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Em.O.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Helmut DROBIR

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Name: DROBIR Helmut Josef

Date of birth: 22th April 1936

Marital status: married, 2 children

Nationality: Austrian

 

Higher Education:

1962 Graduate Civil Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.) Technical University Graz, Austria.

1971 Doctor of Technical Science (Dr. techn.) Summa cum laude, Technical University Graz, Austria.

Thesis: "Der Ausfluss aus einem Speicher beim Bruch einer Talsperre"

 

Professional Experience:

1962 - 1965: Vereinigte Österreichische Eisen- und Stahlwerke AG, (VÖEST ), Linz, Austria.

Statical computation and design of hydraulic steel structures like stop

logs, trash racks, high head gates, weir gates, flap gates etc.

 

Treatment of following projects:

Power plant Passau Ingling (Danube, Germany):

Weir stop logs.

Power plant Thurnsdorf (Enns, Austria):

Weir bulkhead gates and intake trash racks.

Weir Gratkorn (Mur, Austria):

Weir flap gates.

Powerplant Kops I (High-head scheme, Austria):

Intake trash racks.

Mangla Dam Project (Jhelum River, Pakistan):

Intake trash racks of cage- type and mechanical hoists.

Till today the greatest cage-type rack of the world.

Power plant Kaunertal (High-head scheme, Austria):

High pressure sluice gates of the bottom outlet.

Power plant Nalkari (Nalkari River, India):

Weir gates, stop logs and mechanical hoists.

Jari River Project (Jari River, Pakistan):

Intake gates.

Power plant Schärding-Neuhaus (Inn, Austria):

Weir Stopp logs.

Sone Barrage (India):

Head regulator gates, stop logs.

Weir Traunleiten (Traun, Austria):

Weir flap gates.

1965 - 1971: University Assistant at Institute of Water Management and Structural Engineering (Head: o.Univ.Prof. Dip.-Ing. Dr. techn. Helmut Simmler), Technical University Graz, Austria.

University Assistant and Research Engineer at Hydraulic Laboratory at TU Graz.

Treatment of following hydraulic model tests and hydraulic calculations:

Weir Rosegg (Drau, Austria):

Design and model test of the weir, of the stilling basin, river regulation, flood discharge and movable bed studies.

Weir Leykam (Mur, Austria):

Hydraulic forces on flap gates; model study.

Flap gate Weir Gmunden (Traun, Austria):

Hydraulic forces on flap gates; model study.

Power plant Peggau (Mur, Austria):

River regulation, movable bed study, test of stilling basin and developing of a high head spillway energy dissipater of baffle-type.

Feistritzbach (Feistritzbach, Austria):

River training.

Calculation of flood waves after the failure of following dams (dam break waves): Freibach Dam, Hierzmann Dam and Salza Dam (Austria).

1971 - 1993: Tiroler Wasserkraftwerke AG TIWAG (Tyrolian Hydropower Company), Innsbruck, Austria.

Authorized Agent and Head of Hydraulic Division.

Final design, hydraulic computation of hydraulic structures, preparation of bit documents, water management, environmental protection, water quality, ground water hydraulic, geohydrology, dataprocessing for civil engineering.

 

Treatment of following projects:

Power plant Sellrain-Silz (High-head scheme, Austria):

Spillways, bottom outlets of Finstertal Dam (153 m high) and Dam Längental (45 m high),

intake structures of basin Finstertal and Längental,

intake shafts of the Kühtai underground shaft power plant,

double chamber differential surge tank,

adduction systems,

13 water catchments of Tyrolian Weir type with desilting basin and automatically flushing system,

3 pumping stations,

supervision of hydraulic model tests (Hydraulic Labs of Bell Kriens,Switzerland, TU and ASTRÖ Graz, Austria),

controlling of design, manufactoring and installation of hydraulic steel structures, etc.

New Pack Dam (Embankment Dam, Austria):

Spillways, bottom outlet and river diversion tunnel.

Power plant Martina Prutz (Inn, Austria):

Weir, intake, sand trap and surge tank.

Power plant Tassenbach (Drau, Austria):

Weir, headrace canal, intake structure, diversion of a small river, surge tank.

Computer model Inn River (Austria):

Flood forecast, residual flow.

Computer model Drau and Gail River (Austria):

Flood forecast, residual flow.

Power plant Oberlienz I (Drau, Austria:)

Weir, headrace canal, intake structure, brook diversion.

Power plant Oberlienz (Isel, Austria):

Weir.

Power plant Kalserbach (Kalserbach, Austria):

Weir, headrace canal, intake structure, river diversion, surge tank.

Komunali Center Velenje (Slovenia):

Water intake system for drinking water supply.

Stadtwerke Kitzbühel (Austria):

Convert of water catchment Ehrenbach to TIWAG spilling system.

Power plant Strassen-Amlach (Drau, Austria):

Weir Tassenbach, headrace canal, intake structure,

water catchment Gailbach, diversion structures Gailbach,

surge tank Amlach,

residual flow in Drau and Gailbach, environmental measures,

tailwater canal,

hydraulic steel structures,

presentation of the project for the authorizing procedures according to the law.

Power plant Mandling (Enns, Austria):

Hydraulic computation of hydraulic forces acting on the flap gate of the weir,

computation of the flap gate structure.

Weir Kleine Tuln (Danube, Austria):

Hydraulic computation of hydraulic forces acting on the flap gate of the weir,

computation of the flap gate structure.

Stadtwerke Murau (Mur, Austria):

Hydraulic computation of hydraulic forces acting on the flap gate of the weir,

computation of the flap gate structure.

Flood rentention basin Falbeson (Ruetz, Austria):

Spillways and bottom outlet.

Power plant Waltnerbach (Italy):

Water catchment and penstocks.

Amenagement Du Bou Roumi (Algeria)

Weir, water catchment and diversion to the basin for irrigation purpose.

Transfert Tafna-Oran (Algeria)

Water catchment for drinking water supply.

Stadtwerke Kitzbühel (Austria):

Convert of water catchment Hagstein to TIWAG spilling system.

Power plant Heinfels (Villgratenbach, Austria):

Weir, stilling basin, fish pass,

desilting basin,

surge tank,

tailrace canal,

hydraulic steel structures,

presentation of the project for the authorizing procedures according to the law.

Power plant Kirchbichl (Inn, Austria):

Reconstruction of turbine trash rack,

reconstruction of weir gates (double hook gates) and electronic control devices.

Water catchment Pitzbach (Pitzbach, Austria):

Prevention of air induction vortices, control gate for the diversion pipeline.

Dam Sulzenau (Embankment Dam, Austria):

Spillways and bottom outlet.

Water power plant Narurns (Italy):

Reconstruction of water catchment to TIWAG spilling system.

Highway bridge Kufstein (Inn, Austria):

Rehabilitation measures in the stream bed of Inn River around the bridge pier.

Power plant Langkampfen (Inn, Austria):

Design of the power plant,

presentation of the project for the authorizing procedures according to the law.

1993 - 2004 Full University Professor for Hydraulic Structures, for Landscape Management in Water Engineering and for Inland Navigation

at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria.

 

Lectures:

Hydraulic Engineering,

Hydraulic Structures,

Inland Navigation,

Hydraulic Steel Structures,

Dams,

Landscape Management,

Hydraulic model tests.

 

The scientific work was focused on:

Flow induced vibrations,

Down pull forces acting on high head gates,

HYDROMATRIX-Modules to generate electricity,

Flood control,

Water catchment and sand trap systems.

 

Expert opinions on the field of hydraulic structures (excerpt):

Dam Safety - Design of Spillways in Austria:

Instructions for the design of spillways of dams in Austria.

Client: Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Water Management and

Environment.

Flood control of the basins Pletschgraben, Mittersill, Seidelhof, Rauris, Hof in Austria:

Safety assessment of flood discharge by the spillways and the bottom outlets.

Client: Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Water Management and

Environment.

Weir Ölschützen, Dam Bockhartsee, Dam Kartell, all in Austria:

Safety assessment of flood discharge by spillways and bottom outlets.

Client: Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Water Management and

Environment.

Einwölbung Wienfluss (Austria) - hydraulic model test:

Sediment transport, stability of the stream bed against erosion, flood discharge, environmental problems.

Client: City of Vienna.

Lock Gate Freudenau (Danube, Austria):

Calculation and model tests of the flow induced vibration of the upstream lock gate (radial gate).

Client: Austrian Hydro Power

Coolkeeragh Power Station (Ireland)

Calculation and model tests on the cooling water system

Client: Coolkeeragh C.C.G.T.

HYDROMATRIX-Module Smithland (Ohio, USA):

Model tests for a new hydropower system at the weir of Smithland.

Client: VA TECHN Hydro, Austria

Flow Induced Vibrations of Trash Racks:

Model tests and developing of design criterions.

Client: Association of Austrian Hydropower Companies

High- head Gates - Downpull Forces

Model tests to minimize downpull forces acting at high head gates.

Developing of design criterions - Patent A 620/2003,

Inventors: Drobir, Markovic and Prenner

Client: VA TECHN Hydro

Draft tube without water cover at the downstream side:

Model tests and developing of design criterions.

Client: VA TECHN Hydro

1996 - 1999 Member of the executive board of the Technical Institute for Experimental Studies and Research, TU Vienna (TVFA)

1998 - 2004 Head of the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering, TU Vienna

Director of the Hydraulic Laboratory at TU Vienna

1999 - 2000 Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at Faculty of Civil Engineering

2001 - 2003 Dean of Academic Affairs at Faculty of Civil Engineering

 

Present Position:

2001 - Coordinator of the Double Degree Program TU Vienna - UACG Sofia

2002 - Visiting Professor for Hydraulic Structures at University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia

CEEPUS Coordinator of TU Vienna

2005 - Academic Director of the MSc Program "Renewable Energy in Central- and Eastern Europe"

 

Membership in Professional Societies:

  • Austrian Association for Water and Sewage Management(Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband)

  • Member and Expert of the Austrian Commission on Dams(Staubeckenkommission)

  • Member of International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR)

  • Member of Austrian National Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD)

  • Member of Austrian TECHNION Society

  • Austrian Court-Appointment Expert

Date: 25/04/2006