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    GEI Consultants Inc., a leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firm, announced several new projects awarded to the company, including several projects dealing with dams.

    Contract for irrigation, power and dam safety engineering
    Bureau of Indian Affairs

    GEI has been selected for a $5 million, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to provide irrigation, power and safety of dams engineering services to the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Division. The program is responsible for the management of all irrigation, dam and power facilities owned by BIA. GEI's professional engineering contract with the BIA encompasses planning and feasibility studies; dam rehabilitation design; geotechnical and civil/structural engineering; hydrology/hydraulics; construction management; value engineering; and seismic analysis services for Native American irrigation and dam facilities nationwide. GEI will provide specialized irrigation and dam engineering expertise to BIA regions and project offices assisting them with the operation, maintenance, and asset management of BIA-owned irrigation and power projects, as well as the maintenance, rehabilitation and safety inspections of dams and reservoirs on Indian land. BIA currently provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives on 55-million acres of tribal land in the United States.

    Geotechnical services in support of the Green River Levee FEMA accreditation
    City of Kent, Wash.

    GEI has been selected to perform geotechnical engineering services for the City of Kent, Washington in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency Accreditation for the Green River Levee. GEI will evaluate a 2.8 mile long reach extending from SR 516 to S 231 Way. The City has initiated an engineering evaluation and certification process for the levee along the right bank of the Green River with an overall objective of obtaining accreditation in its flood insurance rate maps for the area. The Green River Levee protects land uses ranging from residential developments to commercial and industrial properties. GEI will perform subsurface explorations, survey coordination, engineering evaluations, compile an operations and maintenance manual, prepare conceptual designs to address deficiencies, and prepare a FEMA accreditation report.

    Seismic evaluations at Santa Felicia Dam
    United Water Conservation District, Ventura County, Calif.

    GEI has been retained by the United Water Conservation District to perform seismic analyses on the intake tower and penstock outlet pipe for the Santa Felicia Dam in Ventura County, Calif. Constructed in 1955 and located on Piru Creek near the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Felicia Dam is 213-feet-high and stores more than 88,000 acre-feet of winter runoff from the Piru Creek watershed. This runoff replenishes underground aquifers and is made available to local municipalities for industry and agriculture. GEI will be responsible for a review of existing reports and drawings; planning and conducting an inspection; identifying and selecting seismic evaluation parameters; determining the structural adequacy of the facility components; assessing the seismic retrofit options; preparing a final report and assisting with the regulatory review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Division of Safety of Dams.

    Boney Falls Dam, Michigan
    Integrys Group

    GEI was engaged by Integrys Group, the Wisconsin-based utility, to investigate the cause of seepage beneath the Boney Falls Dam on the Escanaba River in Michigan. Due to the findings of GEI's extensive investigation, as well as data collected previously at the dam, several leakage pathways were verified and likely remediation scenarios were proposed. GEI will design a cut-off technology for the east embankment of the dam, and will provide updated risk analysis.

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