May 2020

Advanced Modelling and Water Master Planning

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Advanced Modelling and Water Master Planning
Location: Burnaby, BC
Presenter: Dr. Werner de Schaetzen, P.Eng.
​GeoAdvice Engineering Inc.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until Apr 22, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 22, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.

Allison Smith | Professional Development Coordinator

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Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop computer.
Participants will be introduced to advanced topics like Extended Period Simulations, Water Quality Modelling, Demand Allocation, Model Calibration, and Planning System Improvements. To reinforce concepts learned during the course, participants will engage in hands-on EPANET tutorials for each section of the training.

Seminar Description

Participants will be introduced to the following advanced topics.

  • Extended Period Simulations: What are the advantages of extended period simulations over steady state simulations? What types of input data are important when building your EPS model? How can collecting meaningful and accurate field data save you time when calibrating your EPS model?
  • Water Quality Modelling: Why should I model water quality? What field data do I need to build my water quality model? How can my water quality model be used to validate my hydraulic model? What types of water quality simulations can I perform?
  • Demand Allocation: What is the importance of proper demand allocation? What is the best method for allocating demand in my model? What are the best sources of demand data? How should I be allocating diurnal demand patterns in the model? How should I predict future demands?
  • Model Calibration: What parameters should I adjust? When and by how much should I adjust them? What sources of input data do I need to properly calibrate my model? How accurate does the calibration need to be? What are the steps for calibrating my water model?
  • Planning System Improvements: How should I go about planning infrastructure upgrades? How do I size pipes, pumps, and storage facilities for future scenarios? How should I evaluate operating strategies?

Finally, at the end of the training session, participants will have the opportunity to play the Aqualibrium competition to test their newly acquired skills in hydraulics. The Aqualibrium competition is a fun way to learn about the complexity of network hydraulics. The aim of the competition is to distribute three litres of water equally between three reservoirs (containers) placed randomly on a grid of 16 points. Participants will build a pipe network between a water source and the three reservoirs using pipes of different diameters.


A basic level of proficiency in EPANET is assumed and a fundamental understanding of the operation of water distribution systems is expected.

To reinforce concepts learned during the course, participants will engage in hands-on EPANET tutorials for each section of the training.


Dr. Werner de Schaetzen, P.Eng.

CEO/Founder, GeoAdvice Engineering Inc.

Dr. de Schaetzen is a leading expert in computer modelling of water and wastewater systems. His work on genetic algorithm optimization applied to water systems has gained him both international recognition and numerous award prizes. Dr. de Schaetzen is also the leading author of over 30 papers published in international journals, conference proceedings, and internal research reports.

Dr. de Schaetzen conducted in-person training for over 2,500 engineers in water and sewer systems modelling, optimization, and analysis in Canada, USA, and UK. He also designed, implemented, and maintained several hydraulic modelling software applications. He often peer-reviews scientific journals including Urban Water (UK) and the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (USA). Finally, Dr. de Schaetzen is the recipient of the 2010 BC New-Canadian Entrepreneur Award in the category of Environmental Technology. In 2016, Dr. de Schaetzen was the recipient of the BCWWA Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award in Leadership and Innovation.

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