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      May 1, 2013 - May 3, 2013

      Wednesday   9:00 AM - Friday 2:00 PM

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      2013 ADCIRC Boot Camp

      Get Up to Speed!

      The 2013 ADCIRC Boot Camp is a three day training event immediately following the end of the 2013 ADCIRC Workshop. It is an intense information and training session for new ADCIRC users. It could be considered a "forced march" of knowledge transfer, hence the name "Boot Camp". Its purpose is to welcome new users to the ADCIRC community by getting them up to speed quickly.

      The Boot Camp will provide the full spectrum of knowledge required to create, run, and analyze a coastal regional model using ADCIRC; this includes the ADCIRC model itself as well as pre- and post-processing tools. Dr. Jason Fleming (Seahorse Coastal Consulting) will be teaching the ADCIRC Track of the Boot Camp, and in a separate and simultaneous parallel track, Dr. Alan Zundel (Aquaveo) will demonstrate and discuss the most commonly used meshing and analysis software in the ADCIRC Community: the Surface-water Modeling Solution (or SMS) from Aquaveo.

       SMS Track from Alan Zundel of Aquaveo includes:

      1. The modeling process within SMS (overview)
      2. Background data (images, surveys/LIDAR/DEM)
      3. Conceptual model (vector coastline databases, features, GIS)
      4. Mesh generation for ADCIRC
      5. Mesh editing
      6. ADCIRC parameter specification

      ADCIRC Track from Jason Fleming of Seahorse Coastal Consulting:

      1. Comprehensive coverage of ADCIRC's fort.15 (control) file, each parameter, line-by-line
      2. Nodal attributes file (fort.13)
      3. Output files, including hotstart files
      4. Use of parametric vortex wind models for tropical cyclones
      5. Discussion of boundaries and boundary conditions, including tidal B.C.s
        and levee B.C.s
      6. The ADCIRC Surge Guidance System (ASGS)

      The other new element in the training regimen in 2013 is the ADCIRC Surge Guidance System (ASGS), a system for automating the execution of ADCIRC, either in real time or for an engineering design study. Real time applications of the ASGS have included the Deepwater Horizon event in 2010, as well as hurricanes Irene, Isaac, and Sandy.

      Jason Fleming of Seahorse Coastal Consulting has led the development of the ASGS since 2006 and will conduct a session called ASGS Up and Running on Wednesday, May 1. This training session will cover the installation and operation of the ASGS, and is intended to enable trainees to run their own scenarios and finish the day with an ASGS system that is ready for production.

      Training Schedule

      • Wednesday, 1 May 2013: 9am to 5pm, ASGS or SMS Introduction (trainee's choice that day)
      • Thursday, 2 May 2013: 9am to 5pm, ADCIRC or SMS In Depth (trainee's choice that day)
      • Friday, 3 May 2013: 9am to 2pm, ADCIRC

      Engaging Format

      The presentation style will be a mix of lecture, demonstration, and interactive discussion. The instructors will also specify hands-on work for those trainees that have a laptop with them.


      The three days that a new ADCIRC user invests in this training event could save weeks of project time spent in guesswork and trial-and-error. The Boot Camp also provides value for more experienced users, because the discussion includes the underlying rationale behind various features, as well as highlighting time-saving tips and tricks that are not especially prominent in the documentation.

      The registration fee includes light lunches and morning and afternoon coffee breaks and snacks for all three days of the Boot Camp. Break times present great opportunities for professional networking as well as knowledge transfer and sharing of ideas among ADCIRC users at all levels of experience. 

      Some representative feedback from past attendees:

      "I liked the format of the adcirc portion of going through each parameter. Thanks again, I think we all got a lot out of it."

      "I thought the Boot Camp was awesome.  For researchers like me, it was extremely beneficial to get into the guts of the mechanisms behind the scenes of the fort files. ... [the] format was engaging."

      Be There

      We are looking forward to working with you this year at the 2013 ADCIRC Boot Camp!



      Travel Information

      The ADCIRC Boot Camp will be held at the US Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Lab, located at 3909 Halls Ferry Road Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, USA. Security arrangements at the facility require a significant lead time to prepare, particularly for international participants. As a result, all participants are encouraged to register as quickly as possible, and in any case no later than March 15. A Vicksburg Hotel Listing and driving directions from the Jackson, Mississippi airport to ERDC are provided for your convenience.


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