Dam Safety 2017 Specialty Workshop: Modeling Weirs, Dams, and Spillways Using CFD Methods

When: Friday, September 15, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. (Coffee and registration/check-in from 7:30-8:00 am)

Description: This workshop introduces engineers and designers to modeling spillways and dam related hydraulic structures using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods.

The A-Z "hands-on" format allows participants to set up, run and analyze models on their own laptops following the instructor's guidance. In addition, guest lectures by industry recognized CFD experts punctuate the day to provide objective insights into applying CFD tools for practical design-build applications. Attendees are granted FLOW-3D licenses two weeks prior, and extending a month following the workshop in order to help consolidate gains.

The goals of the workshop are:
•    to highlight the insights and advantages that CFD tools can afford, particularly in the cases of complex structures or non-standard approaching flow conditions
•    conversely, to provide an understanding of the limitations of CFD methods as well as the pitfalls of using CFD tools in a manner that does not follow best practice
•    to show participants how CFD can be used to model and analyze the flow through two important classes of hydraulic structures: ogee spillways and piano key weirs.
•    to contrast the areas of relevance between 1D, 2D, and 3D CFD approaches

This workshop will be of most benefit to anyone who does hydraulic modeling, including regulators from federal and state agencies, and engineering practitioners who contract out modeling work.

Lead Instructor:  John Wendelbo, Flow Science, Inc.
Guest Speakers: 
•    Daniel Gessler, Ph.D., P.E., Alden Research Laboratory
•    Brian Crookston, Ph.D., P.E., Schnabel Engineering
•    Benjamin Israel-Devadason, P.E., CFM, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Professional Development Hours: Up to 7 professional development hours are available for attending the full workshop. Attendees will receive a form on which to record contact hours for continuing education credits.

What to Bring: Laptop computer with admin rights, pen and paper for taking notes.

Registration: The registration fee for this one-day workshop is $300 per person. Please include this fee with your regular conference registration. The registration fee covers all course instruction and materials and beverage breaks throughout the day.

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