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HEC-RAS: An Intensive Online Workshop

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

Course Code: EW0401WA21

HEC-RAS Training

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

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Date & Time

Last Held: February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, 2021
8:30am - 12:00pm EST
(Participants must attend all six days of the class.)



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

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 hands-on training class. He will provide a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V5.0.7) of HEC-RAS.

The online HEC-RAS Workshop will include a series of presentations and workshops specifically arranged to continually increase the students' understanding and expand their use of the HEC-RAS software. Student questions, including those regarding specific HEC-RAS modeling projects, are welcomed throughout the online workshop.

Days 1 & 2 will begin with a review of open channel flow theory, which is the foundation of HEC-RAS, as well as the program's modeling capabilities and limitations. An overview of both program and project start-up, data input, and the various forms of output reporting will be presented as well as a detailed discussion of cross section location and alignment, energy loss coefficients, discharges and starting water surface elevations, and other required modeling decisions.

Days 3 & 4 will begin with a workshop that will use the open channel flow theory and HEC-RAS features presented in Days 1 and 2 to develop a multiple water surface model of a real waterway. This will be followed by a description of the various methods for computing floodways in HEC-RAS and a second workshop that will include all the steps needed to develop an actual floodway. The days will conclude with a detailed discussion of bridge hydraulics, including the different types of flow conditions encountered at bridges, the various bridge modeling approaches available in HEC-RAS, and guidance on selecting bridge cross-section locations, energy loss coefficients, ineffective flow areas, and the most appropriate modeling approach.

Days 5 & 6 will begin with a workshop that will apply the bridge hydraulics and HEC-RAS bridge modeling approaches presented in Days 3 and 4 to model the hydraulic effects of a bridge on an actual waterway. This will be followed by a detailed discussion of culvert hydraulics that, similar to the bride presentation, will include guidance on selecting culvert cross-section locations, energy loss coefficients, and ineffective flow areas. The proceedings will conclude with a workshop that will apply this information to model the effects of a multiple-conduit culvert on an actual waterway.

Attendees are encouraged to have HEC-RAS 5.0.7 installed on the computer they will be using to access the online course in order to directly participate in the various example problems. Copies of Version 5.0.7 of HEC-RAS can be downloaded from the HEC website (http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras).

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 one-dimensional, steady flows. Unsteady flows are not addressed.

Meet Joe Skupien, Your HEC-RAS Training Instructor

Joseph Skupien, HEC-RAS Course InstructorJoseph 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."
  • "Very animated, knowledgeable and passionate about the material -- keeps the attention of the class!"
  • "Excellent instructor. Presented the material in a clear and concise manner."
Continuing Education Credits

The February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, 2021 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.

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

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.)

NOTE: You must fill out the survey requesting continuing education credits immediately following the end of the class. If you do not complete the survey - or do not fully complete it - you will NOT receive any credits.

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."

Registration Fee TBD
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Cancellation Fee TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Rutgers' Canvas learning management system. The equipment you will need is a computer (desktop or labtop). A microphone is not required, since you have option to call in to hear the live class. Kindly note that this training is best viewed using the Chrome web browser. If you plan to access the course using a mobile device, please review this link for information: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10567.

You will be prompted to upload a picture of yourself holding your government-issued photo ID before you begin the course. The photo must be clear enough that we can read the name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it. An OCPE staff member will review the picture and verify your identity.


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  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

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