Introduction to Hydraulic Modeling for Water Distribution Systems

October 30-31 | Live Streaming Online

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This course introduces hydraulic models for water utility distribution systems and covers how models support efficient short- and long-term water utility planning and operations. Attendees will learn about and engage in exercises that will cover the following key uses of hydraulic models:

  1. Ensuring a robust and redundant infrastructure
  2. Reducing operating costs
  3. Planning for outages
  4. Determining firefighting capabilities

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems will highlight the fundamentals of modeling including:

  1. Purpose and uses of a hydraulic model
  2. Building a hydraulic model
  3. Calibrating and validating a hydraulic model
  4. Running a hydraulic model and interpreting model results
  5. Understanding key hydraulic principles (hydraulic grade lines, pressure and flow relationships, head loss through pipelines and fundamentals of pumping)
  6. Keys to identifying efficiency improvements and evaluating improvement alternatives

Join the course to learn how to enhance water resource engineering strategies, minimize water distribution system operational costs, and improve water utility emergency management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to successfully:

  • Input the basic components of a hydraulic model
  • Collect hydraulic modeling asset data from GIS and other sources
  • Interpret pressure losses in distribution systems
  • Assign water demands throughout the model
  • Identify areas of vulnerability in distribution systems
  • Determine firefighting capabilities
  • Analyze the distribution system through key distribution operational guidelines
  • Perform outage analysis and recommend operational approaches during outages
  • Assess water quality within the distribution system
  • Refine operational modeling skills: linking the model to SCADA, forecasting, and forensics
  • Identify opportunities to optimize operations and reduce costs



9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

Hydraulic Modeling Overview

  • Distribution system layout & fundamentals
  • Storage
  • Pumping
  • Boundary Conditions

Morning Break (15 Minute Break)

GIS and Modeling

  • Useful data for modeling in GIS
  • 1 to 1 Models
  • Data needed not found in GIS

Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) and Headloss

  • Major impacts to HGL in distribution systems
  • Minor losses in pressure pipe models
  • Impacts of pumps, control valves, and PRVs

Lunch Break

Water Demands

  • Common sources of water demand data
  • Assigning demands to the model
  • Diurnal (24-hour) demand patterns
  • Advanced water meter technologies

Redundancy Assessments Using Hydraulic Models

  • One side out analysis
  • Criticality of pipes & valves

Afternoon Break  (15 Minute Break)

Fire Flow Analysis

  • Tradeoffs of including hydrants in the hydraulic model
  • Multiple hydrant analysis
  • Available flow at a hydrant

Analysis of Distribution System

  • Water main sizing
  • Control valve operations
  • System head curves for pumping



9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

Outage Analysis

  • Storage tanks out-of-service
  • Water main outages
  • Evaluating multiple alternatives

Morning Break (15 Minute Break)

Water Quality

  • Water age
  • Source tracing

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