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Unit information: Water Resources Project 3 in 2018/19

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Unit name Water Resources Project 3
Unit code CENG31600
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1A (weeks 1 - 6)
Unit director Dr. Rosolem
Open unit status Not open

Normally the successful completion of appropriate Level 2 Engineering units



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will give students an awareness of the breadth of vision required in the design of water resource systems. It introduces the principles of yield analysis, dam design and spillway design, and provides experience of teamwork and report writing.


  1. To allow students to work intensively on a feasibility study and initial design for a major water resource system.
  2. To provide insight into the breadth of vision required in this sort of project.
  3. To introduce students to the principles of yield analysis, site appraisal, environmental assessment, cost analysis, and the design of dams, aqueducts and spillways.
  4. To extend students' experience of working in project teams and writing a substantial report.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this project, successful students will be able to:

  1. Produce a major report working to tight deadlines;
  2. Understand the interaction of all the different elements involved in designing a major water resource system;
  3. Estimate the yield of a water resource system;
  4. Carry out site appraisals;
  5. Carry out an initial environmental appraisal;
  6. Produce an initial dam design;
  7. Design a stilling basin and analyse an hydraulic jump;
  8. Design a spillway;
  9. Route an aqueduct;
  10. Route a flood through a reservoir;
  11. Demonstrate the ability to work well in a team under pressure;

Teaching details

  • Lectures & design classes, one day site visit and lab work

Assessment Details

Report 100%

Reading and References

Blyth, FGH & de Freitas, MH, 1984. A geology for engineers (7th ed). Edward Arnold. Library ref TA705 (Queen's Building, 3 copies, also in Geology).

Chadwick A & Morfett J, 1998. Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering (3rd ed). Taylor Francis. ISBN:0419225803. Library ref TC160 (Queen's Building ,4 copies). Earlier versions of this text are also available in QB library.

DTLR/National Assembly for Wales, 2000. Environmental Impact Assessment: a guide to the procedures. (The 'blue book'.)

Linsley RK et al, 1992. Water resources engineering (4th ed). McGraw-Hill. Library ref TC145 (Queen's Building, 4 copies). Earlier versions of this text are also available in QB library.

Shaw E, 1993. Hydrology in Practice (3rd ed). Nelson Thornes (Publishers) Ltd. ISBN:0412482908. Library ref GB661.2 (Queen's Building, 3 copies). Earlier versions of this text are also available in QB library.

Thomas, HH, 1976. The engineering of large dams, vols 1 & 2. Wiley. Library ref TC540 (Queen's Building).

Twort AC, Ratnayaka DD & Brandt MJ, 2000. Water supply (5th ed). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN:0340720182. Library ref TC405 (Queen's Building, 2 copies). Earlier versions of this text are also available in QB library.

Newson, M, 1997. Land, water and development (2nd ed). Taylor & Francis. ISBN:041515507X. Library ref E2 (Geography, 1 copy).

Walters RCS, 1971. Dam geology. Butterworths. Library ref TC542 (Geology, 1 copy).

United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 1987. Design of Small Dams (3rd Edition). Available online at:

Shaw EM, Beven KJ, Chappell, NA & Lamb R 2011. Hydrology in Practice (4th Edition), Spon Press.