, B4, C3, D1). 9. Understand methods to manage flood risk from river catchments and simulate and assess the results from river modelling software to inform design decisions (A2, B1, B3, B4, C3, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6). 10. Understand and assess the construction risk issues of working in the river and marine environments (A6, A7, C6).11. Determine yield from water sources, reservoir supply and demand (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, C3, C5)12. Design water reuse, flood storage and distribution systems (A1, A2, A3, B1, B3, B4, C1, C3, C5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be an equal split of lectures and computing practical/tutorial classes in lecture-practical, lecture-practical sessions. Practical classes will consist of computer sessions and/or site visits. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. Case studies will be introduced during lectures.

Indicative Reading

Fluid Mechanics, 6 th edition Author: Douglas, Gasiorek, Swaffield and Jack Year: 2011 Publisher@ Pearson Prentice Hall ISBN: Civil Engineering Hydraulics, 5 th edition Author: Nalluri and Featherstone Year: 2009 Publisher: Winery-Blackwell ISBN: 978-1405-161954 Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector Author: Ludwig, Kabat and van Schaik Year: 2009 Publisher: Earthscan ISBN: 978-18-4407-6529 Global Warming - the complete briefing, 4 th edition Author: Houghton, J Year : 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University press ISBN: 978-0-521-70916-3 Water Ethics Author: (ed) Brown and Schmidt Year: 2010 Publisher: Island Press ISBN: 978-1-59726-565-2 Water Resource Planning and Management Author: (ed) Grafton and Hussey Year: 2011 Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 978-0-51197-430-4 Learning to Live with Rivers Author: ICE Report No Year: 2001 Publisher: ICE ISBN: 0-7277-31041 CIRIA Handbook - SUDS guide Living with rivers, ICE Guide White Cart Flood Alleviation Scheme - Environmental Statement Flood Risk Management Act 2009 . Delivering Sustainable Flood Risk Management, The Scottish Government 2011 Regulatory Method (WAT RM-08) Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, SEPA, 2010 "Design and Analysis of Urban Storm Drainage - The Wallingford Procedure." Department of Environment National Water Council Standing Technical Committee Reports. Oxfordshire: Hydraulics Research Limited, 1983. Natural Environment Research Council. "Flood Studies Report." London: Natural Environment Research Council, London, 1975. "Sewers for Scotland - A Technical Specification for the Design and Construction of Sewerage Infrastructure, Version 4.0." Scottish Water, October 2018.

Transferrable Skills

Design engineering solutions to practical problems (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 112.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 n/a Report - river flood modelling and flood risk assessment, design options
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Report - urban drainage design and apply source control/SUDS
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Closed book exam