cod. 06037

Academic year 2019/20
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Costruzioni idrauliche e marittime e idrologia (ICAR/02)
Ingegneria civile
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and ability to understand:
At the end of the course, the student must have acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to develop rainfall-runoff and flood propagation numerical models.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- calculate the discharge hydrograph of a catchment by means concentrated and semi-distributed rainfall-runoff models.
- to study the propagation of a flood wave in a river by means of a 1D hydraulic model.

Autonomy of judgment:
the student should be able to independently develop a hydrological model of a particular catchment and analyse the results of other models.
Communication skills:
The student will have sufficient language ownership regarding the specific technical terminology and must be able to present the obtained results using graphs, tables and texts in a clear and effective way.


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Course unit content

The course should provide the necessary knowledge to construct modern rainfall-runoff and flood propagation models by means of most well-established software. The course is the follow-up of the hydrology course from which it gathers some of the fundamental concepts.

Full programme

-Modelli afflussi – deflussi di piena e continui con particolare rifermento al Modello di Clark, definizione dei concetti di modelli concentrati semi-distribuiti e distribuiti.
Rainfall-Runoff numerical models both lumped and distributed
Parameter estimation for rainfall-runoff models
Muskingum method for flood propagation
Flood propagation models based on numerical integration of De Saint-Venant Equations
Roughness calibration
Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) to create 1D model’s geometry of flood propagation model
Rainfall-runoff models creation and calibration by means of HEC-HMS code
1D flood propagation model creation and calibration by means of HEC-RAS code


- Power point slides showed during the lessons, text and data used during the tutorials
- Rainfall-Runoff Modelling: The Primer, 2nd Edition. Keith J. Beven, ISBN: 978-0-470-71459-1 488 pages, February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- Hydrology: A Science for Engineers. André Musy, Benoit Hingray, Cécile Picouet, July 23, 2014, CRC Press, ISBN 9781466590595
- Hydrology in Practice, Fourth Edition, Elizabeth M. Shaw, Keith J. Beven, Nick A. Chappell, Rob Lamb, July 27, 2010 by CRC Press, ISBN 9780415370417

Teaching methods

The course is organized into a series of lessons conducted with the help of powerpoint slides. Moreover, exercises will be orgainzed using Hec-Ras and Hec-Hms numerical models. The teacher will provide the support needed to prepare the final project through a series of on-going reviews

Assessment methods and criteria

The student must develop a project and terminate it independently by a writing a report. Once the project has been marked by the teacher, the student can take the oral examination on all the topics discussed in the lesson and tutorials

Other information

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