EUROAQUAE - Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Masters Erasmus Mundus
A Barcelona (Spagna)

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Informazione importanti

  • Master II livello
  • Barcelona (Spagna)
  • Durata:
    2 Anni
  • Quando:
    Ottobre
  • Crediti: 120
Descrizione

The evolution of human activities, in the foreground of climate changes and growing earth population, induces situations more and more complex to manage. The sustainable development of water resources in the aquatic environment and its management represents today a major challenge. The global aim of the management is to avoid or minimize risk of crisis as water supply, irrigation, floods, waste water treatment... HydroInformatics, a European concept, emerges as the central element for the progress of modelling activities and management of capacities.

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Ottobre
Barcelona
Barcelona, Spagna
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· Requisiti

Minimum qualification is 2nd class degree from university (BSc) or its equivalent. Preferred first degree subjects are Engineering (any branch), Environmental Sciences, Physics, Computer Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology or a similar subject. Advanced level Mathematics is required. Teaching language is essentially English and TOEFL score of minimum 575 (or equivalent) is required. Basic knowledge of one of the other languages (German, French, Spanish, Hungarian) used by the consortium should be acquired.

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01/09/2009
Il meglio I became aware of this master by one of my teachers in Japan. I did not know the Erasmus Mundus program, and I wanted above all a master that matches the hydraulic studies I wanted to do. This program was very attractive and allowed me to take courses in different countries participating in the master. It is true that in Japan few students are looking to go to Europe, the United States is more popular. But the prospect of studying in various European institutions really interested me. I do not have to choose between this and another, it suited me perfectly. The procedures were very simple: a form to fill out and then wait for a response confirming my selection. I feel I have built a program of excellence. The program is consistent from one country to another. This is sometimes a little difficult is to adapt to the cultural differences of each country. The ways of teaching are not necessarily the same, the relationship between teachers and students either. But that is the point of this program.

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Cosa impari in questo corso?

Mathematics & Physics
Hydrology & Hydraulics
Aquatic environment management
Computer skills
Web-based collaborative engineering
Integrated Water Resources Management
Introduction to software packages
Software engineering
Advanced ICT
GIS

Programma

Semester 1: Basic Acquisitions
  • The first semester is dedicated to provide to the participants the basics knowledge to be able to follow the Water Management and Hydro-Informatics courses.
  • The participants acquire collaborative skills to strenghten the community of the Master ans also of the professionals and practitioners.
  • Mathematics & Physics: The participants receive a refresher course on mathematics and physics used in water engineering and Hydro-Informatics (numerical and computer methods). The mathematics covers statistics applied in hydrology (e.g. extreme values). Physics is focused on fluid mechanics.
  • Hydrology & Hydraulics: The module will give to the participants the basic principles of hydrology and free-surface hydraulics. The presentation covers concepts, methods and tools used in engineering activities. Subjects are hydrological cycle, precipitations measurement and analysis, evaporation analysis, rainfall-runoff analysis, physical properties of water, hydrostatics, basic hydrodynamics, uniform flow in channels and pipes, steady-state, non-uniform and unsteady flow concept.
  • Introduction to water and aquatic environment management: The module presents the water issues in the world (such as floods, draughts, sanitation, water supply, irrigation). Lectures are focused on the operational management of the aquatic environments and the key role of Hydro-Informatics. The module covers ecological, physical, chemical and biological aspects of aquatic environments and the related artificial infrastructure / constructions.
  • Computer skills, databases and GIS - ICT: The module will provide basic skills in operating computer resources in networks, databases management and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technology. The participants receive an introduction into modern ICT and the position of ICT in engineering activities related to the water field. In particular they will be introduced into theory and concepts of Web-based Collaborative Engineering serving as a link between the courses taught at the partner institutions, supporting generation of equivalent levels and preparing for E-Learning / Open Distance Learning and mobility within the course system. The module is technically coordinated by BTUC.
  • Web-based collaborative engineering: The course introduces the use and practice of Web-services and software for collaborating engineering and communicating over the Internet. Participants from all places have to collaborate over the net on a given engineering exercise within small mixed groups. The intention is to familiarise with the medium Internet and establish virtual contacts between the participants who will later meet in the 2nd semester face to face. Students are supposed to acquire skills of working in a heterogeneous multi-cultural environment.
  • Language skills (NU only)


Semester 2: Hydro-Informatics
  • Hydro-Informatics & Integrated Water Resources Management: The module presents the context of different environments such as urban areas, catchments, coastal zones. According to these specific situations, the course gives a methodology to identify the type of Hydro-Informatics methods and tools and provides a global vision of computer based decision support systems that are widely used into offices of engineers, water authorities, national bodies and international agencies. The module underlines the major issues on sustainable water management, the water policies and strategies of management.
  • Numerical methods and computational hydraulics: The module provides introduction, through theory and practice, to numerical methods applied generally to the water field and especially to computational hydraulics. The course is based on introduction to differential equations in fluid mechanics for free-surface flow and transport system used for unsteady flows simulation. The module presents in details and through exercises the most widely used approaches such as method of characteristics, finite differences and finite elements.
  • Introduction to software packages: The module offers to the participants to use and to apply through case studies the major modelling packages for hydrological catchments modelling, drinking network design and optimisation, sewage network design and management, 1D and 2D free surface flows in continental and marine environments. The proposed tools are issued and developed by the most advanced professional and scientific producers such as Danish Hydraulic Institute (DK), Electricité de France EDF (F), WL Delft Hydraulics (NL), Wallingford software (UK), WASY (DE). The purpose for the participants is to have an extensive knowledge and practice of the modelling procedures with the different packages.
  • Software engineering: The module presents the main concepts of software engineering based on modern ICT. Knowledge on Java programming and Web-technologies will be complemented. Introduction will be given to computational environments such as Internet, clusters, parallel computing etc. as well as the design, implementation and set-up of water related Web services.
  • Advanced ICT, databases & GIS - Communication: The module presents the growing position of ICT in hydro-engineering for both design and collaboration through virtual laboratories. The strong acquisition in this field constitutes a key component of the know-how of hydro-informatics and water management professionals. The databases and GIS are mainly covered in the integration of application and data management aspects. To support coherence of the program this module is run E-Learning activity sharing between all partners of the consortium. Exercises will be done on simple projects to be run in Web-based collaboration by students from all partner-universities to acquire, besides engineering, soft skills in team-working in a heterogeneous multicultural group. The exercises realized in the communication part (oral and written activities with multimedia devices and tools) are conducted both in English and in a second European language. On completion of this module, the participant acquires essential skills which are compulsory into future professional activities and positions in multi-cultural environment.

Semester 3: Thematic Specializations
  • The specialization on Decision Support Systems develops capacities and competencies for the conception of systems for risk analysis, flood forecasting and warning, real time control.
  • The specialization on Hydro-Informatics Systems provides competencies about application in ICT potential for understanding and developing innovate solutions in the profession as well as in research.
  • The specialization on Inland Waters Management develops specific capacities for analysis, design, modelling and management for the main aspects for river basin management and planning, hydrometry design and management, and integrated resources management.
  • The specialization on Urban Waters Management develops specific capacities for analysis, design, modelling and management for all the aspects of water supply, waste water treatments and flash floods in urban areas.

Semester 4: Professional Practice & Research
  • The Professional Practice is defined as the first professional experience within a company or a public service on a real specific on-going project.
  • The Research & Development Project orientation allows to the participants to obtain a capacity in a specific scientific or technical field in relationship with the most significant issues in Hydro-Informatics.

Ulteriori informazioni

Application for Category A Scholarships: January 15
Application for Category B Scholarships: January 15
Selection meeting: January
Notification of the pre-selection lists: February 15
Final decision from EACEA: April 30
Application without Scholarship: April 30
Courses will start on: October

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