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Introduction to HEC-RAS
(River Analysis System)

HEC-RAS, developed by the Corps of Engineers, has become the standard model for hydraulic analysis
and water surface profile calculations. This fast paced, two day course is intended to provide attendees
with the basic modeling skills to quickly get them up and running with HEC-RAS. The course material
includes theory and applications of the model. Applications include water surface profile calculations,
culvert analysis, bridge studies, and advanced topics. Time will be provided at the end of each day to review any necessary course material and to keep attendees up to speed. Course materials include Course Workbook, RAS User Manuals and RAS software. 1.4 CEUs.


Course Overview/Intro to Models
Water Surface Profile Theory
Application 1: Basic Model Setup
and Simulation Water Surface Profiles
Culvert Theory
Application 2: Adding Culverts
Hydraulics of Bridges Theory
Application 3: Bridge Analysis
Advanced Topics and Applications

Introduction to HEC-HMS
(Hydrologic Modeling System)

This new course combines hydrologic theory with the application of the Corps of Engineers hydrologic software, HEC-HMS version 3.4.   Attendees will learn basic rainfall-runoff processes, storage and channel routing techniques, HMS model setup and simulation.  Applications include watershed modeling, channel routing and detention pond analysis.  The course does not cover GEO-HMS.  All attendees must bring their own laptop computers to get the full benefits of the course. Course materials include Course Workbook, HMS User Manuals and HMS software. 1.4 CEUs.

Course Overview
Intro to HMS/Model Overview
Hydrologic Theory
Basic Model Setup and Simulation
Watershed Example 1 – SCS Method
Detention Design Theory
Detention Pond Analysis Example 2
Channel Routing Theory
Channel Routing Example 3


Tools for Watershed Planning and Management

This two day course provides a broad overview of the technical tools and strategies for addressing stormwater issues at the watershed level. The goal of this course is to provide attendees with the knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological impacts on watershed and stream systems and tools for analysis. Specific topics include flood control, stream stability, water quality, assessment, modeling and protection. While this workshop focuses on urban watersheds, these same principles can be applied to any watershed.

Course Outline
Watershed Impacts
Hydrology for Watersheds
Stormwater Runoff Quality
River & Stream Stability
Assessment Techniques
Watershed Modeling
Watershed Best Management Practices
Watershed Strategies

Design of Stormwater Management Systems

This two day course presents a comprehensive view of stormwater management with a “hands-on” emphasis of current design practices. Discussions include regulatory framework, overview of Best Management Practices (BMPs), water quantity and quality issues. Design procedures for several BMPs are presented including detention/retention, bioretention, infiltration, and filtration. Participants will perform actual design calculations (bring a calculator!) which includes developing hydrographs, determining storage requirements, sizing a release structure and hydrologic routing. Water quality calculations include determining water quality volumes, designing for extended detention, and sizing sand filters and bioretention systems. This course is based on several nationally recognized state stormwater management manuals. 1.4 CEUs

Overview of Stormwater Management
Regulatory Framework
Hydrology for Stormwater Management
SCS Example Problem
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Design of BMPs for Quantity
Detention Example Problem
Design of BMPs for Quality
Water Quality Example Problems


Hydraulic Design of Culverts

This two day course provides a comprehensive discussion on the fundamental hydraulic design concepts and procedures for culvert design emphasizing the theory, design procedures, and practical applications. The course was revised to include hydrologic procedures appropriate for culverts as well as other considerations. Attendees will perform example calculations by hand to reinforce their knowledge and increase their confidence. The Instructor will demonstrate the use of the FHWA WIN HY-8 computer software which the students will receive.
1.4 CEUs

Course Outline:
Introduction to Culverts
Review of Hydraulic Theory
Open Channel Flow Calculations
Culvert Hydraulics
Conventional Culvert Design
Example Calculations
Improved Inlets
WIN HY-8 Program
Storage Routing
Other Considerations

Design of Storm Sewer Systems and Pavement Drainage

This two day course provides students with a thorough knowledge of surface pavement drainage design and hydraulic design of storm sewer systems. The course includes a brief review of hydrology for pavements, and detailed information on sizing curb open inlets, grates, and curb and gutter flow. More than one day is spent on sizing storm sewers, computing energy losses and hydraulic grade line calculations. Example problems are performed using nomographs and calculators. 1.4 CEUs

Course Outline:
Intro to Open Channel Flow
Hydrology Using Rational Method
Drainage of Highway Pavements
Example Problems
Intro to Storm Sewers
Energy Losses
Hydraulic Grade Line Calculations
Example Problems

Design of Channel and Streambank Stabilization

A one day course providing students with an understanding of stream and channel instability processes and design methods for mitigation. The hydraulic factors and analyses required for design of stabilization methods are reviewed. The focus of this course is the hydraulic design principles required in engineering. Methods of stabilization include vegetation, riprap, temporary erosion control and other methods. 0.7 CEUs

Course Outline:
Overview of Stream Stability
Hydraulic Design Concepts
Channel Stabilization Methods
Design Procedures
Example Problems
Environmental Aspects

Drainage Design for Highways

This comprehensive three day course covers most aspects of highway drainage design including a review of hydraulics and hydrology, hydraulic design of channels, culverts, pavements and storm sewers. The course is taught using FHWA manuals and procedures. Students will perform example problems throughout the course using nomographs and calculators. 2.1 CEUs

Erosion and Sediment Control for Highways

This one day course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the principles of erosion and sediment control and how they uniquely apply to highway projects. The regulatory environment is discussed including federal, state, and local programs. The emphasis of this course is selecting and designing BMPs and developing Erosion Control Plans. 0.7 CEUs

Course Outline:
Overview of Erosion and Sediment Control
Regulatory Environment
Factors Influencing Erosion
Developing Erosion Control Plans
Example Plan Development

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