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  • 1.  Developing a map for a Rain Garden Activity

    Posted 06-06-2018 10:31 AM

    We are finalizing a Sustainability module for the Civil Engineering Clubs. One of the activities has students evaluating where to locate a rain garden(s) on a simple map of a school property. The current map shows the outline of the school, location of parking lots, and where there are trees, but we would like to add in some contour lines and other details that would effect where rain gardens should or shouldn't be located.


    Would anyone like to help us prepare the map? The basic activity is meant to be a simple introduction to the topic so it doesn't have to be super detailed. We may want a 2nd version that would be more of a challenge.




    Jeannine Finton

    Senior Manager, Pre-College Outreach

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    1801 Alexander Bell Drive

    Reston, VA 20191-4400





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  • 2.  RE: Developing a map for a Rain Garden Activity

    Posted 06-07-2018 10:35 AM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 06-07-2018 10:34 AM
    I could help you out! Is the original map in AutoCAD? Let me know the details and I can figure out how to get some contours on it.

    Taber Midgley P.E., M.ASCE
    Providence RI
    (401)736-3440 EXT 1805

  • 3.  RE: Developing a map for a Rain Garden Activity

    Posted 06-09-2018 04:53 PM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 06-09-2018 04:53 PM
    ​The custodian may have a set of site plans for the school which would have contours.  You also want to look for existing stormwater management facilities like subsurface infiltration or detention structures, sanitary sewer, gas, and water lines, underground electric and telephone lines, and whether there are easements for other pipelines. 

    If the custodian doesn't have them, the engineering/construction folks at the school board should have them.  You can also get most of that information from the county GIS system, some of which may be available online.

    William Forbes MASCE, PE, ME, BCEE
    Senior Principal Engineer/Vice President of Engineering
    Forensic Analysis & Engineering Corporation
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 4.  RE: Developing a map for a Rain Garden Activity

    Posted 06-11-2018 10:58 AM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 06-11-2018 10:57 AM
    We have developed a similar activity here with a local HS, who has a pre-civil engineering/pre-architecture program for Juniors/Seniors.  It consists of:
    1. Powerpoint on rainfall and runoff (40 mins).......University of South Alabama (USA) faculty or students
    2. Powerpoint on LID and BMPs (focusing in on rain gardens) (40 mins)....USA faculty or students
    3. Intro to CAD  (2-weeks plus, as part of the curriculum)......HS instructor and students
    4. Intro to Surveying (developing a site map with actual contours) (2-weeks plus, curriculum)......HS instructor and students
             (typically NOT the whole school site, but a smaller area of interest, so the rain garden is relatively small)
    5. Location of underground utilities (to avoid).......HS administration
    6. Designing (locate, size, draw-out) a rain garden (one week).....HS instructor, students, and USA students
            (to include plantings)
    7. Construct the rain garden by hand (shovels, etc.)  (one week).....HS students, instructor, and USA students
    8. Publicize the activity, including a small sign within the rain garden with student names and date.
    9. Repeat next year with a new set of students.

    Kevin D. White, Ph.D. P.E.
    Professor and Chair
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile AL
    (251) 460-6174