Provision of adequate, safe and appealing water supplies for urban and rural communities has long been a key role for civil engineers. Similarly the need for sustainable and increased food supplies to meet the needs of a growing global population is well established, and civil engineers again play a major role in achieving this by designing and constructing irrigation and land drainage systems. Accordingly, this unit of study aims to give students a basic understanding, problem solving and design skills in the areas of water supply and irrigation / drainage engineering.
Key topics include:
Urban Water Supply Schemes: Demand assessment and management, supply sources, dam types/spillways/outlet works/construction and safety issues, groundwater development works, water quality requirements and various types of treatment to satisfy these, service storage, pumping stations, reticulation system arrangements/layout and manual/computer analysis, pipeline design and construction.
Irrigation and drainage: Purpose and principles of irrigation, irrigation water quality, channel design and structures, flood, furrow, sprinkler and trickle irrigation layout and design principles, need for, principles and design of appropriate land drainage systems.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
All resources, notes and readings are available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):