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Fall 2017 Seminar Series

Dr. Arash Massoudieh, The Catholic University of America

Friday, October 13, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Technology Research Center (TRC) : 206


Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education

Fall 2017 Seminar Series


Dr. Arash Massoudieh
Civil Engineering Department
The Catholic University of America

“A Flexible Framework for Process-Based Hydraulic and Water Quality Modeling of Best Management Practices"

Friday, October 13, 2017

2:00 PM


Models that allow for evaluation of the effects of design considerations on the performance of best management practices (BMPs) and green infrastructure (GI) to control urban and agricultural runoff and associated contaminants have received considerable attention in recent years. While popular, the GI models are relatively simplistic. However, GI model predictions are being relied upon by many municipalities and State/Local agencies to make decisions about gray vs. green infrastructure improvement planning. Adding complexity to GI modeling frameworks may preclude their use in simpler urban planning situations. Therefore, the goal here was to develop a sophisticated, yet flexible tool that could be used by design engineers and researchers to capture and explore the effect of design factors and properties of the media employed in the performance of GI systems at a relatively small scale. We deemed it essential to have a flexible GI modeling tool that is capable of simulating GI system components and specific biophysical processes affecting contaminants such as reactions, and particle-associated transport accurately while maintaining a high degree of flexibility to account for the myriad of GI alternatives. The mathematical framework for a stand-alone GI performance assessment tool has been developed and will be demonstrated. The process-based model framework developed here can be used to model a diverse range of GI practices such as green roof, retention pond, bioretention, infiltration trench, permeable pavement and other custom-designed combinatory systems. I will demonstrate the utility of this GI modeling framework to simulate flow and transport in a stream, bioretention, infiltration basin and permeable pavement GI systems.

This seminar series is free and open to the public.


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Parking passes for off-campus guests in the TRC lot are required at the cost of $4.00 per car.  Parking passes may be picked up and paid for (cash only) before seminar by stopping by the CUERE office in TRC 102 /105 and seeing a staff member.  Please contact us at 410-455-1763 with any questions regarding logistics.  

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