Introduction to River Ice Engineering
Sep 26 - 27, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-0906-2370
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
- Understand river ice processes and river ice engineering applications
- Discover the tools and methods used in river science and engineering
- Develop a fundamental understanding of river ice characteristics and behavior
- Appreciate the challenges confronted in managing river ice
- Apply the theory of river ice processes to practical applications associated with river ice management
River ice causes prevalent problems in Canada and will be addressed in this course. Breakup and subsequent ice jams cause significant damage in some areas. This course will provide an introduction to river ice engineering and is tailored to an audience of non-specialist professionals. From the formation of ice covers to breakup and ice jams, this course will illustrate the river ice processes and identify common problems associated with these processes through case studies.
- General overview
- River ice properties
- Freeze-up processes
- Freeze-up time (Excel numerical exercise)
- Numerical modelling
- Monitoring river ice covers
- Ice thickness predictions (Excel numerical exercise)
- Ice jam processes
- Ice-jam flood forecasting
Who Should Attend:
Professionals involved in the management of river ice engineering projects, including: Water Resource Engineers and Specialists • River Engineers • Environmental Specialists • Project Managers • Civil Engineers • Technologists and Technicians • Engineering Consultants
8:00 Registration & coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
There will be one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment & networking break during each morning & afternoon session.
Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes
- Importance of river ice engineering to water resources management
- Some case studies showing diversity of river ice management
River Ice Properties
- Ice core profiles
- Ice strength
- Thermal regime
- Hydraulic regime
Freeze-Up Time (Numerical Exercise Using Excel)
- River ice cover type
- Time required for formation of river ice cover
- Overview of numerical river ice modelling
- Numerical modelling examples using RIVICE
Monitoring River Ice Covers
- Field surveys
- Air-borne remote sensing
- Space-borne remote sensing
Ice Thickness Predictions (Numerical Exercise Using Excel)
- Cumulative degree days of freezing
- Stefan equation to predict ice thicknesses
Ice Jam Processes
- Ice-cover breakup and conditions leading to ice jamming
- Ice-jam mitigation techniques
Ice jam flood forecasting
- Ice-jam flood hazard forecasting
- Ice-jam flood mapping
Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes
InstructorKarl-Erich Lindenschmidt, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Karl is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of APEGS.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. Before his appointment at the University of Saskatchewan, Karl was with Manitoba Water Stewardship as a hydrologic modelling research engineer where one of his research topics involved monitoring and modelling river ice processes along the Red, Assiniboine and Dauphin Rivers.
His knowledge on river ice processes aided Red River Floodway operations, the Ice Jam Mitigation Program along the lower Red River and flood risk management of the Lake St. Martin/Dauphin River system. He has also extended his portfolio of river ice work and research to include the Slave River in the Northwest Territories, the Peace and Athabasca rivers in Alberta, and the South Saskatchewan and Qu’Appelle rivers in Saskatchewan.
To be announced
Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):
Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport
2335 Pegasus Rd NE
Calgary AB T2E 8C3
Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport
6620 36th ST NE
Calgary AB T3J 4C8
Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.
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Fee & Credits
- 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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