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Presenter: Mary Paist-Goldman, P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albany, NY

Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-464-6666

Seminar is closed for registration.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Applications for Open Channel Hydraulic Analysis

   Flood risk assessment
   Floodplain management
   Roadways, bridge and culvert design
   New channel or channel modification projects
   Dam analysis

Hydraulic Principles

   Conservation of energy and momentum
   Energy losses and Manning’s equation
   Backwater effects
   Need for computer models

History and Development of US Army Corps HEC-RAS Software

Working with the HEC-RAS User Interface

   File management
   Data entry and editing

Building Your Steady Flow Model

   Data required
   Locating cross sections
   Setting boundary conditions
   Calculating water profiles in HEC-RAS

How Do I Add Special Elements?

   Bridge modeling
   Culvert modeling
   Dam modeling
   Lateral and diversion structures

Steady Flow Simulation 1

   Demonstration for standard stream flow
   Project file setup
   Setting geometry and boundary conditions
   Modeling tips

Model Output and Troubleshooting

   Errors, warnings and notes

Steady Flow Simulation 2

   Demonstration for a standard bridge
   Modeling tips

Other Applications in HEC-RAS

   Unsteady flow
   Sediment transport
   Water quality

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

Landscape Architects
     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 LA CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     7.0 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects and 7.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers in New York.

Courses for New York engineers offered by sponsors recognized, and courses approved by, the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System are considered approved if they contribute to the development and maintenance of professional knowledge, in approved subject areas.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for landscape architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects.

This event is approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the LA/CES.

The Association of Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 7.0 CECs.

This event offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

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.


Mary Paist-Goldman, P.E.

Principal and Owner of Rippled Waters Engineering, LLC based in New Jersey

Ms. Paist-Goldman has more than 20 years of experience in water resource engineering with a particular focus in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. Her firm specializes in water resources engineering services for a variety of projects. Prior to starting Rippled Waters in 2018, she served for many years as principal engineer and director of engineering services at a Mid-Atlantic natural resources firm. Ms. Paist-Goldman’s attention to detail and creative eye lead to out-of-the-box solutions for design.

She is an experienced modeler and has worked extensively on design and analysis using a variety of hydrologic and hydraulic programs including HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HydroCAD and XP-SWMM. Applications for her hydraulic modeling expertise include wetland restoration and mitigation; stream restoration; bridge repair and replacement; and dam repair, replacement or removal. Specifically related to riverine systems, Ms. Paist-Goldman has extensive expertise with stream restoration, natural channel design, and stabilization. Throughout her career, she has designed dozens of projects with low impact development techniques, green infrastructure, and with a focus on water quality – particularly in regard to TMDL compliance. She has designed rain gardens, cistern systems for water re-use in the form of landscape irrigation, bioretention islands, manufactured LID devices, infiltration basins, and constructed wetlands. In addition, Ms. Paist-Goldman has developed projects with goals of zero discharge upon completion, reduction in stormwater volume from pre- to post-development conditions, groundwater recharge to address aquifer deficits and reduce water quality impacts on environmentally sensitive streams. With regard to dams, she has worked on hazard classification analyses, dam breach analyses, and dam removal design for anadromous migratory fish passage. For dam safety compliance, she has also prepared inundation mapping, emergency action plans, operation and maintenance manuals and dam inspection reports for low to high hazard dams.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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