Stability Analysis of Embankment Dams: Instructors

John W. France, P.E., D.GE, D.WRE
JWF Consulting LLC

Mr. John France is a registered professional engineer who is an individual consultant. He received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Cornell University. Mr. France has 44 years of consulting engineering experience, during which time he has worked on hundreds of civil engineering projects. For the past 37 years, his professional career has been focused on dam engineering and dam safety services. During his career, Mr. France has been involved in various capacities in evaluating and remediating slope stability issues for earth dams. He has served on review boards and panels for dam safety projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, BC Hydro, and Brookfield Renewable Energy. In 2017, Mr. France served as the team leader for the independent forensic investigation of the Oroville Dam spillway incident. He has twice received the ASDSO President’s Award for his contributions to dam safety.

John Rice, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
Utah State University
Associate Professor

John Rice, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. is an associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering program at the Utah State University at Logan, Utah. Dr. Rice received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University specializing in geotechnical engineering. He has been a registered geotechnical engineer in California since 1999 and a registered civil engineer in California since 1993. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Rice worked for more than 16 years as a geotechnical consultant in California, including extensive work on the Sacramento levee system. Dr. Rice’s teaching record at Utah State University includes Seepage, Slope Stability, and Design of Dams and Levees; Ground Improvement; Advanced Shear Strength of Soils; and Foundation Analysis and Design. In 2013, he was awarded the Engineering Educator of the Year Award by the Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Kevin Ritter, P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer

Kevin Ritter, P.E. is a registered professional engineer in AECOM's Water Business Unit in Denver, Colorado. He received his BS degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan and his MS degree in civil engineering with geotechnical focus from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2009. Mr. Ritter has over 10 years of engineering experience in consulting with a focus on material behavior and shear strength characterization, slope stability evaluation, and deformation modeling. He has extensively used limit equilibrium and finite element programs like UTEXAS, SLOPE/W, FLAC and SEEP/W for a wide variety of engineering applications including factor of safety and failure mode analyses, seepage analysis, and dynamic deformation analyses of dams.
Jennifer Williams, P.E.
Assoc. Vice President

Jennifer Williams is a registered professional engineer for AECOM (Denver) with over 20 years of experience specializing in geotechnical design and analyses of earth dams. Ms. Williams received her BS degree in engineering-civil from Colorado School of Mines and MS degree in civil/geotechnical engineering from the University of Colorado. She has provided dam safety engineering services including inspection, analysis, design, and risk assessment to several federal and private dam owners and operators. Ms. Williams leads the semi-annual publication on dam safety, Western Dam Engineering Tech Notes. She has conducted training on using risk-based condition assessments for managing dam inventories for the state dam safety branches of Colorado, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Together with John France, Ms. Williams has presented workshops on internal erosion failure modes for ASDSO and the states of Colorado and Wyoming and was an instructor and co-facilitator for an ASDSO technical workshop on the Emergency Response to Seepage Incidents.

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