Introduction to Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Distribution Systems

March 18-19, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“EUCI has developed a set of comprehensive courses that allow attendees to implement complete programs in their respective organizations.” Automation Superintendent, City of Buckeye

This course introduces hydraulic models for water utility distribution systems and covers how models support efficient short- and long-term water utility planning and operations. Attendees will learn about and engage in exercises that will cover the following key uses of hydraulic models:

  1. Ensuring a robust and redundant infrastructure
  2. Reducing operating costs
  3. Planning for outages
  4. Determining firefighting capabilities

Hydraulic Modeling for Water Utility Distribution Systems will highlight the fundamentals of modeling including:

  1. Purpose and uses of a hydraulic model
  2. Building a hydraulic model
  3. Calibrating and validating a hydraulic model
  4. Running a hydraulic model and interpreting model results
  5. Understanding key hydraulic principles (hydraulic grade lines, pressure and flow relationships, head loss through pipelines and fundamentals of pumping)
  6. Keys to identifying efficiency improvements and evaluating improvement alternatives

Join the course to learn how to enhance water resource engineering strategies, minimize water distribution system operational costs, and improve water utility emergency management.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review the basic components of a hydraulic model
  • Collect hydraulic modeling asset data from GIS and other sources
  • Interpret pressure losses in distribution systems
  • Assign water demands throughout the model
  • Identify areas of vulnerability in distribution systems
  • Determine firefighting capabilities
  • Analyze the distribution system through key distribution operational guidelines
  • Perform outage analysis and recommend operational approaches during outages
  • Assess water quality within the distribution system
  • Refine operational modeling skills: linking the model to SCADA, forecasting, and forensics
  • Identify opportunities to optimize operations and reduce costs


Monday, March 18, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Hydraulic Modeling Overview

  • Distribution system layout & fundamentals
  • Storage
  • Pumping
  • Boundary Conditions

Morning Break (15 Minute Break)

GIS and Hydraulic 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 PRVs

Lunch Break

Water Demands

  • Common sources of water demand data
  • Assigning demands to the model
  • Diurnal (24-hour) demand patterns
  • Advanced water meter technologies

Redundancy Assessments Using Hydraulic Models

  • One side out analysis
  • Criticality of pipes & valves

Afternoon Break  (15 Minute Break)

Fire Flow Analysis

  • Tradeoffs of including hydrants in the hydraulic model
  • Multiple hydrant analysis
  • Available flow at a hydrant

Analysis of Distribution System

  • Water main sizing
  • Control valve operations
  • System head curves for pumping


Tuesday, March 19, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Outage Analysis

  • Storage tanks out-of-service
  • Water main outages
  • Evaluating multiple alternatives

Morning Break (15 Minute Break)

Water Quality

  • Water age
  • Source tracing

Questions, Comments, and Remarks


Michael Assante, Project Manager – Contracts for Water Distribution and CSO Systems, Veolia North America

Michael has served multiple roles over the past 13 years across the Water Utility space that have provided a well-rounded understanding of the intersection of Hydraulic Modelling and Utility Operations. His background and specialties involve hydraulic modeling of distribution systems, pumping system operations and optimization, utility operations management and capital project management. This experience has involved significant time spent working in the following spaces: engineering consultancy, public water system operations and management roles, and private water system operations and management roles.

Michael’s hydraulic modeling experience has involved model development, calibration/validation and maintenance for multiple national and international utility operations that ranged from 1,000 – 1.5 million customers and have included model development in the following platforms: KY Pipe, EPA-NET, Innovyze InfoWater and Bentley WaterGEMS. His modeling efforts have included investigations involving hydraulic transient (water hammer) analysis, capital project planning and optimization, water quality trace analyses, pumping system optimization and unidirectional flushing operations planning.

Michael is passionate about bringing forward the value of hydraulic modeling in improving utility operations and communicating the value of hydraulic modeling in a palatable and easy-to-digest manner that illustrates its value across multiple areas of a utility operation. 

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.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


Hydraulic Modeling for Water Distribution Systems

March 18-19, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 16, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and active participation with modeling software (laptops needed). Please download EPANET Software:

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to obtain a basic understanding of hydraulic modeling for distribution systems

  • Engineers & Engineering Project Managers
  • Water modeling specialists with 1-3 years of experience
  • GIS specialists
  • Water Treatment and Distribution system operators
  • Utility managers and supervisors

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