Identifying Hazards and Improving Public Safety at Low Head Dams: Download

This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of the hidden dangers at low head dams and effective strategies for improving public safety.  The instructors will illustrate their presentation with several examples drawn from their own experiences as hydraulic/civil engineers, expert witnesses, authors and engineering designers. Lessons learned from experience with litigation related to drownings at low head dams will be presented.   Both non-structural and structural dam modifications to improve public safety will be discussed.  Structural dam modifications will emphasize design concepts for modifying low head dams to eliminate the hazardous submerged hydraulic jump, which is the most deadly hazard.  

Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, P.E.

Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee

Bruce A. Tschantz, P.E., is Professor Emeritus in the University of Tennessee’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, where he taught water resources engineering for 37 years.  Dr. Tschantz is currently a Senior Research Associate for the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center and a consulting engineer in Knoxville.  He established FEMA’s Office of Federal Dam Safety where he served as the first Chief of Federal Dam Safety in 1980.  Dr. Tschantz has made many presentations and written several articles on the hydraulics and public safety at low head dams; he has also provided expert testimony related to drownings at low head dams.  He is an Honorary Member in ASDSO, an ASCE Fellow, and is a registered engineer in Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia and Alabama.

Paul G. Schweiger, P.E.

Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Paul G. Schweiger, P.E., CFM is a Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Manager of the Firm’s Dams and Hydraulics Section.  He has over 30 years of consulting engineering experience during which time he has worked on hundreds of dam projects providing the full range of dam engineering services.  Mr. Schweiger is a certified Failure Modes Analysis facilitator and a regular ASDSO Dam Owner Workshop instructor.  He has published over 50 technical papers and technical manuals, given many presentations on a wide range of dam engineering topics, and is a frequent speaker at national dam safety conferences and specialty technical seminars.  He has served on several dam safety committees and work groups including: the National Dam Safety Review Board, the NRCS Study Work Group to evaluate design tools for roller-compacted concrete stepped spillways and embankment armoring, and the FEMA work group for establishing guidelines for the hydraulic safety of dams. He is currently serving as an expert hydrology and hydraulics engineer on an Independent External Peer Review panel for several United States Army Corps of Engineers DSAC I dam projects and managing the FEMA study to convey lessons learned from dam failures and incidents.  Paul is also currently serving on the Board of Consultants for the Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency Project.


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