Fall 2012
Required Course
Instructors: Brian Younkin, Ph.D., and Neil Amwake, P.E.
South Campus (Bucknell) Storm Water Collection System

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and understand the major components of a storm water collection and detention system, considering both "hard" engineering structures and green/sustainable infrastructure;
  • Recognize and distinguish between overland (sheet) flow, concentrated flow and drain pipe flow;
  • Reinforce reservoir computations which had been recently taught with a local, real-world example; and,
  • Gain familiarity with design plans.

The Bucknell Facilities Department provided a *.pdf drawing for one sheet of the storm water collection system design for the newly constructed south campus, specifically showing the parking areas, drainage swales and the two retention basins.  The drawing was uploaded to Moodle and each student was provided with an iPad to view the plan sheet in the field, as well as take notes and digital pictures using the uPad app (if they chose to).  By having the drawing on the iPad students could then zoom in and out to read specific drawing notes, etc. 

The students were asked to evaluate what benefits (or disadvantages) does incorporating green/sustainable infrastructure into the storm water system design and construction have; considering such items as peak time (hydrograph time to peak, tp), infiltration potential, abstractions, etc.  Additionally, the students were to provide recommendations to improve the storm water collection system, considering short-term and long-term operation and maintenance of the storm water collection system, particularly as it relates to water resources engineering as well as to identify two (2) constraints that may impact the design and construction of a storm water system, i.e., what obstacles are present?


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