April 2017

Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Projects

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project - Day 2
Location: Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites (Burrard Room), 1100 Granville Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Saied Saiedi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Director, Progress International Consultants
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project: $795.00 + GST = $834.75 until Mar 23, 2017

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Non-Member Price: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

APEGBC Student Member Price: Sediment Engineering for River and Coastal Project: $497.50 + GST = $522.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by March 23, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Gurjeet Phungura | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4886
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Note: Please bring a calculator to the session.
The course offers fundamentals of sediment engineering for river and coastal projects with the following objectives:
  • To determine when and how erosion and sedimentation take place in rivers and coastal regions.
  • To estimate the magnitude of the sediment transport in river and coastal projects.
  • To get familiar with applications of sediment transport engineering in such fields as river engineering, coastal structures, dam design, and hydropower plants.

Special features of the course are:

  • Hands-on class exercises and tests.
  • Educational video clips.
  • Several computational aids.
  • Real-life case studies.
  • A collection of technical literature (softcopy).


  • Applications of Sediment Transport in River and Costal Engineering.
  • Market for the Expertise.
  • Fundamental Hydraulic Concepts:
    • River hydraulics.
    • Coastal hydraulics.
  • Sediment Properties.
  • Modes of Transport.
  • Velocity and Concentration Distributions.
  • Bed Forms.
  • Sediment Load Types.
  • River Sediment Estimators:
    • River-specific vs. general equations.
    • Three types:
      • Bed load only.
      • Suspended load only.
      • Total load.
  • Coastal Sediment:
    • Introduction to waves, currents and beaches.
    • Long-shore sediment transport.
    • Coastal sediment estimators.
  • Special Topics:
    • Sediment impact on groins, breakwaters, jetties, and subsea pipelines.
    • Reservoir sedimentation.
    • Sediment exclusion from water intakes.
    • Physical modelling of sediment transport.
    • Common mistakes in sediment management.
    • Publicly available software.
  • A Comprehensive Problem  (including both river and coastal sediment issues).
  • Solution to the Comprehensive Problem.
  • Five Take-away Messages.

Who Should Attend

Engineering, hydrotechnical, and environmental professionals from engineering firms or provincial and federal authorities with 0 to 20 years of experience dealing with river and coastal projects

Note: Please bring a calculator to the session.


Saied Saiedi, PhD., 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.), water and power tunnel design, 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, wave, and sediment studies at Water Research Laboratory (UNSW, Sydney, Australia) in 1991-1992. The facility has been since used for many projects involving riverine flows and coastal waves.
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. He managed and technically led a design project on erosion protection and rehabilitation works related to a major hydropower facility in Malaysia in 2006-2007. Also, while working for PETRONAS (Malaysian national oil and gas company), Dr. Saiedi trained several groups of engineers from various engineering disciplines to enter the realm of marine engineering through five applied courses. In 2006-2008, 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 and 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 & Montrose HPP’s (BC, Canada), and Stave Falls HPP (BC, Canada).

Dr. Saiedi has, for the first time, derived and proposed simple guides for the optimum diameter of diversion tunnels.
Since 2014, Dr. Saiedi has shared his vast hydrotechnical experience with professionals 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. He is also the technical advisor to ATB Riva Calzoni, an international provider of large hydromechanical equipment (gates, penstocks, valves, trashracks, etc.), in Canada.

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