Structures & Civil Engineering

Dams & Embankments

Dams and embankments are used around the world to control and manage water supplies, reduce flood and debris hazards, generate electricity, support recreation, and protect water quality and the environment.  Failures of dams and embankments can occur as a result of inadequate design, deterioration and aging, inadequate maintenance, concealed subsurface conditions, or natural hazards such as extreme storm events or earthquakes. As the size, storage volume, or age of these structures increase, flood hazards associated with them may also increase. Devastating disasters can result if dams or embankments fail, causing severe and sudden flooding, loss of life, damage to communities, and environmental harm. 

ESi’s multi-disciplinary team of civil engineers, engineering geologists, geotechnical engineers, and water resources engineers are well-versed in the many facets of analysis and investigation of the design, construction, operations and maintenance, and failure mechanisms of dam and embankment structures. Additionally, we have extensive experience performing hazard assessments of these structures to proactively evaluate their stability, functionality, and behavior during design events or under extreme conditions.

Such analyses can be conducted for levee accreditation studies, insurance carriers, regulatory agencies, dam owners, property owners, or where there is a need to evaluate the life-safety conditions associated with a structure.


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