Course code THT300

THT300 Planning and design of urban water systems

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Course responsible: Kim Aleksander Haukeland Paus
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:

The course includes methods for planning and designing urban systems for water, sewage, stormwater and streams. The course is divided into four sections:

  • Discharge models: Precipitation-drainage models, precipitation statistics, frequency analyzes, climate change, terrain analyzes, infiltration and other hydrologic processes, flood assessments, calibration and validation of models. Relevant analysis tools: SCALGO Live, SWMM, DDDUrban, NEVINA and PQRUT.
  • Urban drainage systems: The three-step strategy, laws, regulations, planning, discharge regulation and diversion, individual measures and complex systems, nature-based solutions, sources, spread and removal of pollution, climate adaptation and sustainability. Relevant analysis tools: SWMM.
  • Open channel flow: Flow situations, water-surface calculations, channel design, assessment of erosion risk and critical rock size, reopening of closed watercourses and culvert hydraulics. Relevant analysis tools: HEC-RAS 1D, HEC-RAS 2D, HY-8.
  • Water supply: Pipe hydraulics, water quality changes in the pipe network, planning, design and modeling of drinking water networks. Relevant analysis tools: EPANET

Compulsory assignments related to the course will give students a good introduction to the mentioned analysis tool.

Learning outcome:

1. Discharge models

The candidate:

  • Has a good understanding of rain-drainage modeling and field processes.
  • Can process datasets for observations and knows the principles of frequency analysis.
  • Can calculate discharge using several models and evaluate results against the necessary input data, assumptions and uncertainty.
  • Knows principles for how models can be calibrated and validated.

2. Urban drainage systems

The candidate:

  • Can identify requirements and propose, assess and design solutions that meet requirements.
  • Can design separate measures and complex drainage systems for different steps in the three-step strategy and identify bottlenecks and weaknesses in such systems.
  • Has an understanding of how cost-benefit assessment can be carried out and how sustainability can be promoted in projects.
  • Has knowledge of water quality in stormwater and can account for sources, spreading mechanisms and removal processes of pollution.

3. Channel flow

The candidate:

  • Has a good understanding of concepts and terms within channel flow.
  • Can use manual methods and analysis tools to calculate water lines for both rapid and gradually varying flow, knows the assumptions of such methods and can use the knowledge to assess and design channels.
  • Knows different methods for calculating critical rock size and can use these to assess the risk of erosion.
  • Has knowledge of flow types in culverts and can use analysis tools to assess hydraulic capacity and culvert design.

4. Water supply

The candidate:

  • Has a good understanding of pipe hydraulics and can calculate hydraulics in non-circular cross-sections, pipe in series, pipes in parallel and friction losses using different methods.
  • Has knowledge of flow in the drinking water network and can carry out manual calculations and analyzes for simple networks.
  • Knows the main principles of network modeling and can use analysis tools to assess and design complex networks based on functional requirements.
  • Has knowledge of water quality changes in the drinking water network.
Learning activities:
(1) Short videos of current topics, (2) problem-based solving and discussions in class, (3) calculation assignments and training in analysis tools in class, (4) guidance hours if a teaching assistant is available, (5) compulsory assignments related to each section of the course , (6) local field survey, (7) excursion to Oslo, (8) seminar at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).
Teaching support:
There will be some time set apart in some of the lectures for assistance with the compulsory assignments.

Main textbook (selected chapters): Chin, David (2013): Water-Resources Engineering, 3rd edition (International Edition).

Parts of NVE (1998), Vassdragshåndboka, 1. utgave (available online)

Other literature (reports/articles) will be made available in Canvas.

Knowledge of fluid mechanics/hydraulics equivalent to the pair of courses TPS200 (formerly FYS210) and TPS210. Knowledge of water and wastewater engineering equivalent to the course THT261. Basic knowledge of hydrology equivalent to VANN200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Working knowledge of engineering mathematics and statistics. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, R or equivalent is an advantage.
Mandatory activity:
Four compulsory assignments related to the four sections in the course.
  • Compulsory assignments (40%) during the semester
  • Written exam (60%) which can include both multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and individual questions during the exam period.

Grade scale: A-F

Nominal workload:
For a course of 15 credits, ca. 375 hours of work in total is normally to be expected.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science.
Type of course:
Lectures with integrated exercises: approx. 80 hours. 1-day excursion to NVE and 1-day field trip. Problem solving sessions: approx. 20 - 30 hours if a teaching assistant is available.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidates exams as a calibration according to the Faculty's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades