Schnabel is adept at applying its extensive experience in providing engineering and support services for new dam projects.
Services range from initial project siting and environmental assessments, through design and construction. The opportunities and constraints presented by each dam site are uniquely characterized by site setting, type, and availability of local materials for dam construction, and prevailing foundation conditions. We understand that a dam's long-term performance depends as much on the appropriate behavior of its foundation, as it does on the behavior and interaction of the constructed project facilities.
Schnabel provides technically viable and cost-effective solutions that address the unique characteristics and purpose of each project. We base our services on an effective understanding of the client's needs and budget; sizing and need for specific project elements (spillways, intakes, etc.); performance and cost-effectiveness of project works; site characteristics and their impact on project facilities; and potential positive and negative environmental and social consequences of project development.
The selected dam and spillway type need to be closely tied to site topography and foundation conditions, flood passage requirements, and the types and qualities of local construction materials available. Site factors also greatly influence the selection of special project features to address specific owner defined needs for level control, diversions, site access, etc.
Common dam design engineering services include:
- Site Investigations
- Geotechnical Analyses
- Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analyses
- Structural Analyses
- Feasibility Studies (Basis of Design)
- Detailed Design
- Construction Oversight Services
We also provide associated services, such as construction engineering and field testing; dam break inundation analyses and emergency action plans; operation, maintenance and inspection manuals; project performance monitoring and instrumentation programs; presentations and response to inquiries at public meetings; development of permitting strategies; regulatory review and approval support; and expert witness services.