Undergraduate Courses


ENGG 4370 Urban Water Systems Design

Urban water systems design includes the design of water distribution, wastewater collection, and stormwater management systems. Lectures cover design considerations for these systems and "review" pipe flow and open channel hydraulics to equip students with adequate knowledge for design. Problem sets are provided to allow students to practice hydraulic fundamentals and straight forward designs. Tutorials familiarize students with the software tools needed for the design project. Students are assessed on the basis on an individual exam and a team project involving the design of water-related infrastructure for a new subdivision. Design teams are responsible for a proposal, which initiates early project management, an oral progress report, a final design report and presentation.


ENGG 2550 Water Management

Emphasizes management in a watershed context. It explores groundwater, river, lake and wetland resources and considers the influence of fundamental engineering and hydrologic principles on water supply and demand management, wastewater management, and integrated watershed management. Selected problems are studied to reveal the technical, economic and socio-political aspects of water management decisions. Students have the opportunity to explore potential solutions to water resources challenges of their choosing through assessment components such as a webpage. Course content allows for rewarding discussions of supplemental course readings where students are encouraged to learn from each other over the course of a group project. Assessment for the course includes a critique/discussion of a current newspaper article on a water management issue through which students gain a clear understanding of the multiple dimensions of water management - technical, economic, social etc. This course also exposes students to international water resources management issues.


ENGG 4250 Watershed Systems Design

Hydrological analysis of watershed systems includes quantification of stream flow for design of structures and channels, prediction of flooding and protection of low flows. Hydraulic analysis is applied to design of dams, reservoirs, control structures, energy dissipation structures, bridges and culverts. Techniques for analysis of steady flow profiles, flood waves and sediment transport are covered and applied to the design of natural and constructed channels and protective works for rivers. Assessment for the course includes problem sets and a term design project.



The capstone design project involves the application of engineering analysis and design principles to a problem in water resources or environmental engineering. Design projects which Dr. Bradford has advised include:

  • design of a bioretention system for the proposed Westminster Woods East Subdivision, Guelph
  • low-head hydroelectric generation retrofit on the Speed River, Guelph
  • alternative designs for reducing sanitary sewer overflows in Atikokan, Ontario
  • reclaimed wastewater reuse in the City of Guelph, a feasibility and implementation study
  • stormwater management dry pond retrofit, Guelph
  • sustainable wastewater management retrofit for East Village, University of Guelph
  • preliminary design of a constructed wetland system for Bishop Macdonell High School, Guelph

    Fraser, D., Stinson, J., Burger, M., Phillips, T., Bradford, A., 2006. Use of computer modelling to evaluate alternative designs in reducing sanitary sewer overflows in Atikokan, Ontario. Canadian Water Resources Association 59th Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, June 4-7, 2006.





2008 Andrea Bradford