New Waves July 2011

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Learn floodplain delineation software at Sept. 6-8 workshop

Floodplain management and flood hazard mapping tools help hazard managers try to avoid property losses due to flood damage. One such tool is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center’s HEC-RAS software program. The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a Floodplain Delineation with HEC-RAS and GIS course on Sept. 6–8 at Texas A&M University.

This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of open-channel hydraulics and include hands-on applications of the HEC-RAS and HEC-GeoRAS software packages. Instructors will discuss steady and unsteady flow simulations using HEC-RAS and the delineation and mapping of floodplains using the HEC-GeoRAS tool. Civil engineers and floodplain managers seeking to learn about floodplain analysis using the HEC-RAS and HEC-GeoRAS software programs will benefit from this, according to course organizers.

Dr. Francisco Olivera, associate professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M, and Matthew Zeve, P.E., senior project manager in the Houston office of TCB/AECOM, will serve as course instructors.

Registration is available online. If received by Aug. 19, the registration fee is $475, and $525 if received after Aug. 19. For more information visit or contact Courtney Smith at

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