In this month’s issue of Hydro Leader, Principal Engineer, Del Shannon, PE discusses his work in dam
rehabilitation and the path that led him to becoming a Senior Vice President of the Dam and Levee
Engineering group at Schnabel.
In a four-page interview starting on page 14, Del explains today’s trends in dam construction and
rehabilitation, the importance of risk-based dam assessments, and the advantages of having a holistic
perspective with design-build that brings design and construction together.
Del has 30 years of experience working in the civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering fields,
including extensive experience working on concrete and embankment dam safety and dam design.
Del regularly contributes his expertise to local, national and international committees, including serving on
the Roller Compacted Concrete Committees for the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).
He is also an elected board and executive committee member of the US Society on Dams (USSD),
serves on the ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure (CAI) and is a committee member of the
Geotechnical Engineering and Design/Build Subcommittees for the USSD and the Association of State
Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).
To hear what Del has to say, check out Hydro Leader magazine.
We are proud to support the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Hampton Roads Chapter with a bronze level sponsorship to help develop local programs and events to enhance the community.
For over 35 years, Schnabel has served the Hampton Roads region with an office in Newport News, Virginia, providing geotechnical design and construction services for many of the region’s most challenging infrastructure and site development projects.
Our sponsorship will help DBIA-Hampton Roads develop first-class educational and networking experiences at local programs and events, assist in adding new programs, including community outreach and special events for members and sponsors, and provide materials for the chapter’s outreach programs.
The Design-Build Institute of America Mid-Atlantic Region covers the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. This footprint includes the Hampton Roads chapter. One of the truly vibrant and active regions for design-build activity, the Mid-Atlantic Region offers many activities and events for those interested in learning more about design-build project delivery or advancing its use.
To learn more about the DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region and Hampton Roads Chapter please visit their website.
On Thursday, February 4 ACEC Virginia presented the winners of the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards. The virtual ceremony recognized engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.
This year Schnabel Engineering’s Yeager Airport Runway 5 Safety Area took home a Grand Award. The Grand Award showcases engineering excellence through innovation, creativity and exceptional social, economic and environmental benefits. Project Manager, Allen Cadden accepted the award thanking Airport Director of Yeager Airport, Nick Keller, former Director Terry Sayer, and the rest of the Yeager Airport staff.
The design team for the project consisted of ADCI, S&S Engineering, Burns Engineering, and the contractor was Orders Construction.
Other winners of the night that Schnabel had the opportunity to provide geotechnical services to included: AMT for Huntington Avenue Bridge project, Draper Aden/CHA for Henrico County High Schools Athletic Improvements, Dewberry for Elmont Water Storage Tank and Booster Station project and JMT for Thomasson Barn Road project.
Congratulations to all the winners!