Dam Geotechnical Services

Geosyntec conducted a state-of-the-art investigation and sophisticated numerical analyses for a 172-foot tall embankment dam to evaluate the need for construction improvements to satisfy the embankment stability under prescribed seismic loads. Our evaluations concluded that the dam response under the expected loads would be acceptable and helped the client save tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary seismic retrofits. Geosyntec conducted a state-of-the-art investigation and sophisticated numerical analyses for a 172-foot tall embankment dam to evaluate the need for construction improvements to satisfy the embankment stability under prescribed seismic loads. Our evaluations concluded that the dam response under the expected loads would be acceptable and helped the client save tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary seismic retrofits.

Geosyntec’s expertise in geotechnical, geological and geophysical investigation, our analytical and numerical modeling capabilities, and our team of engineers, geologists, and seismologists, allow us to accomplish complex and ambitious projects with difficult ground conditions and in sensitive environments.

Our dam-related services include:

  • Stability, seepage, and piping analysis
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Failure mode analysis and risk assessment
  • Safety review and inspection
  • Engineering design
  • Construction management and inspection

Lead Consultants

  • Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E.
    Robert Bachus is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product ...
  • Robert Annear, Ph.D., P.E.
    Robert Annear is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Oregon with more than 18 years of experience focused on the development and calibration of hydrodynamic and water quality model ...
  • Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
    Christopher Hunt is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on managing and supporting a wide variety of geotechnical and geoenvir ...
  • Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E.
    Lucas de Melo is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 17 years of experience in dam-related projects, geotechnical design and field studies, hazardous materials remediation; ...
  • Steve Layman, Ph.D.
    Steven Layman is a Principal Environmental Scientist based in Georgia with more than 25 years of experience focused on the characterization, assessment, and mitigation of impacts to water resources ...
  • Glenn Rix, Ph.D.
    Glenn Rix is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. ...
  • Jamey Rosen, P.Geo.
    Jamey Rosen is a Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on information management system design and development and geographic information systems (GI ...
  • Matthew Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE
    Matthew Bardol is a Senior Principal Engineer with more than 20 years of diverse environmental and water resource engineering experience, providing a breadth of technical expertise to address the m ...
  • Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
    Lelio Mejia is a Senior Principal based in Oakland, California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. For many years, he has focused on the challenges of ...
Geosyntec Consultants
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.

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