December 2013

Advanced HEC-RAS River Hydraulics Modelling Seminar

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Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.
Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Advanced HEC-RAS River Hydraulics Modelling Seminar
Location: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites, Oak Bay Room, 345 Quebec Street Victoria, BC
Presenter: Chris Maeder, P.E., Engineering Director – CM Water Group
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $359.00 + GST = $376.95 until Nov 19, 2013

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $459.00 + GST = $481.95

Non-Member Price: $459.00 + GST = $481.95

Student Member Price: $229.50 + GST = $240.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 19, 2013 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Note: ** Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.
Advanced HEC-RAS River Hydraulics Modelling Seminar. This training course begins with an introduction to using the unsteady flow component of HEC-RAS. Additional lectures present unsteady flow theory, steps for developing an unsteady flow simulation, and procedures for creating a stable and calibrated model. Guidance is given for techniques on modeling bridges, dams, spillways, and other storage areas in the unsteady flow environment. Introduction to river water quality analysis modeling is provided. Participants will build on the knowledge and experience acquired during the previous HEC-RAS course and/or during practical work experience. The primary focus of this training course is to provide “hands-on” experience to the modeler. Participants will learn by doing, while using the HEC-RAS software on their own computers. The lectures and lab sessions will concentrate on demonstrating how to use the software in “real world” engineering applications.

Course Objectives
  • Benefit from “hands-on” instruction throughout the course
  • Understand why unsteady flow modeling is important
  • Understand the differences between steady and unsteady flow theory and modeling techniques
  • Develop confidence in application of HEC-RAS unsteady flow modeling
  • 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

  • Become familiar with the unsteady modeling capabilities in HEC-RAS including bridges, culverts, reservoirs, dams, spillways, storage areas, gates, and inline and lateral structures
  • Perform unsteady flow analysis and complete hydrograph routing
  • Analyze levee overflows and split flow conditions
  • Account for tidal boundary conditions
  • Perform dam failure analysis
  • Develop stable unsteady flow models
  • Perform river water quality analysis

Note: Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.


Chris Maeder, P.E., Engineering Director – CM Water Group

Chris is a renowned expert in HEC-RAS, with over 25 years of application experience in HEC-RAS and HEC-2 modeling projects, including FEMA flood studies, bridge and culvert design, bridge scour and armoring studies, dam safety and failure analysis studies, as well as reservoir and spillway analysis and design. He has been involved with 1D and 2D hydrodynamic modeling projects of rivers, estuaries, coastal inlets, as well as worked on urban stormwater drainage, transportation and roadway drainage, storm sewer design, detention pond design, stormwater quality, and watershed management planning projects. Chris has provided water resource training courses to numerous organizations, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), US Army Corps of Engineers Districts, NRCS, State DOTs, State DNRs, Canadian Water Resource Association (CWRA), and to universities worldwide.

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