Semester 2 - HydroInformatics


Semester 2: HydroInformatics

At Newcastle University

The second semester is defined as a compulsory common platform on hydroinformatics and smart water management, based on a set of concepts, techniques and tools applied in different situations of the 3 water domains. The acquired competencies provide to the participants the general capacities requested for developing and entering the specialisation tracks of the 3rd semester. Each of these tracks offers the possibility to develop an engineer or a research oriented approach according to the career strategy of each participant.

NB: During Semester 2, each participant identifies and confirms a specialisation for Semester 3. Semesters 3 & 4 could be partly realized via a placement with one of the Third Country institutions (max 15 ECTS) and according to a pedagogic agreement.

Module 2.1 – Smart Water & Integrated River Basin Management

The module presents the context of different environments such as urban areas, catchments, and coastal zones. According to these specific situations, the course gives a methodology to identify the relevant type of IT solutions, Hydroinformatics methods and tools. The course provides a global vision of computer based decision support systems that are widely used into offices of engineers, water authorities, national bodies and international agencies. The module underlines the major issues on sustainable water management, the water policies and strategies of management.

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Module 2.2 - Numerical methods & Computational Hydraulics

The module provides introduction, through theory and practice, to numerical methods applied generally to the water field and especially to computational hydraulics. The course is based on introduction to differential equations in fluid mechanics for free-surface flow and transport system used for unsteady flows simulation. The module presents in details and through exercises the most widely used approaches such as method of characteristics, finite differences and finite elements.

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Module 2.3 – Introduction to smart water methods, software packages / Modelling of Floods

The module offers to the participants to use and to apply through case studies the major modelling packages for hydrological catchments modelling, 1D and 2D free surface flows in continental and marine environments. The proposed tools are issued and developed by the most advanced professional and scientific producers such as Danish Hydraulic Institute (DK), Electricité de France EDF (F), Deltares (NL), Wallingford Software (UK), Halcrow (UK) DHI-WASY (DE). The purpose for the participants is to have an extensive knowledge and practice of the modelling procedures with the different packages for the modelling of floods that are used in real time systems and forecasting environments.

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Module 2.4 – Software engineering & Hydroinformatics Systems Development for smart water

The module presents the main concepts of software engineering based on IT solutions. Knowledge on programming and Web-technologies are complemented. Introduction is given to computational environments such as Internet, clusters, parallel computing etc. as well as the design, implementation and set-up of water related Web services.

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Module 2.5 – Smart water & Climate Change: vulnerability, impacts and adaptation

This module addresses the risks and likely impacts of climate change in the human, natural and built environments, covering key aspects such as water resources, flooding, sea level rise and coasts, health, transport, infrastructure and cities. Engineering strategies for adaptation are described in detail, so the participant can learn not just how climate change will impact society, but also how society can respond. Participants are well equipped to assess, propose and apply sustainable strategies in a range of key infrastructures and environmental settings.

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Module 2.6 – Writting Dissertation in Science and Engineering

The module is focused on thesis writing (MSc thesis) in English and includes also a communication part (oral and written activities with multimedia devices and tools) focused on thesis defence. On completion of this module, the participant acquires essential skills which are compulsory into future professional activities and positions in multi-cultural environment.