HEC-RAS 5.0 Training in Newcastle

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Newcastle course, held at the Newcastle Exhibition and Conference Centre on  Monday 15 May 2017. This special pre-conference workshop was held in conjunction with the FMA 2017 national conference.


Those who have registered their interest will be kept informed as future courses are scheduled. Our courses are set up to allow participation in set up, run, and animate a two-dimensional flood model from scratch during the workshop. The 1-day Newcastle course provided a basic introduction to HEC-RAS; attendees are encouraged to register for the full 5-day course being held in Brisbane in September 2017.

Following is a description of our first Newcastle course held on 15 May 2017″

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The course will be taught by HDR’s Mark Forest and facilitated by Surface Water Solutions’ Krey Price.


Monday 15 May 2017, 10 am – 6 pm

[We have allowed for a 10 am start time so that those who wish to avoid weekend travel may arrive on the earliest flights or trains into Newcastle on the Monday morning. Please contact us for public transportation options.]

Tentative program:

10:00 am – 10:15 am Introductions
10:15 am – 11:15 am Lecture: 2D theory and 1D/2D HEC-RAS simulations
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Workshop 1: Terrain data management with RAS Mapper
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Demonstration of HEC-RAS 2D capabilities
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break (with animation video examples)
1:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lecture: Computational mesh generation
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop 2: Creating 2D areas
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Lecture: Hydrologic boundary conditions
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon tea
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Workshop 3: Entering unsteady flow data
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Lecture: Time step selection and computational options
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Workshop 4: Running and viewing a model

Individual instruction will be provided during workshop times to cater for attendees’ varying background levels.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact the organisers for special dietary or accessibility needs.

Attendees are encouraged to register for a full HEC-RAS 1D or 2D course following this introductory course. Full courses will be offered in all capital cities between June and September 2017.

Ozwater 2017 will be held in Sydney 16-19 May, and we invite OzWater participants to attend this workshop as well. OzWater attendees qualify for the discounted $350 price using coupon code “ozwater” at checkout.


The fee for the course is $500 + GST for standalone registrations and $350 + GST for those also registering for the FMA or Ozwater conference.  FMA conference registrations are available here, and the HEC-RAS workshop can be added to your FMA conference registration. The workshop is limited to the first 30 attendees; only a few spaces remain, so please respond early.

Attendees may bring their own laptop with HEC-RAS 5.0.3 installed (free download available here) or hire a laptop pre-loaded with software and tutorial materials at a cost of $50 through our booking form.


The conference will take place at the newly renovated Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (NEX). See below for a map to the venue:

Hope to see you in Newcastle in May! Please contact us with any queries in the meantime.

2017 Training Dates

Register now for 2017 1D/2D flood modelling courses. Get a head start on a HEC-RAS 5.0 course by downloading our Introductory Workshop document. Who attends our courses?  What are they saying?

Links and Downloads

See our training and consulting flyer. Download the free HEC-RAS 5.0.3 software and manuals. Check out the updated 2016 ARR 2D Modelling Guidelines and these scary photos from recent floods in Australia.

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