Stormwater and Detention Pond
Systems Design.

15 – 19 July 2024
Sandton Centre, Johannesburg South Africa

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R 17,999.00 per delegate

Public R16, 999.00

Online R10, 999.00


This four-day workshop provides a detailed introduction to urban drainage design. Design guidance for solving basic problems encountered in urban drainage design is provided. The topics are hydrology including rational equation, and synthetic hydrographs; storm drain systems, energy and hydraulic grade lines, detention ponds, and storm water management.

By participating in this workshop, you will focus on the practical application of sound planning, design, construction and maintenance practices for drainage systems. The designed components include storm water facilities design, open channels and culverts. An understanding of the hydrological and hydraulic principles that underlie practical design will also be developed. Hands on working examples will be presented to demonstrate in very practical terms the pros and cons of alternative strategies, the pitfalls that can be avoided, and the design features that characterize successful installations. The uniqueness of this workshop is its emphasis on hands on exercises for designing the various components of drainage systems. You leave with the confidence that not only you understand the concepts but also you can apply the knowledge to your projects.

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Understand the basics of storm water sewer system design and application
  • Back an analysis of existing systems for any possible problems
  • Learn how to use the commercial package CulvertMaster, FlowMaster and Storm CAD
  • Discover the numerous issues to consider when planning highway drainage systems at a given site
  • Learn to design highway drainage systems to meet given planning objectives
  • Determine runoff (peak flows and volumes) from urban watersheds
  • Apply basic hydraulic principles to urban drainage design
  • Perform roadway drainage designs using various roadway inlets
  • Size and/or analyze storm drain conveyance systems
  • Establish the energy and hydraulic grade lines for storm drains
  • Gain a solid understanding of drainage design, along with an increased confidence in the results of your design calculations

Who Should Attend:

This workshop will benefit anyone involved with drainage systems design and review, the construction, design or design review of storm water drainage systems, street, highway and storm water detention systems.
  • Including municipal, geotechnical, structural, road, drainage, mining and forestry engineers, developers, planners, consultants, supervisors,
  • and other technical personnel responsible for drainage facilities, open channels and culverts.

Course Outline:

Introduction and Overview

  • Soil properties
  • Pipe hydraulics
  • Water systems

 Hydraulics Review

  • Pressure
  • Flow in closed conduits
  • Open channel flow

Hydrology Review

  • The Hydrologic Cycle
  • Rainfall –Runoff Relationship
  • Design Storms
  • The Rational Method
  • Hydrographs
  • Other Surface Runoff Models 

 Stormwater Drainage System

  • Estimating Storm Runoff
    • Rational method
    • Runoff coefficients
    • Rain fall intensity
    • Time of concentration
    • SCS Method
    • Effects of land developments
    • Layout and design
    • Best management practices
    • Storm Water Quality Control
    • Sedimentation basins
    • Swales
    • Bioretention systems
    • CTWS
    • Wet ponds
    • Case study
    • Floodplains
  • Control of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)

Pump Stations

  • General pump station design
  • Self-priming pump station
  • Submersible pump station
  • Pumps and motors
  • Valve box
  • Wet well design criteria
  • Electrical work
  • Control panel
  • Pump station site
  • Pump station spare parts and completion  

Storm Sewer Design

  • Planning
  • Effects of Urbanization
  • Storm Sewer Layout and Design
  • Best Management Practices
    • Source Controls
    • Lot-Level Controls
    • Conveyance System Controls
    • End-of-Pipe Controls
  • Combined Sewer Overflow Controls

Workshop I – Stormwater Drainage System Design and Analysis

  • Participants will work on a design exercise under instructor guidance:
    • Storm CAD introduction
    • Storm CAD software hands-on training
    • Storm sewer design
    • Alternative scenario analysis

Detention and Retention Facilities 

  • Sedimentation basins
  • Bioretention systems
  • Wet ponds
  • Floodplains
  • CTWS    

Storm Drains – Culvert Design

  • Culvert hydraulics
  • Outlet control hydraulics
  • Entrance minor losses
  • Gradually varied flow analysis
  • Inlet control hydraulics
  • CulvertMaster software demo

Storm Drains – Channel Design

  • Distinction between ditch and channel design
  • Hydraulic considerations
  • Flow resistance design
  • Stream platforms and the fluvial system
  • Stable channel design
  • Tractive forces and permissible velocities

Temporary Erosion & Sediment Control

  • Temporary/Permanent Seeding
  • Temporary Slope Drain
  • Sediment Basins
  • Brush Barrier
  • Silt Fence
  • Mulching
  • Rip Rap dimensioning 

Detention Pond Design

  • Stormwater detention
  • Overview of Stormwater Detention
  • Conceptual Drawing of a Detention Pond
  • Basic Design Considerations
  • Pre-Development versus Post-Development Criteria and Recurrence Frequency
  • Emergency overflow structure

Types and Configurations of Stormwater Detention Facilities

  • Wet Pond
  • Dry Pond
  • Detention Pond Modeling Concepts
  • Inflow hydrograph
  • Peak discharge rate
  • Outflow hydrograph
  • Components of Detention Facilities
  • Dam Embankments
  • Freeboard
  • Pond Bottoms and Side Slopes
  • Outlet Structures
  • Overflow Spillways

Routing Data: Storage and Hydraulic Relationships

  • Stage versus Storage Volume
  • Average-End-Area Method
  • Pipe or Culvert Outlets
  • Overflow Spillways
  • Composite Stage versus Discharge Relationships
  • Structures in Parallel
  • Storage Indication Method
  • Stormwater Detention Analysis Procedure

In class numerical design example, please bring your lap top with excel installed on it

  • PONDPACK software demo
  • The Basics of Pond Construction
  • Site Selection & Construction Techniques
  • Pond Types & Site Topography
  • Excavated Ponds
  • Embankment Ponds 

Materials Required
Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions and a laptop computer to use the software in class

End of the workshop



While both In-House and Online training can present with cost-effectiveness and time-efficacy, there are some very specific differences between in-house courses and those based online.
The demand for additional courses by individuals or groups of people is increasing. Still, it depends entirely on the preferences of a person what type of training he or she wants to receive. Online courses and in-house training carry some similarities but they are considered to exhibit some very pivotal differences too. Despite that, both types of learning can be really beneficial for attendees.

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