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During the last number of years the staff of Sinotech have been involved in presenting numerous courses covering various aspects of hydrology and hydraulics. Below is a list of courses that have been presented and could be modified to suite you/your company’s specific requirements:

If you would like to be notified as soon as we start planning one of the above courses, simply send an e-mail to courses@sinotechcc.co.za We will add your name to the course list and notify you as soon as course dates have been set.

Course

Description

Days

Flood estimation and storm water drainage for roads

Background

The Road Drainage Manual first published in 1981, has been fully updated revised and sections added by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) and published as “Drainage Manual, 5th Edition – Fully revised”

The manual has added sections on economics, subsurface drainage and diagrams and all other chapters are fully updated. In addition this manual now falls in line with the new road classifications for South Africa that apply to all national, provincial and municipal authorities. The manual has also been expanded and is supported by a suite of software packages.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are to reflect principles, standards and procedures applicable to the hydraulic design and assessment of drainage problems and provide guidance in solving drainage related problems. This will be achieved by reviewing the contents of the Drainage Manual and reinforcing the understanding and application by problem solving.

2

Flood calculations and Free surface flow (HEC-RAS)

In past courses the focus was on extreme floods and design philosophies In this course it was decided to return to the basics and present a practical course on flood calculation methods.
The course includes:
•Flood calculation methods (Statistical, deterministic and empirical)
•Theoretical and practical problems in the determination of catchment rainfall
•Alternative methods for design flood estimation – empirical, statistical and process models.

Furthermore the course also focusses on the basic theory and practical applications of free surface flow. Aspects that are covered range from the basic theory of free surface flow, energy, momentum and continuity as well as the use of the popular free software package HEC-RAS. The HEC-RAS River Analysis System Software is demonstrated in performing one-dimensional hydraulic calculations such as steady and unsteady flow simulations. The capabilities of the software to analyse culverts and bridges, scouring at structures and dam break analysis are also demonstrated through practical examples.

4

Pumping station design

Discussion of the various hydraulic and mechanical aspects of pump stations that is undertaken during the planning and design phase.
•Pump selection and dimensioning of the components and pump station layout
•Discussion of good practice in pump station design.
•Performing a practical exercise of a pump station design.
ex pumping systems
•Pumping principles and pipeline characteristics
•Pump selection, type of pumps
•Pipework, valves and water meters
•Sump design and super structures

3

Transients in pipe systems

Transient flow assessment is a crucial part of the pressure class selection of pipes during the final design stage, preventing surge pressures, which in numerous cases results in pipe failures. Foreseen and unforeseen operational circumstances can result in undesirable pressure conditions that should be analyzed for new pipelines, assessment of the upgrading of existing systems and determining the influence and risk associated with planned operational changes. The use of the widely used Surge2000 computer software (www.kypipe.com) to analyze transients in pipe systems is covered and problems solved in workshop sessions.

Course held 10 - 13 July 2012

4

Pipeline optimization and design

The course focusses on the practical applications of pipeline design.  Aspects that will be covered range from the basic theory of pipeline design, installation of pipes, design of specials, optimization to the design of pumping system and the introduction to various applicable design software packages. A number of practical sessions are included in the course to acquaint participants with the application of the knowledge. Topics presented include:

Pipeline hydraulics:
Pipe flow theory, losses and approach
Network analysis
Economic analysis, Life cycle analysis and optimization of systems
Pipeline design:
Material selection
Pipe class determination
Surface protection and lining systems
Structural analysis of pipes
Crotch plate, collar and wrapper design
Surge and water hammer
Pipeline component design:
Air valves – Sizing and positioning
Isolating, Non-return and Control valves
Water meters
Thrust block and anchor block design
Chamber design
Pipeline installation, testing and operation:
Laying and backfilling
Pipeline testing
Pipeline rehabilitation
New technologies

5

Water supply and waterborne sanitation systems

The general health of the population will be raised if people have access to basic water supply and sanitation. The vision of providing sanitation in South Africa as reflected in the Draft White Paper on Water Services (DWAF, 2002) read as follows:

Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity
1. All people living in South Africa have access to adequate, safe and affordable water and sanitation services, practice safe sanitation and use water wisely.
2. Water supply and sanitation services are sustainable and are provided by effective and efficient institutions that are accountable and responsive to those whom they serve.
3. Water is used wisely, sustainably and efficiently in order to promote economic growth and reduce poverty.

Water Supply and sanitation has to be addressed in an integrated manner to achieve the vision for sanitation provision in South Africa. Conventional waterborne sanitation systems is usually perceived as the highest level of service, but the lack of sustainable water in certain areas may warrant the consideration of alternative sanitation systems. The safe disposal of human excreta is vitally important in the control of infectious and other communicable diseases and hence the construction of appropriate sanitation systems is paramount in contributing to the safe disposal of human excreta.

In the course the theory and design practices of water supply and waterborne sewerage systems will be highlighted. Typical practical problems will be discussed and delegates will be guided through the solutions to a number of problems. Guidelines for water supply in the rural environment and procedures to provide infrastructure and operational and maintenance frameworks will also be covered.

An additional fourth day can also be attended where an introduction to the hydraulic modeling of water distribution systems will be covered, reflecting the basics of water distribution modeling and reviewing the different components of water distribution systems. EPANET, which is public domain software, will be used for the modeling although the basic principles taught are applicable to any water distribution modeling software.

3-4

Water distribution modelling

This course provides an introduction to the hydraulic modelling of water distribution systems. The basics of water distribution modelling are covered and all the different components of water distribution systems are discussed.

EPANET is public domain software, which may be freely copied and distributed. EPANET is used as demonstration software although the basic principles taught are applicable to any water distribution modelling software.

EPANET is a computer program that does hydraulic and water quality simulations of pressurized water distribution systems. It can perform single and extended-period simulations. EPANET tracks the flow of water in each pipe, the pressure at each node, the height of water in each reservoir as well as the concentration of a chemical concentrations throughout the network during a simulation period.

The course covers the basic theory followed by practical computer sessions strengthening the material covered.

2

Urban drainage

This course provides an introduction to urban drainage. This is followed by an introduction to using EPA SWMM, for modeling the quantity and quality of storm water runoff produced from urban areas. The topics to be covered include:
- Project Setup
- Constructing a SWMM Model
- Setting the Properties of SWMM Objects
- Saving and Opening Projects
- Running a Single Event Analysis
- Viewing Simulation Results
- Simulating Runoff Water Quality
- Running a Continuous Simulation

2

SAICE

2-day Network Analysis and
Introduction to Surge Analysis
 course

An introduction to the hydraulic modeling of water distribution systems will be covered, reflecting the basics of water distribution modeling and reviewing the different components of water distribution systems. EPANET, which is public domain software, will be used for the modeling although the basic principles taught are applicable to any water distribution modeling software.

Transient flow assessment is a crucial part of the pressure class selection of pipes during the final design stage to prevent surge pressures, which could result in pipe failures. Foreseen and unforeseen operational circumstances can result in undesirable pressure conditions that should be analyzed during the design of new pipelines, assessment of the upgrading of existing systems and determining the influence and risk associated with planned operational changes. Aspects that will be discussed are the basics of transient flows, calculation procedures, selection of surge protection devices and the use of the UPSurge.

2

Flood hydrology and climate change impacts

A practical course on flood calculation methods and flood routing will be presented. The application of the theory working through practical exercises will be undertaken. Flood calculations methods such as deterministic, empirical and statistical analysis will be applied in the exercises. The popular freeware software program, EPASWMM will be demonstrated and introduced as a tool for the modeling of urban drainage system. The EPA Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) is a dynamic rainfall-runoff simulation model used for single event or long-term (continuous) simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. After this course, you will be in a position to calculate the design flood and perform a simulation, routing this through a storm water system.

4

Free surface flow and dam break analysis

The course will focus on the basic theory and analyses of practical free surface flow problems. The basic theory of free surface flow, mass; energy and momentum conservation, will be reviewed and the application to determine flood lines, culvert sizing and bridge flow hydraulics will be covered.

The widely used HEC-RAS software package will be reviewed and demonstrated by performing one-dimensional hydraulic calculations for steady and unsteady flow conditions as well as dam break analysis.

A number of practical problems will be discussed and solved utilizing the software programs. This will acquaint participants with background and confidence to conduct varied flow simulations.

4

SAICE-DFC

One-day Pipeline Design
Course
 

The course focuses on a review of the hydraulic theory required for the design of pipeline systems. Aspects which will be covered include the hydraulic principles, optimum selection of the required pressure class and diameter, review of the pipeline components for effective operation, pressure control and an introduction to dynamic pressures and alleviating options. The participants will be guided through worked examples to reinforce the principles and grow confidence in the design of pipe systems. The course material includes free utilities and software to assist in the analyses of pipe systems.

Programme

Exercise solutions

1

Pipeline Design, Operation and Maintenance Course

The focus in this course will be on the practical aspects of pipeline design, operation and maintenance. Other aspects which will be discussed include: pipeline hydraulics, surge analysis, pipeline component design, pipeline installation, life cycle costing, testing and operation of pipelines and inspection technologies for pipelines.

Exercises solutions (2014)

Exercises data files (2014)

4

Hydrological and Hydraulic Assessment
+ HEC-RAS Apprentice Course

 

Course description
The Road Drainage Manual first published in 1981, was fully updated in 2007. It has been further expanded with new chapters and more practical examples added by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) and published as the “Drainage Manual, 6th Edition”.The manual has added sections on Stormwater System Analysis and Design, Assessment of the Hydraulic Capacity of Existing Drainage Structures, Application of Flood Routing, the Value of Maintenance, Modelling of Free
Surface Flow, Flood Line Calculations and all other chapters are fully updated. The DM Application Guide has been expanded and is supported by a suite of software packages. Both theoretical and practical issues will allow participants to successfully analyse and design drainage structures

Course objective
The objectives of the course are to reflect principles, standards and procedures applicable to the hydraulic design and assessment of drainage problems and provide guidance in solving drainage related problems. This will be achieved by reviewing the contents of the latest Drainage Manual and reinforcing the understanding and application by problem solving.

What will you learn?

  • Course attendees will gain a detailed understanding of:
  • Flood hydrology and its application in South Africa;
  • Basic hydraulics (flow regimes, controls and losses);
  • Surface drainage (backwater calculations, run-off from roads kerbs, discharge channels, chutes and pipes);
  • Lesser -, major culverts and bridges (what’s the difference);
  • Storm water systems and flood routing;
  • Assessing existing drainage structures (new design philosophy);
  • What the true value of maintenance is; and
  • Preparing and approval of documents and drawings for drainage structures (what is expected of the designer).
  • The attendees of the optional 3rd day will have a crash course on using the popular software package HEC-RAS for performing one-dimensional hydraulic calculations such as steady and unsteady flow simulations and analysing drainage structures.

Course solutions

Practical exercise solutions - 2014

HEC-RAS completed projects - 2014

There is a R450 discount for delegates who attended this course and purchase the Utility Programs for Drainage Software (UPD)
 

2-3

2D - Free Surface Flow Modeling
(New HEC-RAS version 5.0)

Presented from

2-6 February 2015
 

Course description
The course will focus on the theory and analyses of practical free surface flow problems. The basic theory of free surface flow, mass; energy and momentum conservation, will be reviewed and the application to determine flood lines, culvert sizing, bridge flow hydraulics and dam break analysis will be covered. The widely used HEC-RAS software package will be reviewed and demonstrated by performing one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic calculations for steady and unsteady flow conditions as well as dam break analysis. Delegates will learn how to approach and construct a numerical (1D & 2D) model for various flow conditions, and to effectively view and analyse results. 
A number of practical problems will be discussed and solved. This will acquaint participants with background and confidence to conduct various flow simulations.

Course objective
The objectives of the course are to provide a theoretical sound background in hydraulic analyses and a greater understanding of numerical modeling. This will be achieved by conveying the theory in easy to understand presentations and reinforcing the understanding and application by problem solving. The participants will master the numerical modeling software HEC-RAS by working through practical exercises for 1D and 2D problems with guidance from the presenters.

What will you learn?

Course attendees will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • Basic hydraulics (flow regimes, controls and losses).
  • Surface drainage (backwater calculations, flood lines).
  • Understand in situ flow measurement techniques and flow gauging structures in South Africa.
  • Learn to use the popular software package by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ HEC-RAS for performing 1D hydraulic calculations such as steady and unsteady flow simulations and analysing drainage structures.
  • Learn how to use HEC-RAS ver 5.0 to model 2D unsteady flow hydraulics.
  • Get an overview of two-dimensional flow theory and the differences between one-dimensional modeling.
  • Gain hands-on HEC-RAS experience by participating in practical computer workshops.
  • Obtain valuable insights in methods for minimizing computation errors and instabilities for two-dimensional unsteady hydraulic models.
  • Learn from “real world” projects and applications.
     

Course solutions

Practical exercise solutions - 2015

Also visit Chris’s blog: www.rasmodel.com

 

2-5

Pump Station Design

Presented from

24-27 March 2015

The course will focus on the theory, analyses and practical problems related
to the design of clear water pump stations. The basic theory of pump selection, energy efficiency, operational control, valve selection, life cycle cost assessment, case studies and dynamic pressures will be reviewed. Delegates will be assisted to solve a number of practical problems related to pump station design. This will familiarize participants with the topic and provide confidence to undertake the design of a pump station.
 

  • Pumping principles and pipeline characteristics
  • Type of pumps and pump selection
  • Minimum flow requirements and priming systems
  • Pump station layout
  • Suction side design and reducer selection
  • Standards for the design of pump sumps, submergence and pipe work
  • Valve selection, positioning and working (Isolating, Non-return, Control, Air valves and Pump control valves)
  • Electrical design and instrumentation requirements
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Simplified surge analysis
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Acceptance testing, Operation Manuals and Tender Specifications
  • Various practical case studies presented throughout the course, reflecting the typical practical problems.

Course solutions

Practical exercise solutions - 2015

 

4

Pipeline Design

Presented from

14-18 March 2016

The focus in this course will be on the practical aspects of pipeline design. The theory of pipeline engineering, the optimization process and the design of pipelines will be covered through worked examples.

The effect of energy escalation in pump systems will be reviewed and participants will become confident with the design of pipeline systems. Other aspects which will be discussed include: pipeline hydraulics, surge analysis, pipeline component design, pipeline installation, life cycle costing, testing and operation of pipelines. The latest research results on the influence of bioufouling on the hydraulic capacity of pipelines will be shared.

The potential of developing conduit hydropower as a renewable energy source in existing water distribution systems in SA will be reviewed and time will be devoted to possible implementation of renewable energy in the design of water transfer systems

Planners, designers and managers of pipelines and water infrastructure, will benefit from the course.

Presentations

Practical exercise solutions

 

4

Free Surface Flow
(2D - New HEC-RAS version 5.0)

Presented from

11-13 May 2016
 

Persons in the planning, design and management of flood and storm water related structures would benefit from this course. The course will focus on the theory and analyses of practical free surface flow problems. The basic theory of free surface flow, mass; energy and momentum conservation, will be reviewed and the application to determine flood lines, culvert sizing, bridge flow hydraulics will be covered. The widely used HEC-RAS software package will be reviewed and demonstrated by performing one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic calculations for steady and unsteady flow conditions. Delegates will learn how to approach and construct a numerical (1D & 2D) model for various flow conditions, and to effectively view and interpret results. 


A number of practical problems will be discussed and solved. This will acquaint participants with background and confidence to conduct various flow simulations.

Course solutions

SouthAfricaCoordinatesSystems

Also visit Chris’s blog: www.rasmodel.com
 

3

2D - Free Surface Flow Modeling
(HEC-RAS version 5.0.3)

Presented from 31 January to 3 February 2017

Course description
The course will focus on the theory and analyses of practical free surface flow problems. The basic theory of free surface flow, mass; energy and momentum conservation, will be reviewed and the application to determine flood lines, culvert sizing, bridge flow hydraulics and dam break analysis will be covered. The widely used HEC-RAS software package will be reviewed and demonstrated by performing one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic calculations for steady and unsteady flow conditions as well as dam break analysis. Delegates will learn how to approach and construct a numerical (1D & 2D) model for various flow conditions, and to effectively view and analyse results. 
A number of practical problems will be discussed and solved. This will acquaint participants with background and confidence to conduct various flow simulations.

Course objective
The objectives of the course are to provide a theoretical sound background in hydraulic analyses and a greater understanding of numerical modeling. This will be achieved by conveying the theory in easy to understand presentations and reinforcing the understanding and application by problem solving. The participants will master the numerical modeling software HEC-RAS by working through practical exercises for 1D and 2D problems with guidance from the presenters.

What will you learn?

Course attendees will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • Basic hydraulics (flow regimes, controls and losses).
  • Surface drainage (backwater calculations, flood lines).
  • Learn to use the popular software package by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ HEC-RAS for performing 1D hydraulic calculations such as steady and unsteady flow simulations and analysing drainage structures.
  • Learn how to use HEC-RAS ver 5.0.3 to model 2D unsteady flow hydraulics.
  • Get an overview of two-dimensional flow theory and the differences between one-dimensional modeling.
  • Gain hands-on HEC-RAS experience by participating in practical computer workshops.
  • Obtain valuable insights in methods for minimizing computation errors and instabilities for two-dimensional unsteady hydraulic models.
  • Learn from “real world” projects and applications.

Download Course brochure, programme and enrollment form.

Download Course Solutions

Also visit Chris’s blog: www.rasmodel.com

4

Pump Station Design

Presented from

27-30 March 2017

The course will focus on the theory, analyses and practical problems related
to the design of clear water pump stations. The basic theory of pump selection, energy efficiency, operational control, valve selection, life cycle cost assessment, case studies and dynamic pressures will be reviewed. Delegates will be assisted to solve a number of practical problems related to pump station design. This will familiarize participants with the topic and provide confidence to undertake the design of a pump station.
 

  • Pumping principles and pipeline characteristics
  • Type of pumps and pump selection
  • Minimum flow requirements and priming systems
  • Pump station layout
  • Suction side design and reducer selection
  • Standards for the design of pump sumps, submergence and pipe work
  • Valve selection, positioning and working (Isolating, Non-return, Control, Air valves and Pump control valves)
  • Electrical design and instrumentation requirements
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Simplified surge analysis
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Acceptance testing, Operation Manuals and Tender Specifications
  • Various practical case studies presented throughout the course, reflecting the typical practical problems.

Course solutions

Practical exercise solutions

Presentations

4

CPD accredited courses which could be presented in-house on request:

  • Network analyses of pressurized systems - 3 days
  • Dynamic analyses of pipelines using Surge 2010 - 4 days
  • Free surface modelling 2D - HEC-RAS - 3 days
  • Flood hydrology using UPD - 2 days
  • Pump Station Design - 4 days
  • Hydropower generation in closed conduit systems - 3 days
  • Hydraulic design of spillways and energy dissipating structures - 3 days

 

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