Distance - Design, Construction and Rehabilitation of Culverts and Channels (1.8 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

By participating in this workshop, you will focus on the practical application of sound planning, design, construction and maintenance practices for open channels and culverts. Culverts rehabilitation will also be introduced with the state-of-the-practice tools. An understanding of the hydrological and hydraulic principles that underlie practical design will also be developed. Case studies 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 channel and culvert structures. You will not only leave with the confidence that you understand the concepts but you can also apply the knowledge gained to your projects. This course offers you a solid grounding in both the theory and practical methods of culvert design.

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

Special Features

  • You will receive a comprehensive set of course notes with all design charts, graphs and data that will serve for future use
  • You will write pre-and-post exams that will give you a clear indication of the improvement in your level of understanding of the material
  • 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 a resource CD including free design software HY-8 and manuals that could be used every day in professional practice. HY-8 software automates culvert hydraulic computations, enables you to analyze the performance of culverts, multiple culvert barrels at a single crossing as well as multiple crossings, roadway overtopping at the crossing and develop report documentation in the form of performance tables, graphs, and key information regarding the input variables
  • A workshop to practice how to use the software in design will be also conducted in class.

Learn how to:

  • Design Storm water drainage systems
  • Design culverts and channels that are safe, efficient and cost-effective
  • Choose the best design and rehabilitation methods

You will study techniques for calculating:

  • Hydraulic design
  • Inlet and outlet control
  • Design discharge
Materials Required
Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions and a laptop computer to use the software.
Who Should Attend
Municipal engineers, developers, planners, consultants, hydraulic engineers, technicians and technologists, designers and other technical personnel responsible for drainage facilities, underground pipe systems, inlets, culverts and catch basins.
This course is particularly suitable for those who want a comprehensive review of drainage design methods.
This course will benefit anyone involved with the design or design review of culverts in storm drainage, 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.


The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:
  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

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

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

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.

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 an 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.

Introduction and Overview

  • Soil properties
  • Pipe hydraulics
  • Water systems
  • Wastewater systems
  • Design for value

Revision of Hydraulics Engineering

  • Pressure
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Pressure head
  • Measurement of pressure
  • Flow
  • Continuity of flow
  • Conservation of energy
  • Flow in pipes under pressure
  • Hazen-Williams Equation
  • Hazen-Williams Nomograph
  • Flow measurement
  • Gravity flow in pipes
  • Manning’s Formula
  • Partial flow in pipes
  • Open channel flow measurement
  • Nonuniform open channel flow
  • Specific energy
  • Critical flow gradually
  • Gradually varied flow
  • Rapidly varied flow
  • Revision of Hydrology
  • Hydrologic cycle
  • Urban hydrologic cycle
  • Depth, volume, and intensity
  • Watersheds
  • Streamflow
  • Hydrographs
  • Gagging stations
  • Droughts
  • Groundwater
  • Aquifers
  • Groundwater flow
  • Wells

Culvert and Channel Load Estimation: Stormwater Drainage System

  • Estimating Storm Runoff
  • Rational method
  • Runoff coefficients
  • Rain fall intensity
  • Time of concentration
  • SCS Method
  • Effects of land developments
  • Layout and design
  • Best management practices
  • Storm Water Quality Control
  • Sedimentation basins
  • Swales
  • Bioretention systems
  • Sanitary Sewer System Design
  • Peaking factors
  • Minimum and maximum velocities
  • Self-cleansing velocities
  • Minimum pipe size
  • Capacity design
  • Infiltration
  • Sewer pipes
  • Separation of water main and sewers
  • Optimum bedding conditions
  • Cover
  • Ductile iron pipe location
  • Crossings
  • Manholes

Culvert Design

  • Culvert systems
  • Culvert hydraulics
  • Outlet control hydraulics
  • Friction losses
  • Entrance minor losses
  • Exit minor losses
  • Gradually varied flow analysis
  • Inlet control hydraulics
  • Unsubmerged flow
  • Submerged flow
  • CulvertMaster software demo
  • Design workshop using CulvertMaster
  • Open Bottom/Natural-Bed Box Culverts
  • Culvert failure case studies

Channel Design

  • Distinction between ditch and channel design
  • Hydraulic considerations
  • Flow resistance design
  • Specific Energy
  • Momententum
  • Uniform flow
  • Gradually varied flow
  • Unsteady flow
  • Stream platforms and the fluvial system
  • Stable channel design
  • Tractive forces and permissible velocities
  • Erosion control
  • Riprap Design (Examples)
  • Culvert Design workshop
  • Channel Design Workshop
  • FlowMaster software demo
  • Design workshop using FlowMaster (Examples)
  • Software Workshop

Culvert Rehabilitation Techniques

  • Culvert pipe liner and specifications
  • Sliplining
  • Segmental sliplining
  • Effective uses, advantages, and limitations costs
  • Annular grouting
  • Standards/specifications
  • Continuous sliplining
  • Effective uses, advantages, and limitations
  • Costs
  • Close-fit lining
  • Symmetrical reduction method for close-fit lining
  • Swagelining/drawdown method for close-fit lining
  • Folded method for close-fit lining
  • Deformed/reformed method for close-fit lining
  • Fold and form method for close-fit lining
  • Spirally wound lining
  • Annular grouting
  • Cured-in-place pipe lining
  • Pulled-in-place installation method for cured-in place lining
  • Spray-on lining
  • Cement-mortar spray-on lining
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Software
  • Determination Of Relevant Criteria and Alternatives Alternative Ratings
  • Design Life
  • Capacity Reduction
  • Abrasion And Corrosion Resistance
  • Installation Time
  • Flow Bypass Requirements
  • Cost
  • Methods Of Determining Alternative Ranking
  • Weighted Average Method

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Course Materials

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