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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems

By: David E. Fantina, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems

This course is intended for engineers who are involved in land use projects requiring stormwater control. It explains the problem of controlling stormwater quality and lists several methods that can be used to provide this control.

The overall objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive design guide to two major types of stormwater control features: sand filters and bioretention systems. It includes descriptions of each of these systems along with the limitations of each and the maintenance required for each. The course includes standard details and representative photos of both sand filters and bioretention systems.

171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Eric P Holand
01/11/2019
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I found the course interesting and well presented. I would use a course by this author again.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Ronald Rice
12/31/2018
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excellent detailed comprehensive
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Lawrence Lippert
12/07/2018
Explanations of design parameters for both systems was clear and well-organized. Calculations and suggestions for use can be used in actual practice, in locations other than NJ and NY. Any engineer that deals with stormwater and especially treatment, should consider taking this course.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Mark Sklenar
11/10/2018
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Interesting content since I was not familiar with these types of water treatment methods. Good diagrams of the 2 types of installations with photos to show how they look in real life.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
I. King
08/12/2018
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Well-written and a nice review.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
DAVID CARTER
07/29/2018
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Excellent. This is an new area for out City and was very helpful in understanding the new requirements.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Avedis Serpekian
07/07/2018
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Simple, to the point,
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
James Willey
06/28/2018
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good course, nice overview of the advantages and disadvantages of these methods/designs. Good discourse on required maintenance. Clear examples of specific criteria, plantings, site conditions, etc.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Ahmed Alhomsi
06/26/2018
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Great course very informative and well presented
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
James Peck
05/04/2018
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I learned something new. Maybe some questions that required calculations using the formulas given in the materials would be good.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Larry W. Ickert
03/26/2018
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interesting material. No actual methods for sizing or designing.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
David
12/31/2017
I am happy to see the maintenance elements were covered for both systems.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Jim Loonan
12/13/2017
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This course is very goods an introduction to sand filters and raingardens.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Bruce Daniel
12/03/2017
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Very informative introduction to the use and design of sand filters and bioretention.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
John Ferguson
10/22/2017
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This course provides the reasons why it is important to provide design features that help clean up stormwater runoff that an engineer can use to explain to clients who don't understand why they need to include these features in developments. The course goes into elements of the design, the benefits and limits of the various features as well as design equations. Well done.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Charles Joyner
10/20/2017
excellent
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
danny lowry
10/10/2017
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excellent refresher with some different viewpoints from another state
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Rick
06/08/2017
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This is a very basic overview of sand filters and bioretention systems, but it will now allow me to speak intelligently when discussion of these systems arises. Well worth my time to take this course.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Andrew Schueller
05/20/2017
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Excellent overview and consolidation of Bioretention and Sand Filter techniques.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Curtis Eure
05/11/2017
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Very informative, detailed and presented with photographs, drawings and descriptions that are easily understood and not boring.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Van Kile
04/21/2017
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Course gives a good overview of sand filtration and bioretention, without getting into a lot of detail design. Is most specific to New York and New Jersey, but good general information.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
ANDREW BIRTOK
02/23/2017
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Nice course, and in sync with what I seem to be doing day in/day out: SWM/BMP's in central NJ....(misc.typos here and there, but better than most SunCam courses!)...Will definitely look into some of Mr. Fantina's other courses
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Steve Stanley
02/12/2017
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Very informative, enjoy learning of the practical application of alternative methods of runoff treatment.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
John Raleigh, PE
11/29/2016
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A very interesting course describing the basics of design for both sand filters and bioretention systems and comparing the two.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
ALBERTO SOLANA
11/04/2016
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Good coverage of subject
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Devin Barrs
11/03/2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Very informative and applicable to stormwater design.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Thomas A Shoopman
10/17/2016
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Straight forward understandable course.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
Donald King
10/06/2016
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Excellent course, providing an overview of sand filters and retention basins for storm water.
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171-Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
F. Mercurio, PE
09/29/2016
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This course provides a good conceptual presentation of the topics. The photos provided good illustrations of the subject matter. My experience with the quality of the text and example calculations was consistent with other reviewers. The errors and discrepancies in equations and example problems detracted from the credibility of the course. Correction of these issues would substantially improve this course.
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Great Course
John
08/19/2016
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Excellent overview
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Good Overview
Anonymous reviewer
01/28/2016
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Very well presented.
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Design of Sand Filters and Bioretention Systems
Anonymous reviewer
12/29/2015
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Good overview
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Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems
James Schaefer, PE
12/23/2015
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The course gives a good overview of design, operation, and maintenance of these systems, and the limits of their application. It also gives perspective of how different states approach the issues with designing and building these facilities.
One discrepancy in the text is with respect to Equation 1 on pp. 12 and 22. The tables above the equation defines D(sub FT) as the temp. water depth in feet, but the equation uses D(sub ST), which I think is the same as D(sub FT).
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Metz K. Skelton
10/19/2015
good course, informative
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Robert Doster
06/24/2015
The course gives fairly good specifics on the design of these systems and where they can or cannot be used. I would suggest that the descrition of how they work be at the front of each section
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A Simple Multiple Choice Course
Nick Halbrook
04/02/2015
Interesting material put forth in a very simple presentation.

Some calculation methods presented; but, none used in the questions - a major shortcoming of this course.
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Luanne Nevitt
01/16/2015
As this is a course geared towards professionals, the expectation was that it would presented professionally. There were numerous misspellings and other grammatical errors. The descriptions provided for the components of the equations could have been clearer and more complete. The examples were confusing and there were calculations and answers that couldn't be confirmed through the use of the given equations and/or information.
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Very Informative
Brice
12/17/2014
I found this course to be very helpful. It provided very useful information that is critical in real world design. I have design many sand filters and bioretention in the past, but it was a great refresher course. I would recommend it to anyone in the field of stormwater.
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anonymous
11/26/2014
Good overview of sand filters and bioretention systems, with good organization and photos of examples in the field.
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anonymous
11/21/2014
This class provides a good reference for both design and presenting to clients with little knowledge. Many feel that all that is needed is a depression with an outlet for proper storm water management.
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anonymous
11/18/2014
Good information and well worth the review.
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Well Organized
anonymous
11/15/2014
The course materials were well organized, thorough and straightforward. The sketches and photos were very helpful. The information is up to date.
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anonymous
10/07/2014
Very educational and helpful in the understanding of the difference of Sandfilters and Bioretention Systems for stormwater.
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anonymous
10/07/2014
Interesting subject matter well presented
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John Calvin
10/06/2014
Very well done course, easy to follow and understand the material presented/
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anonymous
09/01/2014
Great Course!!
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Design of Sand Filters & Biorentention Systems
James Bowen
08/30/2014
The course was very informational and interesting. I live on a barrier island in NC, so ground water elevation is an issue. Be nice to see information on low elevation areas.
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Julia Miller
07/22/2014
This course was very helpful - especially because I just started a project that needed a sand filter design.
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Mike Ellis
07/12/2014
Useful info, good course. Please make the equations shown easier to follow and define all the variables. Thanks.
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Sand Filters and Bioretention
Alan
05/17/2014
A general introductory course to sand filters and bioretntion systems. Maybe the test should include at least one calculation.
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Sand Filter Course Review
Steven Wohlfeil
04/19/2014
Material was well presented, clear and complete. Illustrations (both diagrams and photos) were easy to understand and ere well coordinated with the text. Test questions were clear and comprehensive. Easily the best of the three courses I have taken so far. I will use this knowledge in my practice.
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anonymous
04/15/2014
GOOD GENERAL INFORMATION FOR DESIGN AND USE FOR BOTH SYSTEMS.
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Joe Maffei
03/31/2014
Informative
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Sean Delany
03/28/2014
Good course on basics of design. Would love to see some more detailed example sizing/calculations. Also provide some experiences where such systems were beneficial and some where designs did not function as intended and what was done to correct issues.
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Ronald J. Pica
03/25/2014
The course is very informative and will be of great value while preparing documents, and presentations to City and Town Boards.
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Jay
03/24/2014
Excellent course with good discussions of the basic requirements for these two ever-more common systems
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anonymous
01/23/2014
Good course on the basics and regulatory requirements
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anonymous
12/03/2013
Good introductory course for the Design of Sand Filters & Bioretention Systems. Covers all of the basic issues to be considered when utilizing either of these methods for water quality control.
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