Civil Engineering Services Division #2 (8102)

Division Chief:  Ernie Hall (ehall@usbr.gov; 303-445-3244)

The Civil Engineering Services Division #2 has approximately 95 staff that provide integrated technical expertise in:  1) Waterways & Concrete Dams #1, #2, and #3; 2) Construction Management & Specifications; and 3) Estimating Services.

Waterways & Concrete Dams #1 (8110)

Group Manager:  Hillery Venturini (hventurini@usbr.gov; 303-445-3281)

The Waterways & Concrete Dams Group #1 specializes in structural, hydraulic, and quantitative risk analyses, evaluations, and designs of concrete dams and appurtenant hydraulic structures (such as spillways and outlet works) for both concrete and embankment dams.  A large portion of the group's work experience involves safety of dams evaluations.  Specific capabilities include:

  • Site suitability for hydraulic structures and concrete dams
  • Sophisticated linear and non-linear finite element analyses of concrete dams, dam foundations and appurtenant structures
  • Location, layout, design, and evaluation of new and existing hydraulic structures and concrete dams
  • Field exploration and monitoring programs for hydraulic structures and concrete dams
  • Identification of loading conditions for hydraulic structures
  • Technical criteria, standards, and guidelines used in hydraulic and structural analyses
  • Technical consulting associated with analyses, designs, and construction support
  • Technical expertise associated with risk assessment, potential failure mode identification, and performance parameter development

Waterway & Concrete Dams #2 (8130)

Group Manager:  Stacy Baumgart (abaumgart@usbr.gov; 303-445-3277)

The Waterways & Concrete Dams Group #2 specializes in structural, hydraulic, and quantitative risk analyses, evaluations, and designs of concrete dams and appurtenant hydraulic structures (such as spillways and outlet works) for both concrete and embankment dams. A large portion of the group's work experience involves safety of dams evaluations. Unique capabilities include:

  • Rehabilitation of existing hydraulic structures and concrete dams
  • Breaching of concrete dams
  • Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) technology
  • Reservoir routings for single and multiple dams and systems
  • Mitigation of damage caused by cavitation and stagnation pressure
  • Overtopping protection for concrete and embankment dams
  • Evaluation of intake towers subject to seismic loadings
  • Development of diversion systems
  • Closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection and evaluation services are available for toe drains, relief wells, outlet works/spillway conduits, pipelines, penstocks, siphons, and gates/valves

Construction Management & Specifications (8160)

Group Manager:  Ed Frazar (efrazar@usbr.gov; 303-445-3297)

The Construction Management staff provides a full range of construction management type services and support for design activities. Construction /PMP/project administration, and environmental experts provide specific activities including:

  • Constructability and specifications reviews
  • Construction scheduling, tracking, and time impact analyses
  • Contract dispute analysis and claims resolution
  • Developing and monitoring detailed workplans, budgets, contract correspondence and reviewing contractor’ submittals
  • Project Management/Earned Value Analysis

The Specifications staff maintains selected guide specifications and coordinates, prepares, and reviews specifications for a variety of purposes:

  • Modify embankment dams and concrete dams for safety; to rehabilitate and improve roads and bridges
  • Maintain, rehabilitate and improve water conveyance systems infrastructure, powerplant and pumping plant structures, substations, and switchyards
  • Clean up hazardous waste sites
  • Plants and architectural buildings

Estimating Services (8170)

Group Manager:  Daniel (Dan) Maag (dmaag@usbr.gov; 303-445-3084)

Civil/mechanical/electrical cost estimators, all of whom are engineers, provide estimating expertise and services to many types of construction projects throughout the United States. This group prepares Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) that meets the needs of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements. The group provides support for negotiated procurement and analyses proposals. The estimates prepared are for heavy/civil construction, specialized mechanical and/or electrical, and hazardous waste assessment/cleanup/restoration. Cost estimates (or technical reviews) are provided for new construction, modifications, and life-cycle cost estimates. The group prepares Construction Cost Estimates (CCE) and Project Cost Estimates (PCE) for Authorization/Appropriation by the Congress. The group also tracks historical data and prepares Reclamation’s Construction Cost Trends, which provides a rapid means of determining the current cost of construction of various properties based on previous estimates. The group prepares the following levels of estimates (e.g., Planning Stage through Operations Stage):

Services

  • Planning Stage
    • Preliminary Level Cost Estimate
    • Appraisal Level Cost Estimate
    • Feasibility Level Cost Estimate
  • Design Stage
    • Percent Design Level Cost Estimate
    • Prevalidation Level Cost Estimate
  • Solicitation Stage (pre-award)
    • Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE)
  • Construction Stage (post-award modifications)
    • IGCE - Contract Modifications
  • Operations Stage (operation and maintenance)
    • One or more of the previously identified cost estimates

Waterways & Concrete Dams #3 (8180)

Group Manager:  Vacant

The Waterways & Concrete Dams Group #3 specializes in structural, hydraulic, and quantitative risk analyses, evaluations, and designs of concrete dams and appurtenant hydraulic structures (such as spillways and outlet works) for both concrete and embankment dams. A large portion of the group's work experience involves safety of dams evaluations. Unique capabilities include:

  • Rehabilitation of existing hydraulic structures and concrete dams
  • Breaching of concrete dams
  • Roller compacted concrete (RCC) technology
  • Reservoir routings for single and multiple dams and systems
  • Mitigation of damage caused by cavitation and stagnation pressure
  • Overtopping protection for concrete and embankment dams
  • Evaluation of intake towers subject to seismic loadings
  • Development of diversion systems
  • Closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection and evaluation services are available for toe drains, relief wells, outlet works/spillway conduits, pipelines, penstocks, siphons, and gates/valves
Last Updated: 4/15/22