Reliable Design and Management of Urban Hydraulic Infrastructures

Curriculum: HYRIS

Term: 2nd year, 1st Semester

Syllabus and Corse webpage

CFU: 6


Duration: available here

Schedule: available here

Office hours: please contact the lecturer



The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the basic theories and methods of urban water systems, that is water supply and sewer systems. The course will be made up of three parts. The first will provide the students with the main notions related to the design and analysis of water distribution systems. The second will be dedicated to the design and analysis of sewer systems. In the third part, the risk and vulnerability in Urban Water Systems will be dealt with.



Demand-driven and pressure-driven modelling of water distribution networks

Optimal design of water distribution networks with no reliability constraints

Multi-objective design of water distribution networks

Optimal management of water distribution networks (mechanical and hydraulic failures, segment identification, service-pressure and leakage management, real time control, district metered areas)

Modelling of water quality, water distribution network protection from contaminations

The software EPANET

Modelling of urban drainage systems

The control of water volumes and of water quality in urban drainage systems

Best management practices for the optimal management of urban drainage systems (detention and retention systems, infiltration systems, vegetated systems, real time control)

The software EPASWMM


Basic knowledge of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Infrastructures


  1. Butler, and J. Davies (2011). Urban Drainage. Spon Press, 625 pp.
  2. W. Mays (2011). Water Resources Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, 890 pp.
  3. T.M. Walski, D. Chase, D. Savic, W. Grayman, S. Beckwith, and E. Koelle (2003). Advanced water distribution modelling and management. Haestad, Waterbury, CT, 702 pp.
  4. Material of the module available for download at


Assignments will be handed over and graded during the course. The final examination will consist in the assessment of the assignments and in an oral test during which the student is supposed to defend his/her assignment.


Instructor: Enrico Creaco ( official webpage and personal webpage

Institution: DICAR (UNIPV)


Voice:  +39 0382 985317

Fax:     +39 0382 985589

Skype: enrico.creaco

Bio: Enrico Creaco obtained his PhD in Hydraulic Engineering in 2006 and has researched topics pertinent to water and environmental systems for over ten years. His career began at the Universities of Catania and then Ferrara, Italy. From May 2014 to June 2015 he took up a Research Fellow post at the University of Exeter and then moved to the University of Pavia to be first Assistant (2015-2018), then Associate (2018-2023) and finally Full (from 2023 onwards) Professor. Since 2016, he has been Honorary Senior Reseach Fellow at the University of Exeter and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

He has been lecturer on hydraulic infrastructures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and have published more than 110 papers in a variety of Scopus and ISI indexed international journals. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-ASCE and participated in/coordinated various national and international research projects. He is member of an European Action Group of EIP (European Innovation Partnership) on Water, titled CTRL+SWAN (Cloud Technologies & ReaL time monitoring + Smart Water Network) and of the academic spinoff MedHydro srl. Research interests: design and management of water distribution, sewer and irrigation systems; numerical modelling of shallow waters and sediment transport; demand analysis; protection of water distribution systems from contamination.