January 2017

Design of Hydraulic Structures

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Please bring a calculator to the session. Laptop to access online resources would also be beneficial but not necessary.
Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Design of Hydraulic Structures Seminar
Location: The Hyatt Regency Hotel (Cypress Room), 655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Saied Saiedi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Director, Progress International Consultants
Credit: 21 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: $900.00 + GST = $945.00 until Jan 2, 2017

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $1050.00 + GST = $1102.50

Non-Member Price: $1050.00 + GST = $1102.50

APEGBC Student Member Price: $525.00 + GST = $551.25
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 02, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Direct: 604.412.4886
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Note: Please bring a calculator to the session.
The course offers fundamentals of design of hydraulic structures with the following objectives:
  • To recognize aspects of hydraulic structures requiring hydrotechnical design.
  • Core issues and basic formulas in the design of hydraulic structures: dam, open channel, gate, water intake, spillway, weir, water tunnel, culvert, erosion and sedimentation protection measures, large valve, penstock, manifold, surge shaft/tank, sedimentation basin, trashrack, pier of bridges, stilling basin, riprap, debris boom (ice, log), river diversion (canal, tunnel), breakwater, groin, seawall, coastal piles and piers, Coanda screen, fishway, etc.
  • To alert against common mistakes in design of hydraulic structures.
  • 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.
  • Free computational aids and design software.
  • A vast amount of literature in softcopy including design reports (non-copyrighted).
  • “Site C” project in BC as the comprehensive problem to solve in class.


  • Overview of reference literature, video clips, and software.
  • Types of hydraulic structures.
  • Introduction to hydraulics.
  • Freeboard (by wind, wave, run-up, and open channel surge).
  • Cavitation and protection.
  • Introduction to dams.
  • Introduction to RCC (roller compacted concrete) dams.
  • Basic design formulas for the design of:
    • Concrete gravity dams.
    • Embankment dams.
    • Arch dams.
  • Fundamental guides and applied formulas for the design of:
    • Open channel.
    • Weirs.
    • River diversions (canal, tunnel).
    • Spillways (Ogee, shaft, etc.)
    • Energy dissipation (stilling basin, plunge pool, scour hole).
    • Gates.
    • Trashracks.
    • Water intakes (air-entrainment issue).
    • Tunnels (power, conveyance).
    • Culverts.
    • Surge shaft/tank.
    • Piers of bridge.
    • Debris booms (ice, log).
    • Fishways.
    • River bank protection.
    • Groins (river).
    • Penstocks.
    • Manifolds.
    • Coanda screens.
  • Introduction to sediment transport.
  • Basic design formulas for the design of:
    • Sedimentation basins.
    • Riprap.
    • Desanders.
  • Introduction to wave mechanics.
  • Fundamental guides and applied formulas for the design of:
    • Breakwaters.
    • Seawalls.
    • Coastal piles and piers.
    • Groins (sea).
  • Common design mistakes in design of hydraulic structures.
  • Comprehensive problem and solution: “Site C” project in BC.
    • Introduction to hydraulic structures of “Site C”.
    • Solution to the comprehensive problem (“Site C”).
  • Five take-away messages.

Who Should Attend

Professionals and civil, environmental, geotechnical, water resources engineers from engineering firms, provincial, and federal authorities with 0 – 20 years of experience dealing with hydraulic structures.


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 …), 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 1991-1992. 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 & 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 & 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).
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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