Distance - Municipal Systems Design Workshop (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


Eighty percent of a municipality’s problems are caused by twenty percent of its sanitary sewers and storm water drainage systems. The best way to avoid the majority of future problems is to pay greater attention to them during the design phase. This 3-day workshop is intended for those who require better understanding of sanitary sewer and stormwater drainage systems design. The participant will be expected to complete a sanitary sewer and storm water drainage system design under instructor guidance by using first principle methods and/or design aids.
This course has been designed to enlighten anyone who is not a civil engineer with the basics of Municipal Engineering Design. There is no need for a civil engineering background as the civil engineering concepts will not be introduced in depth.
This course deals with basic aspects of three areas: Sanitary Sewer Design, Storm Water Design and Water Supply Systems. These include: the importance of these systems in municipalities, the geological and geotechnical aspects of the ground conditions, simple estimation of Sanitary and Storm Systems loads, and definition of peaking factors. The population’s estimation methods with respect to Water supply systems are also introduced.
To understand the basics of sanitary, storm water and water supply systems design, to develop skills to understand and back analyze these systems for better performance understanding as to possibly suggest additions or replacements for existing systems.
The main objective of this workshop is to enable participants to participate efficiently in municipal systems evaluation and analyses. After completing the course participants should be able to understand the design of Sanitary sewer, Storm Sewer and Water supply and effectively contribute to their understanding of construction procedures. The course philosophy is to improve the participant’s knowledge about these systems. The information is supplied in a simple and systematic way, discussing topics where current knowledge is lacking and more understanding is needed.

Target Audience:
Mechanical engineers, Electrical engineers; public works and construction department employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments and engineers responsible for large industrial, commercial or institutional facilities who must deal with different types of municipal systems; management staff and project managers.
Municipal engineers; public works directors; city engineers; superintendents of operations; wastewater system managers; safety inspectors and procurement officers from municipalities; consulting engineers; technicians and technologists; sewer construction contractors and other individuals who need a basic understanding of sanitary sewer , stormwater drainage and water supply systems design and are currently employed in the wastewater management field.
Civil engineering technicians, technologists; junior civil engineers and civil engineers of all levels who are looking to refresh their memory and gain a better understanding of Municipal Design aspects.
The course will be of interest to a wide range of practising engineers, mangers and administration staff at different stages in their careers. Familiarisation with civil engineering aspects is not required.
Special Features:
The three-day course will consist of a series of lectures and workshops. A workshop on Sewers Design will be given. You will receive comprehensive course notes with all design charts, graphs and data that will serve as reference for future use. You will receive training on three of the top commercial software available in the market for the design of sanitary and storm sewer systems (Storm CAD, Sewer CAD and Water Cad)
You will receive a limited edition version (academic version) of the CAD design software package and a reference book on Engineering Hydraulics application).
Materials Required:
  • Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions
  • Laptop for software training (if available)

After Attending This Workshop You Will Be Able To:

  • Understand the fundamentals of sanitary, storm water sewer and water distribution systems
  • Participate effectively in any engineering meeting to discuss these systems
  • Analyze existing systems and find out existing problems
  • Learn the design software WaterCad with numerous design examples
  • Understand basics of systems design and application
  • Understand how to perform Back an analysis of existing systems for any possible problems
  • Learn how to use the commercial package Sewer CAD and Storm CAD
  • Discover the numerous issues to consider when planning sewer and stormwater drainage and water supply systems at a given site
  • Learn to design sanitary sewer and storm water drainage systems to meet given planning objectives

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.

Sanitary Sewer System
Planning For a Sanitary Sewer System

  • Planning objectives
  • Layout objectives
  • Environmental assessment process

Hydrology and Hydraulics

  • Pressure
  • Flow
  • Gravity flow in pipes

Non-uniform open channel flow

  • Computer applications in hydraulics
  • Hydrology
  • The hydrologic cycle
  • Rainfall and surface water
  • Groundwater

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
Workshop I - Design of a Sanitary Sewer
Participants will work on a design exercise in small groups under instructor guidance

Sanitary Sewer Systems
  • Loading
  • Extended period simulation
  • Sewer CAD introduction
  • Sewer CAD software demo training
  • Water CAD software demo training

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
  • CTWS
  • Wet ponds
  • Case study
  • Floodplains

Control of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)

Workshop II - Design of Stormwater Drainage System
Participants will work on a design exercise in small groups under instructor guidance

Sanitary Sewer and Pump Stations

  • General pump station design
  • Self-priming pump station
  • Submersible pump station
  • Pumps and motors
  • Valve box
  • Wet well design criteria
  • Electrical work
  • Control panel
  • Pump station site
  • Pump station spare parts and completion

Pump Design

  • Centrifugal Pumps
  • Pump Characteristics
  • Pump Head Curve
  • System Characteristics
  • System Head Curve
  • Pump Operating Point
  • Parallel Operation
  • Hands on Examples

Distribution Storage

  • Types of Distribution Reservoirs
  • Flow in Pipe networks
  • Pipes in Series/Parallel
  • Pipe Network Analysis
  • Hydraulics of Water wells

Pressure Piping Systems and water Quality Analysis

  • Pressure Systems
  • Energy Loss
  • Energy Gains- Pumps
  • Control Valves

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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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