November 2018

Hands-on Physical Modelling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena

Application and Interpretation

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Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Friday, November 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Hands-on Physical Modeling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., PhD
Senior Discipline Specialist (Hydrotechnical), Bergmann Associates
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Hands-on Physical Modeling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena: $795.00 + GST = $834.75 until Nov 8, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Hands-on Physical Modeling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Non-Member Price: Hands-on Physical Modeling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Student Member Price: Hands-on Physical Modeling of Hydrotechnical Phenomena: $497.50 + GST = $522.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 08, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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The course offers engineering fundamentals of physical modelling for hydrotechnical projects with the following objectives:

To get familiar with the applied theories of scale modelling for hydrotechnical projects (river, coastal, hydraulic structures, and hydromechanics).

  • To determine when scale modelling should be performed compared to field, analytical, and numerical methods.
  • To interpret the results of physical modelling, and
  • To avoid common pitfalls in physical modelling of hydrotechnical phenomena involving interaction of water with sediment and/or structures.

Special Features of This Course:

  • Hands-on class exercises, group tests, and demonstration on scale models
  • Educational video clips
  • Real-life case studies
  • Softcopy of technical literature


  • Four hydrotechnical investigation methods:
    • Analytical
    • Scale modelling
    • Field
    • Computational
  • Similitude rules
  • Physical understanding of Reynolds, Froude, Weber, and Mach numbers
  • Choosing the right scale
  • Laboratory and instrumentation requirements
  • Measurement of discharge, velocity, pressure, depth, and force
  • Visualization methods
  • Scale modelling for:
    • Pressurized flow
    • Hydraulic structures: dams, spillways, gates, etc. (a live demonstration)
    • Erosion and sedimentation (a live demonstration)
    • Coastal and marine projects (a live demonstration)
    • Hydromechnaical structures
    • River engineering, and
    • Flood studies
  • Case studies in physical modelling of hydrotechnical phenomena (video demonstration)
  • Desk-study problems and solutions
  • A group, hands-on scale modelling test
  • Special topics:
    • Physical modelling versus numerical modelling: advantages and disadvantages
    • Distorted models, and
    • Critique of reports on physical modelling
  • Common mistakes in physical modelling
  • 5 take-away messages

Who Should Attend

  • Engineering, hydrotechnical, and environmental professionals from engineering firms or provincial and federal authorities with zero to 20 years of experience dealing with implementation or interpretation of physical modelling.
  • Graduate students working on experimental research topics involving laboratory models.


Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., PhD

Senior Discipline Specialist (Hydrotechnical), Bergmann Associates

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., is a civil engineer with 29 years of engineering and academic experience in Iran, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and USA. 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, stormwater management, and dam safety review. He has developed, managed, and reviewed several numerical and physical modelling works. His COUPFLEX model (J. of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, May 1997) is among the first coupled simulations of unsteady river-sediment flow.

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. He also conceptually designed a large versatile flume for physical modelling of river and coastal studies for UTP in 2014–2015.

While working in Canada, Dr. Saiedi led or participated in design and investigations for hydropower plants and dam facilities in Canada and overseas. Dr. Saiedi has extensive concurrent academic experience in Iran, Australia, and Malaysia as an Associate Professor in civil engineering. He has shared over the years his hydrotechnical experience with professional engineers through several innovative short-courses in Canada (Vancouver) and US (Michigan).

Dr. Saiedi was the Director of Progress International Consultants (Vancouver), Hydrotechnical Discipline Lead (Western North America) of Hatch based in Vancouver, and Technical Adviser (Canada) to ATB Riva Calzoni, an international provider of hydromechnaical equipment for hydropower dams. Since early 2017, Dr. Saiedi has been involved in the hydrotechnical investigations for the design (proposal stage) of the Gordie Howe International Bridge across Detroit River.

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