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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: EW0401CB19

HEC-RAS Training

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center

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Date & Time

Last Held:  April 3-5, 2019
8:30am - 3:45pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

The next offering of this course is scheduled for February 2022. View course details and register!


Students Explain Why They Love HEC-RAS 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 energy, easily related complex concepts to simpler terms for easy understanding."
-Engineer, 2011 attendee

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There's no question that HEC-RAS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program, is an incredibly powerful tool. However, 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?

To help you make sense of HEC-RAS, 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. He will provide a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V5.0.4) of HEC-RAS.

Day 1 will begin with a review of the HEC-RAS program's theoretical basics, modeling capabilities, and limitations. Next, an explanation of program and project start-up, data input, and the various forms of output reporting will be presented. 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 HEC-RAS 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, as well as different modeling approaches available in HEC-RAS. 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. The agenda will also include a workshop review and a question and answer session.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers (with HEC-RAS 5.0.4 installed) to the workshop in order to directly participate in the various example problems. Copies of Version 5.0.4 of HEC-RAS can be downloaded from the HEC website (http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras). A workbook and electronic copies of example problems will be provided to all attendees.

After completing this HEC-RAS training course, attendees will:

  • 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

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

Continuing Education Credits

The April 3-5, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

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

NJ Licensed Wastewater Operators ONLY: 18 TCHs (Approval #01-031802-20)

NY Professional Engineers: 16.5 PDHs (NOTE: This class may not be used to fulfill the land surveyors continuing education requirement in NYS.)

Who Should Attend the HEC-RAS Workshop
  • Civil Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Hydraulic Engineers
  • Highway Engineers
  • Project Engineers
  • Water Resource Engineers
  • Hydrologists
  • Project Managers
  • Landscape Architects
Student Reviews of the HEC-RAS Course

"[This course] clears up how the [HEC-RAS] program performs the computations very well. Really helps with understanding how to model culverts."

"Excellent coverage of model assumptions, approximations, and general approach used in simulating stream flow."

"I am new to HEC-RAS; now I feel comfortable tackling an assignment in this area."

"I learned the theory behind energy and how HEC-RAS works. I will be able to troubleshoot my projects by myself now."

Meet Joe Skupien, Your HEC-RAS Training Instructor

Joseph J. Skupien, PE, PP, is the president of Storm Water Management Consulting, LLC and one of New Jersey's foremost experts in stormwater and floodplain management, flood control, dam safety, and regulatory compliance. During his career, he has participated in the design and construction of hundreds of stormwater facilities. In addition, Joe regularly teaches stormwater and floodplain management programs for state and local government agencies. Course attendees benefit from his theoretical knowledge, real-world experience, and excellent teaching skills.

Here's what students have to say about Joe Skupien:

  • "Very upbeat and you can tell he loves his job."
  • "He made everything simple and easy to understand."
  • "Best instructor I've had, incredible course." -Water Resource Engineer, 2012 attendee
  • "Very animated, knowledgeable and passionate about the material -- keeps the attention of the class!" -Civil Designer, 2010 attendee
  • "Excellent instructor. Presented the material in a clear and concise manner." -Stephen Long, Water Resource Planner, 2010 attendee

Asked to rate the quality of Joe Skupien’s instruction in the HEC-RAS workshop, attendees from 2011-13 provided the following assessment:

Rate the Instructor Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Joe Skupien 42 3 1 0 0
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Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium
Suite 101, Room 117 Sycamore
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

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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Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204