Brian Crookston Named Young Professional of the Year by ASDSO

Brian Crookston, Ph.D., PE, has been named Young Professional of the Year by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). Brian received the award at a special luncheon held on September 10 during #DamSafety2018 in Seattle. This new award category recognizes members under 40 years of age working in the dam safety field that have made outstanding contributions to the Association, their respective organization, and/or the dam safety industry in general.

Brian joined Schnabel in 2011 after working for six years as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. A key subject matter expert and technical resource on hydraulic design, analyses, and modeling, he has worked on more than 100 dam projects from Alaska to Florida totaling more than $150 million in construction cost.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in labyrinth weirs, Brian developed the current state-of-practice hydraulic design method that is widely used by design engineers around the world. An example of the successful application of his research was the hydraulic design of Isabella Dam auxiliary spillway in Kern County, California, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Loveland, Colorado, native obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in hydraulics, and a doctorate in water engineering from Utah State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia and is an NCEES record holder.

Dam Safety 2018: We’re Speaking, Sponsoring and Exhibiting!

Schnabel’s involvement with ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2018  conference is a win-win!  Through our support as a Platinum sponsor and exhibitor, and participation as presenters of five different sessions, we have a terrific opportunity to both learn and share our knowledge with the best and brightest practitioners in the world of dam design and construction.

 

Join us in Booth #407  during the break on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. as we celebrate the first anniversary of our Seattle office! You can also find us at the following sessions. For details, click here.

Monday, September 10

Concurrent Session: 7 – Breach Modeling / 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
A Comprehensive Approach to Inundation Analysis for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project
Kevin Ruswick, PE, CFM; Loring Crowley, PE; Ali Tabrizi, Ph.D.; and Joshua Gile, EIT, of Puget Sound Energy

Tuesday, September 11

Concurrent Session: 11 – Post-Tensioning / 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3D Geologic Modeling and Probabilistic Stability Analyses Support a Rock Face Stabilization Project at Boundary Dam
Robert Cannon, PG; Frederic Snider, PG; Alex Rutledge, PG, PE; John Gagnon, PG; and Andre Ball, PE and Kimberly Pate, PG, PE, of Seattle City Light

Concurrent Session: 16 – Risk / 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
How Joining Asset and Dam Safety Risks Provides Greater Insight into Management Decisions – Assessment of Eight Dams on the Waikato River
M. Jonathan Harris, PE; Will Oxley of Mercury; and Murray Gillon of Dam Watch Engineering Ltd.

Concurrent Session: 17 – Decade Dam Failures Part 1 / 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Hold Back the Dam Boys! – The Story of the Minnedosa Spillway Failure
Jonathan Pittman, PE

Wednesday, September 12

Concurrent Session: 22 – Spillway Rehabs / 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Fine-Tuning a Piano Key Weir
Randall Bass, PE; J. Ryan Collins, PE

ASDSO Northeast Conference: We’re Presenting and Exhibiting


Several of Schnabel’s dam and levee experts are attending, presenting and exhibiting at the ASDSO Northeast Regional Conference, held this year in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 4 to June 6.  You’ll find us at Booth 18 and participating in the following programs:

Tuesday, June 5 – Concurrent Sessions
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
 Design of Spillway Upgrades/ Spillway Chute Joints – the Devil is in the Details/ John Harrison, PE

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Seepage and Internal Drainage/ High Mobility Grouting – It’s Not Just for New Dams/ Jesse Wullenwaber, PE
Hydraulic Modeling/When is Two Better than One? Lessons Learned from Using HEC-RAS 2-D for Inundation Modeling/ Nathan Young, EIT, and Daniel Schultz, EIT
A Historical Review of Dam Safety in the Northeast/ 20 Years of Hydrologic Modeling for Pennsylvania Dams – What Have I Learned?/ Greg Paxson, PE, D.WRE
A Historical Review of Dam Safety in the Northeast/
Panel discussion with veteran state regulators and consultants/ Greg Paxson, PE, D.WRE; Hal Van Aller, PE, (MD); John Moyle, PE, (NJ); Carl Montana (CJM Engineering, LLC); Alon Dominitz (NY)

Wednesday, June 6 – Concurrent Session
10:30 PM – 12:00 PM
Dam Safety Program Management and Regulatory Issues/ Dam Rehabilitation Permitting in Pennsylvania: Avoiding Costly Delays/ Sharon Krock, PWS, and Joshua Fair, PA Department of Environmental Protection

Johanna Mikitka Simon Named a 40 Under 40 Honoree

Photo taken at SPiN Philadelphia by Jeff Fusco for the Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Johanna Mikitka Simon as one of this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees.  The 40 Under 40 award is one of PBJ’s most popular and successful features. It aims to identify and recognize current and future leaders in various industries and in the community. The criteria are demanding and competition was stiff; PBJ received more than 400 nominations this year. Johanna’s professional and personal achievements checked all of PBJ’s boxes, propelling her to the winner’s circle and May 10 awards event.

An innovative thinker who is not afraid to take on new and different challenges, Johanna is an accomplished geostructural project engineer with Schnabel Engineering, a leader in the planning and design of geotechnical, dam, and tunnel engineering projects across the United States and worldwide. During her 12-year tenure with the firm, she has combined creative design ideas with visible construction components to create the best solutions for ground improvement, foundations, retaining walls, and slope stabilization. Johanna actively promotes the role of women in STEM careers via the professional organizations to which she belongs and mentors young female engineers who are entering the industry. Currently she is leading Schnabel in the unification of its instrumentation and monitoring methods, including building and maintaining cloud-based automated data collection and reporting systems.

Johanna’s interest in engineering began in high school, when one of her teachers saw her potential and suggested she should consider it as a college major. The teacher sent her to an engineering workshop for girls at Widener University, which was the spark that ignited her career. With three scholarships (academic, athletic, music), she took on a double major at Drexel University and graduated in 2006 with Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering. In her continuous quest for knowledge and to arm herself with the proper tools to excel in her field, Johanna earned a master’s degree in civil/geotechnical engineering from Drexel while working full-time at Schnabel.

In spite of being serious about her work, Johanna doesn’t quite fit the mold of the stereotypical engineer. She is one of those rare people who have a rational and analytical mind that coexists comfortably with more eclectic and artistic leanings. She is a trained soprano who has performed at Longwood Gardens, the Kimmel Center and sang in the 2015 Papal Choir for Pope Francis; a volunteer for the last 19 years at Musikfest; and a master pie-maker who celebrates Pi Day each year with a bounty of homemade pies, which she brings to the office—to her co-workers’ delight.  When she isn’t working or involved with professional and cultural activities, Johanna enjoys the company of her husband and two children and is looking forward to a third in October.

2018 USSD Annual Conference: Meet Us in Miami!

Fifteen of Schnabel’s dam and levee experts are attending the 2018 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Miami, Florida, April 30 to May 4. We are deeply involved as sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and moderators:

• Exhibitor at Booth #107
• Silver Sponsor, Scholarship Fund supporter and 5K FUNds Run/Walk participant
• Sponsor, Young Professionals Mentoring Lunch
• Presenting nine programs and moderating four

Tuesday, May 1 – Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Track 2, Session 2C: Not Giving Up Hope – Third Time’s the Charm with Hope Mills Dam / Corey Schaal
Track 2, Session 2D: Final Results of 3D Geologic Modeling at Boundary Dam: From Abutment Stability to Rock Block Stabilization/ Robert Cannon with Kimberly Pate and Andre Ball of Seattle City Light

Wednesday, May 2 – Concurrent Sessions
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Track 3, Session 3E: Are You Looking Over My Shoulder? Independent External Peer Reviews of the USACE Dam Safety Program / Greg Paxson with J. Bianco and T. Tutka of USACE

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Track 4, Session 4B: When a 2-Dimensional Dam Breach Model Leads to Floodplain Revisions, Risk Informed Urban Redevelopment, and Green Infrastructure Improvements / Kevin Ruswick with William Simcoe of the City of Albany
Track 4, Session 4F: Comparing Erodibility Measurements from JET Method to Those from Experimental Levee Breach Tests of Cohesive Soils /
Ali Asghari Tabrizi with M. Hanif Chaudhry of the University of South Carolina

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Track 5, Session 5B: Size-Scale Effects and Piano Key Weir Hydraulics / Nathan Young with Blake Tullis of Utah State University

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Track 6, Session 6A, Panel Discussion 3: Practicing for a Hurricane – A Gate Operations Simulation at Lake Brandt Dam / Laura Shearin-Feimster and Gerald Robblee with Steven Drew of the City of Greensboro
Track 6, Session 6C: Large Dam Removals for Renewal of the Klamath River / Tom Hepler with Seth Gentzler and John Roadifer (AECOM); Ben Swann (CDM Smith); Scott Wright (River Design Group); and Mark Bransom (Klamath River Renewal Corporation)
Track 6, Session 6C: Epic Efforts to Restore an Unique Place on the Rocky River / Laura Shearin-Feimster with Angela Allen of Wildlands Engineering and Chris Flowers of Unique Places, LLC

Representing Schnabel at this conference are the following people. Meet each person via LinkedIn by clicking on their name: Mike Canino, Robert CannonMelinda Dirdal, Emily GibsonJonathan Harris, Tom Hepler, Sharon Krock, Mark LandisGreg PaxsonGerald Robblee, Kevin RuswickCorey Schaal, Laura Shearin-FeimsterAli Tabrizi and Nathan Young.