James A. Kells

     James A. Kells  B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Professor of Civil and Geological Engineering

    Biography

    Education and Experience

    B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Sask.)

    Specialization: Hydrotechnical: Hydraulic Structures, Scour Processes in Cohesionless Materials, Ecologically Engineered Systems (fishways)

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J.A. (2011). Drag force and associated backwater effect due to a spur dike field in an open channel, Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, 49(2), 248-256.
    • Kells, J.A. (2010). Placed rock as protection against erosion by flow down steep slopes (discussion), Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 136(8), 555-556.
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J.A. (2009). Flow resistance due to a single spur dike in an open channel, Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, 47(6), 755-763.
    • Kells, J.A. (2009). Field measurements and simulation of bridge scour depth variations during flood (discussion), Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 135(11), 1018-1018.
    • Elshorbagy, A.A., Jutla, A. and Kells, J.A. (2007). Simulation of the Hydrological Processes on Reconstructed Watersheds Using System Dynamics, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 52(3), 538-562.
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J.A. (2007). Backwater effect due to a single spur dike, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, NRC Press, 34, 107-115.
    • McLeod, S., Kells, J.A. and Putz, G. (2006). Urban runoff quality characterization and load estimation in Saskatoon, Canada, Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 132(11), 1470-1481.
    • Weng, S., Putz, G. and Kells, J. (2006). Phosphorus uptake by cattail plants in a laboratory-scale experiment related to constructed treatment wetlands, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 5, 295-308.
    • Kells, J. (2005). Nature-like fishways for small dams and weirs, Hydro Review, 24(4), 100-109.
    Refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Yan, B., Kells, J.A., Sparling, B.F., Garner, M.E., McArthur, T.J. and Katopodis, C. (2011). Turbulence characteristics of the flow in a corrugated steel pipe culvert in the context of fish passage, 20th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON, June 14-17, (CD Rom).
    • Garner, M.E., Kells, J.A. and Katopodis, C. (2009). A model study of the hydraulics related to fish passage through embedded culverts, 33rd IAHR Congress, Vancouver, BC, August 9 - 14, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Kells, J.A. (2009). How to assess term work: That is the question, 37th Annual Conference, CSCE, St. John''s, NL, May 26 - 30, Paper No. FPD-014, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    Non-refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Kells, J.A. and Sparling, B.F. (2009). Engineering Faculty: Challenges and Changing Roles, CSCE 2009 Annual Conference, St. John's, NL, May 27 - 30, Paper No. FPD-013, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Sparling, B.F. and Kells, J.A. (2008). Trends in Civil Engineering education, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2008 Annual Conference, Quebec, Quebec, June 10-13, Paper No. GC-597, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J.A. (2007). Prediction of the flow field within the vicinity of a submerged spur dike using a CFD model, Proceedings, 18th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, CSCE, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, August 22-24, Paper No. GC-002, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Abbs, T.J. and Kells, J.A. (2007). A model study of the hydraulics related to fish passage through backwatered culverts, Proceedings, 18th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, CSCE, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, August 22-24, Paper No. GC-003, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Kells, J.A. and Sparling, B.F. (2007). Incorporating design into the curriculum: The U. of S. experience, Proceedings, 35th Annual Conference, CSCE, Yellowknife, NT, Canada, June 6-9, Paper No. GC-332, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J. (2006). Resistance of a single spur dike in an open channel, 34th Annual Conference, CSCE, Calgary, AB, May 23-26, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Azinfar, H. and Kells, J. (2005). Backwater effects of a spur dike field, 17th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, CSCE, Edmonton, AB, August 17-19, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Alabi, P. and Kells, J. (2005). Temporal development of scour at a bridge pier fitted with a collar, 17th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB, August 17-19, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Jutla, A., Elshorbagy, A. and Kells, J. (2005). Beyond rainfall runoff modeling: Hydraulic simulation of a reconstructed watershed using system dynamics, 17th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB, August 17-19, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Acharya, M. and Kells, J. (2005). Conveyance capacity investigations for the Upper Qu?Appelle River channel, 17th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB, August 17-19, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    Conference Presentations / Poster Presentations
    • Yan, B. and Kells, J.A. (2011). Turbulence characteristics of the flow in a corrugated steel pipe culvert in the context of fish passage, CWRA/U. of S. World Water Day seminar, Saskatoon, SK, March 22.
    • Kells, J.A. (2007). Culvert fish passage technologies: What's happening?, 60th Annual Conference, Canadian Water Resources Association, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, June 25-28.
    • Kells, J.A. (2007). Incorporating design into the curriculum: The U. of S. experience, 35th Annual Conference, CSCE, Yellowknife, NT, Canada, June 6-9, Paper No. GC-332.
    Published Book
    • Jutla, A., Elshorbagy, A.A. and Kells, J.A. (2009). System Dynamics Watershed Model. Hydrologic Assessment of Reconstructed Watersheds, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany, (140 pages).

    Research Grants

    2011-2012
    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    2010-2011
    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    2009-2010

    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, Provost''s Department Head Research Support Program, Grant.
    2008-2009
    • Principal Investigator, A study of fish passage and turbulence with a focus on culvert systems, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    2007-2008
    • Principal Investigator, A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    Teaching

    2011-2012

    • CE415.3 - Structures for Water Management
    2010-2011
    • CE415.3 - Structures for Water Management
    • CE832.3 - Sediment Transport and River Engineering
    2009-2010
    • CE415.3 - Structures for Water Management
    2008-2009
    • CE315.3 - Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
    • CE415.3 - Structures for Water Management
    • CE898.3 - Special Topics: Advanced Hydraulic Structures
    2007-2008
    • CE295.3 - Design Project (coordinator)
    • CE315.3 - Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
    • CE415.3 - Structures for Water Management
    • CE832.3 - Sediment Transport and Rivers

    Research Projects

    2011-2012
    • Assessment of the backwater effect due to a spur dike field (with Azinfar)
    • Assessment of the turbulence characteristics of the flow in a corrugated steel pipe culvert in the context of fish passage (with Bin Yan)
    • Furthering the development of a methodology for predicting the equilibrium channel cross section (with Khodashenas and Mazurek)
    2010-2011
    • A study of the hydraulics related to fish passage through embedded and baffled culverts
    • Assessment of the backwater effect due to a spur dike field
    • Assessment of the turbulence characteristics of the flow in a corrugated steel pipe culvert in the context of fish passage
    • Furthering the development of a methodology for predicting the equilibrium channel cross section
    2009-2010
    • A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways
    • A study of the hydraulics related to fish passage through embedded and baffled culverts
    • Assessment of the backwater effect due to a spur dike field
    • Experimental evaluation of pier scour and related mitigation strategies
    2008-2009
    • A study of fish passage through embedded and baffled culverts
    • A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways
    • Assessment of the backwater effect due to a spur dike field
    • Experimental evaluation of pier scour and related mitigation strategies
    2007-2008
    • A study of fish passage through embedded and baffled culverts
    • A study of the hydraulics of nature-like fishways
    • Assessment of the backwater effect due to a spur dike field
    • Experimental evaluation of pier scour and related mitigation strategies