BYGA2225 - Pipe network and stormwater management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours B

Course content

The course focuses on methods for planning, dimensioning, designing, management and maintenance of water, wastewater and stormwater pipe networks and storm water systems. The main areas are: a) development of good pipe systems for drinking water, storm water and wastewater, including sustainable and smart pipeline systems with a very long life; and b) planning of how we can manage stormwater in a sustainable and climate-adapted way to prevent pollution and protect cities from flood risks. The course is divided into four main thematic areas:

The first theme introduces the impacts of climate change on water, stormwater and wastewater pipe networks in cities.

The second theme focuses on models for dimensioning pipe systems for water, wastewater and storm water.

  • Hydrology: rainfall intensity, rainfall-runoff models, rainfall statistics, frequency analyses, climate change, terrain analyses, infiltration and other field processes, climate effects in Norway, runoff conditions.
  • Open Channel flow: Flow mechanisms, energy & hydraulic gradelines, design of channels, and culvert hydraulics.
  • Stormwater management: stormwater as part of the cityscape, chemical and microbial pollution from stormwater, choice of conventional versus nature-based stormwater management, local and open management of stormwater in urban areas, e.g., infiltration techniques, dimensioning, equipment and operation of ponds, open waterways, gutters and canals for storm water.
  • Water supply: Dimensioning of large networks. Projection of water demand. The drinking water network with associated pumps, valves and other equipment. Choice of wiring material. Water quality.
  • Wastewater network: Collection of wastewater in drainage networks with pumps, sumps, ditches, etc. Recipient. Choice of pipe material.

The third theme concerns the maintenance and rehabilitation of wiring networks. Principles of condition analysis, condition assessment, inspection techniques, leak detection, monitoring and maintenance and rehabilitation techniques. Risk identification and qualitative risk management.

The final theme introduces digital tools and smart systems for modelling, simulating and monitoring water, stormwater and wastewater pipelines and handling systems. Use of digital tools and programming for simulating pressure, water demand, pumps, leaks and water quality in the water distribution network. Use of digital tools for assessment of the stormwater and wastewater network with regard to capacity, pump, overflow and pollution. Use of digital tools for simulating nature-based stormwater systems. Overview of existing technologies (sensors and IoT) for monitoring water, stormwater and wastewater pipe networks.

Learning outcome


The candidate must be able

  • to give an account of important challenges in the planning and dimensioning of water, storm water and wastewater pipenetworks.
  • give an account of terms within open channel flow and flow types in culverts
  • dimension and simulate large water, stormwater and sewage pipeline networks
  • dimension and simulate conventional and nature-based solutions for stormwater management.
  • assess and select conventional and nature-based stormwater management solutions for reduction of runoff and pollution.
  • account for operational monitoring and leak detection of pipenetworks.
  • account for maintenance and rehabilitation of pipenetworks.
  • give an account of sensor technologies for monitoring water, stormwater and wastewater networks.


The candidate must be able to

  • use hydrologic principles to dimension and analyze storm water pipelines
  • use hydraulic principles to dimension and analyze complete water distribution networks and drainage networks.
  • operate according to the 3-step strategy for stormwater management and calculate the impact of measures.
  • carry out simulations and analyzes of complete water and wastewater networks using Python and MikeUrban.
  • use digital tools to assess hydraulic capacity and culvert design (HY-8)
  • Perform simulations and analyzes of conventional and nature-based stormwater management solutions using Python and MikeUrban.
  • Account for sustainable choices of pipe material
  • Account for operational monitoring and leak detection.
  • Make an account of maintenance and rehabilitation strategies for pipenetworks
  • acquaint themselves with smart technologies for monitoring water, stormwater and wastewater networks.

General Competence

The candidate must be able to literature sources, professional methods, current laws and regulations, as well as standards for planning, dimensioning, management, operation and maintenance for water and environmental engineering facilities. The candidate must be able to participate in professional discussions within the relevant areas and share their knowledge and experience with others, both orally and in writing. The candidate must be able to contribute to the development of innovative solutions within the water and environmental engineering sector.

Learning methods and activities

Short videos of current topics, lectures, hydraulic lab exercises, hydrology fieldwork, infiltration fieldwork, inspection, problem-based exercises, and individual project assignment/semester assignment. Use of programming and digital tools.

Compulsory activities

  • Exercises
  • Field work
  • Project work

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

In the event of a re-sit, the written exam can be changed to an oral exam. Re-sit exam: August.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering - Engineering (BIBYGG)

Course materials

  • "Vann- og avløpsteknikk": Lærebok utgitt i 2014 av Norsk Vann
  • (Utvalgte kapitler) Trifunovic, N. (2006). Introduction to urban water distribution. (tilgjengelig på nett)
  • (Utvalgte kapitler) Chin, David (2013): Water-Resources Engineering, 3rd edition (International Edition)
  • Deler av Statens vegvesen - håndbok N200
  • VA- miljøblad

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 60/100 B INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 B INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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