HEC-RAS and Sediment

River Restoration Northwest Presents

River Hydraulics and Sediment Dynamics Workshop

October 16-20, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Every Day

Location: Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR

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Part 1 – Hydraulics Analysis using HEC-RAS 2D (3-day workshop, Oct 16-18)

Instructor: Chris Goodell, WEST Consultants

Course fee: $825

Part 2 – River Sediment Dynamics (2-day workshop, Oct 19-20)

Instructors: Dr. Colin Thorne, University of Nottingham; Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran, Indicator Engineering; Steve Winter, Natural Systems Design; Mason Lacey, Environmental Science Associates

Course fee: $550


Discount for registration for both courses: $1,300

*NOTE:  Course fees are non-refundable except in the event that minimum course registration numbers are not met.

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Course Descriptions:

Part 1 – Hydraulics Analysis using HEC-RAS 2D (3-day workshop, Oct 16-18)

The Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) has been updated to include two-dimensional modeling capabilities. This intensive 3-day workshop will introduce the experienced HEC-RAS user to these new 2-D capabilities.

Through attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HEC-RAS (River Analysis System) computer program to model two-dimensional unsteady flow hydraulics.
  • Get an overview of two-dimensional flow theory and the differences between one-dimensional and two-dimensional modeling.
  • Gain hands-on HEC-RAS experience by participating in practical computer workshops.
  • Understand how to develop a stable and calibrated two-dimensional flow model.
  • Obtain valuable insights in methods for minimizing computation errors and instabilities for two-dimensional unsteady hydraulic models.
  • Learn from real world projects and applications.

Participants are expected to bring a laptop (with administrative permissions) and have some HEC-RAS 1D unsteady flow experience.


Christopher R. Goodell, P.E., D.WRE, is a senior hydraulic engineer with WEST Consultants with over 20 years of experience in computational hydraulics, river hydraulics and hydraulic design. He spent two years at the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) actively working on the development of HEC-RAS. In addition, Mr. Goodell is a contributing author to the HEC-RAS manuals and has applied HEC-RAS to a wide range of complex problems, including dam breaks, bridge and culvert hydraulics, spillway and outlet works design, stable channel design, and floodplain mapping. Mr. Goodell earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering at Oregon State University and his M.E. degree in hydraulic engineering from the International Institute for Hydraulic Engineering (IHE) in Delft, The Netherlands. Mr. Goodell has taught HEC-RAS courses and provided technical support for HEC-RAS since 2000.

Part 2 – River Sediment Dynamics (2-day workshop, Oct 19-20)

This two-day short course covers the fluvial processes responsible for erosion, transport and deposition of sediment within rivers, providing a fundamental understanding of how sediment dynamics drive channel formation, adjustment and evolution. The course also deals with how sediment dynamics can be investigated and accounted for in the contexts of practical river management and restoration.

During this course, students will learn about

(1) the physics of sediment erosion, transport and deposition,

(2) interactions between fluvial processes, sediment movement and channel form,

(3) the roles of plants and animals in influencing sediment dynamics,

(4) how knowledge of sediment dynamics can inform sustainable river management and restoration.

Students will also undertake hands-on practical work to learn how to use different types of sediment transport software in practice and use case-studies to learn how to select the sediment transport tool appropriate for application in different river management/restoration contexts and projects.

View the Syllabus Here


Dr Colin Thorne, FRGS is the Chair of Physical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. He earned both his BSc and PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia under the supervision of Dr Richard Hey. In a career spanning five decades, Colin has researched and taught at Colorado State University, London University, Canterbury University (New Zealand), the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory, US Army Waterways Experiment Station and NOAA Fisheries Office (Santa Rosa, CA). His research on fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, and river restoration extends from upland, gravel-bed rivers to large, lowland, sand-bed rivers. Colin’s contribution to knowledge has been recognised by professional organisations ranging from the American Society of Civil Engineers to the Royal Geographical Society.

Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran is a geomorphic engineer with Indicator Engineering in Seattle, WA. She is an expert in sediment transport, fluvial geomorphology, and river engineering, and is the co-developer of the Wilcock-Crowe surface based transport model. Dr. Curran has evaluated river mechanics and geomorphology across the nation, with particular emphasis in urbanizing watersheds. Dr. Curran has addressed sediment issues as they pertain to aquatic habitat, contaminant transport, reservoirs, and impacts river adjacent infrastructure. She has experience with low impact development, stormwater management practices, river restoration design, and dam removal. Dr. Curran earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Wilcock. She was a tenured professor at the University of Virginia before moving to Seattle to join private consulting. Dr. Curran maintains an adjunct appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and is active in ASCE EWRI as the chair of the stream restoration committee.

Steve Winter has over 20 years of experience working as a hydrologist and geomorphologist with a focus on wetlands, streams, and rivers in Washington, Oregon, and California. He has managed projects ranging from small scale investigations to some of the largest restoration efforts in Puget Sound. His particular focus of understanding is the interplay between physical and ecological processes working to achieve ecological restoration goals. Steve has extensive hydrologic and hydraulic modeling experience in support of restoration design efforts in complex areas including road crossings, outlet channels to connect off channel habitats, large wood design, and development of sediment budgets for estuary restoration projects. Steve also has experience with wetland science and policy at the federal, state and local levels. His knowledge of ecosystem restoration design and management has presented opportunities for plan development, specification and cost estimates on a multiple stream, estuary and nearshore restoration projects, working with contractors, and overseeing construction.

Mason Lacy is a water resources engineer whose work has focused on river restoration design and analysis. He earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and his M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Arizona State University. His graduate studies focused on fluvial processes and hydraulic modeling. Mason has been involved in many river engineering projects including dam removals, fish passage, and stream simulation culverts. He is currently employed at Environmental Science Associates (ESA) and Recreation Engineering & Planning (REP). In his free time, Mason enjoys immersing himself in the fluvial environment in a whitewater kayak.


Your class will be held in the WORLD FORESTRY CENTER at 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR, 97221. The office phone number is 503-228-1367. Our class will be held in Cheatham Hall that is located to the south of the Discovery Museum and Plaza.

If you need a place to stay, many of the downtown Portland hotels are within easy walking distance to the MAX light rail that provides easy access to Washington Park as described above. The Portland Oregon Visitors Association (POVA) can advise you on Portland-area hotels and motels and book your reservation over the phone. Call toll-free 1-87-PORTLAND (1-877-678-5263) or visit their web site, www.travelportland.com.