It is believed that humans now redistribute more contaminants across the Earth's surface using mechanical means than all of the combined natural processes involving water, air, ice, and gravity. Nevertheless, most of the features that we see on landscapes or in the sediment records and many of the hazards and challenges involving sedimentation and erosion originate from natural process that move sediment from one place to another. Evaluating and regulating water resources (from quantity and quality points of view) has been traditionally a primary focus of environmental engineering practices since inception. As the heart of every project in water resources area, the hydraulics of flow is enormously determining factor. Water resources systems are physically complex and the solution of appropriate mathematical models is computationally demanding. This course is designed to provide the audiences with a fundamental understanding of hydraulic modeling, theory, and to some extent application.
The main objectives of this course are to build on the audiences’ background and experiences: 1) an understanding of engineering of hydraulic systems; 2) developing skills in advanced mathematical modeling of both natural and engineered hydraulic systems; 3) incorporating these analytical attributes into planning and design of hydraulic systems; and 4) employing representative examples and cases.
This course will highlight the design, selection, and operation of hydraulic systems for open channel applications.
Water, Environmental Hydraulics, and Water Flow Systems
Modeling Engineering Systems
Steady- and Unsteady-State Modeling
Advanced Modeling of Water Flows; Hydraulic and Water Quality
Depending on the audience interest, a range of specialized topics will also be explored toward the end of the course in order to demonstrate how the principles manifest themselves and are implemented in specific environments.
Measurement and Analysis Methods
The course is geared to senior-level undergraduates and entry-level graduate students who have some background in fluid mechanics, hydrology, river engineering, geomorphology, water resources science, or geotechnical engineering. This course will be particularly recommended to the authorities including managers, engineers, and technicians responsible for design, operation, and maintenance of hydraulic systems. General audiences who are comfortable with mathematical description of physical concepts are also welcome.
Bahman Naser, Ph.D., P. Eng. Assistant Professor - Okanagan School of Engineering UBC
Bahman Naser is currently an assistant professor in the Okanagan School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in the area of Water Resources. His Ph.D. research was focused on developing two-dimensional and multi-component computer models to guide the planning and design of a drinking water distribution system from both hydraulics and water quality points of views. After earning his Ph.D., he spent about two years as a postdoctoral fellow in affiliation with the University of Toronto. During this time he began to expand his research area into Energy Efficient Systems and Sustainable Design through his collaboration with the Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems. For his Master thesis, he was looking at sediment transport mechanisms in open channels and rivers. Sedimentation process was coupled with a two-dimensional hydraulic model through a novel numerical scheme. He has had the opportunity to work in the consulting industry and also to instruct courses in academia for a number of years before undertaking his Ph.D. He is a professional engineer licensed in the province of British Columbia.
Kamran Qavami, M.S., P. Eng., Consultant Engineer – SNC Lavalin INC.
Kamran Qavami has a bachelor’s degree in civil-structural engineering (1991) and a master’s degree in hydraulic structures (1995). He majored in both disciplines of hydraulic and structural engineering. He has worked for over twenty years with major consulting companies gaining experience in a variety of disciplines associated with dams, river engineering and hydraulic structures. He is currently a consultant engineer in the Hydro and Power Systems Division of SNC Lavalin INC and his current position is Diversion Task Team lead at Site C – BC Hydro Integrated Engineering Team.
Roger S. Stilwell, BSc., MSc., P.Eng, Civil Engineering - Consultant
Roger Stilwell has a batchelor’s degree in civil engineering (1962) and a master’s degree in structural engineering (1964). He has 50 years of consulting experience of which 35 years was with Klohn Crippen Berger on a variety of civil works. Projects include hydroelectric, dams, municipal, irrigation, structural and water resource projects. Mr Stilwell will describe relevant hydraulic reference material and aspects of some of the projects he has worked on. Currently he is an independent consultant working part time mostly for BCHydro.