By - Jon Brown

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems
February 4-5, 2020 | Denver, CO

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This course introduces hydraulic models for water utility distribution systems and covers how modeling can be applied to benefit water utilities. Ensuring robust and redundant infrastructure, reducing operating costs, planning for outages, and determining fire fighting capabilities are some of the items that attendees should have new ideas about after this course.

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems will highlight the fundamentals of modeling including the purpose of a model, inputs, and results while covering the more challenging basics of data collection, defining capacity and demand, and outage analysis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to successfully:

  • Layout the components of a hydraulic model
  • Collect hydraulic modeling data from GIS and other sources
  • Define Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) and Headloss and interpret the impacts to HGL in the distribution system and pressure pipe models based on minor Losses
  • Assign consumption to the model
  • Recognize how to ensure robust and redundant infrastructure
  • Determine fire-fighting capabilities
  • Analyze the distribution system
  • Perform outage analysis and better plan for outages
  • Assess water quality within the distribution system
  • Refine operational modeling skills: linking the model to SCADA, forecasting, and forensics
  • Optimize operations and reduce costs



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and active participation with modeling software (laptops needed).


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Course Introductions and Objectives

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. :: Hydraulic Modeling Overview

  • Transmission
  • Storage
  • Operations

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: GIS and Modeling

  • Useful data for Modeling in GIS
  • 1 to 1 Models
  • Data needed not found in GIS

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) and Headloss

  • Major impacts to HGL in Distribution Systems
  • Minor losses in pressure pipe models
  • Impacts of pumps, control valves, and PRV’s

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00  – 2:00 p.m. :: Consumption

  • Common Data
  • Assigning Consumption to the Model
  • Diurnal Patterns
  • AMI

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Redundancy Assessments Using Hydraulic Models

  • One side out analysis
  • Criticality of pipes

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Fire Flow Analysis

  • Benefits of hydrants being in the hydraulic model
  • Multiple hydrant analysis
  • Available flow at a hydrant

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Analysis of Distribution System

  • Main Sizing
  • PRV Set Points
  • System Head Curves for Pumping

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Outage Analysis

  • Storage offline
  • Conduit outages
  • Comparing solutions

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Water Quality

  • Water age
  • Source tracing
  • Introduction to multi species modeling

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Operational Modeling

  • The reality of operations
  • Linking the model to SCADA
  • Forecasting
  • Forensics

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Optimization

  • Pumping Operations
  • Valve Control
  • Demand planning

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Wrap up: Questions, Comments, and Remarks


Kedric Szana, Water Modeling Specialist, Denver Water

Kedric is Denver Water’s lead hydraulic modeler. He specializes in hydraulic and water quality modeling of distribution systems, collection systems, raw water systems, and transients.  He has worked extensively on GIS integrated hydraulic models and the benefits of AMI for distribution system modeling.  He has been focused on SCADA integrated, operational, and real-time modeling for the past decade.


EUCI Conference Center

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Greenwood Village CO, 80111

The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

Nearby Hotels

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Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
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Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 1-303-779-1234
2.8 miles away
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Springhill Suites DTC
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Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-721-3321
0.3 miles away

Wingate by Wyndham
8000 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-626-2641
0.3 miles away

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E.Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 1-303-804-7000
2.1 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
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Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
3.1 miles away


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