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WEST Consultants’ Sr. Vice President, Dr. David Curtis, represented the National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) at the annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) at USGS Headquarters in Reston, VA, January 17-18, 2018. The ACWI represents the interests of water-information users and professionals in advising the Federal Government on Federal water-information programs and their effectiveness in meeting the Nation’s water-information needs. ACWI membership includes 25 federal, regional, state, local and private organizations with strong water-information interests. The NHWC is a non-profit organization providing expert advice on the use of real-time, high quality, hydrologic information to protect lives, property, and the environment. Dr. Curtis is a past-President and Board member of NHWC.

Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, of WEST Consultants, was elected Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) at the 23rd ICID Congress and 68th International Executive Council (IEC) Meeting held in Mexico City, Mexico on October 8-14, 2017. He is the first Vice President from the United States since 2008.  For the next three years, Dr. Wahlin will be one of nine ICID Vice Presidents.  The other Vice Presidents hail from the Netherlands, the U.K., Morocco, Russia, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, and India. As a Vice President of ICID, Dr. Wahlin is now a member of ICID’s Permanent Committee on Strategy and Organization (PCSO) and will undertake issues related to strategic planning for ICID.  Being the only Vice President in the Americas, Dr. Wahlin will be responsible for promoting cooperation among the various ICID National Committees throughout North and South America. Dr. Wahlin will also continue to be President of the United States Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID), which is the United States National Committee for ICID.

WEST will be exhibiting at the River Restoration Northwest conference in Stevenson, Washington February 6th through 8th. Through a poster session on February 7th, WEST Hydraulic Engineer, Aaron Lee, will be presenting his research titled, “How a quasi-three dimensional morphodynamic model can inform predictions of habitat response to dam removal.”

Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, manager of WEST’s Tempe, AZ office, led a committee of global canal automation experts tasked with developing the Canal Automation for Irrigation Systems Manual 131 for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Bert Clemmens, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, also of WEST’s Tempe office, authored several chapters of the manual. The manual documents new technological progress in canal automation, as well as practical guidance on more routine aspects of canal automation. “Canal Automation for Irrigation Systems” edited by Brian Wahlin, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE and Darell Zimbelman, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE is available on the ASCE website. A book review published in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2018, 144(4) described the work, “Overall, this is an excellent reference book on irrigation canal automation, and the techniques presented by this manuscript can potentially be expanded for the automation of canals with broader uses and applications such as flood control, water quality enhancement (e.g., stormwater treatment areas), and navigation. The book is recommended to practicing hydraulic/electronic engineers involved with water control systems, as a design guideline. The authors of this MOP have a strong background in this subject and have presented the material in a logical manner, still keeping the presented information engaging and relevant.”

Chris Goodell, P.E., D.WRE, WEST Director of Applied Research, will be presenting at the U.S. Society on Dams’ 2018 USSD Conference & Exhibition in Miami, Florida. His paper, Probablistic Dam Breach Modeling using HEC-RAS and McBreach describes the benefits of probabilistic dam breach modeling as well as the procedures used to accomplish this task.  It also presents the results of a probabilistic approach to dam breach modeling applied to a dam in Oregon and compares the results to the traditional deterministic method. Henry Hu, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., CFM, D.WRE, WEST Vice President, will be co-presenting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District on Corps Water Management System Implementation and Applications. Beginning in 2009, the Mobile District and WEST have worked together to develop CWMS in each of the multiple-reservoir river systems that the District manages. Marty Teal, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, WEST Senior Vice President, will also be attending as a USSD board member, Chair of the Subcommittee on Sedimentation of Reservoirs, and a moderator of a conference session on sedimentation. The 38th USSD conference will be held April 30th – May 4th and have the theme, “A Balancing Act: Dams, Levees and Ecosystems.”

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