Hydrology (Part 2) - Frequency Analysis of Flood Data

 
Harlan Bengtson, PhD, P.E.

About Harlan Bengtson, PhD, P.E.

Dr. Bengtson is an online PDH course provider of continuing education courses for professional engineers.

 

Dr. Bengtson is a graduate of Iowa State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees and of the University of Colorado with a PhD.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri.  Dr. Bengtson has spent 30 years in engineering education in teaching and administrative positions, including six years as Dean of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Dr. Bengtson's areas of expertise are environmental engineering, hydrology, engineering science and alternative energy systems.  He has also done regular consulting work while holding the academic positions.  Prior to entering academia, He worked for Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing as a Product Development Engineer and for E. I. duPont deNemours as a Process Development Engineer. He has authored numerous publications, presentations and technical reports.

 
 

COURSE NO: C05-013
CREDIT: 5 PDH
PRICE: $120

 

Course Highlights

This continuing education online PDH course is NY approved. This course is also accepted in the States of AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV and WY.

An understanding of hydrology is important for many civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geotechnical related projects.  This course is about the use of frequency analysis of peak flood data from a gaged site, including use of the standard normal distribution, the log normal distribution, the Gumbel extreme value distribution, and the Log-Pearson type III distribution.

 

This online PDH course is intended for hydrologists, civil engineers, hydraulic engineers, highway engineers, municipal engineers, geotechnical engineers and environmental engineers.  An attendee of this course will gain knowledge about frequency analysis of peak flood data from a gaged site.

 

In this course, you need to review Chapter 4 of the "Highway Design Series No.2, Second Edition, published by U.S. DOT in October 2002, and provided below. Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOT publication.

 

Learning Objectives

This continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Be familiar with standard terminology used in connection with frequency analysis of peak flood data from gaged sites.
  • Be able to calculate the probability of a flood of specified return period being equaled or exceeded in a single year.
  • Be able to use values for mean, standard deviation and skew of an annual series of peak flood rates in a variety of frequency analysis calculations.
  • Be able to calculate the flood magnitude of specified return period using known mean and standard deviation of an annual series of peak flood magnitudes, assuming that the data fits a standard normal distribution.
  • Be able to calculate the flood magnitude of specified return period using known mean and standard deviation of the logs of an annual series of peak flood magnitudes, assuming that the data fits a log normal distribution.
  • Be able to calculate the flood magnitude of specified return period using known mean, standard deviation and skew of the logs of an annual series of peak flood magnitudes, assuming that the data fits a Log-Pearson type III distribution.
  • Be able to calculate the flood magnitude of specified return period using known mean and standard deviation of an annual series of peak flood magnitudes, assuming that the data fits a Gumbel extreme value distribution.
 

Course Document

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Course Quiz

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