By - Jon Brown

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems
February 22-23, 2021 | Online :: Central time

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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 firefighting 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.

“Great class! It was useful to be able to try out the software during the course. Kedric did a great job of catering to participants with no modeling experience as well as those with many years of experience.” – Project Engineer, Parker Water & Sanitation District

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.

Please download EPANET Software: Download the most recent version from the software list.


Monday, February 22, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Hydraulic Modeling Overview

  • Transmission
  • Storage
  • Operations

Morning Break

GIS and Modeling

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

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

Lunch Break


  • Common data
  • Assigning consumption to the model
  • Diurnal patterns
  • AMI

Redundancy Assessments Using Hydraulic Models

  • One side out analysis
  • Criticality of pipes

Afternoon Break

Fire Flow Analysis

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

Analysis of Distribution System

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

Outage Analysis

  • Storage offline
  • Conduit outages
  • Comparing solutions

Water Quality

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

Morning Break

Operational Modeling

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


  • Pumping operations
  • Valve control
  • Demand planning

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.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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