August 17, 2018


104 Midmont Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Contact Hours



The University of Virginia invites you to attend a hands-on workshop focused on transportation-based applications of the hydraulic modeling software, HEC-RAS. By working through seven different applications throughout the day, participants will become familiar with relevant model tools as well as develop modeling skills applicable to a range of hydraulic analyses that impact transportation design. Workshop applications include: (1) incorporating survey data to modify channel geometry; (2) calibrating a model using known water surface elevations; (3) running a multiple opening stream crossing analysis; (4) designing a stream crossing through model iteration; (5) computing bridge scour; (6) designing channel geometry using a channel modification tool; and (7) exploring RAS Mapper for results analysis and visualization. HEC-RAS tools and techniques will be explored interactively throughout the workshop and participants will be provided with electronic files of partial HEC-RAS models ahead of time, therefore placing focus on applications rather than model development.

This is a hands-on workshop so it is required that all participants bring a laptop with HEC-RAS downloaded ahead of time. Version 5.0.4 is the newest release, which is the preferred version for this workshop. Go to: http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras/downloads.aspx to download the latest version a week before the class takes place. Prior experience with HEC RAS is required. We strongly recommend taking the Hydraulic Modeling: Introduction to HEC RAS class first.


8:00 am: Registration
(Continental Breakfast)

8:15 am: Introduction & Basic Concepts
Workshop structure, fundamental hydraulic concepts, RAS computations, model refresher

8:45 am: Modeling Techniques and Tools
Cross section placement; ineffective flow areas; graphical editor; geometry import

Application 1: Incorporating Survey Data

Application 2: Calibrating a Model

10:30 am: Morning Break

10:45 am: Modeling Stream Crossings
Bridges, culverts, multiple openings

Application 3: Stream Crossing Design Application 4: Multiple Opening Analysis

12:15 pm: Lunch (provided)

12:45 pm: Scour Analysis
Scour concepts, relationships; HEC-18; hydraulic design tool

Application 5: Computing Bridge Scour

1:45 pm: Channel Design/Modification
Channel design/modification editor

Application 6: Channel Design/Modification

2:30 pm: Afternoon Break

2:45 pm: RAS Mapper, 2D Modeling
Mapper windows, options, tools; terrains; cross section interpolation; 2D modeling background and example

Application 7: Exploring RAS Mapper

3:55-4:00pm: Course Summary & Adjourn


Kevin Waters

Kevin Waters, Ph.D., P.E. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University where he teaches water resources courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has over 4.5 years of consulting experience, most recently as a Water Resources Engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler in Chantilly, VA. In this position, he worked extensively with HEC-RAS and ArcGIS to conduct flood studies and flood impact analyses, as well as led an initiative to explore two-dimensional floodplain modeling capabilities in the newest version of HEC-RAS. During his two years as a Senior Engineer at T.Y. Lin International-Medina in New Jersey, he developed HEC-RAS models for flood studies in support of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, including work on a 125-mile study of the Delaware River and several streams in Erie County, NY. In total, Dr. Waters has modeled and reviewed hundreds of miles of modeled streams in VA, WV, MD, NY, and NJ.

Dr. Waters completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2014 with research focused in open channel hydraulics and sediment transport in unsteady flows. He earned his M.E in Civil Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, with a concentration in water resources, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 2007.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for those with at least a basic working knowledge of the HEC-RAS software and a desire to learn how to apply HEC-RAS hydraulic investigation to transportation-related designs and analyses.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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