Dams & Levees

Owners of new and existing dams, dikes, levees, and other hydraulic containment structures depend on expert advice on geotechnical engineering, hydrology and hydraulics, and risk management. Geosyntec's practice innovators develop unique solutions to the unique challenges facing municipal, industrial, and other public and private owners and operators. Clients know us for efficient and cost-effective solutions that are simple to operate and maintain: solutions that endure.

Geosyntec provides engineering design and design review of new structures; we also rehabilitate and enhance existing facilities. We apply risk-informed approaches to estimate the likelihood of failure; the life, safety, and economic consequences of failure; and levels of tolerable risk. And we assess the performance of existing structures using state-of-the-art modelling and analytical methods to evaluate structural integrity under a variety of loading conditions.

Clients also turn to us to evaluate the performance of earthen structures during seismic events, including the potential for loss of strength due to liquefaction. We are nationally known for performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and engineering in support of dam, dike, and levee design, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Our modelling services and studies help clients assess flood inundation potential, maximum probable flood impacts, emergency action plan preparedness, and potential long-term flood storage capacity, including with regard to potential effects of climate change.

Geosyntec also provides construction management, construction oversight, and comprehensive construction quality assurance (CQA) services using advanced information management systems. This work includes rehabilitating existing structures, including feasibility analyses for the development of practical alternatives, and implementing selected remedial options. We also design levees, dams, and other retaining structures associated with cooling waters and management of residuals.

Our services include the following:

  • Engineering Planning and Design
  • Structural Analysis and Evaluation
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Dam Safety Reviews
  • Information Management Systems, Geotechnical Instrumentation, and Construction Support
  • Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Quality
  • Removal and Decommissioning

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