Technical Investigation

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There are many different situations in which it is necessary to accurately characterize either the nature or the impact of surface water flows.  For example, when nuisance flooding, increased erosion, or other water-related damages occur on a property, it often must be determined whether these hydraulic impacts were caused by a particular action or change in the system.  Even before problems occur, landowners may perceive an increased risk of flooding or other damages due to nearby construction, earthwork, or water control projects.  In other cases, local governments or other organizations need to understand the actual environmental effects of a given hydrologic or hydraulic system, directly addressing potential cause-and-effect relationships.


Civil Methods’ engineers are exceptionally qualified to investigate surface water impacts, both in terms of understanding the hydraulic system, as well as reviewing any related analysis, modeling, and design work.  Effectively communicating our findings is critical to project success, and our engineering reports are not only technically sound, but also concise, understandable, and in conformance with common sense.  Extensive experience with stormwater modeling software, as well as an in-depth understanding of the underlying science, enable our engineers to know what questions to ask and where to find the answers.

Typical Services:

Property Water Level Impacts / Flooding

Shoreland Stabilization Stress Analysis

Bypass Pumping Capacity & Erosion Potential

River Crossing Impacts

Scour Analysis

Model Verification

Soil Conductivity Assessment

Proprietary Treatment Assessment

Flood Level Determination