Conference Workshops

HEC-RAS Steady Flow River Hydraulics Modeling
2-Day Hands-on Course - June 3-4

Dates: June 3 – June 4, 2017
Duration: 2 days
Maximum Attendance: 25
Lunch/Refreshments: Yes
Fees: $850 Members, $970 Non-members
Cancellation Policy: No refund within 30 days of the event
Facilitator: Chris Maeder

The Hydrologic Engineering Center—River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) modeling system was developed as part of the Hydrologic Engineering Center's Next Generation software and simulates water surface profiles and velocities for one-dimensional steady, unsteady and gradually-varied flow for a network of natural rivers, constructed channels , and culvert and bridge hydraulics. HEC-RAS is one of the most extensively-tested civil engineering computer programs ever developed. In addition to extensive in-house testing at the Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center offices, the program has been tested by thousands of engineers in the private and public sectors and is widely used throughout the world.    Details below.

HEC-RAS Steady Flow River Hydraulics Modeling - Details

HEC-RAS Modeling Training Workshop

The Hydrologic Engineering Center—River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) modeling system was developed as part of the Hydrologic Engineering Center's Next Generation software and simulates water surface profiles and velocities for one-dimensional steady, unsteady and gradually-varied flow for a network of natural rivers, constructed channels , and culvert and bridge hydraulics. HEC-RAS is one of the most extensively-tested civil engineering computer programs ever developed. In addition to extensive in-house testing at the Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center offices, the program has been tested by thousands of engineers in the private and public sectors and is widely used throughout the world.

HEC-RAS Steady Flow River Hydraulics Modeling
2-Day Hands-on Course

Saturday June 3 to Sunday June 4, 2017

Summary

This intensive, hands-on, two day seminar and computer workshop will prepare the engineer and water resource professional to use the HEC-RAS computer program in real world situations. Led by a seasoned water resources engineer from WEST Consultants, participants will learn how to set up a HEC-RAS model, define hydraulic structures, and perform steady-state flow simulations. Participants will also learn the theory of unsteady flow modeling and how unsteady modeling in HEC-RAS differs from steady-state modeling. Workshops will also include setting up and performing unsteady flow simulations. 

Course Objectives:

  • Benefit from “hands-on” instruction throughout the course
  • Learn practical applications in river hydraulics
  • Understand water surface profile modeling with HEC-RAS
  • Get acquainted with the full capabilities of features included in the program
  • Develop confidence in application of HEC-RAS to a variety of modeling problems
  • Gain intensive, hands-on experience in model application
  • Learn how to review analysis results and troubleshoot models
  • Learn advanced modeling techniques
  • Learn to recognize potential problems in a modeling situation
  • Hear about “real life” applications

Course Subjects:

  • Perform bridge and culvert design and analysis
  • Model bridge and culvert opening roadway crossings
  • Model both subcritical and supercritical (mixed) flow regimes
  • Compare river channel modifications to reduce the impact of flooding

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to construct a complete HEC-RAS model using the exercises provided in the course.
  2. Participants will be able to perform bridge and culvert design and analysis using HEC-RAS along with the sample project used in the course.
  3. Participants will be able to perform flood studies using HEC-RAS and the exercises provided in the course.
  4. Participants will gain confidence in applying HEC-RAS to a variety of modeling problems from the lectures and exercises provided in the course.
  5. Participants will learn how to troubleshoot HEC-RAS models and how to review HEC-RAS models from the lectures and exercises provided in the course.

Prerequisites

Some prior knowledge and experience with HEC-RAS is helpful, but not required. If you have no experience but are hoping to learn HEC-RAS, this training workshop is a great place to start.

Requirements

Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop with HEC-RAS pre-installed. WEST Consultants will provide the workshop material.

Who Should Attend?

Water resource planners and engineers of all levels in consulting, government agencies, and watershed planning and advisory groups, new graduates, mining and oil and gas resource companies, water policy decision makers, etc.

What is Included?

Workshop participants will receive training documentation and lesson materials. Lunch and coffee breaks provided. 

Workshop Registration Fees

CWRA Members:             $ 850 (plus GST)
Non-members:                $ 970 (plus GST)

Hoskins Scientific Workshop:

An Introduction to the Index Velocity Method – Why and How?

Dates: June 8, 2017
Duration: 1 day
Maximum Attendance: 40
Lunch/Refreshments: Yes
Fees: $75
Facilitator: Frank van der Have

The methodology is gaining more interest with the increasing usage of fixed in place acoustic Doppler flow metering systems, like the Argonaut SW and SonTek IQ units. The workshop will deal with the collecting of source data from flow metering devices (i.e. acoustic Doppler velocimeters, profilers, mechanical meters) and using that data to calibrate the fixed systems whether the ADVM (Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meters) or stage measuring devices.
This workshop is for technicians in the field, for practicing Engineers and others who use water measurement data. It contains a number of different elements:

  • When to use an Index Velocity method
  • What is required in the form of data
  • How to create the Index Velocity value

 

 

Raven Modeling

Dates: June 4, 2017
Duration: 1 days
Maximum Attendance: TBD
Lunch/Refreshments: Yes
Fees: TBD
Facilitator: James Craig

Workshop description coming soon.

 

NASH Streamflow Monitoring Field Program

Dates: June 8, 2017
Duration: 1 day
Maximum Attendance: TBD
Lunch/Refreshments: Yes
Fees: TBD
Facilitators: Stuart Hamilton and Paul Whitfield

We will be using the water measurement demonstration and testing facility at the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre. This facility has a channel within which flow can be controlled in the range from 0 to 0.11 m3/s with control by magmeters with 1% accuracy. The channel has four control structures which allow for specific control of depth and velocity. Our intention is to present the measurement teams, using different technologies (e.g., AVM, ADCP, mechanical meter, Velocity head rod, salt dilution, surface velocity radar, rising bubble method), with challenging measurement conditions (e.g., marginal depth, marginal velocity, non-uniform vertical velocity profile). The details of the experiment are presently being developed. One of the primary goals will be toward building a knowledge base for evaluating the sources of uncertainty and hence suitability of different methods of measurement in challenging (i.e., small flow) conditions. The workshop will be set up as a training opportunity for hydrographers to gain exposure to a wide variety of techniques and methods and to better understand the strengths and challenges of these approaches under controlled but sub-optimal circumstances.

 

HydRology Workshop "R" 

Dates: June 8, 2017
Duration: ½ day
Maximum Attendance: 20
Refreshments: Yes (morning break only)
Fees: $10
Facilitators: Kevin Shook and Paul Whitfield


Building on the hydRology conference session, a workshop will be held after the conference. The aims of the workshop are:

  1. To encourage the development of a community of hydrologist developing in R in Canada
  2. To create an R package of functions used by hydrologists across Canada
  3. To increase the efficiency, consistency and professionalism of R development among Canadian hydrologists
  4. Discussion of a contributing process, and a process that could be used to 'manage' data structures within R

The objective is to create a single package of Canadian hydrological R functions to be stored on the CHyMS server, with a community of users who will develop and test the functions. The workshop will have sessions showing how to create R packages, using the most up-to-date tools including using Roxygen for documentation, and version control software. The workshop will also include some hands on /demonstrations of the use of the server for both developers and testers.

 

Aquality Wetlands: From Classification to Policy

Dates: June 8 – June 9, 2017
Duration: 2 days
Maximum Attendance: 25
Lunch/Refreshments: Yes
Fees: $600 for members/conference attendees, $720 for non-members
Facilitator: Jay White, M.Sc., P.Biol., QWAES

Aquality has developed a two day in class Wetland Course, "Alberta Wetlands: From Classsification to Policy", taught by Jay S. White, Aquality’s Principal Researcher, Professional Biologists (P.Biol.) and Qualified Wetland and Aquatic Environment Specialists (QWAES). This course provides essential background information necessary for making informed decisions about wetlands.

Day 1 - Wetland Theory, Classification, and Functions

This module is the quintessential primer of wetland ecology with emphasis on classification systems and how they are applied to wetlands in Alberta. The ecosystem functions of wetlands and riparian areas are addressed including flood attenuation, water quality and quantity, climate impacts, biodiversity, and stormwater management.

Day 2 - Policies Affecting Wetlands in Alberta

This module will address federal, provincial and municipal policies affecting wetlands in Alberta, particularly the new Alberta Wetland Policy (released September 11, 2013). Regulations, Legislation, and Codes of Practice will also be reviewed at a provincial scale. Wetland Avoidance, Mitigation, Compensation/Replacement guidelines, and economic valuation of wetlands will also be covered.

Aquality also offers a wetland plant identification manual titled "Common Mineral Wetland Plants of Alberta." While not required for the course, it is recommended as supplementary material. If you would like a copy of the manual you can select it as an option upon registration.

For additional information, please refer to Aquality’s website at http://www.wetlandpolicy.ca/alberta-wetlands-from-classification-to-policy/

 

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