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 is a Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Manager of the Firm's Dams and Hydraulics Section in Camp Hill.  He has over 33 years of consulting engineering experience and has served as a project engineer or manager for the design of eleven new dams and the design and technical review of many dam rehabilitation projects.  He has inspected hundreds of dams across the nation including completing over 200 dam assessment reports.  Paul is an approved FERC facilitator for performing potential failure modes analysis exercises for dams, Emergency Action Plan exercises, and Part 12 dam assessments.  He regularly serves as an expert hydrology and hydraulics engineer on Independent External Peer Review panels for United States Army Corps of Engineers dam and flood control projects and has served on the National Dam Safety Review Board as the Private Sector Representative.  Paul is currently serving on the Board of Consultants for the Oroville Spillway Emergency Recovery Project and the Oroville Dam Comprehensive Needs Assessment.


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