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Module WREM203


Stormwater Management


Dr. Maksimović, Dr. Brilly and Dr. Drobot








15 weeks


Overall, the module is expected to involve students in approximately 200 hours of learning: 12 5-hour lectures; 58 hours assignments; 78 hours private study; 4-hour examination.



This module aims to provide a basic knowledge of classical and contemporary problems in stormwater management for planning, modelling, design, operational management and research of storm water collection and disposal. It also offers gaining basics of physically based modelling of storm water networks and its interactions with SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems).


1. Subject Specific Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

By the end of this module, the students should:

  • have acquired understanding of the physical (meteorological, hydrodynamic) processes affecting surface runoff and its interactions with storm drainage components their characteristics and functioning of such systems;
  • have acquired basic knowledge of storm drainage planning, water supply and distribution system management problems;
  • be able to make appropriate and critical use of storm drainage modelling and management principles.

2. Core Academic Skills

By the end of this module, the students should:

  • be able to identify, formulate and analyse a management problem in a given water storm water collection system;
  • be able to critically assess research results;
  • have acquired some practical experience of conceptualising and analysing storm drainage modelling tools.

3. Personal and Key Skills

By the end of this module, the students should have:

  • improved further the necessary skills for independent learning;
  • enhanced report and presentation skills;
  • improved some IT skills.


Lectures, problem sheets, tutorials, educational tools.


One assessed coursework assignment (4,000 equivalent words including graphs and tables).
Problem sheets and computer based problem solving.


Examination paper (60%), Course work (40%)
3-hour examination, closed note and closed book.
1 assignment on practical application of modelling tools (40%, 4,000 equivalent words, including graphs and tables).


  1. The role and concepts of storm drainage systems (Natural drainage, Separate vs. combined systems, Planning design management issues)
  2. Rainfall characteristics and analysis (Physical characteristics of clouds, frontal rainfall, measurement methods, Singe record and temporal analysis, Multiple records and spatial analysis, Data base management)
  3. Catchment characteristics and data management (Data sources and processing methods, Land use and DTM, Preparations of model inputs, Built environment vs. new developments)
  4. Rainfall-Runoff modelling and system design (Modelling concepts, Surface runoff, Network analysis, Whole system analysis model calibration / verification, Planning, design, management tools
  5. Course work (Essay) for rainfall-runoff modelling
  6. Storm wash-off (Pollution sources and generation, Data, Wash-of process and modelling, Pollution management)
  7. Interactions with wastewater, CSO, system separation, health issues (Traditional design methods, System performance and environmental issues, CSO)
  8. Structural vs. non-structural measures & SUDS (Conventional systems and shortcomings, Paradigm shift in urban storm drainage, Structural and non-structural measures, SUDS from the concept to implementation, Planning, analysis, construction and operational management issues)
  9. Urban flooding analysis and management (The origin of flooding in urban areas (fluvial, pluvial, “technological”, Approaches in modelling and data needed for analysis and modelling, Flood mitigation options and techniques, Stakeholders affecting flooding and their interactions,
  10. Coursework or essay on urban flood management
  11. Asset management in Urban Drainage systems ( Operational management vs. strategic planning, data sources, asset management goals amd methods, case studies)
  12. Research and professional issues for the future (Topics open for research, Topics related to future application (paradigm shift), Potential topics for the thesis)


  1. Butler D., J. W. Davis: Urban Drainage, Second Edition, 2004, Spon Press, ISBN 0-415-30607-8 (pbk).
  2. Maksimovi ć , C. and Radojkovi ć , M., “ Urban Drainage Catchments” . (Pergamon Press, Oxford ) 1986.
  3. Vignolles, M., Woloszyn, E., Niemczynowicz, J., Maksimovi ć ,. Č. and Marsalek, J., “ Rain and Floods in Our Cities” ( World Meteorological Organization, Geneva ) 1996.


  1. DuChateau P.C., Advanced Calculus , 1992, Harper Collins, 000-0-064-67139-9


  • Prof. Čedo Maksimović, University of Belgrade/Imperial College
  • Prof. Mitja Brilly, University of Ljubljana
  • Dr. Slobodan Djordjević, Senior Lecturer University of Belgrade/Exeter University
  • Dr. Dusan Prodanović, Assistant Prof. University of Belgrade
  • Prof. Boris Kompare, University of Ljubljana
  • Dr. Zoran Vojinović, Senior Lecturer UNESCI IHE Delft
  • Dr. Surajate Boonya Aroonet, Senior Researcher Imperial College



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