Tag: Hydraulic Analysis

Battling Bridge Scour With Research, Inspections, And Training

Some of the most important foundational elements of a bridge are its least visible – the abutments, piers, piles, and footings submerged under the waterline. That’s where bridge inspectors look for scour – the erosion of soil surrounding a bridge foundation (piers and abutments). Bridge scour occurs when fast-moving water around a bridge removes sediment… Read More »

Benefits of 2D Modeling for River Hydraulics

By Dusty Robinson, PE Two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic models are not new to the industry; they’ve been in use for over 25 years. However, older 2D models required highly experienced users and were typically used on complex projects; the technology was expensive and cumbersome. Now, advances in computer technology and 2D modeling engines along with increased… Read More »

River Hydraulics in Steep Canyon Environments

This is a view of US 34 within the Big Thompson Canyon during the final repair phase in late 2017. By John Hunt, PE; Will deRosset, PE, CFM; and Anthony Alvarado, PE, CFM The September 2013 flood in Colorado devastated the northern Front Range, causing widespread damage to critical infrastructure and transportation networks. Hundreds of… Read More »