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Expert in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has over 40 years of experience in water resources planning, development, and management. His experience includes: planning; conceptual design; development of plans and specifications; construction and functional operation of flood control; and navigation and multi-purpose dam and reservoir projects. He has worked with locks, dams, spillways, channels, rivers, hydraulic structures, levees, floodwalls, pumping plants, and storm water systems.

Expert has directly developed and supervised the hydraulic design and hydrologic engineering investigations for over 60 projects. Projects have included over 30 local protection flood control projects (levees, floodwalls, river modifications, and pumping plants); 20 rural flood protection channel modification projects; 10 flood control and multi-purpose dams and reservoirs; and 10 flood plain delineation and analysis studies.

A significant portion of Expert's career in water resources has included the area of surface water hydrology and hydrologic engineering. His experience in this area includes: the use of hydrologic models for watershed modeling; surface water runoff hydrographs; flood routing; flood frequency analysis; storm water system analysis and design; storm water pumping and storage design; and flood plain analysis.

Expert has performed hydraulic analysis and developed water surface profiles for numerous natural and modified river channel systems using computer based math models (HEC-2). He has conducted hydraulic analysis and design of artificial channels, levees, floodwalls, and storm drainage systems. He has also performed flood plain encroachment studies.

Expert's work in hydraulic analysis and design has included preliminary analysis and final design of weirs, spillways, chutes, stilling basins, drop structures, erosion control structures, grade control structures, storm water pipe networks, tunnels, dropshafts, pumping stations, water distribution pipe networks, dams, reservoirs, outlet works, bank stabilization, and erosion control facilities.

As a feature of the hydraulic analysis of piping networks, Expert has developed the design of numerous pumping plants. This work encompasses the functional design and development of head-capacity curves, equipment selection for well pumps, water distribution pumps, sanitary sewage lift pumps, and large storm water pumps. Additionally, Expert has done troubleshooting of problems in operating plants.

Expert's navigation system work includes hydraulic analysis and design of river navigation and covers areas such as the development of geometric requirements for navigation channels, dredging requirements, limiting velocities, and bank erosion protection structures. The hydraulic design of lock structures with their filling and emptying systems was an important part of this work.

Expert managed a department of six people responsible for the functional and hydrologic operation of the upper Mississippi River navigation system, including 13 locks and dams and six headwater reservoirs. In this capacity, he operated a large hydro-met network, river gaging network, and river routing model.


water resource


flood control


surface water


open-channel flow


hydraulic structure


hydraulics design


pumping application


river navigation


water management


hydrologic engineering


micro irrigation


hydraulic engineering

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Civil Engineering Hydraulics, Ice Mechanics &...
Sanitary Engineering, Water, Wastewater, Sewage, Septic...
Municipal Water/ Wastewater Systems, Pumping, Conveyance,...
Water Hammer, Fluid Transients, Cavitation, Valves

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1955   M.S.   Civil Engineering   University of Minnesota  
1954   B.S.   Civil Engineering   University of Minnesota   With High Distinction
1954   B.S.   Science, Mathematics   University of Minnesota   With High Distinction

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1987 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)




Expert is an independent consultant in the fields of water resources planning, hydraulics, and hydrologic engineering. He specializes in hydraulic structures, dam safety, and engineering management.

1955 to 1986


U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District


Chief, Engineering Division (Since 1980)


He managed an engineering and planning organization of up to 240 engineers and scientists responsible for water resources development in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He had over 25 years of hands-on experience in hydraulic and hydrologic engineering.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, U.S. Committee on Large Dams, and U.S. Committee on Irrigation Drainage and Flood Control.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Professional Appointments

Expert is a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi engineering fraternities.


He has received the Department of Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service in 1969 and 1986 and he was selected as Engineer of the Year in 1986 by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1987 to 1988   U. S. Army Corps of Engineers   Consultant   Expert served on a team studying improvements in engineering functions and efficiencies Corps wide. He developed procedures to implement project management organizations within Engineering.
1988 to 2000   U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District   A/E Contractor   He prepared planning and design reports, plans and specifications for flood protection and channel modification projects.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert attended a workshop to brainstorm and evaluate future markets and business development opportunities in the water resources field.
  • He assisted in the development of Federal form 255 listing capabilities and interest in becoming an A/E contractor.
  • Expert prepared a feasibility report on developing a small navigation lock at an existing dam.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert served as expert witness in District Court relating to drownings at a small dam.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in forensic hydrologist minnesota for consulting on Retention of Forensic Hydrologist.
  • Dam hydraulic expert for consulting on dam hydraulics issues.
  • Water resources expert or hydrology expert for consulting on damage to foundation caused by a water main burst.
  • Hydrology engineer expert witness for consulting on intentional discrimination lawsuit.
  • Surface water drainage expert for consulting on Marroquin v. County of Tulare.
  • Wastewater system expert for failed pump legal case.
  • Expert on water main construction and shut-down of water main for a municipal water company.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He developed and delivered a seminar on procedures and regulations relating to selection and evaluation of A/E contracts with the Federal Government.

Other Skills and Services

Expert developed designs and contract documents for water supply, treatment, distribution, pumping, and storage systems. As Chief of the Engineering Division, he managed a staff of 240 persons including 130 professionals and an annual operating and construction budget of $30 to $50 million, consisting of 20-25 major projects plus over 80 additional smaller projects. He has over 15 years of experience in participating in value engineering studies of civil engineering projects.


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