Technical workshops

WORKSHOP 1: Campbell Scientific datalogger and water quality sensors

Join Campbell Scientific Canada for a half day workshop focusing on using our dataloggers with common water quality sensors and communications hardware/software. In this hand’s-on session, participants will program the dataloggers to communicate with various SDI-12 smart sensors and retrieve data using a variety of common communication methods.

Topics will include:

  • Campbell datalogger overview – what can it do?
  • Programming for a few of our newest sensors using SDI-12 including the Hydrolab HL4
  • Collecting data via Wi-Fi using your computer and smartphone

Computers and equipment will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own topics for discussion, which will be covered if time permits. No previous experience with Campbell equipment is required.

Instructor: Christina Dymond is a Measurement Consultant at Campbell Scientific Canada. She has been in this position at Campbell Scientific since October 2012. Christina received a Bachelor of Science, from the University of Alberta in 2010. One of the highlights of her education was an Earth and Atmospheric Field School in the Antarctic. At Campbell Scientific Christina has gained experience with instrumentation including integration, installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Her other duties at Campbell Scientific Canada include teaching courses and being the main contact for Campbell Scientific water products, Hydrolab, and OTT Hydromet.

Date and Time: May 24, 8:30 – 12:00

Cost of registration: This workshop is sponsored by Campbell Scientific and is free. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Participation is limited to 20 people.

WORKSHOP 2: Building a Low Cost, Open Source Datalogger for Environmental Sensor Measurements

The Stroud Water Research Center has developed new hardware and techniques that allow anyone to build, deploy, and manage wireless environmental monitoring stations and to interpret and communicate monitoring results that ultimately support environmental stewardship. Workshop curricula will focus on freshwater resources, but soil and air monitoring technologies and issues can be included.  Monitoring station sensors can include freshwater, soil, and climate sensors such as air and water temperature, water level, electrical conductivity, water clarity/turbidity, dissolved oxygen, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, humidity, air quality sensors, and soil moisture.  The SWRC Mayfly datalogger board can also be equipped with either a short-range radio or cell phone modem for live data transmission.

This innovative workshop will provide a hands-on learning environment for participants to experience the “do-it-yourself” potential of building a high-quality, low-cost environmental monitoring station. Workshops will include the following components:

  • provide a basic understanding of environmental monitoring approaches that include monitoring/experimental design, site selection and issues with field deployment, and site/infrastructure maintenance;
  • provide foundational material for the basic understanding of electronics and environmental sensor technologies;
  • provide hands-on datalogger building experiences with introductions to dataloggers, air, soil and water sensors listed above, wireless communication hardware, and solar and battery power solutions;
  • provide background and protocols for streaming data to online data repositories;
  • provide background and protocols for data management, collection of time series data, and sensor data visualization

Instructor: Steve Hicks has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis. He has designed and implemented a network of environmental sensors installed in numerous study watersheds. The network consists of existing sensor and wireless technologies as well as custom sensor devices developed to record a variety of environmental measurements.

Date and time: May 24, 13:00 – 17:00

 Cost of registration:

  • Member $100
  • Non member $125
  • Student member $75
  • Student non member $100
WORKSHOP 3: Canadian society of hydrological sciences workshop (CSHS) on Using Heat as a Tracer for Hydrology and Groundwater Research


Temperature is both a critical control variable for ecohydrology and aqueous geochemistry systems as well as an environmental tracer of groundwater flow and groundwater-surface water interactions. Although the thermal-hydrology field is several decades old, many important advances in using heat as a tracer have been made in recent years. These include numerous technological improvements in measuring temperature and new analytical approaches and numerical methods for data analysis.This one day workshop will provide participants with the tools and knowledge required to begin their own heat tracing projects. Topics will include the theory of heat transfer in porous media, field methods, instrumentation options (e.g. temperature loggers, fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing, and thermal infrared cameras), quick-and-easy solutions for data analysis, and new software for complex datasets. Class exercises will help participants familiarize themselves with these new tools.

Instructors: Dr. Jeffrey McKenzie is an Associate Professor of Hydrogeology at McGill University. His research focuses on developing new methods and applications for using heat as a tracer and in developing models for cold regions heat transport. Dr. Barret Kurylyk is a Killam and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on the impacts of climate change on hydrologic systems, temperature as a tracer in deeper environments, and permafrost hydrology and hydrogeology.

Date and time: May 24, 9:00 to 16:30 

Cost of registration:

  • Member $175
  • Non member $225
  • Student member $150
  • Student non member $175
WORKSHOP 4: Hydraulic modelling with HEC RAS 

This intensive training course introduces to the two-dimensional (2D) unsteady flow simulation tool in HEC-RAS (River Analysis System) model. Participants are expected to learn the fundamentals of 2D modeling, use the 2D module in HEC-RAS, practice on how to add 2D flow to an existing 1D HEC-RAS model, and develop graphic displays or animation of the simulation results.

 The course is divided into the following four sections:

Section 1: Fundamentals of 2D flow modeling: shallow water equations (SWE), basic principles of finite volume method for solving SWE

Section 2: 2D grid in HEC-RAS: principles of 2D grid in HEC-RAS, RAS Mapper to for terrain model, generating 2D grid, connecting 2D grid with 1D grid, assigning properties to grid.

Section 3: 2D Model Simulations: boundary conditions, internal boundary conditions, modeling parameters and model stability, debugging.

Section 4: Post-processing: modeling results, visualization, animations, sensitivity analysis.

 The course will focus on hand-on training on how to use HEC-RAS 2D modeling tool. Participants are expected to bring their laptops. Participants are expected to receive a CD that contains the latest HEC-RAS 5.0 software, HEC-RAS User’s Manual, HEC-RAS Hydraulic Reference Manual, HEC-RAS Example Problems, and Course Notes.

Instructor:Tew-Fik Mahdi is a Full Professor at the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, the University of Montreal. He is an active registered Professional Engineer in the State of Quebec. He is an international renowned leader is developing 1D and 2D hydrodynamic models for simulating unsteady flow, sediment transport and heat transfer processes for fluvial environment and for dam break flood studies. He has many years of teaching experience in open channel flow, sediment transport, computational hydraulics and dam safety studies.

Date and time: May 24, 9:00 – 16:30

Cost of registration:

  • Member $225
  • Non member $275
  • Student member $175
  • Student non member $200
FIELD TRIP: Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID) Field Trip


Description: This field trip will convey participants to three research sites situated in the region of Victoriaville (Centre du Quebec) where AAFC works in close collaboration with agricultural producers. Participants will view different experimental setups and water management structures designed to better understand and manage contaminant transport.Site 1: Participants will visit a series of small edge-of-field wet retention ponds equipped with a perforated riser. These structures were meant to intercept momentarily the surface runoff water from agricultural fields before it reaches the nearby watercourse. Participants will be updated on hydrological impacts and nutrient load reduction results.Site 2: Participants will visit a larger wet retention pond constructed lengthways in a natural draining area adjacent to agricultural fields and equipped with a skimmer. This experimental site was designed in 2013 to assess, for the first time in Quebec, the efficiency of the skimmer technology in agricultural area. In the coming years, this site is expected to be used by other collaborators to conducted more specialized studies. Participants will be updated on preliminary results and on the future research activities.Site 3: Participants will visit an extensively instrumented site where drainage and surface water volume and quality are monitored in contiguous contrasted soil-managed fields (no-till versus conventional tillage). Participants will be updated on preliminary results and on the challenges to collect good data during winter. 

Transportation by bus is arranged for the field trip. Lunch is not included in the registration price but a stop will be made at a restaurant during the day.

Field trip guide: Georges Thériault is a research professional at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He’s been working at the Quebec Research and Development Centre since 1998. In 2002, he joined the water quality research team which progressed to the currently water management and quality team in 2013. Georges Thériault has gained experience in field data collection and interpretation along with field instrumentation including installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance. 

Date and time : May 24, 07:30 – 18:00 

Cost of registration:

  • Member $100
  • Non member $125
  • Student member $90
  • Student non member $100

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