Live Course: Hydrostatics and open channel flow, #5 H&H Essentials

Principles governing fluid pressure and open channel flow

(Course code: LS-22-3-051)

In this 3-hour intensive training course attendees will increase their knowledge of the principles of physics as they relate to hydrostatics and basic fluid dynamics. Throughout the course attendees will be shown practical working examples, learning hands-on how to compute fluid pressure at any point, determine buoyant forces, and compute energy gradients.

To find out more about the series, see below.

Date: Thursday, 9 June 2022

Time: 9:00am (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Location: Online

Format: x1, 3 hour live interactive session + Pre/post-course materials via the learning platform; live recording available post session

Cost: AUD$195 (includes GST) or combine with the full H&H Series and save 15%

Contact: Joel Voortman

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Hubert Chanson

University of Queensland

Hubert Chanson is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, where he has been since 1990, having previously enjoyed an industrial career for six years. His main field of expertis... Read more

Robert Keller

R. J. Keller & Associates and Monash University

Dr Keller has worked exclusively as a hydraulics engineer and modelling specialist since 1972.  His main areas of expertise are steady and transient flow analyses of pipe network and irrigation syste... Read more

Martin Hendriks

Utrecht University

Dr Martin R. Hendriks is Associate Professor (retired) of Physical Geography & Hydrology at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. He studied Physical Geography at the University of Amste... Read more

Krey Price

Surface Water Solutions

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more


This course is part of our H&H Essentials series

Key concepts/topics covered

  • Computing pressure in hydrostatic systems
  • Buoyancy and flotation
  • Converting potential energy to kinetic energy
  • Froude Number: Hydraulic jumps
  • Subcritical, critical, and supercritical flow
  • Steady vs. unsteady flow
  • Velocity head and energy gradient

Learning objectives

  • How to determine the pressure on a dam or submerged structure
  • How to convert potential energy (head) to kinetic energy (velocity)
  • How to determine flow regime and location of a hydraulic jump
  • How to compute energy gradient in open channel flow


This course is part of our H&H Essentials series, comprised of 8 individual intensive 3-hour courses with each course flowing into the next enabling attendees to build their skills piece by piece through every course. Each course in the series will focus on a key principle of hydrology and hydraulics. Click here to register for the ENTIRE series.


These courses are designed to cater for engineers and non-engineers alike, with a range of provided background materials that make the course suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals seeking a refresher for the underlying concepts behind hydrologic and hydraulic modelling applications.


Each course consists of a 3-hour live session with pre- and post-course materials delivered through sequential units via our customised learning platform. Recordings of the live sessions will be made available to all attendees for later review. The courses include electronic copies of background material and workshop instructions, with pre-readings/videos and manuals available for ongoing learning.

As a live attendee, you will have unlimited access to all courses in the series until the 30th of September 2022.

What’s included within each of the 8 courses in the series:

  • 3-hours of session recordings to view as many times as required;
  • Ability to ask questions to the presenters at any time through the learning platform;
  • PDF manual of the course available for ongoing use;
  • Workshop material for hands-on exercises downloaded from the learning platform before starting the session recordings;
  • Pre-reading and viewing materials.


Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged.


A good internet connection and software and downloads as described in the learning platform. To provide the best desired learning outcomes, set up in a quiet space with dual monitors (i.e., one screen with the on-demand recording and the other with the software/exercise that attendees can work on simultaneously).


On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation. Attendees earn CPD hours/points with professional organisations for at least 5 hours per course (therefore 40+ hours for the series).


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