Computational Methods in Stormwater Management Short Course

April 26 - 28, 2017

Penn Stater Conference Center

 State College, PA

About the Short Course

The topics presented in this short course represent a comprehensive array of hydrologic and hydraulic tools for stormwater management design, detention facility design, best management practice (bmp) design and subdivision planning. The Virginia Tech/Penn State Urban Hydrology Model (VT/PSUHM) version 8.3 will be used to illustrate how these tools can assist in the design of stormwater management facilities.

Special emphasis will be placed on the fundamental calculations for detention facility design, particularly outlet structure design. The Multiple Stage Routing Model (MSRM) in the VT/PSUHM will be used to assist in understanding the design process. Additional emphasis will be placed on BMP design, particularly enhanced detention, enhanced extended detention, bioretention cells and infiltration basins. Example analysis and design situations will be addressed and solved using the software packages. The participants will be guided through practice problems that deal with stormwater management design. Additionally, a new software package, BMP Optimizer - VA version 2.0 will be illustrated for use as a BMP selection tool.

Presenters and Schedule

Computer Requirements

PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER TO THIS SHORT COURSE. The user must have administrative rights to the computer so that the VTPSUHM software can be installed. A time for advance software installation is provided on Tuesday evening, April 25, 2017 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. in Room 205 of the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Only MS Windows–based laptop computers will be supported, using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Microsoft Excel 2003, 2010, 2013 or 2016 is also required. The laptops should have viewing screens from 14 to 17 inches. Apple computers, notebook computers, iPads and similar devices will not be supported. Laptops can be shared with a colleague if so desired.

Who Should Enroll

This course is intended for stormwater facility designers with previous exposure to urban runoff calculations involving NRCS (SCS) methods, channel and reservoir routing principles, and Rational methodologies. Because hands-on computer work is emphasized in the course, the fundamental concepts behind these methods will not be presented in great detail. However, specific details for each of the methods presented will be documented or referenced in the supplemental short-course notes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a hand calculator for occasional use.

Each attendee will receive course handout materials that include a set of notes documenting standard stormwater computational methods, speaker presentation notes and a copy of the VT/PSUHM version 8.3 program.

Fee and Registration


The registration fee is as follows:

Early (before March 24, 2017)

Regular (March 24, 2017 and later)

PSLS member






NSPS /PSPE member


The registration fee covers all instruction, course notes, program flash drive, refreshment breaks, and three lunches. Registrants are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

How to Register

You can register online or by mailing the printable registration form (with a check, money order, purchase order, or letter of authorization from your employer or sponsoring organization).


The registration deadline is April 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST. After this date, please check this website for information about on-site check-in, or call the conference planner at 717-540-6811; if space permits, you can register for an additional $25.


PSLS will confirm your registration. You will be alerted promptly of any cancellations or changes. If some unforeseen event forces PSLS to cancel or postpone the program, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee; however, PSLS cannot be held responsible for any related costs, including cancellation fees assessed by airlines or travel agencies.


If your request to withdraw is received by March 24, 2017 we can issue a partial refund. Send your written request by fax to 717-540-6815 or by email to A $50 administrative fee will be charged for each withdrawal. Anyone who is registered but cannot attend may send a substitute.


PSLS encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the PSLS conference planner at 717-540-6811 at least two weeks prior to the program.

Invited Speaker

Domenic Rocco, PE
Environmental Program Manager
PA-DEP Southeast Regional Office
Norristown, Pennsylvania

Technical Staff

Thomas A. Seybert, PE, Conference Chair
Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Lehman, Pennsylvania

Clayton Hodges, PE
Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

Thomas F. Smith II, PE, PLS
Bercek and Smith Engineering, Inc.
Royersford, Pennsylvania

How to Register

You can register online or by mailing the printable registration form (with a check, money order, purchase order, or letter of authorization from your employer or sponsoring organization).

Location and Accommodations

The program will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, University Park, Pennsylvania. A limited number of rooms have been set aside at the program location. For room reservations, call 1-800-233-7505  or  visit the website at  Refer to group code PSLS17C before March 26, 2017.


Professional Development Hours and CEUs will be provided by Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education

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