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Short Course Modeling of Hydrosystems


IAHR-EGW Short Course Modeling of Hydrosystems


Berlin, Germany
October 8 - 12, 2007

Course Team

Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann
TU Berlin
Prof. Frank Molkenthin
BTU Cottbus
Dr. Peter Mewis
TU Darmstadt
Prof. Erwin Zehe
Universität Potsdam
Dr. Heiko Sieker
Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Dr. Sieker mbH, Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten
Prof. Klaus-Peter Holz
BTU Cottbus
Prof. Matthias Barjenbruch
TU Berlin

IAHR-EGW Activity


The Engineering Graduate School Environment Water of IAHR (International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research) is a network of several international institutions which offer courses at a high academic level on water and environmental related fields. The courses are directed to graduate students, post-graduates and professionals. For academic recognition, the European credit point system ECTS and an appropriate quality control are applied.

Course Concept

The short course offers an introduction and overview of recent and newly developed hydro-numerical, hydrological and information modeling methods and techniques to efficiently solve research and practical problems in hydro- and environmental engineering. The main focus is put on generalized modeling methods and their broad application fields in modeling hydrological, subsurface, free-surface and technical flow and transport processes including the interactions in natural and urban hydrosystems. Potentials and limitations of nowadays modeling of hydrosystems are demonstrated. Innovations, challenges and future trends in this field will be pointed out and discussed.

The participants should be enabled to briefly go into the depth of the application fields by themselves after the course and to benefit from the similarities of the presented modeling methods.

The short course is structured in four topics: generalized modeling methods, hydrological modeling, subsurface flow modeling and free-surface flow modeling. Among overviews and theoretical backgrounds, it provides computer demonstrations and applications from research and practical projects. The short course can be used for personal consultations with the course lecturers as well as for open discussions among the course participants.

Target Group

The course is directed to researchers, MSc and PhD students as well as practical engineers from engineering offices, industry and administration who want to broaden their knowledge in modeling of hydrosystems for a better solution of their research or practical work.


Participants should have basic knowledge in hydromechanics, hydrology and computer sciences. Further knowledge about rainfall-runoff, subsurface, free-surface and sewage plants flow and transport processes is desirable, however not mandatory.


The course will be performed at five days with four sessions of 1.5 - 2 hours. The lectures mainly consist of presentations together with some computer demonstrations and applications. Lecture notes will be offered for all topics. An ice-breaker and a sight-seeing event is included in the overall program. The following topics will be presented and discussed: GENERALIZED MODELING METHODS:

  • numerical modeling
  • information modeling and processing
  • model integration


  • (rural) hydroloy
  • urban hydrology
  • sewage plants


  • groundwater
  • transport
  • unsaturated zone, water-gas flow


  • river flow
  • coastal flow
  • morphodynamics

Academic Recognition

After successful completion of a short examination at the end of the course, the participants will receive a certificate equivalent to 3 ECTS.


Course Director:
Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann
Prof. Frank Molkenthin

Course Organizers:
Mr. Pham Van
Mrs. Mata Krishna (mata.krishna@wahyd.tu-berlin.de)

Fon: +49 / 30 / 314 - 72308
Fax: +49 / 30 / 314 - 72430

TU Berlin – Sekr.: TIB1-B14
Fachgebiet  Wasserwirtschaft
und Hydrosystemmodellierung
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin



The course will be held at:
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Bauingenieurwesen
Fachgebiet Wasserwirtschat und Hydroinformatik
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25

13355 Berlin


Course room: TIB 566

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