Evaluation and Maintenance of Piezometers, Relief Wells, and Drains in Dams and Levees: Instructors

Charles N. Easton, P.E.
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer VII

Chuck Easton, P.E., is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Civil engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering. He worked 1-1/2 years for USACE in Alaska, 30 years for Woodward-Clyde Consultants in Nebraska and Texas, and 18 years for FNI. His experience includes geotechnical investigations and construction inspection for shallow and deep foundations for buildings, industrial facilities, and infrastructure; site improvement; and design, evaluation and repair of earth and concrete dams. Instrumentation has been a special interest throughout his career. He began evaluating and servicing instrumentation, relief wells, and drain systems in dams and spillways about 2001, and has performed comprehensive evaluations of such systems for more than a dozen medium-sized and large dams, often with the assistance of one or more of the local dam maintenance staff.


Russell Glenn Springer, P.E.
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineer V

Russ Springer, P.E., is an Engineer V with Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He worked as a field engineer for SGT, LLC at Callaway Nuclear Plant in Fulton, Missouri for 3-1/2 years on a steam geneator replacement proect. He worked as a geotechnical engineer and CMT project manager for Terracon, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, for 3-1/2 years. He has been with FNI since 2007 and has worked on geotechnical investigations for dams; water and wastewater impoundments and tanks; and pipelines, pump stations, and lift stations as well as other structures. He been involved in evaluation, repairs, and documentation for several major dams in Texas and Oklahoma.

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