About the Short Course

The topics presented in this short course represent a comprehensive array of hydrologic and hydraulic tools for stormwater management design, detention facility design, and subdivision planning. The Virginia Tech/Penn State Urban Hydrology Model (VT/PSUHM) will be used to illustrate how these tools can assist in the design of stormwater management facilities.

Special emphasis will be placed on the fundamental calculations for detention facility design, particularly outlet structure design. The Multiple Stage Routing Model (MSRM) in the VT/PSUHM will be used to assist in understanding the design process. Additional emphasis will be placed on BMP design, particularly enhanced detention, enhanced extended detention, bioretention cells, vegetated swales, and infiltration basins. Example analysis and design situations will be addressed and solved using the software. The participants will be guided through practice problems that deal with stormwater management design.

Computer Requirements

PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER TO THIS SHORT COURSE. The user must have administrative rights to the computer so that the VTPSUHM software can be installed. A time for advanced software installation is provided on Tuesday evening, May 29, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in Room 207 of The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Only MS Windows–based laptop computers will be supported, using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Microsoft Excel 2003 or 2010 is also required. The laptops should have viewing screens from 14 to 17 inches. Apple computers, notebook computers, iPads and similar devices will not be supported. Attendees who wish to rent a laptop may do so at a cost of $255 for the 3 day short-course. Rented laptops can be shared with a colleague if so desired.

Who Should Enroll

This course is intended for stormwater facility designers with previous exposure to urban runoff calculations involving NRCS (SCS) methods, channel and reservoir routing principles, and Rational methodologies. Because hands-on computer work is emphasized in the course, the fundamental concepts behind these methods will not be presented in great detail. However, specific details for each of the methods presented will be documented or referenced in the supplemental short-course notes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a hand calculator for occasional use.

Each attendee will receive course handout materials that include a set of notes documenting standard stormwater computational methods, speaker presentation notes, and a copy of the VT/PSUHM program.

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