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HEC-RAS: The Mysteries of This Powerful But Complex Software Program Will Be Unraveled for Students at Three-Day Hands-On Workshop

One of OCPE’s most highly rated instructors, Joe Skupien, returns to Rutgers on December 5 to teach a three-day hands-on workshop in HEC-RAS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System software program. The class will run from 8:30am to 3:45pm on December 4, 5 and 6 in New Brunswick.

HEC-RAS Training Course

Learn the ins and outs of HEC-RAS software from top rated instructor Joe Skupien.

HEC-RAS software is a powerful tool to model the hydraulics of water flow through rivers and channels, unsteady flows due to such events as dam breaks or levee breaches, sediment movement potential and even water quality analysis for improved floodplain determination and development planning. The problem: it’s a complex program that can make intelligent analysis from the data output a big challenge, especially for those who are not properly trained in both its robust features and its limitations.

Joe Skupien, PE, PP, and hydrology and hydraulics expert with decades of experience, will make sense of the program for workshop attendees. He’ll share the theory behind it, provide modeling examples, and explain what the software offers and where it falls short, all in his trademark dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic teaching style. Each day of the workshop includes ample opportunity for hands-on practice using the software to do sample calculations and solve real problems. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with HEC-RAS version 4.0 already installed to get the most out of this program.


Stormwater management and floodplain professionals will benefit from this HEC-RAS training course.

"Skup is the best!" 2011 attendee project engineer, Kerry Engelhardt, raved. Another engineer who attended with Kerry noted that Joe Skupien brings a "great energy" to the class and "easily related complex concepts to simpler terms for easy understanding." Other participants appreciate that he is "very animated, knowledgeable and passionate about the material" and note that this enthusiasm keeps the students engaged.

The workshop is geared toward stormwater management and floodplain professionals including engineers (civil, environmental, highway), civil designers, GIS specialists, water resource planners, environmental scientists, floodplain managers, surveyors and municipal officials. The class has been approved for continuing education credits for NJ and NY state licensed professional engineers.

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