March 2021

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design of Culverts

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Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Friday, March 5, 2021
Time: Login: 8:45 AM–9:00 AM PST
Day 1 Webinar: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM PST
Day 2 Webinar: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM PST
Day 3 Webinar: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM PST
Day 4 Webinar: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM PST
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss, D.WRE, F.ASCE
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brigham Young University 
Credit: 14 Formal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
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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.

Seminar 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.

Target Audience

Design engineers who work for transportation agencies or who provide consulting services for consulting agencies.


Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss, D.WRE, F.ASCE

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brigham Young University

Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU). In addition to his 15 years at BYU, Dr. Hotchkiss worked 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 Diplomat 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 on the Environmental Advisory Board for the Chief of the U.S. 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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