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Presenter: Wade Burcham and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Mobile, AL

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Phone: 251-438-4000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

The Need for Detention Basins in Stormwater Management

   Common stormwater management standards and criteria

Stormwater Hydrology

   Common hydrologic models

Runoff Estimation

   Recurrence intervals

Rational Method

   Runoff coefficients   
   Time of concentration


   Rainfall distribution types
   Soil types
   Curve numbers
   Flow regimes

Modeling Programs


Downstream Analysis

   Downstream Hydrologic Analysis
   Reasons for downstream problems
   The ten percent rule

Detention Basin Design

   Storage concepts
   Stage-storage-discharge concepts
   Storage design procedures
   Preliminary detention calculations
   Modified rational equation
   Outlet calculations
   Dry detention design
   General design principles
   Detention routing

Wet retention pond design

Basin Construction

   Erosion and sediment control
   Operation and maintenance

Case Studies

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEHs
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW PDHs
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Alabama.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Courses approved by the LA/CES qualify for Alabama landscape architects. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects and landscape architects.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this activity for 6.5 CECs.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Wade Burcham

Professional Engineer, Principal Water Resources Engineer with Geosyntec

Mr. Burcham graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His 21 years of experience has been focused on natural stream stabilization, water resources engineering, stormwater management, municipal engineering and contract administration. This experience has facilitated a balanced viewpoint from perspectives obtained as a civil engineer, a municipal consultant and a developer’s representative. He enjoys learning sustainable and innovative design practices and applying those techniques in developing countries through his volunteer work with Engineering Ministries International and other faith-based mission efforts.

S. Matthew Jones

Professional Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer with Mobile County

Mr. Jones graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and Mathematics/ Statistics. His career spans nearly two decades with valuable experience in the public sector, where he gained experience in construction engineering and contract administration and in the private sector, where he gained design experience in water resources engineering and stormwater management. Mr. Jones has also served as City Engineer for the City of Spanish Fort. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children under the age of five.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Stormwater Management Detention Basins.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the need for detention basins in stormwater management, stormwater hydrology, estimating runoff, detention basin design, and basin construction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the role of detention basins as part of a stormwater management strategy, and they will be able to discuss common hydrology principles.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply numerous methods to estimate stormwater runoff, which will determine the sizing of required detention basins.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to analyze available site and runoff data to design appropriate stormwater detention basins, which naturally treats stormwater.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to oversee the construction of stormwater detention basins to control erosion and sedimentation, and they will be able make operation and maintenance plans.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site development, and awareness of stormwater runoff issues.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/11/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.