February 2017

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts - Day 2
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Cypress Room), 655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Rollin H. Hotchkiss, PhD, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Professor and Chair,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brigham Young University
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts: $695.00 + GST = $729.75 until Jan 19, 2017

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts: $795.00 + GST = $834.75

Non-Member Price: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts: $795.00 + GST = $834.75

APEGBC Student Member Price: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts: $397.50 + GST = $417.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 19, 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: Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.
Today's design engineers who work with transportation agencies are asked to develop more complex and complete designs for culverts than ever before. Evolving requirements now often include aquatic organism passage and aspects of long-term channel stability. This course will provide participants the knowledge necessary to design a culvert considering issues of peak flow, aquatic organism passage, and local policies of importance.

Course Objectives

At the end of the seminar the participants should be able to calculate design discharge for stream crossings and design a culvert considering headwater limitations, velocity restrictions, local policies, and aquatic organism passage.


Degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline or equivalent experience.

Seminar Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction and objectives.
  • Summary of procedures for obtaining design discharges.
    • Return period discharge.
    • Aquatic organism passage discharge.
  • Open channel flow review.
  • Workshop on open channel flow.
  • Introduction to culvert hydraulics.
  • Inlet and outlet control.

Day 2

  • Culvert design using HY-8.
  • Workshop on culvert design.
  • Incorporating aquatic organism passage into culvert design.
    • Issues and approaches.
    • Procedures found within U.S. Federal Highway Administration HEC-26.
    • Design example.
  • Discussion and conclusions.

Unique features of the course

This course will provide a thorough review of culvert hydraulics and afford participants to use the state-of-the-art computer program for culvert design, HY-8. Participants will also learn how to incorporate aquatic organism passage requirements into their designs using the FHWA publication HEC-26.

The Instructor

Rollin H. Hotchkiss, PhD, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brigham Young University

Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss is a professor and the Chairman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU). In addition to his twelve years at BYU, Dr. Hotchkiss worked for 7 years at Washington State University as Director of the Albrook Hydraulics Laboratory and 6 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska and holds an advanced registration as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
His major research areas include mitigating reservoir sedimentation and the interdisciplinary issue of providing passage for fish through culverts and at dams. Dr. Hotchkiss has advised more than 70 graduate students and has authored or co-authored more than 100 conference papers and project reports and 40 refereed journal papers.

He is past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Advisory Board for the Chief of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Dr. Hotchkiss has taught short courses on culvert design in Canada, Panama, and more than 25 states in the United States to hundreds of practitioners.

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