Practical Design of Water Distribution Systems
Jeffrey A. Gilbert, P.E.
This is a four-hour online course discussion on practical water distribution system design. It is important to understand how soil conditions affect the design and choice of materials to protect the system. Basic information to develop a model is outlined as well as how to attain the necessary information. ANSI/AWWA standards are provided for materials and procedures.
This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
This course is intended for engineers, CADD technicians and government officials. Basic water distribution fundamentals of design and planning are presented.
The course reviews
American National Standards Institute/American Water Works Association (ANSI/AWWA)
standards that are used in specification writing.
The course material examines important factors to consider when designing new systems, analyzing existing systems, and specifying materials and appurtenances. Although no specific actual modeling software is taught, the principles for distribution design remain consistent.
This course is
designed to prepare engineers who generally are not familiar with water system
design and system modeling; the necessary elements that will be used to set
up models will be provided. Emphasis is placed on the ANSI/AWWA standards used
in specifications and plan notes. Pumps and other system elements of a sound
system are described and studied. Laying pipe and distributing water requires
much more than geographic planning. Water systems are very dynamic and require
many considerations in order to assure a well-designed system.
The course content is in a PDF file (125 KB) Practical Design of Water Distribution Systems. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
Designing water distribution systems may appear to be a fundamental geometric exercise. Pressurized pipe systems have a high degree of dynamic relevance. Choosing the proper materials for a given environment and specifying the protection methods are important to the design process and project costs.
time to the planning process is the key to successful projects. Sizing the system
is as important as any other aspect of the design. Sizing for the expected consumer
and fire demands as well as possible future expansion must be undertaken. Layout
of the system begins after the designer determines the demands, meets with the
local agency, or acquires real data to determine demands, level of service,
hydraulic capacity and volume available.. Materials must be chosen depending
on local codes, soil types and economic factors. These are all relevant to most
modeling software used.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.