September 2016

Hydrotechnical Design of Hydropower Facilities

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Monday, September 12, 2016 - Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Hydropower Facilities - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Hydropower Facilities - Day 2
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Hydropower Facilities - Day 3
Location: Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville (Granville Room), 1100 Granville Street Vancouver, BC

Saied Saiedi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Director, Progress International Consultants

Credit: 21 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: $1295.00 + GST = $1359.75 until August 29, 2016

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $1595.00 + GST = $1674.75

Non-Member Price: $1595.00 + GST = $1674.75

APEGBC Student Member Price: $797.50 + GST = $837.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by August 29, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Gurjeet Phungura | Professional Development Coordinator
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Note: Please bring a calculator to the session. Laptop to access online resources would also be beneficial but not necessary.
The course offers fundamentals of hydrotechnical design of hydropower facilities with the following objectives:
  • To recognize aspects of hydropower facilities requiring hydrotechnical design such as intake, penstock, power tunnels, gates, manifolds, etc.
  • To characterize hydrotechnical features, determine forces, and design implications
  • To alert against common mistakes in hydrotechnical design for hydropower
  • To introduce simple computational aids, apply open-source software, and offer a collection of literature and educational videos
Five special features of the course are:
  • Hands-on class exercises and educational video clips
  • Discussing common mistakes referring to case studies
  • Computational aids
  • A vast amount of literature in softcopy
  • Guest presenters from the industry


  • Some key concepts (energy and power, head, run-of-river, pumped storage, etc. )
  • Overview of reference literature, videos, and software
  • Introduction to hydrology and hydraulics
  • Energy analysis for hydropower projects
  • The functions of major components of hydropower facilities
  • Design of general layout
  • Hydrotechnical design criteria
  • Design of river diversion
  • Dams: special consideration for hydropower purposes
  • Design of intakes
    • Arrangements
    • Gates and trashracks
    • Ice, log and trash booms
    • Vortices and air-entrainment
    • Sediment impact and control
    • Freeboard computation (wind, wave, open channel surge …)
  • Design of penstocks
  • Design of power tunnels
  • Design of spillways
  • Design of fish ways and protection
  • Design of surge control systems
  • Powerhouse hydrotechnical matters
    • Turbines
    • Valves and by-pass systems
    • Manifold
    • Tail-tunnel & tailrace
  • Pumped-storage projects
  • Modelling of hydropower facilities
    • Scale modeling
    • CFD analyses
  •  Discussing a few case studies (guest presenters from the industry)
  • Common design mistakes
  • Examples of major failure in hydropower facilities
  • A comprehensive problem based on a case study
  • Five take-away messages and common mistakes

Who Should Attend

Professionals and civil/mechanical/environmental/geotechnical/water resources engineers from engineering firms, owners (IPP’s), provincial and federal authorities (BC Hydro, FortisBC, etc.) with 0 to 20 years of experience dealing with hydropower facilities  
Note: Please bring a calculator to the session. Laptop to access online resources would also be beneficial but not necessary. 


Saied Saiedi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Director, Progress International Consultants

Dr. Saied Saiedi (P.Eng.) is a civil engineer with 28 years of engineering and academic experience in Iran, Australia (WRL), Malaysia (PETRONAS) and Canada (Hatch, Progress International Consultants). His hydrotechnical interests cover a wide range: free surface flow (hydraulic structures, sediment transport, hydropower dams, river engineering, etc.), coastal structures and processes, floating offshore structures,  flood studies, and dam safety review. He has developed, managed, and reviewed several numerical and physical modeling works. As a private consultant and project manager, he managed eight consultancy projects on dam and hydropower bids in Iran, and served as a contract designer or adviser for various engineering firms and water authorities in Iran and Malaysia. 
Dr. Saiedi designed and oversaw the construction of a flume for river and wave studies at Water Research Laboratory (UNSW, Sydney, Australia) in 1991-92. The facility has been since used for many projects involving riverine flows and coastal waves. He also developed a numerical model for alluvial flows called COUPFLEX (see ASCE Journal of Hydraulics, May 1997). The model was one of the first efforts in computational modelling of sediment-laden flows in ‘fully coupled’ mode, followed by several modellers later.
For several years in the 2000’s, Dr. Saiedi served NAHRIM (National Association of Hydraulic Research in Malaysia) as the senior adviser for coastal engineering projects. Also, while working for PETRONAS (Malaysian national oil and gas company), he trained several groups of engineers from various engineering disciplines to enter the realm of offshore engineering through five applied courses. In 2006-08, Dr. Saiedi conceptually designed and oversaw the construction of a large wave flume and a large wave basin at UTP (PETRONAS’ university) for applied research projects in the areas of coastal and offshore engineering.
While working in Canada, Dr. Saiedi has led or participated in design and investigations for many hydropower plants (HPP) and dam facilities in Canada and overseas. Sample projects include: Site C Dam (BC, Canada), I1K Power Transmission Line (Saskatchewan, Canada), Kemano Hydropower Plant (BC, Canada), Tapoco HPP Scheme (USA), Karcham-Wangtoo, Vishnuprayag and Baspa–II HPP’s (India), Boron Mining Operations (USA, California), Kokish River HPP (BC, Canada), John Hart Gen. Station Replacement Project (BC, Canada), Skaha Lake and McIntyre Dams (BC, Canada), Waneta Dam (BC, Canada), Brilliant Dam (BC, Canada), Similkameen Dam (BC, Canada), Seymour Dam, East Toba and Montrose HPP’s (BC, Canada), and Stave Falls HPP (BC, Canada).
Since 2014, Dr. Saiedi has shared his vast hydrotechnical experience with professionals in BC through several APEGBC seminars. He has extensive concurrent academic experience in Iran, Australia and Malaysia as an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering.  Dr. Saiedi is the Director of Progress International Consultants and was the former Hydrotechnical Discipline Lead (Western North America) of Hatch based in Vancouver

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