Colorado State University
Field Monitoring

Colorado State University has an experienced staff engaged in analysis and monitoring of field conditions. Projects range in scope and complexity from a one-time site-specific analysis to multi-year watershed monitoring and evaluation. CSU has the personnel and equipment to collect field data including: site surveys, sediment samples, flow velocity, depth measurements, and qualitative field analysis. Field data can then be processed and evaluated to determine hydraulic, geometric, or sedimentary parameters of interest. CSU also has experienced staff in Environmental Hydraulics and Fluvial Geomorphology.

Pictured below is an example of personnel assessing bank stability, and collecting geometric data and sediment samples from various sites located around the country.

CSU Personnel Examining Bank Stability

Field data can be analyzed by a variety of methods including use as input to numerical hydraulic models. Numerical hydraulic models can be used to compute hydraulic and sediment transport parameters of interest. CSU utilizes HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-6, WMS, SMS, and SAM to determine hydraulic and sediment transport parameters.

Example Watershed Hydrology Numerical Model

Example One-dimensional Hydraulic Numerical Model Output

A synthesis of laboratory data, field data, and numerical modeling provides the most comprehensive evaluation of any hydraulic or sedimentation scenario. CSU has faculty and staff to evaluate all pertinent elements of the research effort, providing a sound engineering approach utilizing state-of-the art tools.

Field Personnel Examining Hydraulic Structure to Assess Re-aeration Performance