Foundation Preparation and Treatment for Dam Construction: Download

This webinar will address a wide range of foundation preparation and treatment methods applicable to construction of new dams, rehabilitation of existing dams, and enlargement of existing dams. Topics to be covered include:
1) treatment of surface rock exposures in dam foundations,
2) rock grouting,
3) treatment of foundation soils,
4) foundation seepage barrier walls and upstream blankets, and
5) foundation seepage collection and control methods.



John W. France, P.E., D.GE, D.WRE

Vice President, AECOM

John W. France, PE, D.WRE is a registered professional engineer employed by AECOM as Dams Technical Practice Network National Leader. He received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Cornell University. Mr. France has 40 years of consulting engineering experience, during which time he has worked on hundreds of civil engineering projects. For the past 32 years his professional career has been focused on dam engineering and dam safety services. During his career, Mr. France has been involved in various capacities in evaluating and remediating seepage issues for earth dams. He has written numerous papers on the topic, and in 2012 he was an invited speaker at a FEMA workshop on filters and seepage remediation. He was engaged by the Montana Dam Safety office to prepare a technical note on chimney filter design for posting on the State’s website, and he has been an instructor for ASDSO’s seepage analysis course, ASDSO workshops on seepage rehabilitation, and U.S. Army Engineers’ courses on seepage rehabilitation and embankment dam design.

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