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E2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop

ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop

ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop

The importance of understanding the mathematics of hydraulic watershape design cannot be overstated. It is an essential element in every type of watershape system. In this detailed class, students are immersed in hydraulic principles and applied science needed to design efficient, durable and serviceable circulation systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • List key fluid engineering concepts including area, volume, volume, depth, mass, flow rate, pressure, velocity, energy, head pressure and others.
  • Apply basic hydraulic principles, guidelines, standards and code limitations to watershape design.
  • Discuss efficiency principles including total dynamic head (TDH), electrical efficiency, energy costs and heating efficiency.
  • Practice using apps for pipe sizing and other key calculations.


International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Duration: 16 hours


All students who complete the course and evaluation form receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 1.6 IACET CEUs even if they do not continue with the Certified Watershape Builder (CWB) certification.


Online Asynchronous (On-Demand)
  • Start immediately at your convenience
  • Available 24/7/365
  • Start and stop at your own pace
  • Repeat content as needed
  • The course is organized into roughly one-hour logical units of study. You can tackle one at a time or even stop after 20 minutes and start over later or simply resume where you left off.
  • The manual is available as a PDF download
  • Instructors are available for calls during normal business hours
  • No travel or lodging expenses!


Watershape University’s ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop instructs builders on safe, energy efficient process piping systems for pools, spas and waterfeatures.

ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop supports the following certifications:

Certified Watershape Builder (CWB)

Certified Watershape Builder (CWB) more→

Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)

Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) more→


ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop is intended for and attended by architects, landscape architects, designers, builders, installers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and service and maintenance professionals — particularly those looking to stay out of trouble by designing their fluid mechanics systems properly.

Level: 2 – Sophomore / Novice / Limited Experience

E2311 Front Cover

Manual Table of Contents

  • Fluid Statics and Dynamics
  • Energy and Friction
  • Introduction to Total Dynamic Head
  • Total Dynamic Head Practical Application
  • Total Dynamic Head Analysis Setup
  • Total Dynamic Head Analysis
  • Pump Selection and Performance Curves
  • Programmatic Planning
  • Details
  • Heating
  • Plumbing Details
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Watershape Advisor Worksheets

There are no prerequisites for ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop

ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop is a prerequisite for:

  • ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop more→


ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop

  • Online Asynchronous (On-Demand) | $1,300 | Instructor: David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI | begin immediately→ Live In-Person is not currently scheduled.

Authorized Faculty

David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI

President/CEO — Watershape Consulting, Inc.

Peterson is President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc., an international planning, design and engineering firm providing owners, architects, contractors, and the legal profession with services relating to residential, commercial and institutional pools, spas and water features.

He obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a registered engineer in several states. Peterson has been in the watershape industry since 1994 when he began his career designing life support systems for large aquariums and marine mammal exhibits. He was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems where he developed and patented several products.

Peterson reorganized the Genesis 3 Design Group into GENESIS® University in 2012. When GENESIS merged with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in 2016, Peterson became Director of Education for GENESIS, a position he held until forming Watershape University.