819312 Project management for hydraulic engineering

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hanisch, Peter , Seebacher, Felix
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


This lecture focuses on the experience of practicing engineers or the client (public or private sector) in water resources projects implemented in Austria and abroad. Theory and practical examples will be presented with an emphasis on the complex inter¬disciplinary approach in water related projects. Strong emphasis will be given on the potential controversies between ecology, engineering and socio-economics. The main objective is to show the student the interaction between legal, technical and administrative aspects of the life cycle of a project and the necessary management tools.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

(based on experience, considering the actual legal and technical guidelines)

Introduction: Course Overview: which are the key elements of a project, which define type and extent of project management?

General technical definitions
•Water infrastructure (Water supply and wastewater treatment)
•Groundwater and contaminated sites
•Water engineering and river training (rivers, inland water ways, lakes)

Type and size
•Maintenance works
•New projects

Clients / Contractors
•Public sector
•Semi public (public-private sector)
•Private sector

Legal procedure(s) in Water resources engineering
•No permit needed (maintenance)
•Only water laws applied
•Water laws, nature protection laws, forestry laws
•Special nature protection guidelines (EC, Natura2000, etc.)
•Strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment, nature compatibility assessment

Project management
•Identification of abstract organizational patterns
•Project (pre-) history, deve
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