IP500021 - Modelling and simulation of pipe networks and stormwater management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 40/100 1 hours
Assignment 60/100

Course content

This course focuses on modelling and simulation techniques for pipe networks and stormwater management systems within the context of a smart city. By the end of the course, students will be able to use appropriate softwares for the modelling and simulation of a) leakages in water distribution systems b) microbial pathogens and related contaminants transport in water distribution systems and related risk scenarios; c) flows in wastewater/stormwater collection systems accounting for overflows; b) structural conditions of buried pipes accounting for physical, environmental and operational factors; c) hydraulic structures (canals, culvets) weir hydraulics, street and highway drainage systems. Students will also be able to select appropriate nature-based stormwater management systems, and model such systems using available softwares. Students will also have an introduction to sensor deployment techniques.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome-Knowledge

  • Have a thorough knowledge of the hydraulic principles and methods in the design of water, wastewater and stormwater pipenetworks;
  • Have a thorough knowledge on different tools and softwares used in the planning, design, modelling, simulation and rehabilitation of water, wastewater and stormwater pipe-networks;
  • Have a good knowledge of the conventional and nature-based systems for stormwater management, particularly blue-green technologies.
  • Have thorough knowledge on different sources of information, codes and guidelines to aid the design of pipenetworks.
  • Have a thorough knowledge on the application of sensor technologies and AI/Machine Learning in the operation and predictive maintenance of water, wastewater and stormwater pipe networks;

Learning outcome-Skills

  • Able to apply hydraulic principles and concepts to design and analyse water, stormwater and wastewater pipe networks for a given locality.
  • Able to identify appropriate sensors for data collection in water distribution systems, and wastewater & stormwater collection systems.
  • Able to use EPANET and Python for the hydraulic design and analysis of water distribution systems.
  • Able to use EPANET and Python for leakage detection and water quality modelling in water distribution systems.
  • Able to use SWMM and Python for the hydraulic analysis of wastewater and stormwater collection systems
  • Able to use HY-8 and relevant softwares for the assessment of culverts, and other hydraulic structures.
  • Able to select an appropriate stormwater management system taking into account local guidelines.
  • Able to design and implement an appropriate scheme for water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems and urban stormwater management.
  • Able to apply simple condition assessment models for structural conditions of buried pipes.

Learning outcome-competence

  • Communicate effectively to stakeholders and professionals of different backgrounds.
  • Competent in working in a multidisciplinary engineering team.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative approaches in the water and sanitation sector.

Learning methods and activities

1) Lectures with integrated exercises (both hand calculations and computers), 2) Compulsory assignments related to the computer models used in the course, 3) Field work 4) Excursions to relevant facilities, 5) Dedicated exercise sessions if a teaching assistant is available.

Further on evaluation

Re-sit exam: following semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Product and System Engineering (840MD)

Course materials

Selected chapters from:

  • Chin, David (2013): Water-Resources Engineering, 3rd edition (International Edition).
  • Butler, D., Digman, C., Makropoulous, C. and Davies, J.W. (2018). Urban Drainage (4th Edition)
  • Trifunovic, N. (2008). Introduction to water distribution. Taylor & Francis, London.

Selected journal articles

Lecture notes

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Water Supply and Wastewater Systems
Contact information
Course coordinator:

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 *
Autumn UTS Assignment 60/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Oral exam 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 60/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 40/100 2024-05-21
Room Building Number of candidates
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