Mahmoud Al-Riffai

PhD, PEng | Senior Water Resources Engineer

Sector: Civil Engineering

Member Since, May 10, 2024

Open To Work

  • I am open to relocating to
    Australia
  • I am open to working remotely Yes
  • I am open to being contacted by employers and recruiters Yes

About Me

Objective: To employ the work experience that I have gained in government, academia, engineering design and consulting within a renowned firm that offers services to the hydrotechnical infrastructure sectors.

Career Highlights:
• Twenty-one years as a Professional (10 years Consulting and 11 years Academic Teaching/Research).
• Dynamic member of multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams operating.
• Software/Programming Skills: FORTRAN, GoldSim, Muk3D, ArcGIS/Hydro, Global Mapper, AutoCAD, HEC-RAS 2D, HEC-HMS, ANSYS CFX, CulvertMaster, HY-8, SEEP/W, GMS, MS Office.
• Federal Government experience: Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Public Works Government Services Canada.
• Languages: Full fluency in English/Arabic, working fluency in Spanish, basic in French/Portuguese.

Education

  • PhD, Civil Engineering - Water Resources (2007 - 2014) University of Ottawa

    Thesis Title: Experimental Study of Breach Mechanics in Overtopped Noncohesive Earthen Embankments

  • MASc (Transferred), Civil Engineering - Water Resources (2004 - 2007) University of Ottawa

    Thesis Title: Numerical Modeling of Erosion and Breach Failure of Earthen Embankments

  • BEng, Mechanical Engineering (1996 - 1997) Carleton University

    Graduation Project: Design and development of an In-line Gas/Liquid Segregation Device for an Oil-Debris Monitoring System.

  • BSc (Transferred), Mechanical Engineering (1992 - 1995) The American University in Cairo

Work & Experience

  • Klohn Crippen Berger (2022 - Present ) Senior Water Resources Engineer

  • Golder (2019 - 2022 ) Water Resources Engineer

    Mine Water and Environment Group * Managed, led and performed dam breach analyses and inundation studies for tailing storage facilities in Canada, USA, Mexico and Finland. * Led and performed conceptual and detailed design of surface and subsurface water drainage and management infrastructure including collection ponds, spillways, culverts and ditches/berms in mine sites with diverse hydrological conditions across Canada and other countries. * Conceptualized and compiled probabilistic site-wide water balances for mining projects using GoldSim. * Conducted deterministic mine site water balances for tailing storage facilities and collection ponds. * Led the development of a two-dimensional (2D) depth-averaged numerical models to increase the hydraulic retention time in a settling pond using baffle configurations. * Conducted climate and hydrology baseline studies and analyses for mining projects. * Compiled technical memorandums, reports and proposals describing hydrotechnical models, dam breach analyses, mine water balances in projects within Canada and abroad.

  • Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (2015 - 2019 ) Senior Water Resources Engineer

    Resources and Environment (RNE) Department * Performed hydraulic design of water transfer systems, surface and sub-surface drainage and wet utility infrastructure in coordination with other trades, including the preparation of specifications, hydraulic calculations, cost estimates and other technical design documents (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Angola and Jordan). ­* Developed an Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (IWRMP) for a 2,500 km2 catchment basin and its tributaries, as part of the Wadi As-Sulai Comprehensive Strategic Development Project in Riyadh City (Saudi Arabia). ­* Designed and developed a deterministic model and Decision Support Tool, “Wadi As-Sulai Water Balance Simulator” (WAS-WBS), for managing water resources in Riyadh City’s eastern drainage basin (Saudi Arabia). ­* Conducted Surface and Subsurface Hydrologic Studies as part of a Preliminary Site Assessment for Mega Parcel Development Master Plans in Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Abha and Dammam (Saudi Arabia). ­* Investigated the risks of a perched groundwater table developing within urban environments and modeled/designed groundwater table lowering schemes in developments within Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (Egypt), Al-Salt City Centre (Jordan) and Al-Ruwais City (United Arab Emirates). ­* Compiled RFPs and proposals for Development Master Plans comprising flood protection works and wet utility infrastructure (e.g. Qiddiya Smart City Giga Project west of Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia; Flood Protection Dam in Wadi Al Khawd, Oman). ­* Conducted feasibility study on freshwater and seawater Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) systems (Saudi Arabia). ­* Compiled Engineering Guidelines for the (sustainable) design of flood protection and stormwater drainage infrastructure for Riyadh City (Saudi Arabia). * Compiled technical reports describing Project Inception, Data Collection, Hydrologic Analysis, Hydraulic Design, Flood Modeling and Hazard, Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA).

  • University of Ottawa (2014 - 2015 ) Sessional Lecturer

    * Taught 1st year through 4th year civil engineering undergraduate courses (GNG1105 – Engineering Mechanics, CVG2116 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, CVG3120 – Hydrology and CVG4110 – Open Channel Hydraulics). * Supervised two fourth year Civil Engineering Capstone Design Project groups (CVG4001/CVG4907): Embankment Breach Defense Systems; Lake Victoria Port Design ­* Compiled and graded midterm and final examinations. ­* Managed and directed tasks for up to five graduate teaching assistants related to the laboratory, tutorial and other course-work components. * Held and chaired the Symposium of Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics at the University of Ottawa. ­* Developed a monitoring system for the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Graduate Attributes for CVG2116 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. ­* Designed and managed on-line modules for course material which includes: lectures, assignments, tutorials, laboratory documentation and discussion boards.

  • University of Ottawa (2009 - 2014 ) Part-Time Professor

    ­* Taught 1st and 2nd year general and civil engineering undergraduate courses (GNG1105 – Engineering Mechanics and CVG2116 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, a total of more than 750 students to date). * Compiled a new Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Manual which includes an instructional-interactive DVD media production for six laboratory experiments. * Held and chaired the Symposium of Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics at the University of Ottawa. ­* Developed a monitoring system for the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Graduate Attributes for CVG2116 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics. * Compiled and graded midterm and final examinations. ­* Managed and directed tasks for up to five graduate teaching assistants related to the laboratory, tutorial and other course-work components. ­* Designed and managed on-line modules for course material which includes: lectures, assignments, tutorials, laboratory documentation and discussion boards.

  • University of Ottawa (2005 - 2014 ) Research Assistant

    * Led experimental projects on embankment breaching in the Hydraulics Laboratory and overlooked a team comprised of: one Master\'s student, two NSERC-recipient undergraduate students, five undergraduate students from the University of Limoges, France, one graduating student from the University of Braunschweig, Germany, one graduating student from École d\'Ingénieurs du CESI, France, and one graduating student from ICAM University, France. ­* Authored and co-authored eight journal papers and ten conference papers, one poster presentation and one laboratory manual (refer to Publications section below).

  • University of Ottawa (2005 - 2013 ) Teaching Assistant

    ­* Tutored 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year civil engineering courses (CVG1907 – Engineering Graphics, GNG1105 – Engineering Mechanics, CVG2116 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, CVG3116 – Hydraulics, CVG3120 – Hydrology and CVG4150 FS - Field Investigations). ­* Held weekly problem solving sessions. * Instructed students on Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics laboratory experiments and AutoCAD (as well as hand drawing). ­* Graded students’ laboratory reports, assignments and term projects. ­* Acted as coordinator between the professor, teaching assistants and students in 4th year field school. ­* Taught course lectures during the absence of professors.

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2006 - 2007 ) Financial Officer (Part-Time)

    ­­* Verified payments pertaining to \Grants and Contributions\ for Rural Secretariat projects in accordance with Treasury Board Policies and Guidelines and payment schedules. ­* Assisted the Program’s Unit in preparing summary reports for the Secretary of State’s Summer tour in Canadian provinces on projects related to Rural and Cooperative Development. * Reviewed Contract Agreement between proponents and Rural Secretariat and ensured that all set deliverables have been submitted and authorized prior to transfer of any payments.

  • Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada (2005 - 2005 ) HEIST RFP Coordinator

    ­­* Coordinated request for proposals practice for Advanced End-use Efficiency (AEE) Industry Group sponsored by R&D component within Climate Change Technology and Innovation Initiative (CCTII) for reducing GHG emissions. ­* Prepared RFP package for Review Panel and ensured the successful progress of a predefined action plan. ­* Validated financial & technical project data in line with Management Secretariat program structure. ­* Supported the evaluation and project selection processes carried out by Reviewers and Expert Panel by administering and summarizing critical project information. ­* Corresponded to project proponents, reviewers and expert group regarding proposal updates, deliverables and meetings.

  • CEMEX (2000 - 2003 ) Regional (EMEA) Business Process Consultant and Specialist

    Administrative Processes Department * Led several implementations of a Global CEMEX-Wide Standardizations Project (“CEMEX Way”) in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East & Africa) Region for Fixed Assets & Investment Control. ­* Supported and managed operations for two core ERP Modules (Fixed Assets & Investment Control) within JD Edwards (AS/400) Administrative and Production Environments. ­* Created a Daily Production Data Extraction Tool utilized by Cement and Concrete Operations. ­* Defined process flows and procedures that governed CEMEX Egypt’s Finance & Administration Area as well as Assiut Cement Company’s Quality Management System (ISO 9002). * Trained users including Senior Management on company-developed Decision Support Tools.

  • Bronson Consulting Group (1999 - 2000 ) Engineering and Management Consultant

    * Assisted Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency FleetSmart Program in designing programs for private motor truck fleets by conducting a fuel-efficiency study. ­* Researched alternative fuels and technologies for promoting fuel efficiency. ­* Compiled fuel-efficient spec’ing checklist for municipal dump trucks. ­* Constructed a Best Practices Matrix to assist fleet managers improve energy efficiency. ­* Proposed “Green Procurement” techniques as well as fleet outsourcing to Canadian Government (mainly PWGSC, Environment Canada & Transport Canada). ­* Built databases for calculating GHG emissions of Canada’s off-road equipment using EPA and CARB Off-Road Models.

  • TES Ltd (1998 - 1999 ) Vehicle Systems Integration Engineer

    ­­* Participated in and led Project Engineering activities such as project scheduling, preliminary and detailed design reviews, procurement and customer liaison regarding integration of “state-of-the-art” communications systems within military and commercial land-based fleets. ­* Designed, qualified and documented installation kits and equipment layouts for electronic equipment and RF antennae applying Human Factors Engineering and Mechanical Design in accordance with military and federal standards. ­* Performed technical and market research on various products and technologies. ­* Assisted Customer Relations Managers in building client portfolios. ­* Constructed comprehensive financial spreadsheets for substantial proposals and bids.

  • ADGA Group Consultants Inc. (1998 - 1998 ) Research Assistant (Contract)

    * Prepared fluids for de-icing and anti-icing aircraft testing. * Performed de-icing tests at the Vehicle and Climatic Engineering Facility, National Research Council (NRC)