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This 2-day workshop provides a detailed introduction to urban roadway drainage design. The topics are hydrology including rational equation, soil conservation method, regression equations, & synthetic hydrographs; & highway drainage including gutter flow

Course Outline

This two day workshop provides a detailed introduction to urban roadway drainage design. Design guidance for solving basic problems encountered in urban roadway drainage design is provided. The topics are hydrology including rational equation, soil conservation method, regression equations, and synthetic hydrographs; and highway drainage including gutter flow, roadway inlet interception, storm drain systems, energy and hydraulic grade lines, detention ponds, and stormwater management.


By participating in this workshop, you will focus on the practical application of sound planning, design, construction and maintenance practices for highway 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 highway drainage systems. You leave with the confidence that not only you understand the concepts but also you can apply the knowledge to your projects.  

To provide participants with a working knowledge of current methods for designing effective highway drainage systems that minimize their construction and maintenance cost, with an overview of installation and maintenance practices and procedures.

Target Audience:

This workshop will benefit anyone involved with the construction, design or design review of highway 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.


Special Features:

  • You will receive comprehensive course notes with all design  charts, graphs and data that will serve for future use
  • With the “hands-on-how-to” exercises, you will gain  valuable skills which you will be able to put to use immediately
  • You will receive the textbook Computer Applications in Hydraulic Engineering, 7th Edition which includes state of the art softwares: WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, StormCAD, SewerCAD, PondPack, FlowMaster, CulvertMaster, as well as in class training on three software packages: CulvertMaster , FlowMaster and StormCAD with design examples
  • Materials Required: Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions and a laptop computer to use the software in class
Course Outline & Covered Topics:

Introduction and Overview

  • Soil properties
  • Pipe hydraulics
  • Water systems

Revision of Hydraulics Engineering

  • Measurement of pressure
  • Continuity of flow
  • Flow in pipes under pressure
  • Hazen-Williams Nomograph
  • Mannings Formula
  • Open channel flow measurement

Revision of Hydrology

  • Urban hydrologic cycle
  • Depth, volume, and intensity
  • Watersheds, Streamflow
  • Hydrographs, Gagging stations
  • Droughts, Aquifers, Wells
  • Groundwater flow

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
          After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To
  • Understand 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

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.


Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer and adjunct professor at Ryerson university, Toronto, Ontario. He has over 22 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas. He is teaching the Sanitary and Storm water design for the last 5 years for professional engineers in Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. He is teaching the Sanitary and Storm water design for the last 5 years for professional engineers in Canada.
Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.   Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.   Dr. Abdelaziz is a member in different professional societies such as APEGGA, PEO, CGS, CDA, TAC and ABPA. He is also a reviewer for the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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