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Course module: 202000054
Project Blue Nile
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000054
Credits (ECTS)4
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact T.M. Duong
Contactperson for the course T.M. Duong
Examiner T.M. Duong
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 2 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Number of insufficient tests0
  1. the student knows important management aspects of natural water systems and concepts that are widely used in water management
  2. the student has insight in hydrological and hydraulic processes that occur in water systems and is able to describe these processes using mathematical models.
  3. the student has gained insight into political and social aspects of water management problems, the sometimes contradictory social interests and how to handle them.
  4. the student is able to develop and build analytical and numerical mathematical simulation models for different themes to make quantitative statements.
  5. the student is able to conduct an exploratory broad problem analysis on a water management problem from different perspectives (technical, social, political) using knowledge and methods that are provided.
  6. the student is able to execute a project as member of an advisory team and to present (partial)results of the project individually.
This is a part of Module 2, Water Management of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

The project focuses on the design of a dam and management of a reservoir in the Blue Nile in Ethiopia for the purpose of an optimal water distribution among different users. For different scenarios (e.g., meteorological conditions, user criteria) students (in project groups) must propose a location and design of a dam. In a first exploring phase a Plan of Action needs to be written. After that a problem analysis is carried out aimed at the water management issues in the catchment of the Blue Nile. This is done from different perspectives (technical, societal, administrative), using information about this specific case, computer models (Python) for simulation of the water system dynamics, technical knowledge about fluid mechanics and methods from policy analysis. Next, based on this inventory, students choose an appropriate dam location and design and develop a simulation model (using Python) to optimize the management of the reservoir behind the dam based on the derived criteria and for different scenarios. In this project attention is paid to some specific skills, i.e. modelling using Python and the professional skills project management, information search and oral presentations.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact Peter Jansen (
Module 2
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
Handouts on Canvas
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes

Project supervised

Self study without assistance


Final Report

Project exam

Assignment Academic Skills 2

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