Dam Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Quality

Geosyntec assisted a hydropower utility develop flood inundation models as part of their emergency action plan update for their major reservoirs. Geosyntec then updated a subset of these models to serve as operational models to support hydropower operations under normal flow conditions. Additionally, Geosyntec updated hydrothermal models for multiple reservoirs in their hydropower system to enhance their operations while maintaining regulatory compliance. Geosyntec assisted a hydropower utility develop flood inundation models as part of their emergency action plan update for their major reservoirs. Geosyntec then updated a subset of these models to serve as operational models to support hydropower operations under normal flow conditions. Additionally, Geosyntec updated hydrothermal models for multiple reservoirs in their hydropower system to enhance their operations while maintaining regulatory compliance.

Our engineers have performed numerous hydraulic studies in evaluation of safety and hydraulic adequacy of structures.

We have also determined hazard potential classifications for dams and produced inundation mapping in compliance with state regulations and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines. We used results of these hazard analyses to support dam owners in emergency action plan (EAP) development, maintenance, exercise, and implementation to promote emergency preparedness, assist in the training of personnel, and demonstrate operational capability.

Our solutions help our clients who own and operate dams and hydropower facilities to assess flood inundation hazards, obtain water quality certifications and permits, evaluate water use and quality impacts on the environment, develop power generation optimization alternatives, and deliver conservation and restoration projects.

Our water resource engineers and regulatory experts provide:

  • Site reconnaissance & field sampling
  • Probable maximum precipitation and probable maximum flood analyses
  • Watershed hydrologic modeling
  • Flood inundation modeling & dam breach studies
  • Complex hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality modeling
  • Incremental damage assessment and dam breach modeling
  • Real-time operational assistance tools
  • Sophisticated computational fluid dynamic modeling
  • Regulatory agency liaison and compliance support

Dams Specialty Areas

Geosyntec produces practical and reliable structural condition evaluations to effectively meet inspection requirements under FERC Part 12D or client-specific protocol, including field conditions assessment and…
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Geosyntec is a pioneer in using Risk-Informed Decision Making to assess the safety of dams. We help our clients through the process of identifying potential…
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Our engineers have performed numerous hydraulic studies in evaluation of safety and hydraulic adequacy of structures. We have also determined hazard potential classifications for dams…
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Geosyntec provides prompt, practical solutions to support dam safety decision-making. Our engineers perform physical inspections, review design and as-built documents, and evaluate monitoring data to…
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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…
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We have developed positive relationships with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff through collaborative project efforts. Our technical leadership and understanding of FERC requirements enhance…
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Geosyntec has deep understanding of construction services and quality control requirements. This understanding, combined with our geotechnical, environmental, and water resources expertise inherent to ground…
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Geosyntec offers our clients extensive experience developing site-specific solutions for real-time geotechnical and environmental data acquisition, management, and visualization. Our instrumentation and data management solutions…
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Lead Consultants

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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; ...
  • Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E.
    Glenn Rix is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. ...
  • Jamey Rosen, P.Geo.
    Jamey Rosen is a Senior Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management System design and development. Jamey has built sys ...
  • 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 Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. For many years, he has focused on the challenges of ...
  • 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 ...
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Geosyntec is a 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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