July 31, 2024


8:15am - 4:00pm EST

Contact Hours



University of Virginia
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Zehmer Hall
104 Midmont Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903


This hands-on workshop focuses on hydraulic modeling applications using the Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System, HEC-RAS. By working through eight 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 can impact transportation design. Workshop applications include: (1) calibrating a model using known water surface elevations; (2) incorporating survey data to modify channel geometry; (3) integrating proposed channel modifications; (4) designing a stream crossing through model iteration; (5) running a multiple opening stream crossing analysis; (6) computing bridge scour; (7) building a 1D model in RAS Mapper; and (8) viewing and analyzing simulation results geospatially in RAS Mapper. A brief description of 2D modeling capabilities in HEC-RAS 6.2 will also be presented, including an example project. HEC-RAS tools and techniques will be discussed and explored interactively throughout the workshop. Participants will be provided with electronic files of partial HEC-RAS models ahead of time, thereby emphasizing HEC-RAS applications rather than full 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 6.2 is the newest release, which is the preferred version for this workshop. Go to https://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras/download.aspx to download the latest version a week before the class takes place.


Class Modules:

Module 1 – Fundamentals & Channel Geometry
Module 2 – Stream Crossings
Module 3 – Building Model Geometry in RAS Mapper
Module 4 – Viewing Geospatial Results


Kevin Waters


Kevin Waters, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University where he teaches courses in water resources and GIS at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A faculty member since 2016, he received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2022 from the Villanova University Engineering Alumni Society.

Dr. Waters has over 4.5 years of consulting experience, most recently as a Water Resources Engineer with Wood PLC in Chantilly, VA. In this position, he worked extensively in HEC-RAS and ArcGIS to conduct flood studies and flood impact analyses in support of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. He started in this type of work as a Senior Engineer at T.Y. Lin International-Medina in New Jersey, developing HEC-RAS models for numerous flood studies, including a 125-mile study of the Delaware River and streams in Erie County, NY. In total, Dr. Waters has developed and reviewed hundreds of miles of HEC-RAS stream models in VA, WV, MD, NY, NJ, and MO.

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 in technical fields 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, analyses, and/or reviews. Prior experience with HEC-RAS is required. We strongly recommend taking the “Hydraulic Modeling I: Introduction to HEC-RAS” class first if you do not have background in or work with HEC-RAS on a regular basis.

Registration and Payment

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

Local Government: $85.00
State/Federal: $140.00
Private Industry: $325.00

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.