Hydrotechnical Engineering

Water plays a central role in irrigation, hydroelectric power production, water supply, navigation, flood control, erosion control, fisheries, drainage and land transport of pollutants. The utilization and management of water resources must be accomplished efficiently and economically, yet with assurance that there will be no detriment to the long-term potential of the resource itself or to the general well being and environmental quality of the surrounding region. Meeting these objectives requires great care in assessment, planning, design and management of water resources development. This, in turn, demands an understanding of many areas: the availability, distribution and quality of water, at rest and in motion, as it relates to the analysis and design of hydraulic components and structures; natural processes such as erosion, sedimentation, river mechanics, and coastal processes; and methods for planning and operating the resource system in an optimal way. Responsibility for these activities rests largely with civil engineers.

Graduate students select their main field of interest, and their individual programs are decided, in consultation with a faculty advisor. Since hydrotechnical engineering is such a broad field for graduate study, students may specialize in one phase, such as hydrology, hydraulics, environmental fluid mechanics; or alternatively, students may choose a broad program such as water resources management, which would include elements of hydrology, hydraulics, systems engineering and pollution control engineering.

Hydrotechnical Engineering Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(17)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Core Credits

(1)

 

 

Elective Credits

(29)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of Civil Graduate Level Courses (500-level and above, excluding M.A.Sc. thesis credits).

 

Core Courses (Required)
Credits
Term

CIVL 597*

Hydrotechnical Seminar

1

1 and 2

*Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program.

Approved Civil Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 316

Hydrology and Open Channel Flow

4

2

CIVL 416

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CIVL 417

Coastal Engineering

3

2

CIVL 418

Engineering Hydrology

3

1

CIVL 518

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

1

CIVL 523

Project Management for Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project and Construction Management

3

1

CIVL 540

Waves and Wave Effects

3

2

CIVL 541

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

3

2

CIVL 542

Physical Limnology

3

Not offered

CIVL 543

Turbulence

3

2

CIVL 546

Fluvial Hydraulics

3

Not offered

CIVL 558

Water Resources Infrastructure

2

Not offered

CIVL 566

Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic System

2

1

CIVL 556

Modeling and Optimization of Large Civil Engineering Systems

3

1

Approved Non-Civil Electives
Credits
Term

EOSC 329

Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

EOSC 429

Groundwater Contamination

3

1

EOSC 511

Numerical Techniques for Ocean, Atmosphere and Earth Scientists

3

Not offered

EOSC 532

Field Laboratory in Groundwater Hydrology

3

2

EOSC 533

Advanced Groundwater Hydrology

3

1

FRST 588

Headwater Systems

3

Not offered

MINE 584

Energy from the Earth: Renewable versus Conventional

3

2

PLAN 597

Planning for Water Resources Management

3

Not offered

RMES 515

Integrated Watershed Management (Web-oriented course)

3

2

RMES 516

Urban Watershed Management  (Web oriented course)

3

1

RMES 518

Water in International Development (Web oriented course

3

2