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Pool Engineering
E211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify physics of water: area, depth, volume, mass, pressure, velocity, flow rate, energy, and others.
  • Discuss and apply the basic principles, code limitations, and guidelines to hydraulic design.
  • Calculate GENESIS series of software worksheets.
  • Calculate Total Dynamic Head (TDH) and electrical, and gas heating operating costs.
  • Perform the complete analysis of a basic pool/spa combination with a water feature.


Develop a basic understanding of the hydraulic principles in order to design more efficient and serviceable hydraulic systems. This class is core course required for advancing through the GENESIS certification program.

Time/ Credits

16 Hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs
Terry Brannon, P.E.
GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Advisor

Founder-Emeritus of The Brannon Corporation in Tyler, TX
(903) 597-2122

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Specializes in water conveyance and treatment, aquatics, hydraulic and structural engineering
  • GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Advisor
Terry Brannon, P.E.

Brannon began his career in public works, beginning with the Cities of Irving and Tyler, Texas before founding The Brannon Corporation. He continues to specialize in public works projects, but the firm has carved out an aquatic niche using their expertise in water conveyance and treatment and structural design. Brannon is registered in 23 states as a licensed professional engineer. Now in semi-retirement from the engineering consulting business. 50 years total in engineering and 40 years in aquatics, he keeps himself busy sharing his experiences by writing and training engineers and contractors in the design and construction of aquatic facilities from public fountains, to splash pads, water parks, competition venues, lakes and streams, and private pools. He continues as a consultant to various construction management companies, hotels and resorts, municipalities, and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense.


  • Required for GENESIS Associate and SWD Registered