Drainage Design Workshop

Explore new tools for drainage work.

Be the first to use the new Illini Drainage Tools. These GIS-based tools assist in the analysis of drainage networks, including main telescoping, and the burying and sizing of drainage pipes. Sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, the workshop will include something for all levels of experience. This hands-on, comprehensive training will provide contractors all the tools necessary to design and implement subsurface drainage practices. Learn more about the Illini Drainage Tools.

What we'll do during the 3-day workshop:

August 16

  • 7:30 AM: Registration
  • 8:00 AM: Initial Considerations
  • 9:00 AM: Surveying Basics, Calculating Slopes, Understanding Soils
  • 10:45 AM: Drainage Coefficients, Lateral Spacings
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Sizing Mains, System Layout, Outlets, and Ditches
  • 3:15 PM: Conservation Drainage
  • 4:00 PM: Ask an Expert: ILICA Contractor Panel

August 17

  • 8:00 AM: Principals of Sub-irrigation
  • 10:15 AM: Combination Drainage | Sub-irrigation Systems
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Drainage Design Tools
  • 4:00 PM: ILICA Operator Skills 101

August 18

  • 8:00 AM: Introduction to LiDAR and QGIS (a free, public domain GIS software used in these sessions). Participants are encourage to download and install Version 3.18.3 of this program before the workshop.
  • 10:45 AM: Drainage Design with LiDAR and QGIS, Illinois Drainage Tools

Registration includes training materials, lunches, and snacks.

Cost is $65 for LICA members; 85 for nonmembers. When paying by credit card, a 4% fee will be added.

If you will need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please email Richard Cooke, rcooke@illinois.edu; early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs