Dam Consulting

ESP takes a practical approach to dam engineering and consulting. We apply appropriate engineering principles to design and rehabilitation, while addressing regulatory requirements and being mindful of our client’s goals, objectives and financial constraints. Our engineers, geologists, geophysicists, and surveyors have abundant experience providing professional services for new and existing dams. Our personnel’s dam experience range from rehabilitation of low hazard earth dams, to assessing slope stability and seismic stability of ash pond embankments, to consulting on large hydroelectric dams.

Our capabilities for dam projects include the following studies, analyses, and construction services.

  • Dam safety inspections
  • Spillway inspections
  • Evaluation of alternatives for rehabilitation
  • Design and permitting for dam rehabilitation
  • Design and permitting for new dams
  • Seepage studies
  • Hydrographic and sediment thickness surveys
  • Sediment dredging plans and post-dredging surveys
  • Location surveys for existing structures
  • Geophysical studies
  • Slope stability analyses
  • Seismic stability/liquefaction analyses
  • Foundation exploration
  • Soil and rock testing
  • Concrete testing
  • Assessment of liner condition
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Hydrology and hydraulics evaluation
  • Spillway and breach routings
  • Spillway design and rehabilitation
  • Construction plans, specifications, and bid documents
  • Stake-out surveys for construction
  • Construction observation
  • Construction testing
  • As-built plans and documentation






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