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Presenter: Gregory H. Nail, PhD, PE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fort Myers, FL

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Myers/Cape Coral
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Phone: 239-275-8600

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Attendees wishing for hands-on HEC-RAS experience can do so by participating in the two live demonstrations during the afternoon session. This is entirely optional, but those wishing to do so should download and install HEC-RAS 5.0.3 on your laptop before arriving at the seminar (http://www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-ras/downloads.aspx). All HEC-RAS files used by the presenter during the live demonstrations will be distributed to attendees on a DVD, prior to the start of the seminar. No internet connection or licensing is required to run HEC-RAS, once it is installed. Participation in the live HEC-RAS demonstrations is the choice of the attendees, and is not required.

 Applications of Open Channel Hydraulics

   River and watercourse analysis
   Floodplain management
   Flood hazard mapping and risk analysis
   Channel and levee design
   Roadway crossing and bridge analysis and design
   Bridge scour analysis

Principles of Hydraulic Analysis

   Conservation of energy
   Conservation of momentum
   Bernoulli equation 
   Energy losses
   Backwater and forewater calculations
   Computer-based analysis and computations

History and Development of US Army Corps of Engineers
HEC-RAS Application

HEC-RAS Application User Interface

   Program file and project management
   Data entry and editing 
   GIS data usage
   Results and reporting
   Mapping capabilities

Water Surface Profiling

   Flow types 
   Analysis data required for modeling
   Cross section location 
   Discharge flows and boundary conditions
   Step backwater calculations
   Model calibration

Bridge and Culvert Modeling

   Cross section locations
   Flow regimes
   Ineffective flow areas
   Bridge model setup

Steady Flow Surface Profile Demonstration 1

   Live demo for typical river reach
   Project file setup 
   Geometry file demo
   Steady flow file demo 
   Setting boundary conditions
   Simple river reach modeling tips

Steady Flow Surface Profile Demonstration 2

   Live demo for simple bridge
   Setup of typical bridge cross section model
   Establishment of ineffective flow areas
   Simple bridge modeling tips

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Floodplain Managers

     6.5 FL Area of Practice CE Hours

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     6.5 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 hour continuing education hours to engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida professional engineers (Provider No. 0004647). This course qualifies for 6.5 Area of Practice continuing education hours.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this seminar for 6.5 CECs for certified floodplain managers.

Continuing education is not mandatory for geologist license maintenance n Florida. This course will qualify for geologist PDHs in other states.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Gregory H. Nail, PhD, PE

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Nail is an associate professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he teaches a variety of courses including fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrology, and hydraulic and hydrologic modeling. He holds a professional engineer’s license based on having passed both the Civil and Mechanical discipline-specific exams. Prior to coming to UT-Martin in 2002 he worked as a research hydraulic engineer for the United States Army Corp of Engineers for 11 years. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Tennessee American Water Resources Association, and he has lectured on various HEC-RAS modeling topics at the Annual Tennessee Water Resources Symposium and at other venues. Dr. Nail earned his B.M.E. degree from Auburn University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.