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To protect the health and safety of attendees, this event has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.


This course is a three-day introduction of HEC-RAS with applications to dam safety. The three-day introduction course provides hands on opportunity to use the program and resolve specific questions. The objective of this course is to review the basic principles of open channel hydraulics as they relate to the natural stream environment with application to dam safety. Bridges, culverts and in-line structures will be discussed and both steady and unsteady flow modeling will be explored.


Learning objectives attendees will receive from this course:

  • Understand the basics of water surface profile computations
  • Create 1D HEC-RAS models
  • Incorporate bridges, culverts and in-line structures
  • Apply principles of open channel flow to dams and dam failures
  • Extract and analyze output
  • Obtain an understanding of 1D unsteady flow modeling with HEC-RAS

By the end of the participant will be able to apply these objectives and have a comfort level in developing and analyzing a hydraulic model for typical open channel flow applications.


The participants should have an undergraduate engineering degree. Students should bring a laptop computer with the latest version of HEC-RAS installed along with a calculator. Students are encouraged to prepare for this classroom course by viewing the ASDSO Webinar Hydraulics 101: Intro to Hydraulics for Dam Safety


New for 2020, ASDSO will be offering a three-day HEC-RAS 2D class, May 19-21, where students will receive more in-depth instruction on building and running 2D flow models. Learn more!

Speaker and Presenter Information


Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E.
Science Practice Leader

Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized expert in hydrology, hydraulic engineering, dam safety, and water resource management. His over 40 years of experience includes research, consulting, and publishing in hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain delineation, dam safety, bridge scour, river mechanics, sediment transport, and impacts of climate change. He is renowned for his expertise in numerical modeling of open channel flow; unsteady flow; hydraulic design techniques for dams, bridges and culverts; river mechanics; and sediment transport. Dr. Miller teaches courses throughout the country on topics ranging from fundamental hydraulics to open channel flow to hydrologic processes. Dr. Miller regularly teaches courses throughout the country on topics ranging from fundamental hydraulics to open channel flow to hydrologic processes for the National Highway Institute, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Amanda J. Hess, P.E., CFM
H & H Group Manager
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Mrs. Amanda J. Hess is a Vice President of Gannett Fleming and the Manager of the Hydrology and Hydraulics Group in their Dams and Hydraulics Section in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Amanda received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is responsible for leading analyses for water resources projects and designing hydraulic structures. Amanda regularly conducts seminars on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling including instruction on HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HEC-RAS 2D and SITES. She serves on Value Engineering, Independent Peer Review and Potential Failure Modes Analysis Teams, provides litigation support in the areas of flooding and water supply system operation, and was a coauthor of the updated FEMA guidelines for Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams.


Relevant Government Agencies

Army, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of the Interior, Other Federal Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, FEMA, Federal Government, State & Local Government, Foreign Governments/Agencies

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Tue-Thu, May 5-7, 2020


Member (early):  $900.00 (Until 04/17/2020)
Non-Member (early):  $1000.00 (Until 04/17/2020)

Commons Learning Center/J.J.Pickle Research Campus
Bevo Room, 10100 Burnet Road
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78758
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