Hydraulic Modelling using HEC-RAS

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General information

The course gives an introduction to river basin modelling using HEC-RAS.

HEC-RAS is a software program that models hydrodynamics of flow in a river and/or channel. It is used to determine if for a given discharge the flow exceeds the river bank levels. Flooding studies can be carried out to determine the flood extent and volume.

Prerequisites: It is expected that participants have good computer skills and basic knowledge of hydraulics.

Course content

  1. Introduction to river flow routing;
  2. Basic equations of unsteady flow in rivers;
  3. Introduction to HEC-RAS. Modelling capabilities;
  4. Modelling Floods using HEC-RAS;
  5. Structures;
  6. Modelling dam breaks.


  • Lectures;
  • Computer exercises.
Learning outcome:

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Setup a HEC-RAS model
  2. Calibrate a HEC-RAS model
  3. Use HEC-RAS for hydraulic modelling
  4. Interpret results of a HEC-RAS model
Contact Person: Dr. Iona Popescu +31152151895 (i.popescu@unesco-ihe.org)


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0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands



Course fee: € 950


You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Application Procedure:

Start: 25 September 2017
End: 29 September 2017
Deadline IHE application: 25 August 2017 - 23.59 (CET)

Grant Opportunities:

Discounts on the tuition fee of online and short courses apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

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