HEC‑RAS Conveyance Obstructions

HEC-RAS Conveyance Obstructions from Structures

Conveyance obstructions allow the user to define areas at a cross section that are permanently blocked from conveying flow. Conveyance obstructions decrease flow area and add additional wetted perimeter where the water comes in contact with the obstruction. A conveyance obstruction does not prevent water from going outside of the obstruction.

Conveyance Obstruction Types

There are two types of conveyance obstructions available:

  • Normal conveyance obstructions
  • Multiple blocks conveyance obstructions

Conveyance obstructions are defined in the Cross Section Data dialog box, in the Conveyance Obstructions panel.

Cross Section Data dialog box - Conveyance Obstructions

Normal Conveyance Obstructions

Normal conveyance obstructions allow the user to define a left station and elevation and a right station and elevation for the conveyance obstruction. When this type is used, the area to the left of the left station and to the right of the right station will be completely blocked out. An example of this type of conveyance obstruction is shown below.

Cross Section Plot - Normal Conveyance Obstructions

Multiple Blocks Conveyance Obstructions

Multiple blocks conveyance obstructions allow the user to define up to 20 individual blocks. With this type of obstruction, the user enters a left station, a right station, and an elevation for each of the blocks. An example of a cross section with multiple blocked obstructions is shown below.

Cross Section Plot - Multiple Blocks Conveyance Obstructions

Defining Conveyance Obstructions

The user can use the Cross Section Data dialog box to manually define the conveyance obstructions by selecting horizontal stations and elevations for each of the obstructions. The user can select the horizontal stations from either the Map View or from the displayed cross section plot.

Alternatively, the user can utilize GIS polyline or polygon data to define conveyance obstructions. Select Input | Assign Entities | Assign Conveyance Obstructions to display the Assign Conveyance Obstructions dialog box.

Assign Conveyance Obstructions dialog box

From this dialog box, the user can select GIS polyline or polygon data to define the conveyance obstructions. An example of the completed conveyance obstruction from a building is shown below.

3D Building Conveyance Obstruction

About the Author Chris Maeder

Chris Maeder

Chris is an experienced civil engineering and software technology leader, with over 30 years industry experience. With proven expertise in global software development, he has built engineering teams that adapt quickly, focus on what’s important and, most importantly, deliver. He is a licensed professional civil engineer with extensive experience in water resource engineering. He has performed and supervised engineering projects in urban stormwater drainage, transportation and roadway drainage, storm sewer design, detention pond design, stormwater quality, green infrastructure, watershed management planning, wastewater sewers, water distribution networks, pump stations, FEMA flood studies, bridge and culvert design, bridge scour and armoring, dam failure analysis, seepage and groundwater modeling, and environmental permits.

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