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 currently an independent consultant. He was previously employed by AECOM as a Vice President and National Technology Leader for Dams. He received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Cornell University. Mr. France has 45 years of consulting engineering experience, during which time he has worked on hundreds of civil engineering projects. For the past 35 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 stability and seepage issues for earth dams. He has authored or co-authored numerous papers on the topics, including a paper that was the basis for a 90-minute workshop on shear strength selection at an ASDSO National Conference. He was also engaged by the Oklahoma Dam Safety office to prepare and present a two-day workshop on stability analysis. Mr. France has served on senior technical review panels for numerous dam safety projects for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; BC Hydro; and Brookfield Renewable Energy.

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 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering program at the Utah State University at Logan, Utah. Dr. Rice received his PhD in 2008 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University specializing in geotechnical engineering. He is a registered geotechnical engineer in California since 1999 and 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.” He was also a co-instructor with Dr. J. Michael Duncan at Virginia Tech from 2006 to 2007 for graduate-level classes related to seepage, slope stability of earth embankments. 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.
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