• Dam Levees Canals

Dams, Levees, Canals & Temporary Water Retaining Structures

MEA’s design support and evaluation of water retaining systems, such as dams, containment impoundments, levees, cofferdams, and canals require meticulous attention and monitoring. Oftentimes, subsurface investigation, and detailed seepage and slope stability analyses are necessary to properly design the feature. To avoid failure potential within a water-retaining embankment or structure, field inspections, groundwater monitoring, and porewater pressure measurements can be taken during long-standing operation of the structure.

For more information on specific projects related to this topic, see the following MEA Technical Bulletins:

UPDATE #17: Landslide During Land Development
UPDATE #23: Anatomy of Canal Geo-Construction Difficulties
UPDATE #33: Investigation of Excessive Fill Shrinkage from Embankment Construction


  • Canals
  • Dam or Coal Impoundments and Monitoring Services
  • Levees and Floodwalls
  • Seismic Analysis
  • Slope Stability Analysis
  • Special Considerations for Underground Dams
  • Spillways
  • Stability Analysis for Staged Construction
  • Steady State Seepage Analysis (2D and 3D)
  • Computational Transient Seepage Analysis (2D and 3D)

In-House Lab Testing

  • Compaction Tests
  • Compression Tests
  • Rock Hardness Evaluation
  • Soil and Rock Engineering Properties
  • Swell Tests
  • Consolidation Tests
  • Permeability Tests

Field Testing

  • Test Drilling
  • Compaction Testing
  • In-situ Permeability Testing
  • Piezometer Monitoring
  • Grout Stabilization and Operation Supervision