Stormwater Collection Systems Design Handbook
Editorial: McGraw Hill
At the beginning of this new century, it is an exciting time to be involved in writing about the design of facilities for the conveyance, storage, and disposal of stormwater. During the past three decades there has been a great effort at publishing on the subject of stormwater management and the use of computer models. However, even with this extensive amount of literature on the subject on stormwater management, particularly considering the quality aspects, there has not been one single effort that captures our present day knowledge of the design of various components that make up what we call stormwater collection systems.
The various components of stormwater collections systems considered in this book include: stormwater inlets, storm sewer, combined sewer, detention, infiltration basins, stormwater wetlands, flow regulators, culverts, drainage channels, flow transitions and energy dissipaters for channels, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater pump facilities. This handbook presents the newest technology for these components and also covers new concepts and methodologies for removal of urban litter, sediment movement in drainage systems, distributed stormwater control and reuse systems. Discussions are presented on many computer models that have been developed for stormwater collection systems design.
The Stormwater Collections Systems Design Handbook, referred to herein as the Handbook, has been an extensive effort to develop a comprehensive reference book on design. Over the years the need for such a comprehensive reference book has become more and more obvious to me, particularly for practicing engineers, who need a central reference to start to accumulate knowledge for the design process of various components of stormwater collections systems. They need a reference to find state-of-the-art design procedures, worked-out example problems, discussions of what can go wrong in the design process, up-to-date references for further reading, and limited discussions of the theoretical aspects as they relate to the design process. Also references and discussions are needed for many different computer codes that are used in design practice. This Handbook is an attempt to fulfil these needs of the practicing engineer.
Also I consider this Handbook to be a valuable reference, if not a text, for use in teaching design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Basically there are no published books (or textbooks) that comprehensively cover the design of stormwater collections systems. Hopefully the Handbook can be used effectively for such courses because the balance of design concepts and procedures, with worked out examples and just enough theoretical coverage, should make this a valuable book for the design classroom.
A large amount of knowledge has accumulated over the years on the design of the various components of stormwater collections systems, mainly in various government publications and report, in journals, and a limited amount, in textbooks. Unfortunately this knowledge has not been accumulated into one central location. Over the years many new methods have been developed and many computer programs have been written. Engineers need and authoritative source of guidance as to which methods and computer programs are appropriate for various given tasks. This Handbook in intended to provide this information in a concise and accessible form. This Handbook is not, however, an encyclopedia of every known fact.
As I reflect upon my own experiences in the field of water resources, I am continually reminded of how handbooks have always been a part of my learning. These handbooks have included the Handbook of Hydraulics by C.V. Davis and K.E. Sorenson, the Handbook of Hydraulics by E.F.Brater and H.W.King, the Handbook of Applied Hydrology by V.T. Chow, and the Handbook of Fluid Dynamics by V.L. Streeter. These have all been valuable resources to me throughout my engineering education, consulting experiences, and teaching and research. More recently, David Maidment developed the Handbook of Hydrology and I developed the Water Resources Handbook. This new effort, the Stormwater Collection Systems Design Handbook, hopefully will complement the previous handbooks to fill a gap with information that may not have been provided by these earlier handbooks.
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