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Design of Hydraulic Structures

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - Friday, July 5, 2024
8:15 AM–8:30 AM Pacific time: Registration Day 1–3
8:30 AM–4:30 PM Pacific time: Design of Hydraulic Structures Day 1–3
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21.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $995.00 + GST = $1044.75 until June 18, 2024

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $1295.00 + GST = $1359.75

Non-Registrant Price: $1295.00 + GST = $1359.75

Student Price: $647.50 + GST = $679.88


Quinton Lam
Continuing Education Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng.,

Senior Hydrotechnical Consultant (US and Canada)

Dr. Saied Saiedi, P.Eng., is a civil engineer with 32 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, hydropower plants, sediment transport, 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 modelling works.

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 2006–2008, 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 and the US, Dr. Saiedi has led or participated in design and investigations of 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 (CA, USA), 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), Stave Falls HPP (BC, Canada), and Nimisila Reservoir and Dam (OH, USA).

With his concurrent academic experience over the years as an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Dr. Saiedi has shared his vast hydrotechnical experience with professional engineers in Canada (BC) and USA (MI, NY, NJ) through short courses. He 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 hydromechanical equipment for hydropower dams. While working as a consultant (with Bergmann Associates, Tetra Tech, etc.) in the US, Dr. Saiedi has led since early 2017 the hydrotechnical investigations for the design of the Gordie Howe International Bridge across the Detroit River, projects on dam safety review, and protection of coastal structures (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, Florida).

About the Event

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
    • Riverbank 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”)

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.