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This course begins with the basics of hydraulic theory as it applies to water distribution system modeling and delves into advanced topics such as the management of multiple modeling scenarios, demand allocations, model calibration, and a lot more.

Course Outline

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the hydraulic theory necessary to work with water network models
• Navigate efficiently the EPANET user interface
• Allocate spatially water usage demands
• Build a hydraulic model with all network facilities
• Run both steady state and extended period simulations
• Conduct fire flow simulation runs to determine network deficiencies
• Generate output maps and graphs to display modeling results


To accurately model water distribution systems, modelers need a comprehensive understanding of both hydraulics and their modeling software. This course begins with the basics of hydraulic theory as it applies to water distribution system modeling and delves into advanced topics such as the management of multiple modeling scenarios, demand allocations, model calibration, running extended period simulations and fire flow and water quality analysis. Participants will not only learn the knowledge they need to execute complex modeling tasks, but implement and reinforce their understanding through hands-on exercises and quizzes accompanying every section.


Participants will become familiar with the principles of hydraulic network modeling, understand the basic and advanced capabilities of EPANET, learn the different types of model simulations and understand the methods of reviewing and maintaining a hydraulic network model.

Who Should Attend:

Municipal engineers, developers and planners, engineering consultants, hydraulic engineers, technicians, technologists, designers and other technical personnel who are responsible for or oversee water distribution facilities.

You Will Receive:

For this course all attendees will receive:
• A copy of the training course agenda
• All slides presented during the training sessions
• Tutorials with step by step instructions to guide participants through the use of EPANET
• Tables with relevant modeling information including minor loss values for various hydraulic fixtures and major loss coefficients

Bring With You:
Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this course.

The following is a minimum computer configuration necessary to install and run EPANET:
• IBM-compatible 650 MHz, Pentium III CPU personal computer with math coprocessor
• 256 megabytes of Random Access Memory (RAM)
• 100 megabytes of free disk space
• Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP 5 or later, 2000 Professional SP 3 or later, XP Professional, ME (WIN32 operating system)

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Method

Introduction to Hydraulic Network Modeling of Water Distribution Systems
• Water distribution systems
• Hydraulic network models
• Model applications

Hydraulic Analysis of Pipelines - Theory
• Hydraulics
• Energy grade line
• Headloss equation
• Conservation of energy and mass

EPANET Product Overview and Software Layout
• EPANET window
• Commands and functions
• Capabilities

The EPANET Water Data Model
• EPANET project
• Physical components
• Non-physical components such as controls, curves and patterns

Building and Running a Hydraulic Simulation using EPANET
• Building a model
• Create network components
• Operation data tools
• Run a hydraulic simulation
• Steady-state simulation
• Extended period simulation

Building and Running a Fire Flow Simulation using EPANET
• Fire flow simulation
• Assigning fire flow demands

Day II

Mapping, Graphing and Reporting Simulation Results using EPANET
• Output graphs
• Output reports
• Additional reporting tools

Demand Allocation and Model Calibration
• Steps for demand allocation (existing and future scenarios)
• Demand allocation methods (pros and cons)
• Demand projections
• Steps for model calibration
• Types of calibration (static or dynamic) including limitations
• Matching tank levels, flows, pressures
• Calibration tolerances (agreement between model and field)

Water Master Planning and Modeling
• Reasons for preparing a master plan
• How to prepare a water master plan
• Future demand projections
• Water network analysis
• System deficiencies
• Replacement of existing infrastructure
• Identify system deficiencies
• Evaluate operating strategies
• Assess rehabilitation methods
• Using model to evaluate alternatives

Advanced Modeling Tools
• Logical controls
• Variable speed pumps
• Pump costing and energy simulation
• Network connectivity and tracing tools

Running a Water Quality Simulation using EPANET
• Water quality in distribution systems
• Chemical propagation
• Water age
• Source tracing
• Determination of chlorine bulk decay coefficient
• Run water quality simulation

Model Development, Update and Review
• Summary of the 2-day training course
• Component labels
• Description format
• Naming convention
• Data flagging to track changes
• The different model simulations and results analysis
• Modeling best practices

Questions and Answers - Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Objectives

There will be a one-hour break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule
8:00   Registration and Coffee (1st Day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

Faculty Werner de Schaetzen
Werner de Schaetzen, Ph.D., P.Eng.is a leading expert in computer modeling of water and wastewater systems. His work on genetic algorithm optimization applied to water systems has gained him both international recognition and numerous award prizes. Werner de Schaetzen, is also the leading author of over 30 papers published in international journals, conference proceedings and internal research reports. He has also conducted in person training for over 1,500 engineers in water and sewer systems modeling, optimization and analysis in Canada, USA and UK. He also designed, implemented and maintained several hydraulic modeling software applications.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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