Tag: River Engineering

River Hydraulics in Steep Canyon Environments

This is a view of US 34 within the Big Thompson Canyon during the final repair phase in late 2017. By John Hunt, PE; Will deRosset, PE, CFM; and Anthony Alvarado, PE, CFM The September 2013 flood in Colorado devastated the northern Front Range, causing widespread damage to critical infrastructure and transportation networks. Hundreds of… Read More »

What Is Riprap? And Why It Rocks!

What is Riprap? Riprap describes a range of rocky material placed along shorelines, bridge foundations, steep slopes, and other shoreline structures to protect from scour and erosion. Rocks used range from 4 inches to over 2 feet. The size of the rock needed on a project depends on the steepness of the slope and how… Read More »

HEC-RAS Software: How Math Mitigates Flooding

In this City of Loveland, Colorado, map, the red line shows the HEC-RAS modeled 100-year floodplain that Ayres Associates completed in 2005. The yellow line shows the extents of the 2013 major flood, as measured by the City of Loveland. By John Hunt, Senior Hydraulic Engineer When it comes to 1-dimensional open-channel hydraulic analysis, the… Read More »