River Course 302: HEC-RAS for Stream Restoration

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Course Schedule | 
What to Bring | InstructorsProfessional Development Hours


About the Workshop

This three (3) day workshop will cover applications of hydraulic modeling and its use to support stream restoration design work. Participants will gain experience with targeting and setting up a modeling effort, and the various types of analysis that can be used for improving stream restoration designs. The group will use real-world design examples to perform simulations and visualize results using HEC-RAS software and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Participants will need to bring a laptop computer for spreadsheet and modeling applications. Getting the most out of this workshop will require attendees have significant experience in hydraulic processes and stream morphology principles.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

  • Environmental Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Ecologists
  • Biologists
  • Hydrologists
  • Geomorphologists
  • Landscape Architects
  • Planners
  • Natural Resource Program Managers

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Please Note: This workshop will be offered only one (1) time this year.


July 24-26, 2019 (correct date)

The McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Registration Information


Significant education/experience in hydraulic processes and stream morphology principles. We highly recommend that you have taken River Course 101: Stream Morphology Assessment and River Course 201: Stream Restoration Design Principles prior to attending this course.


Government/Non-Profit Fee – $795.00

Regular Fee – $895.00

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Brittany Santore

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edu for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty-one (21) day and seven (7) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu requesting a substitution.

Severe Weather Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of severe weather, this workshop may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the workshop instructors and coordinators. If the workshop is postponed, you may receive a refund if you are unable to attend the newly scheduled date, time, and location. Please contact bae_training@ncsu.edu if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled workshop. If the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the workshop is postponed or cancelled, the workshop instructors and coordination staff are not responsible for participants not meeting their PDHs or CEUs requirements with their various professional licensing boards.

Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.

Day 1
8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
9:00 am Morning Lectures:

  • Stream Restoration Principles and Practice
  • Hydraulic Modeling for Stream Restoration
  • Introduction
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Afternoon Exercises:

  • HEC-RAS Tour and My First HEC-RAS Model!
  • Existing Stream Conditions Analysis
  • Restoration Feasibility Study
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 2
8:30 am Review Exercises
9:00 am Morning Exercises:

  • Preliminary Design Modeling
  • Advanced Design Modeling
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Afternoon Exercises:

  • Advanced Design Modeling
  • Culverts in HEC-RAS
4:00 pm Afternoon Lecture: HEC-RAS Case Studies
5:00 pm Adjourn
Day 3
8:30 am Morning Lecture: Sediment Transport Concepts
9:30 am Morning Exercises:

  • Sediment Competence Analysis
  • Sediment Transport Capacity
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Afternoon Exercises:

  • Introduction to Mobile Bed Modeling
  • Sediment Transport Modeling for Restoration
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Afternoon Exercise: Sediment Impact Analysis Method
4:00 pm Field Visit and Open Discussion
5:00 pm Adjourn

What to Bring

Participants should bring the following materials with them to each day of the workshop:

  • A laptop with excel for class work
  • Calculator
  • Field gear, waders/boots for field trips

Optional materials to bring include:

  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

Our Instructors

Kris Bass, P.E.

Kris Bass has been a Water Quality Extension Associate at N.C. State University since the summer of 2003. His primary role involves providing engineering support for design and research projects at the department and Kris has worked on a variety of water quality projects including stormwater, stream and wetland restorations, and watershed studies. Kris also has course and research experience with other types of constructed and restored wetlands, riparian buffers, drainage systems, and other water quality management practices. His current interests include advancing methods for stream and wetland restoration, watershed level application of water quality practices, and system approaches for stormwater treatment.


Jonathan Page, P.E.

Jonathan Page designs, implements and studies watershed, stream and river restoration approaches to increase ecological uplift and function. He conveys research and experiential findings to students, practitioners and other researchers through journal articles, fact sheets, short courses and conference presentations. His projects have included “green street” stormwater retrofits, treatment wetlands, stream restoration using natural channel design, regenerative stream channels, and integrated stream – wetland systems.

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop:

  • 15 PDHs professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.