Restoration Design - Grading Plan Project


Synopsis of Topic

Your primary project for the traditional restoration project this semester will be to produce a grading plan.

Why we’re covering it

To give you first hand experience in converting conceptual designs into actual grading and contstruction documents that can be put out to bid and an engineering contractor can read, interpret and build from for a real restoration project.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain direct experience applying knowledge as a watershed scientist to working on real-world aquatic ecosystem restoration and management problems (e.g. stream restoration, watershed management,wetland restoration) with practitioners.

  2. Build a working understanding of the typical process through which restoration projects are designed, constructed, evaluated and adaptively managed.

  3. Develop a working understanding of different aspects and approaches to restoration design and create two types of design and evaluate their ability to achieve project objectives. Articulate specific, testable design hypotheses for your own designs.


In-Class Excercises


Data for Designs

Grading Guidelines

In class, I showed you Section 320 out of Harris and Dines (1998). You may find it a helpful resource for a vareity of grading and site design tasks:

You may also find Strom & Nathan’s (2013) Site Engineering for Landscape Architects helpful.

Also see: