FLOW-3D Workshop at EDF

FLOW-3D EDF Workshop, Lyon, France

This special workshop hosted by our partners at EDF will take place on June 18 – 19, 2019 in Lyon, France. The workshop will be followed by an optional free tour of the Grand’Maison Dam, France’s largest pumped storage hydropower plant located in Alomont on June 20. Registration for the workshop includes a 30-day FLOW-3D license*.

Led by FLOW-3D water & civil modeling expert, John Wendelbo, this one and a half day workshop will provide attendees with an in-depth exposure to FLOW-3D modeling capabilities, as well as hands-on instruction for setting up and running free surface simulations. The workshop will focus on how FLOW-3D can be used in complex hydraulic analysis for common application types for municipal stormwater, dams, river and environmental, and wastewater treatment applications.

Baffle drop structure analysis
Baffle drop structure FLOW-3D analysis. Courtesy Wade Trim, NEORSD

During the workshop, beyond free surface modeling, you will be introduced to more sophisticated physics models, including air entrainment, sediment and scour, thermal plumes, density flows, moving objects and particle dynamics. By the end of the workshop, you will have set up eight models from scratch, absorbed the user interface and steps that are common to important classes of hydraulic problems. You will also use the advanced post-processing tool FlowSight to analyze the results of your simulations. This one and a half day workshop is comprehensive yet accessible for engineers new to 3D CFD modeling. 

Register Online


In order to access EDF’s facilities, all attendees must provide their ID one month ahead of the workshop.

Cancellation policy: For a full refund of the registration fee, attendees must cancel their registration by 5:00 pm MST one month prior to the date of the workshop. After that date, no refunds will be made.

About EDF

Électricité de France S.A. is a French electric utility company, largely owned by the French state. Headquartered in Paris, with €71.2 billion in revenues in 2016, EDF operates a diverse portfolio of 120+ gigawatts of generation capacity in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Wikipedia

Workshop Overview

A detailed schedule with the workshop topics is available below.

June 18, 2019

10:30 – 12:00 Registration
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 18:00 Workshop

June 19, 2019

9:00 – 12:30 Workshop
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 18:00 Workshop

June 20, 2019

8:00 – 19:00 Tour of the Grand’Maison Dam 

Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Workshop Location

EDF Immeuble de Thier
154 Avenue de Thier
69003  Lyon FRANCE

Workshop Fees

*This offer only applies to prospective or lapsed customers.

  • Academics 99€ 
  • Commercial 299€ 

Workshop Schedule

June 18, 2019

  • 10:30 – 12:00: Registration
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Lunch, provided by Flow Science

Session 1 – FLOW-3D Applications and Workflow

  • 13:30 – 14:00: Review of FLOW-3D applications for water civil infrastructure 
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Free surface hydraulics – FLOW-3D‘s workflow and modeling platform
  • 14:30 – 14:50: Overview of auxiliary physical models

Session 2 – Free Surface Hydraulics Model Setup

  • 15:10 – 15:55: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a fish passage 
  • 15:55 – 16:25: Hands-on post-processing results demonstration
  • 16:25 – 17:10: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a baffle drop structure

June 19, 2019

Session 1 – Hydraulic Controls

  • 9:00 – 9:30: Meshing, boundary conditions and initial condition topics
  • 9:30 – 10:15: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a flume with moving gates
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Weirs, spillways, hydraulic controls – Review of accuracy and best practices

Session 2 – Sediment Scour

  • 11:00 – 11:30: Sediment scour in FLOW-3D – Theory, practice and validation
  • 11.30 – 12:00: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a diamond pier scour model
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Lunch, provided by Flow Science

June 19, 2019 (Cont.)

Session 3 – Dispersed Phase

  • 13:30 – 14:00: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a hydrodynamic separator
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Review of air entrainment modeling options
  • 14:30 – 15:00: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a plunging jet

Session 4 – Wastewater Treatment Topics

  • 15:15 – 16:00: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a chlorine reactor tank
  • 16:00 – 16:45: Hands-on A-Z model setup of a secondary clarifier tank

Session 7 – Numerics, Meshing and Modeling Strategies

  • 16:45 – 17:15: Meshing, physical model and general modeling considerations
  • 17:15 – 17:30: Numerical options in FLOW-3D, common mistakes and common fixes
  • 17:30 – 18:00: Questions and remarks

June 20, 2019

Tour of the Grand’Maison Dam

  • 8:00: Depart Lyon
  • 11:00 – 12:30: First stop of the tour
  • 12:40 – 13:40: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Second stop of the tour
  • 16:30 – 19:00: Return to Lyon

Who should attend?

  • Practicing engineers working in the water resources, environmental, energy and civil engineering industries
  • Regulators and decision makers looking to better understand what state-of-the-art tools are available to the modeling community
  • All modelers working in the field of environmental hydraulics
  • Civil engineering students

Participants will learn

  • How to import geometry and set up free-surface hydraulic models, including meshing and initial and boundary conditions.
  • How to add complexity by including sediment transport and scour, particles, scalars and turbulence.
  • How to use sophisticated visualization tools such as FlowSight™ to effectively analyze and convey simulation results.
  • Advanced topics, including air entrainment and bulking phenomena, shallow water, hybrid 3D/shallow water modeling, and chemistry.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Amanda Ruggles.