World Water Week – August 23-28, 2015

Event: Fall 2015 Lecture Series
Date: Friday, August 28, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Student Union Library 3rd Floor – Y Jean Chambers Hall

Guest speakers:
Brenda Scott Henry
Director/MS4 Coordinator
City of Gary Department of Green Urbanism/Environmental Affairs

Topic: Green Storm water Management: A Catalyst for Building Resilient Communities
While extreme weather can impact almost everything in the built and natural environment, Great Lakes communities can strategically strengthen resiliency by integrating green infrastructure and urban landscape, climate readiness, and sustainable development into urban revitalization planning strategies. Used collectively, these green storm water best management practices can be cost-effective approaches for improving water quality and helping communities maximize capital improvement investments resulting in multiple environmental, economic, and community benefits. These strategies are most effective when public engagement and environmental awareness activities are incorporated throughout the processes.
Chandramouli Viswanatha Chandramouli
Associate Professor Department of Civil Engineering
Purdue University Calumet

Topic: Virtual 3D flood modeling for Hart Ditch River System

Floods cause huge damages to the properties in vulnerable river systems. Flood plain management and mitigation require proper understanding of watershed hydrology and river flow hydraulics. In this research work, a virtual 3D lab module was created for Little Calumet River System in Lake Michigan Watershed. This 3D module was used in student learning by integrating it as a lab class in regular lecture at inter university level. Students can enter the system and fly to different cross sections in virtual environment. They can compare the flooding at different nodes as well as the depth and area of inundation. They can also analyze the benefits to the system with flood control structures. Students can measure these details and document them using tools in the 3D environment. For this study, hydrologic model of the considered river system was developed using HEC HMS model. River flow hydraulics was modeled using HEC RAS model. These results were used in 3D model development