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Hydraulic Design of Highway Culverts

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, P.E.

Course Outline

This course will cover the various engineering properties, commonly used shapes and types of highway culverts. Special topics in erosion/ sediment control and costs will also be discussed.

This 11 hour course will cover the hydraulics of highway culverts as well as commonly used shapes, inlet and outlet conditions, and other special considerations.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student would have learned the following:

Intended Audience and Benefit

This is intended for highway engineers, hydrologists, hydraulic engineers, environmental engineers, and project managers, or any persons working in civil engineering field or anyone with an interest in highway culverts.

Course Introduction

Culverts are used to convey water across a roadway. Culverts can be made from a variety of materials and also come in a variety of shapes. The shape and type of culvert will depend on several factors including roadway life, flow rates, soil conditions, water elevations and depth of placement among others.

Course Content

This course will cover the various engineering properties, commonly used shapes and types of highway culverts. Special topics in erosion /sediment control and costs will also be discussed.

Hydraulic Design of Highway Culverts


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Course Summary

The information presented in this course provided a detailed overview of the hydraulic design and characteristics of highway culverts.
Using good engineering judgment is always paramount in any situation. Utilizing good judgment and the knowledge gained in this course will aid the reader with the knowledge to successfully design safe and efficient highway culverts.

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.