Advanced Hydrology for Engineers

lbres2206  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Hydrology for Engineers
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
20.0 h + 15.0 h
Javaux Mathieu;
General Hydrology (LBIR1348)
Main themes
- Open-channel hydraulics
- stochastic modeling fro hydrology
- Model optimization and parameterization

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution to 'Learning Outcomes' program
M2.2 ; M2.3 ; M6.5 ; M6.8
b . Specific formulation for this activity LO program (maximum 10)
At the end of the course and of the practicals, the students will be able:
- to characterize the type of flow in channels/rivers.
- to understand and be able to apply the theory on gradually varying flow and rapid varying flow;
- to measure the river discharge with different techniques
- to use modelling approaches to simulate river discharge and design methods to control flood risks.
- to estimate hydrological model parameters by different methods
- to understand stochastic hydrology concepts
- to use stochastic models to calibrate and simulate river discharge

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Theory :
-       Open channel hydraulics (8 hours)
-       Stochastic modeling in hydrology (8 hours)
-       Parameter estimation (4 hours)
-       Flow discharge measurements in situ (3 hours)
-       Modeling exercises  in computer room :
  •  HEC-RAS (6 hours)
  • Stochastic modeling (6 hours)
Teaching methods
- The lectures can be given in English, but illustrated by slights in French. A reference textbook in French supports the lectures.
- Field practical work for river discharge measurments
- Practical work in the computer room allow students to use advanced methods of hydrological modeling
- The practical work  and the reports are a executed in teams
Evaluation methods
  • 50% on practical reports
  • 50% on oral evaluation of theory
Other information
This course can be given in English.
Online resources
Ouvrage de référence : 'manuel technique d'HEC-RAS. Syllabus d'hydraulique- livre Hydrologie fréquentielle - une science prédictive (Meylan et al)
Transparents des cours sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering

Master [120] in Environmental Bioengineering

Master [120] in Agriculture and Bio-industries