Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)

Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)


♫ music ♫ Hydraulic engineers must ensure that environmental impacts are kept to a minimum when highway construction crosses a river. Traditional modeling tools provide a one-dimensional
analysis and apply assumptions that can lead to overly conservative, inadequate, or inaccurate
results that do not meet new requirements. Next generation 2-D and 3-D modeling tools
create more detailed and accurate representations so planning and design teams can improve project
quality. J.R. Taylor: “With this new software, the graphical output to visualization to help explain results is amazing, and kind of unprecedented, really for hydraulic modeling. It goes a long way in making your project delivery much more efficient and effective.” The technology can be used to illustrate water surface elevations, depth, velocity, and shear stress. These models help engineers communicate the
complex interaction between waterways, infrastructure, and the surrounding environment. Eric Brown: “With 2D hydraulic modeling, we are better equipped to explain the results of our efforts, why it’s important, how the flooding is impacting the road or the bridge or the culvert as part of the project. How our projects are also impacting the natural environment.” The results can significantly improve the
ability of highway agencies to design safer, more cost-effective, and resilient structures
over waterways. To learn more about Collaborative Hydraulics:
Advancing the Next Generation of Engineering, visit our website. ♫ music ♫

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