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E4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

This rigorous 16-hour program provides detailed instruction in fluid engineering for custom pools, spas, and other types of watershapes. Activities includes a detailed project worth 50%, and an online exam accounting for the remaining 50% of the passing score. ENG 2311 is a prerequisite for this program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the meaning and scope of advanced hydraulics, hydrology, and fluid dynamics design, including complex gravity-fed and water-in-transit systems.
  • Detail water-in-transit engineering including vanishing edges, slot-edges, gutters, and water features.
  • Demonstrate use of the WatershapeAdvisor® series of software worksheets, including surge basin design, gravity and drainage systems, channels, lazy rivers, level-bottom slot channels, and more.
  • Practice analyzing vanishing edge and slot-edge pool and spa combinations, as a class project.


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 Professional (CWP) certification.


Live In-Person
  • See schedule for upcoming classes
  • A typical course runs 8-hours per day spanning 2-consecutive days (16 hours)
  • Complete attendance is required
  • Ask questions as they come up
  • Manual is provided in class
  • Instructors are available for questions during the lectures
  • Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Watershape University provides lunch for both days


Watershape University’s ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop builds on the ENGINEERING 2311 content with a focus on gravity systems, vanishing and slot-edge pools, weirs, etc. It pushes students wishing to master their fluid mechanics in all aspects of design.

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop supports the following certifications:

Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)

Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) more→


ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced 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 master the fluid mechanics of vanishing and slot-edge pools, spas and waterfeatures.

Level: 4 – Senior / Advanced / Applied Theory

E4311 Front Cover

Manual Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Fluid Statics, Dynamics and Water-in-Transit
  • Gravity Flow
  • Natural Swimming Ponds
  • Channels
  • Weirs
  • Slot-Edges
  • Project Introduction
  • Software Setup
  • Surge Basins
  • Lazy Rivers

The prerequisite for ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is:

  • ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop more→


ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

  • Live In-Person | 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.