Hydraulics & Waterways


397885 - The Economic Efficiency Of Coordinated Physical/Numerical Hydrodynamic Modeling Of Mesoscale Projects

Tuesday, June 5
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Greenway CD

Physical modeling of complex water resources projects combined with advanced hydrodynamic modeling is a potent tool for ensuring sustainable designs of bridges, dams, navigation, flood control, water supply and other small and large water projects. In previous work the authors have demonstrated the benefits of the “Physical First” methodology. It was also demonstrated that flow complexity determines if combined physical/numerical modeling is warranted, not size. Physical/numerical modeling of hydrodynamic systems adds to the engineering costs of projects. However, it is our experience that the additional engineering costs are more than offset by savings in the design and construction which is more narrowly focused on actual hydrodynamic issues, instead of offsetting uncertainty in the design. This presentation will demonstrate these findings by through case studies of actual projects.

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Jerry R. Richardson, M.ASCE, D.WRE

Associate Professor
University of Missouri Kansas City

Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and director of the River Engineering Program. He is also a Senior Water Resources Engineer Water Resources Solutions (WRS) LLC.
Dr. Richardson received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He contributed most of the artwork to the first edition of FHWA’s Highways In the River Environment (HIRE) and edited the second edition. In the early 1970’s he worked in Venezuela serving as a field technician gaging streams and servicing the rain gage network for a large basin-wide hydrologic project.
In 1980, he worked in Alaska conducting hydraulic, stream stability, and scour analysis studying river crossing of the Northwest Alaskan Gas Pipeline. After his Master’s degree where he conducting laboratory studies of inflow seepage effects on sediment transport, worked on the island of Java investigating the riverine consequences of the volcanic eruption of Galungung for the USAID.
Dr. Richardson completed his Ph.D. in 1989, and then worked to develop training resources for assessing Stream Stability and Scour at bridges for FHWA and NHI. Dr. Richardson was a contributing author of the original editions of FHWA’s HEC-18 and HEC-20. He is a certified NHI instructor for 27 years.
Dr. Richardson joined the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1994 where he teaches and conduct research in the field of river engineering, river mechanics, sediment transport, and scour at bridges. Dr. Richardson has trained thousands of engineers, published over 25-refereed publications, numerous conference articles and contributed to numerous reports, circulars, manuals and articles.


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Jonathan G. Daldalian, Missouri

Graduate Student
Water Resources Solutions, LLC

Jonathan Daldalian is an Intern Water Resources Engineer with 3.5 years of interdisciplinary engineering experience that includes manufacturing, land development, and water resources. He is currently pursuing his professional engineering license in the State of Missouri.

A graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, Daldalian was active in the Design Build Institute of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the ASCE Steel Bridge Team. He has experience designing turbine engine repair tooling, machinery safety guards, and robotics programming; sanitary, storm water, and grading design for existing and new construction sites; urban and rural watershed analysis; open channel flow numerical modeling; and construction of hydraulic physical models.

M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Expected May 2018.
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2017.
B.A. History & Political Science, Rockhurst University, 2011.


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