Water Distribution Systems Modeling using EPANET

Denver, Colorado
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Water Distribution Systems Modeling using EPANET
Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:30 AM -
Friday, September 22, 2017 4:30 PM (Mountain Time)

American Water Works Association
(800) 926-7337
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80235
United States

Map and Directions
When:  September 21 & 22, 2017 
               8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Mountain Time)
Where:  See above for AWWA location

Cost:  General Registration: $835.  
Early Registration $745 until Sept. 1, 2107.
      AWWA Members: $755.
                    Early Registration $695 until Sept. 1, 2107.

About This Class:
The National Center for Infrastructure Modeling Management (NCIMM) through the Urban Watersheds Research Institute (UWRI) is offering a 2-day (14 hour) class on how to analyze municipal and other types of water distribution systems using the latest version of EPANET software. This software is available at no cost from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Although the current version of EPANET has a graphical user interface, it does not have one that uses GIS.  However, the students will be introduced, through a demonstration of a test version of an upcoming software that will have a GIS interface.  

This class has 10 modules, each between 1- to 2-hours in duration. All modules start with a lecture and demonstration of how to deal with the topic using the software.  Most modules will also have a hands-on exercise(s) in a workshop format.  

This class is designed for engineers, planners and water systems operators ranging in experience from novice to experienced modelers that want to learn about the newest version of EPANET.  

What will this class cover:
The following 10 topics will be covered in this two-day class. It is a very comprehensive coverage of the topic for a two-day class. 
1: Theory.  History of modeling. Introduction to the
     Small Water example
2: Constructing a basic steady state model: demands,
    peaking factors, pipe characteristics, skeletonization
3: Using GIS/CAD to construct a network model 
4: Pumps, Tanks, Valves and Sources
5: Steady state calibration: fire flow tests,
    C-values and calibration procedures
6: Extended Period Simulation: simple and logical
    controls; temporal demand patterns.
7: SCADA, Field Data and Calibration
8: Water Quality
9: Other operational applications:  energy analysis,
    valve operation, fire flow analysis. 
10: Description of commercial software products for modeling.
      Introduction to advanced methods including optimization,
      real-time modeling.

CEU, PDH and TU Credits
This  class is eligible for 1.4 CEUs, 14 PDH's credits and/or Colorado licences operator 1.4 TU's. Some States may have local educational requirements that may or may not accept these credits.

UWRI and NCIMM are fortunate to have the following two very experienced instructs to teach this class:
Walter Grayman, PE, PhD is an independent consulting engineer in Oakland, CA, with over 45 years of experience in the areas of water supply and water resources with emphasis on infrastructure, modeling, water quality, GIS and risk/security issues. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University; all in civil engineering with a specialty in water resources. He is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and active at the national level in the American Society of Civil Engineers (Environmental and Water Resources Institute) and American Water Works Association. He has over 150 publications including co-editor of the ASCE/EWRI book Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050, co-author of the AWWA book Modeling Water Quality in Drinking Water Distribution Systems, and contributing author for McGraw-Hill and Wiley Handbooks on Water Distribution Systems and Water Supply Systems Security.  He was the 2013 ASCE Julian Hinds Award recipient and has received best paper awards from ASCE and AWWA for his work in modeling water quality in distribution systems and water storage tanks.  

Arnold Strasser, PE has over 30 years of engineering experience and was the Manager of Treated Water Planning at Denver Water until his retirement in 2016. He managed a team of engineers and technical staff that oversaw capital planning for the Denver Metro area, serving 1.4 million people. This included model development and maintenance of one of the largest all-pipes models in the nation. Arnold has extensive first-hand knowledge of the use of EPANET software for both system analysis as well as operational modeling.  Along with practical experience, he is skilled in teaching engineering topics and has taught Design of Water and Wastewater Systems at the University of Colorado Denver. He has also taught several operator certification courses through the Operator Certification Program Office in Colorado. Arnold has a M.S and B.S in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Denver, is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and is a certified water professional and holds a class 4 water distribution certification in Colorado.

A Word About Computers:  Bring your Own with the EPANET software installed! 
The software may be downloaded for free from:  

Late September is a wonderful time in Colorado.  
Typically, the weather is dry, the air is clear and recreational activities in the mountains are second to none.  Also, fly fishing can be above average this time of year. Also, Denver offer a variety of cultural venues and great restaurants.  Take time to enjoy what Colorado and Denver have to offer when you are here.  This is a great time to be here!

The size of the classroom will be limited. To assure a space for yourself, click the "Register Now" button near the top of this page.


Contact Information

  • If you have any questions, contact Ben at:
    Urban Watersheds Research Institute    
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