Inspection and Assessment of Dams: Instructors

Paul G. Schweiger, P.E.
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Vice President

Paul is a Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Inc., and Manager of the firm’s Dams and Hydraulics Section headquartered in Pennsylvania. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His technical specialties include conducting dam assessments, designing new dams, dam rehabilitation and dam decommissioning. Paul is an approved Independent Consultant and FERC facilitator for performing potential failure modes analysis exercises for dams, and regularly conducts training and technical seminars and webinars on a variety of dam engineering subjects. Paul served on the National Dam Safety Review Board and led the updating of the national FEMA Guidelines for Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams and the FEMA Lessons Learned from Dam Incidents and Failures research project and website. He serves as an expert hydrology and hydraulics engineer on Independent External Peer Review panels for United States Army Corps of Engineers dam and levee projects, and facilitates EAP exercises for dam owners. Paul is currently serving on the Board of Consultants for the Oroville Spillways Emergency Repair Project and the Gross Reservoir Raising Project.


Dean B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E.
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Vice President

Dean has over 27 years of engineering experience as a geotechnical and dam safety engineer. He has been responsible for evaluation and design of new dams and for developing rehabilitation and modification designs for existing dams, including earth embankment, roller-compacted concrete, moveable crest, and lined rockfill dams for hydroelectric power generation, flood control, water supply, recreation, and tailings management. Dean is FERC Approved for both Part 12D Independent Consultant and PFMA Facilitator. Over the last 10 years Dean has focused his professional career on the application of risk-based dam safety services, both as a participant in and as a facilitator for potential failure modes analyses (PFMA), failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA), and risk analyses, both semi-quantitative (SQRA) and quantitative (QRA), for more than 35 dams. Dean is a member USSD and currently serves President of the USSD Board of Directors and the Committee for Dam Safety. He is also a member of ASDSO and serves on the ASDSO Dam Safety Peer Review Committee and is an Instructor for ASDSO’s Dam Owner Training Program.

Mark Stepanek
Pro-ROV Services, LLC

With over 30 years of underwater inspection and equipment experience, Mark Stepanek is a certified ROV supervisor and lead ROV pilot and project manager for 12 years. His ROV operation and supervision experience ranges from Bathymetric and LiDAR surveys to open water live boating structural inspections off shore to long tunnel internal inspections in power tunnels, penstocks, aqueducts, and outfalls providing detailed reports to supplement engineering requirements. Hydrographic Imaging from multibeam sonar imaging, to laser, video and 3D modeling and commercial diving are but a few of the services provided by Mark over the years since starting and operating Pro-ROV Services, LLC. His ability to understand client requirements and needs is a landmark of Mark when working directly with clients, engineering firms or diving contractors. Mark has also co-authored “Techniques and Tips to get the Most out of your mini-ROV” for Oceans ’09 trade show.

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