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Presenter: Gregory H. Nail, PhD, PE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Knoxville, TN

Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
530 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-544-9977

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

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
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers
Professional Engineers

   6.5 PDHs (HSW)

Floodplain Managers

   6.5 ASFPM CECs


   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Landscape Architects

   6.5 HSW PDHs/CE Hours
   6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs (HSW) to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW PDHs/continuing education hours to landscape architects in most states, including Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

This course is approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the LA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York landscape architects.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.5 CECs.

This course offers Tennessee geologists a non-credit continuing education opportunity. It may qualify in states with continuing education requirements. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored and 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: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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