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394599 - Flood Forecasting Enhancements and Applications within HEC-HMS

Monday, June 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Greenway IJ
Co-Authors: Matthew Fleming, Davis, CA – Hydrologic Engineering Center

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) owns and/or operates over 700 dams throughout the U.S. with multiple authorized purposes including flood control, water supply, and navigation, amongst others. Additionally, USACE owns and operates over 15,000 miles of levees. In many cases, these structural systems require close-knit operations to effectively manage the wide range of hydrometeorological conditions to which they are subjected. Timely and accurate stream forecasts are essential to the safe operation of these structures.

The Corps Water Management System (CWMS) Nationwide Implementation Plan aims to enhance the USACE multi-purpose water management mission through effective stream and reservoir forecasting. Starting with the successful implementation of two pilot watersheds in 2012, this implementation plan has substantially expanded. As of September 2017, over 85 watersheds throughout the U.S. have been successfully implemented with a suite of hydrologic, reservoir simulation, hydraulic, and consequence estimation models.

New tools are under development at the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) that can better support forecasting needs. Version 4.3 of the Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) contains numerous features that enhance flow forecasting efficiency and accuracy. These tools include the support of initial condition optimization, improved calibration tools, result visualization, and numerous new computational methods. These new modeling capabilities will assist in the development of more competent and efficient forecasting results to support reservoir, levee, and emergency operations.

Michael David Bartles, MS

Senior Hydraulic Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Michael Bartles: Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Hydrologic Engineering Center, US Army Corps of Engineers, 530-302-3706, michael.d.bartles@usace.army.mil

Education: BS, Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
MS, Civil Engineering, Villanova University, 2014

Registration/Professional: Professional Engineer (Civil), Pennsylvania.

Experience: 1.5 years, Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Hydrology and Hydraulics Technology Division, Hydrologic Engineering Center, CEIWR.
HEC-HMS, HEC-SSP, HEC-MetVue, and HEC-WAT team member.

5 years, Hydraulic Engineer, Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Coastal Section, Philadelphia District, CENAP.

Technical Subjects: Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, unit hydrograph theory, physically-based modeling, snowmelt/accumulation, Geographic Information Systems, statistical hydrology, and real-time flood forecasting.

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