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CEG8525 : Hydrosystems Processes and Data Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Quinn
  • Lecturer: Dr Claire Walsh, Dr Caspar Hewett, Mr Vassilis Glenis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To inspire students and to demonstrate the exciting opportunities for engineers in the water resources engineering sector. To provide an understanding of hydrological processes and applications in water resources engineering. To place water resources engineering in the context of national and international civil engineering practice.

The module begins by demonstrating the relevance of water to civil engineering with examples of major national and international engineering projects concerned with water resources, flood management and hydrological systems. It introduces the use of modelling for quantification of the water cycle and then proceeds through a variety of hydrological and water resources engineering topics, including flood routing, reservoir design and control, flood and drought occurrence, unsteady flow, groundwater flows, water supply systems, urban drainage and river engineering. It concludes with an integrative overview. Wherever possible, theoretical development is supported by practical example and case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture outline:

*Introduction. Water resources, hydrology, floods and river catchment systems in engineering and the context of a nation’s requirements; national and international case studies.

*Quantification of the water cycle through mathematical modelling; types of models.

*Hydrological flood routing: predicting the movement of flood waves along rivers.

*Reservoir flood routing and spillway design: ensuring that a dam does not fail by being overtopped.

*Flood and drought frequency: determining relative occurrence from available hydrological records.

*Reservoir design: calculating the size of a reservoir to ensure a reliable water supply in the future.

* Reservoir operation: derivation of operating rules to ensure that water is supplied with a specified long-term reliability.

*Unsteady flow: the relevant physics based equations; flood simulation and mapping.

*Groundwater flows: borehole equations and drawdown; designing a well to provide a sustainable water yield.

*Water supply systems: sources and networks; pipe size and pipe network design to deliver water from reservoirs and into urban systems.

*Urban drainage and storm sewer networks: designing drainage systems to minimize flood risk.

*River engineering: sediment transport and river morphology; river training; working with Nature to stabilize rivers and ensure the safety of populations and infrastructure in river corridors.

*Integrative overview: integrated river basin management.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Synchronous Online Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework 1 report including a) Building a model in excel; b) Calibrating a model and c) Creating
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PIP Activity Rainfall Run Off simulator, Large Flume Experiment, Jointly with DSE,
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading166:0066:00Background reading and additional information
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study62:0012:00Asynchronous Timetabled Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full un
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8501Quantitative Methods for Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main rationale for the teaching methods employed on this module is to engage and give a solid grounding the student at the outset of their MSc programmes, and to place in context ALL of the subsequent modules.
Therefore, an appropriate mix of lectures, interactive workshops, experimental work using state of the art equipment and facilities. An in depth case study for Newcastle and the River Ouseburn, linking to The Urban Observatory, the National Green Infrastructure facility and the Novak Laboratory. Hands on workshops will acquire, distil and report on range of spatial and temporal data sets. Students will work in groups to aid the data synthesis and reporting process.These methods are appropriate because they provide the student with an integrated programme of theory (lectures) and practical hands-on application (workshops and experimental work
Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Flow gauging and Ouseburn Metrics Report.
Written exercise1M25Ouseburn Catchment management plan.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The courseworks will assess the individual students understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts, the student’s individual understanding in depth of the course material and concepts, as well their report writing skills.

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