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The primary goal of the Hydrologic Engineering Center (CEIWR-HEC) is to support the nation in its water resources management responsibilities by increasing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) technical capability in hydrologic engineering and water resources planning and management. One way CEIWR-HEC accomplishes this goal is by bringing state-of-the-art research and development into state-of-the-practice, which advances hydrologic engineering and water resources planning.

By means of programs in research, training, planning analysis, and technical assistance, efforts are made to be aware of the problems and needs of USACE and the nation. A commitment is also made to keep abreast of the latest developments throughout the profession and to make use of this information in a manner best suited to meet the needs of USACE.

CEIWR-HEC increases the effectiveness of USACE and the profession by bridging the gap between the academic community, practicing hydrologic engineers and planning professionals. Research or training activities that can be best accomplished by universities is not undertaken. CEIWR-HEC incorporates state-of-the-art procedures and techniques into manuals and comprehensive software applications. The procedures are made available to USACE and professionals worldwide through an effective technology transfer program of technical assistance, publications, and training.