Bioretention / Bioinfiltration   “Ask the Researcher” Summit             

October 18-19 2012
Villanova University                
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Course Objectives  Bioretention and BioInfiltration raingarden design, construction, and maintenance continue to evolve as the practice has become the most popular small-site stormwater control measure in the Mid-Atlantic states. However, design standards, construction specifications, and maintenance plans often lag behind what recent applied and lab research has discovered. The purpose of this training is to deliver the most up-to-date research-based information that will lead to perhaps dramatic improvements in how bioretention cells are credited by regulators, designed by engineers and landscape architects, and built and maintained by contractors and maintenance personnel.  This course has been revised considerably since its 2010 offering at Villanova.

Below is a sampling of some of the Issues to be discussed.

Cosponsored by the Pennsylvania - Delaware Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects

Course Specifics - The summit is unique because it brings together three prominent Mid-Atlantic bioretention researchers to answer these and more questions. In fact, registrants are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the instructors via the website registration form so that they may be addressed during the workshop. There is ample Q&A time embedded in the training as well.  The summit will feature a tour of Villanova bioretention and bioinfiltration research sites upon which some of the presented-findings are based, as well as many other campus SCM's (Bmp's). The ultimate goal of the workshop is to improve the state-of-the-art for designers, plan reviewers, and regulators: better functioning designs going into the ground that improve hydrology and water quality.

Continuing Education Credits
    Pennsylvania - PE PDH  -
As per Pennsylvania's PE Act 25 Section 4.5c (d) (iv) - One hour of professional development in course work, seminars or professional, technical presentations made at meetings, employer-sponsored courses, conventions or conferences shall equal one PDH unit.  Section 2 Definitions (t) “Professional development hour” or “PDH” shall mean fifty minutes of instruction or presentation relevant to professional practice or any equivalent.  We are projecting 12 Hours of instruction of 14.4 PDH's.  Note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to track participation. A certificate of attendence will be supplied for your use.

 Pennsylvania Landscape Architects - The course has been registered with 14.25 LA CES hours.  We will supply your names to PA - DE ASLA to be entered into their record system.

Course Instructors:

Robert Traver is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University,  and Director of both  Center for the Advancement of  Sustainability in Engineering, and the Villanva Urban Stormwater Partnership.  He has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and sustainable stormwater management.  He initiated the Stormwater Best Management Practice Demonstration and Research Park on the Villanova Campus, and founded the VUSP.  Dr Traver served on ASCE’s External Review Panel (ERP) of the Corps investigation of Hurricane Katrina, and was a member of the National Academies Committee entitled Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution.   Dr Traver received his BSCE degree from the Virginia Military Institute, his MCE from Villanova, and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Email:

Allen P. Davis is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, just completing his 23rd year.  His primary research focus has been study of sources and treatment of pollutants in urban stormwater runoff with emphasis on low impact development practices, particularly bioretention.  He is a Fellow of ASCE and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.  In 2010 he was presented with the A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award, recognizing exceptionally influential research accomplishments related to urban storm water quality, its management, and the concept of Low Impact Development.  Dr. Davis holds a B.S., M.C.E. and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.


Dr. William F. Hunt is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State University. As director of the Stormwater Engineering Group, he is actively involved with Best Management Practices (BMP) demonstration, applied research, and training. Bill also likes public venues in which to croon to the delight or dismay of many.

Fees    The fee for the conference which include class materials, lunch, coffee breaks, and a wine and cheese reception is $500 before October 1st, and $550 after that date. Current Villanova Civil Engineering graduate students and VUSP members receive a $50 discount Enrollment is limited.  Group discounts are available.  On-site registration Starts at 8:30 AM the first day, with presentations starting at 9:00 AM.  Please make sure you  print out the parking pass and leave it on your dashboard, or better yet use SEPTA rail to travel to campus.  A certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for professional engineers will be provided for attendance at the symposium. Note that Pennsylvania PE requirements require the engineer to keep records, and there is no Commonwealth certification.  This document is provided to assist you in your record keeping.

Early Registration
Prior to Oct 5th
Regular Registration  After October 5th
Regular Phila. Section ASCE & ASLA Members Regular Phila. Section ASCE & ASLA Members
Private Sector $500 450 $550 $500
VUSP Members,
Public Sector
Current VU Graduate Students
$400  $450

Registration Options:


  1. Public Sector is defined as Individuals employed by Federal, State, or local government, and nonprofit watershed groups.  It does NOT include private firms that represent municipal groups, or nonprofit industry representatives.
  2. Students are those that are enrolled as Full Time graduate or undergraduate students, and currently enrolled part time Villanova graduate students.
  3. Registrants are responsible for purchase order payment. Cancellations received by October 7th will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. No reimbursements will be given after that date. Substitutions are allowed.


Content:- Professor Traver                 (610) 519-7899

Registration:- Ms. Linda DeAngelis         (610) 519-4960

Villanova University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has a complete evening graduate school conferring the Master of Civil Engineering, and the Master of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. Call 610-519-4960 for further information, or visit the Civil Engineering Graduate Web Page.

 Information on the Civil Engineering Graduate Program