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1 Water Resources Engineering as a Career Path for Civil Engineers CEE1020 Fall 2006 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Tennessee Technological University

2 What is Water Resources Engineering? Water resources engineers are concerned with the problems associated with the use and control of water A branch within Civil Engineering among other branches.

3 Examples of Application of Water Resources Engineering Flash Flood in mountainous areas– needs protection Landslide from heavy rainfall – needs protective measures A water intake point (for consumption) from a stream A dam for flood protection, storage, power, fishing and navigation (TVA)

4 More Examples Water Treatment Plant draws water directly from a River. You cannot use directly Wastewater Treatment plant – used water can not just be thrown back – it will kill the fishes and the environment. Must treat it first Civil Engineers design and lay water distribution system for cities

5 A More specific Example ( Job Type for a Water Resources Engineer ) Design the water distribution and storage system for Cookeville. Design life will be 50 years How will a Civil Engineer do it? Factor Population Growth of Cookeville Factor how much water is needed (after 50 years) Is the water available enough to meet demand? Factor how much water is available (from groundwater, rivers, lakes) No – then plan storage system (reservoir) – But how big should it be?

6 How do Civil Engineers Find out How much Water is Available? In Water resources engineering, we study the water cycle This is the cycle that describes how water is moving around us (rainfall, groundwater, river water, evaporation etc.) The name of the course is HYDROLOGY (senior-level elective CEE course CEE4420)

7 The Local Water Cycle Source: NASA

8 Satellites Can Also Help Study Rainfall variability - Hydrologic Cycle The Global Water Cycle

9 Water is More Important than Ever Before A University of New Hampshire study has found that population growth and economic development, in tandem with global climate change, will impact the availability of fresh water over the first quarter of this century. Science, 2000, vol. 289

10 Water-related Hazard – 1 Global Water Scarcity (Too Little Water) Hot Spots for Wars

11 Water-related Hazard – 2 Global Floods (Too Much Water) At least 10 million displaced and death annually due to Floods caused by widespread rainfall

12 Cutting-edge Technology that Water Resources Engineering Will Use in Future Civil Engineers studying Hydrology will have to learn to deal with satellites soon. Satellites can measure: Rainfall, River discharge, soil moisture, evaporation from soils, soil temperature, Track Hurricanes

13 Courses on Water Resources Engineering 1.Everyone takes ME 3720 Fluid Mechanics followed by CEE3420 Hydraulics during Junior year. 2.ME 3720 is a prerequisite for any CEE water-resources courses 3.ME 3720 – teaches the fundamentals (theory) 4.CEE3420 – teaches the engineering aspect (application) 5.Elective courses during senior year are: i)CEE4420 – Engineering Hydrology (on water cycle and hydrologic modeling) ii)CEE4440 – Water Resources Engineering (on management of water resources systems)

14 CEE Faculty 1.Dr. Vince Neary Associate Professor PhD – Iowa University Office: PH 339; Tel: Dr. Faisal Hossain Assistant Professor PhD – University of Connecticut Office: PH 339; Tel:

15 Job Opportunities Studying Water Resources Engineering widens job opportunities within the Civil Engineering domain. Some fun places where you can work are: (1)US Army Corps of Engineers – building dams, waterways, navigation (2)TVA – power generation, flood protection, fishing, irrigation (3)US EPA – protecting the water bodies from contamination or environmental terrorism (4)Any Town or City needs Water Resources Engineers for planning and management of distribution systems (5)NASA (6)US Department of Agriculture – Irrigation (7)Insurance Companies (Lots of money) – Guess why?

16 Further Information

17 Thank You! Questions?


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