ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


May 6-8, 2014 at the corporate office of Public Service of New Hampshire, 780 North Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, 03101.  Class size is limited, so please register early.

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Course Objectives

This course is a basic introduction of HEC-RAS with applications to dam safety. It is intended for new or infrequent users of the program, and for those looking to model a dam break with the RAS program. The 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 methods of open channel hydraulics as they relate to the natural stream environment and apply them through the use of the United States Army Corps of Engineers computer model HEC-RAS.

Specific objectives will be to:

  • Apply the conservation of mass, energy, and momentum principles to the hydraulics of open channel flow.
  • Apply the principles to model a dam break
  • Identify the data requirements for modeling
  • Create the appropriate files for HEC-RAS
  • Select appropriate Manning n values.
  • Develop the appropriate boundary conditions
  • Extract and analyze hydraulic output.

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

Course Materials

The manual consists of a pdf of the power point slides including the note pages. A Word file of the workshops and their solutions is also included in the notes. A CD of the manual, workshops, and computer solutions to the workshops will be given to the participants at the beginning of the course.


Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., Science Practice Leader, AECOM; and Amanda J. Hess, P.E., H & H Group Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

What to Bring

Participants should bring a laptop computer with the latest version of HEC-RAS installed and a calculator.

Continuing Education

Up to 23 PDHs are available for attending this three day course. Each attendee will receive a form on which to record contact hours for continuing education credit. Please note: ASDSO is not an approved provider for New York professional engineering license continuing education.


Early Bird Rate prior to April 23 is $750 for ASDSO members and $850 for non-members. Fees on or after April 23 are $800 member/$900 non-member. Registration fees include all course materials, continental breakfast, and coffee breaks.

Provision of Services for Sensory Impaired Attendees

ASDSO will provide services to sensory impaired persons attending the seminar if requested at least five days prior to the date of the seminar.


Contact Susan Sorrell, ASDSO (toll free) 855/228-9732 ext. 2 or

To Register

Download the full registration brochure (available soon) complete the enclosed registration form and mail with payment to ASDSO, 450 Old Vine Street, 2nd floor, Lexington, KY, 40507 or fax to (859) 550-2795. Or register online by clicking the link above, credit card payments only. If you are not currently an ASDSO member, please include the appropriate dues in order to be eligible for the members-only registration discount. Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, April 29 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After April 29, registration fees are no longer refundable.

Overnight Accommodations

For participants who wish to reserve overnight accommodations, the following hotels are within walking distance of the PSNU office building:

LaQuinta Inn & Suites (603) 669-5400
Radisson Manchester Downtown (603) 625-1000
Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown (603) 669-2222

Attendee Profile

Please complete the brief profile questionnaire which will be emailed to you a few days prior to the seminar. Your participation in this survey will help us efficiently tailor the seminar content to the specific needs of the attendees.

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