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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2

By: William C. Dunn, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering and to familiarize the professional engineer with the use of the Manning Formula for solving open channel and box culvert problems and the SunCam Manning-Channel software.

Course Description

150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2

The software will only operate on Excel 2007 or newer.

This is a course in gravity flow hydraulics that uses sample problems and small case studies to demonstrate the use of the Manning Formula for solving open-channel and box culvert problems. To complete the course you will first download your FREE copy of "SunCam Manning-Channel" software that runs on Microsoft Excel® version 2007 or later. (After you purchase the course you will receive the link to download "Manning-Channel")

The objective of the course is to give engineers the ability to use the information that they know about a gravity flow hydraulics problem to solve for the things that they do not know. This course will provide useful skills, knowledge and insights for civil, sanitary, mechanical and engineers of all disciplines.

150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Bruce Robinson
12/31/2018
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I have to give this course a score of five. It is the most useful of all the Continuing Education Courses I have taken to date. I will be using your software to design canals because it is so easy to use and you can use whatever units you have. Ours are usually mixed because the forming material is in inches and feet and the flow calculations need to be in m3/s. Hydraulics is not my specialty but am currently designing irrigation canals in Haiti, and this course and your software has taken the difficulty out of it and given me confidence in my results. Thanks.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
William L Torneten
12/26/2018
Verified Buyer
Enviro Clean Cardinal
Informative
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
THOMAS
12/18/2018
Verified Buyer
Exceptional course, particularly with the free downloaded spreadsheet that will be of ongoing value. The sample problems provided insight into how flexible the software is. Well presented
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Jerry Dalton
12/14/2018
Verified Buyer
Great. Direct and meaningful.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Dan Robinson
11/18/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent Course! My review of Part 2 is the same as my prior review of Part 1. I Highly recommend this course to anyone interested in open channel flow using the Manning Formula.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Bryan Schritz
06/25/2018
The course was thorough, and the examples were excellent for applying the information to real-world applications. Also, I found the software intuitive and easy to use.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Stuart F.
04/11/2018
Verified Buyer
The Excel file was a great tool, and very self-explanatory. The overall course was a good balance of theory and problem solving.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
George A. Weinman
03/31/2018
Verified Buyer
Enjoyed course. thought it very appropriate. Had problem with downloading program?
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Gary Hall
03/23/2018
Verified Buyer
The spreadsheet is only good for one problem at a time and had to be re-opened for each problem or else results made no sense.
Over 1000 have completed this course and we have had no other reports of such a problem.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Stephen Eid
02/04/2018
Verified Buyer
Good course, a helpful brushup.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Willis E. Rosenbaum
12/28/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good refresher and overview
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Walid Maher
12/19/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent course! Very easy to understand and very informative. Using the software adds greatly to the easy comprehension of the material. Very enjoyable!! Thank you.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
John S McSpadden
12/13/2017
Verified Buyer
Very complete. Good overview and excellent detail shown to solve complex problems.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Daniel Schmitz
11/27/2017
This is a very good course and the software is very helpful.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
JERRY LEE HALL
11/25/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent course! Has many applications. Good examples. Glad to not have to do all the calculations by hand calculator.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Stephen Neas
11/25/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent review of Open Channel and Box Culvert Flow to use for preliminary design.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Verle Soice
10/26/2017
Verified Buyer
Good material and presentation.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Jeffrey K Bradley
08/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Another good course for a non-civil engineer to get the basics of the Manning Formula. Easy to understand the concepts with the use of the handy tool.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Valeria Collier-Vick
02/28/2017
Verified Buyer
Great linkage between example problems and the test.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Steve Zielnicki
02/21/2017
Verified Buyer
Course made interesting due to the diverse, real world examples. Nice spreadsheet! Very useful.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Russell Rome
01/17/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent refresher and spreadsheet will be a handy tool.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
01/16/2017
Verified Buyer
Good Examples. Software is useful.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Ronald Rice
01/08/2017
Verified Buyer
Good stuff.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Tammy M.
12/29/2016
Verified Buyer
Great course! Love the software tool provided with course!
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
S. Hale
12/21/2016
Verified Buyer
Good general course on open channel and culvert flow. A good explanation of the Manning Equation and all of its components. The software took a little getting use to but it worked fine for quick calculations.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
curtis j young, pe
12/07/2016
Verified Buyer
this was a very informative course for a guy who has never had a hydrology course. there were many good, practical suggestions for design included among the examples and text. test problems really were tough and brought out the concepts and relations among variables. software was very powerful once I figured out how to use it.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
C. E. Asbury
12/03/2016
Verified Buyer
Good review of Manning Formula Calculations
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Sam J. Sebaali, P.E.
11/26/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent refresher course!
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Jim
11/25/2016
Verified Buyer
course was good. challenging. some questions on the test were not worded clearly.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Chris Barquin
11/22/2016
Verified Buyer
Please disregard my last comment regarding question 16. I was wrong and the examiner is correct.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Rod Leback
11/21/2016
Verified Buyer
course is presented well and enjoyable
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Dennis Girisgen
11/20/2016
Verified Buyer
Great refresher on the basic application of the manning equation for solving open channel flow problems. The material was practical and clearly presented.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
renier
11/06/2016
Verified Buyer
Very practical software to use in everyday practice. Class has good and easy to follow examples and test is very comprehensive.
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150-Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - The Manning Formula - Part 2
Charles W Grose PE
10/15/2016
Verified Buyer
I have successfully completed courses 50, 80 & 150 The excel programs supplied with course are very helpful for an Electrical Engineer.
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Open and Box Culvert Flow
Edward Ellis
06/12/2016
Verified Buyer
Good course on use of software.
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Course 150 Open Channel Flow
Doug Schicho
04/26/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent examples and clear presentation of course materials.
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SunCam Course 150
Anonymous reviewer
12/17/2015
Verified Buyer
Excellent review course on open channel flow. The real world comparison questions were challenging and meaningful. Loved the software. Thanks!
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Excellent Course!
Jim Zinner
07/02/2015
Excellent job Bill. Great spreadsheet and example problems. I've been performing H&H for many years and it is great to have someone provide a good explanation of open channel flow with a hands on way of doing so. Hurray Bill.
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Donna M. Bullock
05/25/2015
Good test. Its not to easy/simple, but it is a challenge and you must concentrate on every question. The excel spread sheet program has several flaws - You example say to enter (in brackets) 80 % flowing. That value does not work. An 8 must be entered. It seem to be an error on your course materiel, but easy to figure out when entering the data.
This is a quote from page 9 of the course document: Excel Percentages You can set Excel to display percentages as either a whole number (5=5%) or a decimal (.05=5%). For Excel 2007: 1. Click the office button in the upper left of the screen 2. Click Excel Options at the bottom of the dropdown 3. Click Advanced 4. In "Editing Options" check or uncheck the box labeled "Enable automatic percent entry" to make the change. If you are using another version of Excel you can use "Help" to find where to make the changes.
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john dumeyer
05/19/2015
On Q 16 your explanation of the correct answer shows ... Seems that you are wrong.
The reviewer challenged the correct answer to question 16 but he was incorrectly reading answer from the "Open Channel" column instead of the "Box Culvert" column. This is a box culvert problem flowing 100% full. Portions of the reviewers comments were removed because they discussed the answers to test questions.
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anonymous
05/04/2015
Good Course, software trickey
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anonymous
04/23/2015
Very good course. Great overview for those unfamiliar with open channel and box culvert flow.
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Good Cause (Need Excel 2007)
Ronnie
04/20/2015
The information and examples were good and easy to understand. Similar to one of the other reviewers, I could not get the Excel Macro to work (I had an older Excel) and this made the class and test very difficult. I would recommend the class if you are able to use the macro
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anonymous
02/19/2015
This is a very well designed "just-the-facts" course as a refresher and even for some one with very limited knowledge. I highly recommend it to others. I can't wait to sink my teeth into two more courses I purchased. Very pleased customer.
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anonymous
02/03/2015
Well organized and presented. Had to do some review to familiarize myself w/subject. Came away comfortable with subject matter. also, course contained some good rules of thumb as well as approaches to typical real life design problems
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What I needed
anonymous
01/11/2015
Great, a long needed review of channel flows. Well done
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Richard Lott
12/30/2014
I had problems with the spreadsheet so I did many of the calculations by hand, which was okay.

In the sentence with the roughness coefficient, it should be "floodplain" and not "floodplane"
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Wayne Bissette
12/30/2014
Excellent review of the usefulness of Manning's formula. The course was well presented and easy to understand. The attached spreadsheet will be well used.
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anonymous
12/22/2014
gives a great overview of manning channel design
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Manning Formula
George Mayforth
12/08/2014
Software provided is a helpful tool. Use of software in the exam enforces proficiency.
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anonymous
12/04/2014
'Real life' scenarios in the text explaining use of the accompanying software followed with test questions that make you think. Easily understood narrative.
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anonymous
11/06/2014
Nice presentation providing background and basis of Manning Formula using the excel spreadsheets and then using sample problems depicting the application of the Manning Formula.
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Greatly Practical
anonymous
10/20/2014
Very concise and software very useful in practical practice. More example problems always useful.
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anonymous
07/30/2014
The sample problem figures shoe the input vgalues for % full in percent. They need to be in Depth divided by Height 66% = .66

Author Response: It appears that the reviewer encountered the commonly misunderstood issue of how his copy of Excel is set-up to handle percentages.

Here is a direct quote from page 9 of the course document:

"Excel Percentages

You can set Excel to display percentages as either a whole number (5=5%) or a decimal (.05=5%).

For Excel 2007:

1. Click the office button in the upper left of the screen

2. Click Excel Options at the bottom of the dropdown

3. Click Advanced

4. In "Editing Options" check or uncheck the box labeled "Enable automatic percent entry" to make the change.

If you are using another version of Excel you can use "Help" to find where to make the changes."

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John Hall Sr.
07/18/2014
I find the course very good and well presented.
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Outstanding
L. W. Theriault
07/17/2014
This was an outstanding course. Not too simple but not so complex that it takes hours to get through it. I really enjoyed it and it give me new insight in to using the Maaning formula.
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William R Curlee
07/01/2014
Very thorough and practical uses of the Manning Formula
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Senior Structural Engineer-Hydro-Bridge Design
Frank J Crisp
07/01/2014
This is a great course. The substantial engineering course material is well outlined and detailed for the subject discussed. The Excel spreadsheet eliminates the tedious task of repetitive calculations, while quickly allowing scenario explorations and "what ifs" easily. The examples in the course material and all test questions are real-world situations that I personally experienced in doing hydro-hydraulics-pipe or pond designs or analysis. The course material is concise and eliminates the need to go to my 4-5 hydraulic text books and other material!! Would have been nice to have the Excel sheets 40 years ago. The course is of great value and well written, and I did learn new material.
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anonymous
06/16/2014
I thought the course was very good overall. The spreadsheet is great and is a very useful tool in my daily tasks as a Drainage Engineer. My only comment would be regarding clarifying assumptions on the test questions. For instance, assuming people will know what "calcium buildup" is and how rough it is. Other than that, great course.

Author Response: Based on this reviewer's comment, question 18 has been rewritten to include the Manning roughness coefficient as a given.
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anonymous
06/09/2014
This review and test was made for a class of sophomores taking hydraulics which is full of confusing examples and trick questions. It is too time-consuming for a PE wanting a straight-forward technical.review
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Good course for general use of the program.
anonymous
05/21/2014
Good course and very good software, could use more information and less example problems.
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gary molnar
05/21/2014
Excellent use of program.
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anonymous
05/12/2014
Very good course.
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anonymous
04/21/2014
Straightforward and to the point. Great spreadsheet.
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Mark Knarr
04/14/2014
Good calculation questions.
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Open Channel
J Davis
03/13/2014
Enjoyed the challenge. A good refresher and the spreadsheet to boot.
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Dean Wieland
03/09/2014
Very good, have had a lot of experience working with manning's in practical apps. Good test.
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Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow
Lawrence M. Sidoti
03/08/2014
This was a Great Refressher Course.

Questions I had about the Fluid Mechanics were answered clear and precisely.

When I needed to contact Suncam there was a real person there and they were very helpful.

I will be signing-up for my next course in a few days.

Thanks for all your gracious help and the quality course.

L.M. Sidoti, NJPE #41408
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Another Thinking Course
Kenneth Sykes
01/31/2014
This was a great review of open channel flow.
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Review of Open Channel Flow Course
Bill Cottrell
12/30/2013
I thought it was great. Logical, easy to follow, yet informative. I actually learned from this course.
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Doug Sherman
12/29/2013
This, as with the Manning Formula for Pipes is clear, practical and the spreadsheet is very useful. I also took the Darcy-Weisbach flow in pipes to get a more complete background in calculating fluid flows and losses. I believe I have a working knowledge for this subject now.
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Opne Channel Flow -Manning Formula = Great Course
TR in Florida
12/26/2013
Nicely prepared course. Love the Manning Software. Makes it easy to do comparisons of several different open channel equivalents.

TR
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Ope Channel & Box Culvert Flow ~ Course 150
David Hamstra
12/26/2013
Course 150 was a great "refresher course". The material was very well written and I appreciated the hands-on sample problems. Great job!
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Impressive
Jim
12/19/2013
The spreadsheet alone is well worth the time in this class. He goes over all of the Mannings variables and provides a decent discussion on their relationships. This class is an excellent refresher course.
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My client liked it
anonymous
10/04/2013
I showed the software to a client who is also an engineer and she signed up for the course immediately. It gives me the ability to explore lots of options and a simple print of the page is all I need to document the calculations.
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Denis Roza
10/04/2013
This course was a very helpful review of Open Channel and Box Culvert Flow and the spreadsheet included with the course simplified tedious calculations. I recommend this course for a quick review of the principles involved with these flow calculations.
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Diego Alaimo
06/13/2013
It was a good course
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anonymous
05/28/2013
I liked the variety of problems and the numerical relationships that were necessary to examine to find the answers. It wqs more than a "plug and play" proposition...you really had to think.
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anonymous
05/25/2013
Hydraulics and Open Channel Flow has always been a hard subject for me. I found this course to be useful and by reviewing it I was able to brush up on that subject. Thank you.
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Open Channel & Box Culvert Flow - Manning Formula
Lee Marlow
05/22/2013
First of all no criticisms - None.

The course was very complete, I had worked problems in US Customary and Metric Units but for the first time in 50 years of my PE career I found English Units.

The excel sheet is super, and will be used a lot.

Excellent, complete, and well written.
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Good course
Wm
05/13/2013
Good course!

Required considerable thought.
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Kailin
02/26/2013
That's the smart thinikng we could all benefit from.
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anonymous
01/23/2013
The ancient Romans should have had this software for their aqueducts.
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anonymous
01/19/2013
Very usefull and user friendly
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anonymous
01/17/2013
Good course
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Great software
anonymous
01/15/2013
Software is a great aid but the course really makes you think.
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Open Channel and Box Culvert Flow
anonymous
01/10/2013
Great refresher of channel and box culvert hydraulics.
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Webster owen
12/20/2012
I really thought it would be easier. It forced me to think thru each question. Good Course.
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John Hoff
12/12/2012
The material was well presented. However, there are some questions that depend on getting the correct answer to the first question in a group. Missing the first question will result in missing the remainder.
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James J Mullen Jr.
10/22/2012
Excellent course. very easy to follow. Software will come in handy. great job.
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Love the software
anonymous
08/12/2012
The software will come in very handy.
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john Goff
07/05/2012
Great refresher course with a tool that is easy to use. Straight forward approach to the material and appropriate test questions.
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Course 150 Review
Ralph D. Denuzzio
06/26/2012
This is an excellent course. It relates extremely well to problems I encountered in my 40+ years of experience. The body of the test was very well organized and extremely clear. The questions were very interesting with global scenarios. SunCam is the best continuing education course provider I have used.
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