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TSC Resources for Geotechnical Services

The TSC's Geotechnical Engineering Groups provide many types of geotechnical services for dams, canals, pipelines, foundations, cutoff walls, excavations, and other civil projects. These services include:

  • Embankment dam analysis and design
  • Geotechnical engineering analyses
  • Development of detailed specifications and designs
  • Settlement and bearing capacity analyses
  • Dewatering designs
  • Foundation analysis
  • Slope stability
  • Dam safety evaluation & modification
  • Response to dam emergencies and incidents
  • Seepage/groundwater modeling
  • Risk analysis facilitation
  • Rock mechanics analysis and design
  • Development and evaluation of field exploration/monitoring programs
  • Evaluation of natural soil and rock slopes
  • Site characterization
  • Seismic analysis and design

The Seismotectonics and Geophysics Group (86-68321) conducts technical investigations for Reclamation facilities in the 17 western states and for other governmental clients. Services include investigations of earthquake hazards, quaternary morphology, and engineering geophysical studies.

The group directly operates two regional seismic networks in the western United States (SE Idaho/western Wyoming, and western Colorado), and maintains an extensive network of digital and analog strong-motion recorders.

The Geotechnical Computer and Technical Support Group (86-68361) provides technical and computer services and support to the geotechnical, geological, and geophysical groups within the Technical Service Center and to other groups throughout Reclamation. This group's highly trained and experienced technicians and scientists support a wide variety of Reclamation activities including:

  • Computer support services
  • Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD)
  • Engineering design and layout
  • Two- and three-dimensional analyses for design representations
  • Image processing
  • Contouring, alignments, profiles, and cross sections
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) surveys and map creation


Please contact a client liaison (303) 445-2561 to help you get the most efficient services for your needs.