Introduction to the modelling of water distribution systems

This two-day, hands-on course gives you an introduction to data management and numerical modelling (EPANET) of water distribution systems. The aim is to enable you to set up and run basic water distribution models and to analyse and present the simulation results.

MIKE URBAN WD is a GIS-based software system for the data management and modelling of flows, pressure distributions and water quality of pressurised water distribution systems. It provides a complete working environment for sophisticated analyses in water supply engineering.

MIKE URBAN covers modelling of surface runoff, flows, water quality and sediment transport. The software is the urban water modelling software of choice when the important parameters for model selection are stability, work flow, openness, flexibility, GIS integration and physical soundness.


  • Overview of MIKE URBAN and the project concept
  • GIS functionalities: Selection, layers, symbology, labelling, etc.
  • Manual and graphic data input and editing options
  • Essentials of data import/export functionality
  • Tools for facilitating the modelling process
  • Demand distribution and allocation
  • Running the simulations and presenting the results
  • Hydraulic analysis (steady state and extended period simulation)
  • Water quality analysis (chemical concentration, water age and source tracing)
  • Control rules (simple and rule based) and fire flow analysis
  • Hands-on exercises


Professionals who are interested in obtaining a general understanding of the MIKE URBAN WD modelling system and in setting up and run simple urban water distribution (system) models.