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Hydraulics 101 (for Those Who Skipped It in College) - 2018


At a loss when hydraulic engineers start throwing out fancy terms like unsteady flow, allowable shear stress, hydraulic radius, Manning’s “n”, or 100-year flood? As a professional working with these technical individuals and their reports, it’s essential that you fully understand “where they are coming from.”

Join two-time former IECA President, Dr. David T. Williams for the second part of our Surface Water Webinar Series, a two-session presentation exploring the concepts, terms, and analyses behind hydraulics, and the basis of the analyses that goes into hydraulic studies. After covering the basics, we'll follow-up with an exploration of advanced topics (e.g., hydraulic scour of structures, weirs, culverts, hydraulic grade control, and bank stabilization), as well as how this information is essential for good hydraulic design.

  • Hydraulics 101, Part I
    In this session we’ll discuss the fundamentals of hydraulics, common terms and how they are used in river and erosion design, how particular hydraulic designs are determined, and how hydraulic  engineers compute water surface elevations, water velocities, and shear stress. This course is designed for those who have not had formal training in hydraulics, and is designed to provide you  with an understanding of the concepts of hydraulics as they are used in real-world applications that are relevant to rivers, streambank stability, and erosion control.
  • Hydraulics 101, Part II 
    In this session, we’ll move beyond the basics to advanced topics and how this information is used to develop information essential for hydraulic engineers to develop their designs. Advanced topics include: hydraulic scour of structures, weirs, culverts, hydraulic grade control, and bank stabilization using hydraulic information.

Miss a session? Not a problem! All live sessions are recorded and available on-demand to watch at your leisure.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Learn the fundamentals of hydraulics.
  • Understand the meaning of hydraulic terms and how they are used in river and erosion design.
  • How particular hydraulic designs are determined
  • How hydraulic engineers compute water surface elevations, water velocities, and shear stress
  • Learn how hydraulics is used for streambank protection.
  • Understand the use of hydraulics in stream restoration.
  • Learn how hydraulic structures are designed.
  • Learn about the tools that hydraulic engineers use.

Train Your Team
Get the whole team trained! We offer additional savings if you register as a group. For group pricing information, contact us at

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour and 30 minutes with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 3 H 0 M
Lectures: 2
Credits: 3 PDH / 0.3 CEU

On-Demand Webcasts > Stormwater ($149.00)


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