Dams, Levees & Basins

Dams, Levees & Basins

Prepare for potential failure of aging civil infrastructure

Exponent provides the breadth and depth of multidisciplinary, technical expertise required to address levee, basin, and dam design, construction, and performance risks and challenges.

In the U.S.,
Dams Are Classified as High-Hazard Structures
More than
High-Hazard U.S. Dams Are Considered Deficient

How do you effectively assess feasibility, design, construction, and performance risks for dams, levees, and basins?

The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 2021 Infrastructure Report Card stated that the U.S. has approximately 15,600 dams that are classified as high-hazard structures, meaning their failure could result in the loss of human life. Of these high-hazard dams, over 2,300 are considered deficient dams. The ASCE 2021 Infrastructure Report Card also reports seventeen million people live or work behind the nearly 40,000 miles of levees across the U.S. Up to 97% of all levees in the U.S. are made of earthen embankments, many of which were built using outdated engineering standards (U.S. levees are, on average, 50 years old).

Dam and levee failures pose one of the most significant hazards to human safety, wildlife, and property, and Exponent's multidisciplinary team of geotechnical, civil, structural, and mechanical engineers, geologists, and surface hydrologists provides a complete and thorough evaluation of feasibility, design, construction, and performance as well as rehabilitation studies or root cause failure analysis of dams, basins, and levees.  

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