ENV-221 / 5 crédits

Enseignant(s): Rinaldo Andrea, Benettin Paolo

Langue: Anglais


Summary

"Hydrology for Engineer" is an introduction to the study of floods, droughts and a fair distribution of water. The course will introduce to hydrologic materials and methods: fluid mechanics, probability and statistics, surface and subsurface hydrological processes

Content

Keywords

Hydrology, hydrologic design, hydrologic model, floods

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Elementary Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics (in particular, Open Channel Flow)

Informatics and programming (especially in MATLAB)

Science du sol

Important concepts to start the course

The student should keep in mind the twofold aim of the course: explore the large engineering impact of hydrologic design; and appreciate the great scientific questions currently debated

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Predict hydrologic extremes at a certain location (elementary methods)
  • Carry out basic hydrologic computations
  • Implement basic hydrologic models
  • Explore limits and validity of hydrologic methods
  • Compare different methodologies
  • Analyze hydrologic data
  • Characterize the main hydrologic features of a certain site

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

  • Weekly Lectures, carried out at the blackboard and with the aid of projected material
  • Weekly exercises, partly in class and partly in a computer room using the software MATLAB. Homeworks are supervised but not evaluated by the teacher.
  • 2 Assignments, to be carried out in groups of 2

The additional reading is the textbook employed in the ENV-221 Class in Water Resources Engineering, an international standard on the subject to which EPFL students are intended to be aligned. (Copies of the book to borrow are available, besides the Library, upon request to the ECHO laboratory secretary)

Expected student activities

Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time

Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.

Use a work methodology appropriate to the task. Regular attendance to classes and exercise sessions and a moderate amount of homework  should suffice to complete the class requirements in a satisfactory manner

Programming will be required.

Assessment methods

  • Assignment I (10%)
  • Assignment II (10%)
  • Mid term exam (20%)
  • Final written exam (60%)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Please contact the teachers by e-mail to fix an appointment

Resources

Bibliography

Slides/Class Notes

Support textbook: Water Resources Engineering, Larry W. Mays. 2nd Revised edition, 2010, Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-46064-1

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Essentials for completion of the course will be self-contained in the Class notes -- uploaded weekly through the Moodle Platform

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Water Resources Engineering (ENV-424)

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydrology for engineers
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydrology for engineers
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
8-9     
9-10     
10-11  INM202
BC07-08
  
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16 CM1120   
16-17    
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Mardi, 15h - 17h: Cours CM1120

Mercredi, 10h - 12h: Exercice, TP INM202
BC07-08