Brian J. Swenty, Ph.D. P.E.
Professor and Chair
Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department
University of Evansville
Office Phone 812.488.2661 ¨ Office Location: KC 268A
Dam Safety - Hydraulic Engineering - Hydrologic Modeling
Geotechnical Engineering (Slope Stability)
Dam Failures such as AmerenUE’s Taum Sauk Reservoir pump storage project are a tragic reminder of the need for dam safety laws and regulations in the United States as well as regular inspections of dams. Approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water were released from the reservoir during a 12 minute period beginning at 5:12 a.m. on the morning of December 14, 2005. A wall of water was released down forested slopes to the East Fork of the Black River and eventually through Johnson Shut-ins state park where extensive damage occurred. The flood wave left a path of exposed bedrock where forest previously existed. I have spent most of my professional career designing, inspecting, and analyzing earth, rockfill and mine tailings dams. It is incumbent upon the civil engineering profession to insure that civil engineers who design and supervise the construction of dams have extensive experience and possess knowledge in the fields of geotechnical engineering, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, and local site geology.
AmerenUE’s Taum Sauk Reservoir in southeast Missouri (left-old rockfill dam, center-breached dam, right-new RCC dam)
Spring 2015 Courses
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