Hydrotechnical Design of Hydropower Facilities

Online /
Feb 27 - 29, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0115-ONL24

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of hydropower generation and associated issues
  • Collaborate effectively with other professionals about hydropower project design
  • Evaluate problems and take necessary steps from Hydrotechnical points of view
  • Pursue correct hydraulic design, analysis and modelling required for hydropower projects
  • Provide necessary Hydrotechnical support for hydropower generation, operation, and maintenance


The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of hydropower projects and the areas where a Hydrotechnical Engineer can contribute. It can also help recent engineering graduates and young professionals to connect their fundamental academic learning to professional engineering exercises required for hydropower generating companies. Course participants will learn about practical engineering problems and how to address them in real-life scenarios.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Hydropower Generation
  • Typical Project Components and Their Use
  • Project Design Considerations
  • Selection Of Location, Layout, and Capacity
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Hydraulic Design of
    • Dam and reservoir
    • Spillway and low-level outlets
    • Fish passage
    • Tunnel, penstock, and surge shaft
    • Powerhouse – turbines, gates, and valves
    • Tailrace channel
  • Hydraulic Modelling and Analysis
  • Hydrotechnical Input for Construction, Commissioning, and Testing
  • Hydrotechnical Input for Operation and Maintenance

Who Should Attend
Civil Engineers who are interested in developing expertise in Hydrotechnical Engineering to support hydropower projects, which include:

  • recent engineering graduates
  • engineering consultants serving hydropower-generating companies
  • design engineers working in hydropower utility companies
More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


  • Introduction to hydropower generation
  • Typical project components and their use
  • Project design considerations
  • Selection of location, layout, and capacity
  • Environmental assessment
  • Hydraulic design of
    • Dam and reservoir
    • Spillway and low-level outlets
    • Fish passage
    • Tunnel, penstock, and surge shaft
    • Powerhouse – turbines, gates, and valves
    • Tailrace channel
  • Hydraulic modelling and analysis
  • Hydrotechnical input for construction, commissioning, and testing
  • Hydrotechnical input for operation and maintenance


Faheem Sadeque, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Faheem Sadeque is a Professional Hydrotechnical Engineer with about 24 years of experience, which includes teaching and research in hydraulics. He joined BC Hydro in 2008, shortly after completing his Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Alberta. Dr. Sadeque started his career as a Lecturer at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1999. He completed a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from BUET before moving to Canada in 2002. He worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants in Canada. He is the lead hydraulic modeller of pressure transients at BC Hydro. Dr. Sadeque provides expert engineering input for penstock flow measurement, turbine performance testing, field data collection program and all kinds of hydraulic modeling, design, and analysis work at BC Hydro.

Dr. Sadeque holds an Adjunct Professor position (since 2018) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has multiple collaborative research projects relevant to hydropower industries. He is supervising graduate students to conduct physical and numerical hydraulic modelling at multiple universities in Canada and USA. Dr. Sadeque also delivers a lecture on hydropower engineering at UBC. He has more than 20 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He was awarded a gold medal and many prestigious scholarships for academic achievements.

Dr. Sadeque represents BC Hydro and Canada as a subject matter expert in international technical committees and working groups. He offers webinar presentations for engineers of various hydroelectric utilities in the Penstock Working Group of CEATI (Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation). Dr. Sadeque has been working with international experts in the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) technical committee to develop a hydraulic transient modelling and testing guideline.

Dr. Sadeque is involved in several volunteering activities for the engineering community. He provides technical reviews of papers submitted to multiple reputed engineering journals. He has been working as a mentor with the Engineering Mentoring program at UBC since 2013 to promote professional culture among undergraduate and graduate students for their success.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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