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HEC-RAS: An Intensive Three-Day Workshop

Learn to use this industry-standard software
to model steady flow open channel waterways

Course Code: EW0401CA15

HEC-RAS Training

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Date & Time

December 3-5, 2014
8:30am - 3:45pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

Description

There's no question that HEC-RAS is an incredibly powerful tool but it's also no secret that it can be overwhelming, challenging and, in the hands of an inexperienced user, the end result could be numerical instability and severely flawed analyses. Can you afford that outcome on your projects?

Feedback about Instructor
Joe Skupien:

"He teaches so well that it feels like you are learning from a good friend or your most trusted mentor. My engineering knowledge and that of most of my colleagues is better because of Joe Skupien."
-Andrew R. Comi, Land Dev. Project Manager, 2012 attendee

"I learned that behind the scenes HEC-RAS is always aiming to balance two energy equations. I will always start from this perspective when using the program. Extremely helpful, the light has been turned on."
-Khadija Abdur-Rahman, Water Resource Engineer, 2012 attendee

"Skup is the best!"
-Kerry Engelhardt, Project Engineer, 2011 attendee

"Great energy, easily related complex concepts to simpler terms for easy understanding."
-Engineer, 2011 attendee

Read more comments about Joe.

To make sense of this program, we've recruited Joe Skupien, one of the most highly rated instructors in hydrology and hydraulics, to teach this 3-day hands-on training class.

In this intensive three-day workshop, led by Joseph Skupien (an expert with more than 25 years of NJ stormwater management experience), you will get a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V4.1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program (HEC-RAS).

Students appreciate:

  • Hands-on practice and group problem solving

  • Understanding the theory behind flow and water calculations

  • Learning how to input field data into the software and interpret data output

  • Using HEC-RAS to model streams, bridges and culverts

  • Getting a better understanding of ineffective flow area

  • And much more!

Note: This course covers steady flows. Unsteady flows are not addressed.

We encourage you to bring your own laptop (with HEC-RAS 4.1 installed) to class to actively participate in working through problems and examples in the classroom.

Agenda

Day 1 will begin with a review of the program’s theoretical basics, modeling capabilities, and limitations. The program will continue with an explanation of program and project start-up, data input, and the various forms of output reporting. The day will conclude with an analysis example problem that will highlight such modeling decisions as cross section location and alignment, loss coefficient selection, and floodway determination.

Day 2 of the workshop will focus on an overview of the program’s capabilities, data requirements, and limitations for modeling bridge and culvert flow. It will also include a discussion of the various types of flow encountered at bridges and culverts and different modeling approaches available in the program. Day 2 will also include analysis of a second example problem that will illustrate basic bridge and culvert modeling, including further guidance on selecting cross-section locations, loss coefficients, ineffective flow areas and overall computational approach.

Day 3 of the workshop will conclude with presentations and example problems on computing floodways and flood fringe volumes. This day’s program will also include a workshop review and a question and answer session.

In addition to the presentations, a workbook and electronic copies of example problems will be provided to all attendees, who are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers (with HEC-RAS 4.1 installed) to the workshop to directly participate in the various example problems. Copies of Version 4.1 of HEC-RAS can be downloaded from the HEC website (http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras).

Attendees Will Learn To:
• Understand the basic theories of open channel, floodway, and bridge and culvert flow used by HEC-RAS
• Understand HEC-RAS capabilities, limitations, input needs, sources and output options
• Select appropriate bridge and culvert modeling methods
• Create and execute a HEC-RAS Project
• Identify input errors and modeling problems to help insure “accurate and reasonable” program output

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 1.8 Rutgers CEUs, this HEC-RAS training course is approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers: 18 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NYS Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors: 16.5 PDHs

Fees
Registration Fee $875.00
Multi-Person Registration Fee $795.00 Register with a colleague and save!

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or special needs, please alert us at least 1 week in advance of the course date so that we may accommodate you.

Location

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Cook Campus Center
59 Biel Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

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Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

Testimonials

Read what past students had to say about the HEC-RAS course and instructor Joe Skupien:

"He teaches so well that it feels like you are learning from a good friend or your most trusted mentor. My engineering knowledge and that of most of my colleagues is better because of Joe Skupien."
-Andrew R. Comi, Land Dev. Project Manager, 2012 attendee

"I learned that behind the scenes HEC-RAS is always aiming to balance two energy equations. I will always start from this perspective when using the program. Extremely helpful, the light has been turned on."
-Khadija Abdur-Rahman, Water Resource Engineer, 2012 attendee

"Great explanation, very helpful, great background knowledge."
-Senior Project Engineer, 2012 attendee

"Best instructor I've had, incredible course."
-Water Resource Engineer, 2012 attendee

"Informational Bonanza!"
-Landscape Architect, 2012 attendee

"Skup is the best!"
-Kerry Engelhardt, Project Engineer, 2011 attendee

"Great energy, easily related complex concepts to simpler terms for easy understanding."
-Engineer, 2011 attendee

"Excellent instructor. Presented the material in a clear and concise manner."
-Stephen Long, Water Resource Planner, 2010 attendee

"Very animated, knowledgeable and passionate about the material -- keeps the attention of the class!"
-Civil Designer, 2010 attendee

Comments from Past Attendees

In response to: What about the course is worth mentioning?
"Background information/bridge modeling."
"Clear explanations about how to run the program, troubleshoot and understand the theory."
"Excellent instructor interaction and flexibility with the class."
"Great instructor."
"Hands-on examples, clear terms."
"The way the instructor takes the time to explain theory and practical experience."
"Thorough understanding of the program and all capabilities."

In response to: What were the most useful or relevant aspects of the program?
"Going over all of the functions, where things are, how to input data, how to understand the output"
"Bridges/culvert modeling."

"Display of RAS actual screens."
"Hands-on software usage and interactive workshops."
"Helpful tips to troubleshoot and when to apply which methods."
"I can now understand and work my way through HEC-RAS."
"Theory on open channel flow and how program uses theory."
"Group problem solving."
"Theory was most helpful. I have a better understanding of how to calculate water surfaces."

In response to: Describe one thing you learned and how you will use it in the future?
"How to manage and configure floodways to NJDEP approvable levels"
"Inputting crossing sections, bridges, and culverts"
"I liked the floodway explanation. I have developed a better understanding."
"Better understanding of ineffective flow areas."
"Compile loss coefficients and differences between steady/unsteady flow."
"How to input field data into the software."
"How to read and interpret HEC-RAS output data."
"The proper way to determine floodways and a detailed explanation of the methods."
"How to input bridge/culvert information into my stream flow."
"How HEC-RAS works, limitations, errors. Review of FHA applications at DEP."

Comments from Attendees About Instructor, Joe Skupien
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Joe Skupien 23 4 0 0 0

"Awesome presenter!"

"Excellent instructor. Presented the material in a clear and concise manner."

"Always a wealth of information and a very good speaker."

"He was clear, knowledgeable, and entertaining."

"Speaks clearly, gives understandable analogies."

"Very animated, knowledgeable and passionate about the material-keeps the attention of the class."

"There isn't anybody better."

"Very good at presenting material and keeping class moving forward."

Other Courses Taught by Joe Skupien:
Stormwater Management Rule & BMP Manual
Stormwater Management for Engineer