Department Chair and Professor

The Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory

 The Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory (CEHL) is amongst the largest facilities of its type in Canada, with a floor area of 421 m2. The laboratory services both undergraduate teaching and graduate research purposes, and is maintained by a designated technical officer.  The water supply system comprises a 468 m3 storage tank, one 0.3 m3/s low-head pump and one 0.1 m3/s high-head pump. Facilities used for research include three flumes (large 1.5m wide x 1.0m high x 30m long channel; 0.4m wide x 0.65m high x 7.6m long adjustable slope flume; 1.0 m wide x  0.9 m high x 18 m long sediment recirculating channel bend flume).

The CEHL is equipped with sophisticated lab and field measurement instrumentation, including but not limited to:

  • three acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs),
  • four acoustic Doppler current profilers (aDcps),
  • electromagnetic current meter, 
  • Conductivity-Temperature-Depth probe with add-on turbiditimeter and fluorometer,
  • two acoustic Shallow Water Ice Profilers, 
  • Real-Time-Kinematic GPS,
  • Total Station, 
  • laser altimeter, 
  • portable ultrasonic pipe flow meter,
  • two weather stations,
  • various propeller current meters, 
  • sediment sampling equipment.


CEHL bend flume and tilting flume

Nortek Vectrino+ Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (ADVs) are used to measure three-dimensional velocities in complex flows at turbulent scales (sampling frequency of up to 200 Hz).

Wide flume with ADVs

Sontek M9 aDcp and RTK-GPS

M9 deployed on braided Rees River, New Zealand

RDI 1200kHz Rio Grande ADCP and RTKGPS deployed on Fraser River, British Columbia

Seabird SBE19plusV2 Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) probe, deployed on North Saskatchewan River

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