• Earth Dam Design
  • Facilitator - PFMA
  • Dam Inspection
  • Dam Rehabilitation
  • Management of FERC Licensing / Compliance


M.S.C.E., Geotechnical Engineering, Purdue University

B.S.C.E., Valparaiso University


Professional Engineer: Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin


American Society of Civil Engineers

Minnesota Geotechnical Society

Society of American Military Engineers

Member American Arbitration Association, Construction Claims Panel - Minneapolis, MN


Over 30 years experience including project management, engineering evaluation and design for civil and geotechnical engineering projects related to water resource, hydropower generation and marine facilities. Previously served 10 years with the Corps of Engineers including duties as Chief of the Levee Design Section and Program Manager for the National Dam Safety Program in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Current role as an independent consultants includes, dam inspections, facilitation of PFMA, geotechnical design and management of FERC licensing and compliance.

Representative career project experience includes the following:

  • Potential Failure Mode facilitator for FERC hydroelectric projects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Florida (2003)
  • Served as FERC approved independent consultant on over 30 Part 12 inspections for projects located nationwide (1980-2003).
  • Managed the preparation of FERC license applications for 24 projects located throughout the United States. Project size ranged from 600 kW to 1000 MW (1981-2003).
  • Seneca Falls Hydroelectric Project, Seneca Falls, New York Seneca Falls project included stability analysis using a sensitivity analysis for this 50-foot high gravity structure and implementation of an exploration program to investigate soluble voids and foundation of powerhouse. Onsite work included dye testing, preliminary grout testing and down the hole photography (2002).
  • Byllesby Dam, Dakota County MN- Recent studies at the Lake Byllesby Dam included an evaluation of the erodibility of the rock spillway. This included core holes to identify the character of bedrock at depth and recommendations regarding potential remediation. Other work at Byllesby Dam included a sensitivity study to evaluate potential for sliding along the bedrock/concrete contact. The evaluation included CSLIDE analysis (2003)
  • Dead Colt Creek-Project Manager for the design of seepage control at the Dead Colt Creek Dam in North Dakota. Evaluation of abutment seepage for this 90-foot high earth structure included finite element analysis and a comparison of slurry trench cut-off alternatives with upstream impervious blankets (1985).
  • Ejigbo-Served as Principal Geotechnical Engineer for the Ejigbo water supply project in Nigeria. Project responsibilities included design of an 80 foot high earth embankment and overflow spillway in addition to design of a treatment plant and distribution system (1984).
  • Lorella Pumped Storage Project-Served as project manager for the development of the preliminary design of this $1 billion pumped storage project. Design included an underground powerhouse and evaluation of 80 foot high embankments founded on soft clay deposits in addition to design of a 170 foot high rock fill dam. The upper reservoir utilized an asphaltic concrete membrane to control seepage and reservoir losses in the upper portion of this project (1991-1995).
  • Evaluation of Levee Cracking - Geotechnical Engineer for evaluation of the cause of cracking in Corps of Engineers earth levees located throughout the Red River of the North. Investigations include literature review, field inspection, subsurface investigations and evaluation of potential causes of cracking (2000).
  • Burnsville Landfill SPC provided preliminary geotechnical design for this landfill addition that was situated over 45 feet of soft clay and peat. Evaluation included stage construction, use of wick drains and extensive settlement analysis. The project involved levee design for 100-foot high waste fill facility (2002-2003).
  • Rehabilitation of the 70 year-old Rapidan hydroelectric project. The project included rehab of an Ambursen dam and the installation of two 1,750 mm horizontal Kaplan turbines and replacement of Tainter gates. Project work included revenue modeling for simulation of peaking operations at the facility. Rapidan was named as one of the ten outstanding engineering projects in the U.S. by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1984.
  • Served as consultant to evaluate the feasibility of turbine runner upgrades at the Fort Randall and Oahe hydroelectric plants. These two existing Corps of Engineers facilities are located on the Missouri River. Evaluation included estimates of increased power production and capacity in addition to schedules and costs for implementation. (1989)
  • Management of inspection, design and FERC licensing for the Sartell, MN hydroelectric plant. Managed a number of projects over a 24-year period including design of facilities to increase discharge capacity, installation of downstream scour protection and evaluation of the overall stability of the dam and powerhouse. In 1984 managed preparation of a FERC license application for the existing project. (1978 –2002)
  • Managed the permitting and FERC licensing for the St. Cloud hydroelectric plant, an 8.0 MW facility located on the Mississippi River. Also managed the design effort for a fast track design-build hydroelectric project that resulted in project completion four months ahead of schedule. Project included powerhouse and new Tainter Gate section. (1981-1988)
  • Periodic inspections-Participated in over 20 periodic inspections for a variety of Corps of Engineers dam structures. These included navigation facilities, flood control reservoirs and headwater control dams. Participated both as a Corps employee and as an independent consultant. (1972-1988)
  • Pejepscot Hydroelectric Project-Served as owner's representative for rehabilitation of this timber crib structure. Services included evaluation of power production, review of design drawings and cost estimates. Managed a test program to evaluate feasibility of driving steel-piling through timber crib dam. (1986)
  • Highway 75 Dam-Developed geotechnical and civil designs for the Corps of Engineers Highway 75 Dam near Odessa, Minnesota. Design elements for this 3.5-mile long structure included embankments, outlet channels, two outlet works and related access roads and other features. Project included stability evaluation for 25-foot high dam founded on soft clay. (1972)
  • Geotechnical Computer Applications-Developed slope stability programs for the Corps of Engineers to be utilized on a Corps wide basis. Implemented and developed applications for seepage and relief well design. Served as instructor at Waterways Experiment Station for Corps usage of geotechnical computer applications (1972-1978).
  • EVTAC Tailings Dam - Principal Engineer responsible for the design of a 25 foot raise to this 150 foot high taconite tailings dam. Raise involved upstream construction. Design included analysis, permitting issues and development of instrumentation plans. (1997)
  • LaFarge Dam-Geotechnical Engineer for design and development of this 100 foot high flood control dam. Evaluation included considerations of wet borrow material in reworked loess formations surrounding the dam. Project included detailed stability analysis for all design conditions, including development of plans and specifications for the embankment and outlet work portions of the structure (1974).
  • Burlington Dam-Developed subsurface exploration program and initial design for this 80 foot high earth embankment founded upon 100 feet of soft clay. Analysis included stability evaluation for all design cases including sudden drawdown end of construction and other conditions. (1975)

Training Seminars

Responsible for development and implementation of training programs for operators at both the Corps of Engineers dams (1981 to 2003) and electric utility owned structures (1995). Training included program on identification of potential harmful conditions.