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Short Course Date/Time/Room Instructor Desciption
Curve Number Rainfall-Runoff: Professional Application (Part 1 & 2)

Thursday, August 6th

8:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Harris

Richard H. Hawkins, Ph.D., P.E., F.EWRI, F.ASCE &, Donald E. Woodward, P.E., F.ASCE This course covers the history, development and assumptions, technical background, analysis, application, and crirtique of the Curve Number method of rainfall-runoff. Limitations, strenghts, current developments and trends are also covered. Comparisons are made to general hydrology, with an eye towards enlightened professional applications. While the presentation is in lecture style, open questions and discussions are encouraged. The course includes a workbook (ca 100pp) of the presentation slides used, and additional supplemental materials.
Use of River2D for Stream Restoration Design (Part 1 & 2)

Thursday, August 6th

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Room: DMJM

John S. Schwartz, P.E., M.ASCE & Dr. Patrick McMahon, S.M.ASCE River2D is a hydrodynamic and habitat model that has multiple uses for water resource engineering, and it can be a valuable tool for stream restoration assessment and design. The hydrodynamic module uses the St. Venant shallow water, depth-averaged equations. The habitat module uses the In-stream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM), Physical Habitat Simulation (PHABSIM) modeling approach to estimate weighted usable areas for aquatic biota based on stream depths, velocities, and substrate types. The workshop will include a short lecture on fluvial geomorphological and ecohydraulic theories applicable for stream restoration assessment and design. The restoration design focus will be modeling urban streams where physical channel constrains are commonly present. River 2D is public domain software, and workshop attendees will obtain a copy of the software, learn how to use it and apply the modeling output for stream restoration. Attendees please bring a laptop computer.
Modeling for Watershed Management and TMDL Development (Part 1 & 2)

Friday, August 7th

8:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Harris

G. Padmanabhan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE Modeling watershed non-point source transport and receiving water quality is a critical component of TMDL studies, used to establish the linkage between the sources of pollution and the water quality of a given water body. Establishing that linkage often requires the application and joint-use of multiple models in order to assess the impacts of processes at the watershed scale as well as hydraulic and water quality processes in receiving waters. Selection of a suite of credible models by professional consensus is a crucial step in all types of watershed and water body analyses, including TMDL analysis. The TMDL Analysis and Modeling Task Committee was established to conduct a review of currently available watershed models for TMDL development and other management approaches. The goal of the committee is to ultimately develop a manual of practice to guide model selection, data collection and compilation, calibration, and independent testing to uncertainty. The committee is composed of experts from academia, government, and the private sector selected based on their experience with modeling and TMDL development. This 4-hr workshop will be presented by members of the Task committee and focus on information and guidance developed by the committee. This workshop will be presented by members of the ASCE Task Committee on TMDL Modeling and Analysis. Topics will include: • A general overview of the history and present status of modeling and TMDLs • A discussion of the steps and stages of the modeling process • An overview of applicable TMDL analytical procedures and models (watershed and receiving water) • A discussion of gaps in the knowledge and research needs necessary to guide the TMDL process
Engineering Ethics

Thursday, August 6th

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Room: Harris

Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE & Carlos Bertha, Ph.D The safety, health and welfare of the public is the engineering profession's #1 fundamental Canon in the Engineers Code of Ethics. We provide technical expertise to projects on behalf of society. The public desires us to provide safe water for drinking, adequate protection from flooding, smart environmental solutions and to plan for generations that follow. Engineers make ethical decisions almost on a daily basis. Its critical to society that engineers uphold high ethical standards. A variety of case studies will be presented and discussed. Principle ethical theories will also be explored. Many opportunities to provide input into the conversation, and to hear what engineering peers think of situations will be provided. Participates will be invigorated to continue their commitments to the Engineering Code of Ethics.
While earning Professional Development Hours (PDHs) through presentations on the latest trends and techniques in the industry, attendees may also participate in the following workshops and specialty symposium, at no additional cost.

 

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