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Quantifying Direct Runoff - MSOE

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

Problem Statement

Flooding is a hazard in many parts of the world. In the Midwest, the terrain is often glaciated with minimal natural slope to support efficient drainage in areas. Flooding is common in urban areas where runoff from rainfall quickly accumulates in streams and cannot drain fast enough. A flash flood is a sudden and rapid rise in stream water depth resulting from heavy, localized rainfall. With a growing population, developing neighborhoods in terrain susceptible to flash floods has become more common and therefore increased the potential for damage to private property and public infrastructure.

Civil Engineers are frequently required to design flood protection infrastructure to protect people and property from the impacts of flash flooding. This module is based on a case study of a flood protection project in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

Module Overview

You will learn to implement the Green-Ampt method for runoff generation which depends on watershed and soil properties, which will also be quantified.

Topics Covered

Runoff and Infiltration


While each of the following mini-modules have been created as a stand-alone learning experience, we recommend implementing these modules in the following order for a comprehensive coverage of these topics:

1) Developing of Design Storms - MSOE (CV310)

2) Quantifying Runoff Generation - MSOE (CV310-2)

3) Developing Storm Hydrographs and Storage Routing - MSOE (CV310-3)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this case study, you should be able to describe and implement the steps involved in: quantifying design storm runoff and infiltration depths manually, producing runoff and infiltration depths and distributions

This will be accomplished through activities within each section. Results from each activity will be recorded in specified results templates. The results templates for each activity can be found at the beginning of each activity. The results templates are organized such that results from one activity can easily be used in successive activities.

Revised Course Author

William Gonwa, PhD, PE

Milwaukee School of Engineering. Contact:

Original Course Authors

Emad Habib, PhD, PE

University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Contact:

Olivia LaHaye, Graduate Research Assistant

University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Contact:

Target Audience

Junior/Senior Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering Courses

Tools Needed

Computer with access to Internet and Excel

Expected Total Hours

A student could expect to complete this module with approximately 6 work hours.

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