May 2017

Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels

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Please bring a calculator to the session.
Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels - Day 2
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Saied Saiedi, PhD, P.Eng.
Director, Progress International Ltd.
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels: $795.00 + GST = $834.75 until May 15, 2017

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Non-Member Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

APEGBC Student Member Price: Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels: $497.50 + GST = $522.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 15, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Note: Please bring a calculator to the session.
The course offers fundamentals of hydrotechnical design of tunnels with the following objectives:
  • To understand fundamentals of tunnel hydraulics.
  • To design various water tunnels such as power tunnel, sewer tunnel, water supply tunnel, diversion tunnel, long culverts, and surge shaft.
  • To get familiar with less known design issues such as tunnel optimisation, sediment transport in tunnels, erosion in tunnels , hydraulic jump in tunnels, and cavitation in tunnels.

Special features of the course are:

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


  • Classification of Water Tunnels:
    • Purpose (power, water supply, sewer, river diversion, flood ...)
    • Shape
    • Internal Pressure
    • Lining
  • Fundamentals of Tunnel Hydraulics.
  • Significance of Tunnel Lining.
  • Design of Municipal Tunnels (water supply/sewer).
  • Design of River Diversion Tunnels.
  • Design of Power Tunnels.
  • Surge Analysis.
  • Surge Protection Design.
  • Special Topics:
    • Tunnel Optimisation.
    • Sediment Transport in Tunnels.
    • Erosion in Tunnels.
    • Hydraulic Jump in Tunnels.
    • Cavitation in Tunnels.
    • Rock Movement in Tunnels.
  • Review of Some Case Studies.
  • A Comprehensive Problem.
  • Solution to the Comprehensive Problem.
  • Five Take-Away Messages.

Who Should Attend

Professionals from engineering firms or from municipal, provincial, and federal authorities with 0-20 years of experience dealing with tunnels carrying water for various municipal, power, dam construction, irrigation, or flood control purposes.

Note: Please bring a calculator to the session.


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 …), water/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 & 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).

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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