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Urban Hydraulics

General description and objectives (September to December - level Master 2)

Urban hydraulic networks represent an important engineering activity. Whether they are drinking water networks, sewerage networks or canalized rivers, they represent a major challenge for project owners in the management and regulation of public water and sewerage services. 

One of the vocations of the water and environmental engineer is the control of these networks from a hydraulic point of view in the design office or in operation.

The core of this semester is the simulation of structures and networks through modelling  (1D, 2D and 3D) at all scales in sanitation, drinking water and rivers.

Coordinator: José Vazquez


Basic knowledge of hydraulics (about 30 hours of classes), a level L3/M1

For ENGEES students: to have followed the pre-specialisation courses in S8 

Assistant project manager in a design office. This semester of specialisation is not intended for ENGEES engineering students to do research because it focuses more on practice than theory.

Teaching Units

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Public Performance Monitoring and ExpertiseTo provide the knowledge and tools to understand and appropriate, through case studies, the multidisciplinarity approach necessary for the analysis of management performance and the requirements of the regulation of public water and sanitation services.33030
3D Modelling for Sanitation and Drinking Water Supply

The learner will master the 3D modelling of classic hydraulic structures in drinking water and sanitation in the context of solid and dissolved transport 

- Design of the mesh 

- Choice of the turbulence model 

- Choice of the two-phase model 

- Choice of the solid transport model 

- Choice of the dissolved transport model 

- Choice of boundary conditions adapted to the structure 

- Analysis of the results

Advanced Modelling for SanitationThe learner will master the 1D modelling of classical hydraulic structures in sanitation within the framework of hydraulics, solid and dissolved transport. All the stages of modelling a sanitation network are reviewed: the objective of the study, the criticism of the data and the correct use of a simulation tool. The objectives are to provide answers to the questions that an engineer must ask himself before modelling (why? which tool? What data?..., during the modelling work (what are the essential steps?...) and after the model has been developed (what are the limits? in what situations can or cannot the model be used?...).32426
Quality Modelling for Water Supply

- Know how to simulate transport in a water network 

- Residence time 

- Conservative substances 

- Non-conservative substances (chlorine...)

Project Construction and Network Implementation

Investigations and geotechnical studies specific to foundations: The objective of this course is to develop the theoretical approach necessary to secure a foundation. 

Construction of networks  

- A part devoted to the techniques of installation of networks (formwork, trenches, compaction...) 

- A part dedicated to the calculation and implementation of the roadway (implementation, load transfer calculation, geosynthetic).

Foundation calculations 

Investigations and geotechnical studies specific to foundations: The objective of the course is to develop the theoretical approach necessary to secure a foundation

Management of Potable Water Stewardship and Sanitation

The student will acquire the general principles of infrastructure asset management and its application to water networks on the one hand, and to sewerage networks on the other, and will be led to construct a global reflection in terms of technical, economic and social sustainability, starting from the network approaches towards a more integrated approach to urban water management. 

The “mini-project” will allow taking into account all the dimensions of asset management

Management of Flooding Risks and 2D Urban Stream Flood ModellingKnowledge of regulatory approaches to risk management and advanced flood modelling tools (2D approach)33734

Technological Project/

Company Project

The tutored project is a group work (3 students per team) which responds to a professional problematic of a company or community on very varied subjects. A teacher-researcher supervises the students' work to guarantee the scientific validity of the project. The project is monitored jointly by the company and the school.3120 

Common core

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Advanced Project ManagementAdvanced project management, Life cycle analysis328


Career Exploration and Professional Development 3Job preparation, Professional forums, Professional project support03030
Personal and Professional Development 3Management and Leadership level 3118X
Company project / Technological project 6X0