Dam and Levee Engineering

Dams and related features play a critical role in providing water supply, hydropower, flood control, recreation, and other benefits. Given their importance, we have a dedicated team of over 100 experts focused exclusively on dam, levee, and water resource projects throughout the United States.  We provide a continuum of services during planning, assessment, design and construction of all types of dams and related structures including earthen, concrete, and roller compacted concrete.

Schnabel’s dam engineering solutions include:

New and Existing Dams and Levees

  • Design and safety assessments of dams, spillways, tunnels, penstocks, conduits
  • PFMA and risk-informed decision making
  • Dam removal and replacement
  • Emergency remediation
  • Geotechnical, geostructural and geophysical investigations
  • Instrumentation and monitoring programs
  • Seismic hazard and response analysis
  • Slope and shoreline stabilization
  • Hydrology and hydraulics
  • CFD modeling of hydraulic structures
  • Spillway expansion design

Emergency Action Planning

  • 2D, 3D, and hybrid hydraulic modeling
  • Dam breach scenario development and inundation mapping
  • Downstream routing and inundation mapping
  • Emergency action plans and training workshops
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling

Construction Support Services

  • Bid and procurement support
  • Construction inspection and QA/QC testing
  • Resident engineering