Assessment of the Performance of Engineering In-Stream Channel Restoration Works with Field

The objective of this project is to assess the performance of engineered instream structures and observe changes in bed morphology that occurred on a side-channel restoration project on the Seymour River in British Columbia through field work and 2D modelling. Field work includes the collection of velocities using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), several ground surveys and collecting sediment samples. Modeling of the reach will be completed in River2D and will explore the use of a new module: R2DM developed at UBC, to determine its effectiveness for use in the consulting industry. The outcomes of this project may be used to aid in the design of future river restoration projects and will provide insight to how certain structures behave in high flow conditions to design effective and stable structures. Also, assessing the use of River2D and its modules will indicate its suitability as a tool for predicting how a river may adjust due to restoration efforts.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Rob Millar


Alana Smiarowski


Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.




Environmental industry


University of British Columbia



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