GIS Applications for Water Engineers
Brief Description
The course provides attendees with an introduction to Geographical Information System (GIS) applications that are frequently used for planning and design of water engineering infrastructure. Through a combination of interactive presentations, hands-on exercises and group discussions, attendees will gain insight into the advantages of using GIS software for planning, design and risk management. The intention of the exercises is to guide attendees through a typical project, from data acquisition, all the way through to result presentation. The course presents a great opportunity for attendees who want to further their professional careers in the water engineering environment and related fields such as water infrastructure development planning, hydrological modelling and climate change adaptation planning.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to;
  • Understand the theoretical and technical requirements for GIS-based analysis for water engineering applications, specifically with relation to design flood estimation and surface generation for floodplain mapping.
  • Use GIS applications for flood-related water engineering applications.
Course Content
  • What is a Geographic Information System?
  • Why should water engineers use GIS?
  • Contour extraction
  • Theory of rasters vs. vectors
  • Using HEC-HMS to extract important catchment parameters.
  • Localised survey: Photogrammetry modelling, LiDAR, traditional surveys
  • Projections, georeferencing and clipping
  • Land use data sources, formats (raster vs vector), attribute tables and calcs
  • Terrain modifications Generating and exporting map information from HEC-RAS
  • Inundation, hazard maps, velocity profiles
  • Maps in QGIS
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should at least have relevant work experience/prior knowledge/qualifications needed to enrol.
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Engineering and Technology Management
Who Should attend:
This course is ideal for you if you have basic computer literacy and some experience in either GIS or HEC-RAS. A degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology or Environmental Management is beneficial.
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