From 1998 to 2008, the recorded number of deficient dams (those with structural or hydraulic deficiencies leaving them susceptible to failure) rose by 137%. While federally owned and regulated dams are generally well-reviewed, and in good condition, the number of dams identified as unsafe is increasing at a faster rate than those being repaired.
Since our founding, we have completed thousands of dam inspection, repair, and rehabilitation projects. Our team has experience working on many types of dam structures including stone masonry, concrete, timber crib, earth, and granite block. This team includes several FERC Independent Consultants with upwards of 30 years of experience in dam and hydroelectric facilities.
Kleinschmidt works with our clients to determine the most cost-effective means to help owners ensure the safety of their dams. Appropriate approaches for dam rehabilitation can vary widely depending on the condition of the dam and on the owner’s needs. We have pursued a number of solutions, including defining operation and maintenance plans, designing minor or major repairs, or in severe cases, installation of anchoring systems, or even dam removal.
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