Designing Effective Sediment Basins using Spreadsheets

Wednesday, December 12th 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM Central Time

Education Track: Erosion and Sediment Control
Audience Level: All
Price: $50 for Members/ $65 for Non-Members
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hour

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This webinar will detail the various components and requirements to develop effective sediment basin designs. The webinar will provide an overview to “SEDspread”, a (FREE) user-friendly spreadsheet-based design tool for designers to appropriately size sediment basin parameters. The workbook allows users to input site specific parameters and constraints to determine: basin capacity and configuration, surface skimmer size and dewatering rate, auxiliary spillway design, and baffle configuration. The workbook includes a summary sheet that provides users with schematics of the designed basin, available as a supplement to facilitate effective communication between designers and contractors for constructing/installing the basin.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the various components and concepts that are used in the design of a sediment basin.
  2. Learn about a spreadsheet based tool that can be used to quickly and appropriately size sediment basins.
  3. Attain background into the mathematical relationships that are used in the SEDspread design workbook to design effective sediment basins.
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Presented by Michael A. Perez, PhD, CPESC

Michael A. Perez is an assistant professor in Iowa State University's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering specializing in construction and post-construction stormwater practices, methods and technologies. Perez earned his doctorate degree (2016) and masters degree (2014) in civil engineering from Auburn University. He earned his bachelors degree (2012) from Florida State University with a double major in civil engineering and environmental engineering. Perez also conducted research at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility, where he investigated and improved department of transportation (DOT) standard stormwater management practices using large-scale testing techniques. He has performed investigations into the application of using unmanned aerial vehicle technology for construction and stormwater inspections. In addition, he has industry experience managing a DOT MS4 program and designing low impact development and green infrastructure stormwater practices for roadway projects.


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