Saturday, February 4, 2017

Water supply systems and Stormwater management infrastructures 2017

This year I decide to renovate the teaching of my class of "Hydraulic Constructions".  Usually, under this name, one thinks to dams, levees, or other infrastructures. In fact, what I will  teach is how to design a water supply system for a city or for a city district, and how to design the infrastructures for storm water management.

This the foreseen schedule of the course. L Means a laboratory class, where the students are asked to calculate, think or project something. Actually it will be that I will do stuff for them, introducing some tools and asking them to repeat and complete the task on their dataset. Tentatively, it will be a "learning by doing approach" which I used also the last years but to a minor extent. 

I have 60 hours in total over thirteen weeks. So the schedule could be the following one

Storm waters
  1. T - Introductory Class
  2. T - Statistical properties of ground precipitations. Mechanisms  of formation of precipitation. Ground based statistics. Extreme precipitations.  
  3. L - Explorative data analysis. Investigating data with Python (or R).  
  4. T - Extreme precipitations. Around the concept of return period. Extreme distributions. 
  5. L - Estimation of Extreme distributions with Python (or R)
  6. T - Element for the design of storm water management infrastructures.  
  7. L - Short introduction to QGIS for representing urban infrastructures. 
    1. T - Element for the design of storm water management infrastructures. - II 
      • L - Simple estimations of the maximum discharge via Python
      • T - Pumping stormwaters.
      • L - Designing some part of a sewer network with SWMM and Python. 
      Clean water supply - Aqueducts

      As a  general, simple and descriptive reference, the first six chapters of Maurizio Leopardi's book can be useful :
      Here the class lectures:
      1. T - Aqueducts in 2020
      2. L - Introduction to EPANET (and related GIS)(YouTube2017)
      3. T - Aqueducts' distribution networks: the water demand and some design indications)
      4. T - External aqueducts
      5. T - Introduction to intakes  for water supply
      6. T - Water uptakes
      7. L - Reservoirs
      8. L - Design and verification of distribution networks with EPANET - 
      9. T - Houses' infrastructures
      10. T - Urban Drainage Systems
      11. L - Design and verification of distribution networks with EPANET - I I (YouTube on Water Demand)

      During the class I will introduce sever tools for calculations. 
      • Python - Python is a modern programming languages. It will be used for data treatment, estimation of the idf curves of precipitation, some hydraulic calculation and data visualisation. I will use Python mostly as a scripting language to bind and using existing tools. 
      • SWMM - Is an acronym for Storm Water Management System. Essentially it is a model for the estimation of runoff adjusted to Urban environment. I do not endorse very much its hydrology. However, it is the most used tools by colleagues who cares about storm water management, and I adopt it. It is not a tool for designing storm water networks, and therefore, some more work should be done with Python to fill the gaps.
      • EPANET Is the tool developed by EPA to estimate water distribution networks. 
      • LaTeX: il sistema per la scrittura e la composizione di testi matematici ed ingegneristici. Il testo di Lorenzo Pantieri e Tommaso Gordini è un piccolo gioiello
      Installation Instructions (for Windows) by Daniele Della Torre:




      and this for the Java RE:

      Domande della prova intermedia 2017.

      1 comment:

      1. Developing the concept of the river catchment as a service provider and how this concept can be communicated to inform policy development, engage communities and improve integrated Water Management.