Integrated Design Methodology for Urban Stormwater Detention Facilities

by Stephan J. Nix, Syracuse Univ, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Syracuse, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


The objective of this paper is to present the core of a design methodology that avoids the pitfalls of the design storm concept by using a microcomputer algorithm to estimate the long-term response of detention systems. The algorithm consists of three modules: (1) a stochastic runoff event generator, (2) an event shaper (for estimating intraevent variations), and (3) a detention basin model. These modules are part of a larger effort to produce a viable design methodology. Future extensions will include a module to guide the detention basin model in estimating flood control capability over a large matrix of design variations and an optimization module to locate the most cost-effective design.

Subject Headings: Building design | Urban areas | Stormwater management | Algorithms | Optimization models | Computer models | Conceptual design | Storms

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