ASDSO Conferences and Seminars


June 27-29 at the Commons Learning Center/J.J. Pickle Research Campus, University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758

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To Register: Download the registration form in PDF format or log in to the ASDSO Portal to access on-line registration. 

Course Objectives

Participants will gain a practical knowledge of methods for simulation of runoff from storm rainfall.  The methods covered relate to the processing of historical and hypothetical (design-storm) rainfall data; estimation of losses (infiltration); transformation of rainfall excess to direct runoff with unit hydrographs; routing of flood waves; calibration of model parameters; and modeling of runoff from watersheds.  Experience will be gained in applying the methods with the program Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS).  Where possible, applications will emphasize the Hydrologic Computations for Dam Safety. 

Key Takeaways:
1. Methods to simulate runoff from storm rainfall response to rainfall.
2. Estimating hydrologic abstractions
3. Transforming excess rainfall utilizing unit hydrograph theory
4. Running the HMS model on several real world problems
5. Estimating uncertainty in modeling the runoff 

This is a BASIC Level seminar. Participants should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or similar fields or related experience. 


Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., DWRE of AECOM; and Amanda J. Hess, P.E., CFM of Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Course Materials

The student notebook will include the PowerPoint slides, note pages and workshop materials.  An enclosed CD will provided pdf versions of the notebook materials as well as workshop electronic files and solutions.  The latest versions of HEC-HMS and the HEC-DSSVue will be included on the CD.

What to Bring

Each student will need to bring a laptop, notepaper and a calculator. Participants must have permission to load software to your laptop and be able to write to the hard drive in order to add data and run the programs during the workshops.  *Participants are encouraged (but not required) to pre-load the following software programs to their laptops before attending the class:

HEC-HMS available at

HEC-DSSVue available at

Continuing Education

This classroom seminar contains up to 20.5 hours of instruction. Forms for the documentation of PDH credits will be provided to all registered attendees.  Note: This course will be evaluated for approval of continuing ed credit for New York-licensed professional engineers.  Watch the ASDSO website for an announcement in this regard. 


Fees prior to June 13 are $850 for ASDSO members and $950 for non-members. A late fee of $50 will be applied for registrations received after June 13. Registration fees include all course materials and daily refreshment breaks. Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations received in writing by Tuesday, June 20 will receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. After June 20, registration fees are no longer refundable.

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. 

Overnight Accommodations & Parking

For participants who wish to reserve overnight accommodations, the Commons Learning Center has assembled a list of quality hotels conveniently located less than three miles from the facility.  Many offer discounted rates and free shuttle service to the seminar attendees. See AREA HOTELS

No ASDSO group room blocks have been reserved, but these hotels may offer government per diem or other discounted rates.

Parking is available at the Commons Learning Center. Details will be sent closer to the seminar date.

Attendee Profile

Please complete the brief profile questionnaire by using the link from your confirmation letter.  Your participation in this survey will help us efficiently tailor the seminar content to the specific needs of the attendees.

Questions: Call Jennifer Burns, ASDSO 859-550-2788 ext. 101.

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