In Smart Water Systems Design, the students will gain specialist skills for the design and management of issues related to both water quantity and quality within an urban context from the natural catchments supplying water to urban areas and blended with modern smart technologies. To counter the impacts of urbanisation, the concept of "water sensitive urban design" (WSUD) will also be introduced. Design of water infrastructure and WSUD strategies including, storage dams, water supply network and urban stormwater drainage, wetlands, raingardens, etc will also be undertaken. Construction and maintenance of urban water systems, detailed design of pipe network, selection of materials, inspection techniques, maintenance and rehabilitation techniques will also be introduced. Efficient water supply with minimum water losses will be covered in the contents.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in the application of computer models (eg. EPANET) in the design and assessment of urban water infrastructure and use these models to develop a better understanding of the application of best design and management practice in integrated urban water systems. Students will also learn cross disciplinary technologies to design the water systems that are currently used. These include modern equipment, their installations, functions, and use will also be introduced.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the fundamental objectives of urban water systems, including management of both water quantity and quality;  
  2. Identify the issues affecting the supply of potable water to urban communities;  
  3. Analyze the processes by which floods are generated in urban drainage systems and the different mitigation strategies adopted;  
  4. Interpret the processes by which pollutants are generated within urban catchments and the different processes used in the treatment of urban stormwater quality and develop treatment strategies for the management of urban stormwater quality;  
  5. Learn technologies for building, rehabilitation and maintenance of pipe system for water and wastewater networks; and  
  6. Use computer-based models to design a water supply network and investigate water sensitive urban design strategies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Tests (Individual) 30%
Assignment Individual Assessments 30%
Project Group-based design project report 40%

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