SUDS Operation and Maintenance | Abertay University

SUDS Operation and Maintenance


This module has been developed to meet the training needs of design engineers, facility managers/ inspectors and maintenance contractors who are involved with SUDS design, operation and aftercare.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : an understanding of the main operational requirements associated with SUDS including key components, typical design details and real life examples of operational issues.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the requirements for SUDS maintenance and procedures for safe operation.

2.  Develop a maintenance (& safety) plan for a typical SUDS scheme.

Indicative Content

1 The background to sustainable drainage

The basic methods of sewerage and key terminology. The three corners of the SUDS triangle and the concept of source, site and regional controls. The SUDS management train. Adopting bodies.

2 Maintenance of SUDS & Common Activities

Drivers for maintenance. Maintenance categories and levels. O&M requirements of components including inlets, main structure and outlet. Common maintenance activities including grass cutting, litter & debris, invasive species, working with wildlife.

3 Reporting and Examples

Reporting drivers. Types of reporting and typical examples. Record management.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This short course is taught entirely by e-learning.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 100
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 60

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.