Highway Drainage Design - An Overview

Approved by IHE

Our Highway Drainage Design course provides an overview and will raise awareness of the importance of good design and ongoing effectiveness of surface water drainage systems.


The increasing frequency of flooding and a growing awareness of the effects of climate change are drivers towards a greater recognition of the importance of well designed, effective surface water drainage systems.

Aims & Objectives:


  • To emphasize the significance of controlling pollution and containing storm outflows
  • To give practical instruction in the design of surface and sub-soil drainage systems.

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise the threats presented by inadequate drainage systems
  • Apply the acquired skills and knowledge to design of surface and sub-surface systems
  • Appreciate the broad range of options for provision of Sustainable Urban Drainage

Course Outline:

  • The need for Highway Drainage
  • Surface Water Drainage: Systems & Design
  • Controlling Pollution
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)
  • Subsoil Drainage: Systems & Design

Mode of Delivery:

  • Initial Assessment
  • Tutorial/Group Exercises
  • Tutor Presentation with visual aids - Video and PowerPoint
  • Discussion

Benefits of Attending:

An increase and/or update in knowledge of the design of highway drainage systems

Intended For:

  • Graduates and technicians newly involved in road design.
  • Construction & Maintenance staff seeking an update of Drainage Design

Pre-Course Requirements:

Delegates are requested to bring to the course a 1/500 scale rule and calculator for use on the tutorial.

All our courses can be offered as in-house training