Internationally recognized as pioneers and leaders in Dam Safety Risk Assessment and Risk Management.

RAC

Engineers and Economists, LLC

Managing Principal


Phone: +1.435.770.8709

Email: David_S_Bowles@hotmail.com


Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Utah State University |Logan | Utah | U.S.A.

Expert Reviews

  • Flooding and Dam Safety Risk Assessment Expert, Nuclear Safety External Flooding Probabilistic Evaluation Expert Panel. Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California (2012).
  • Risk Management Reviewer and Advisor, Review of Current 2008 Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program Handbook, Bureau of Indian Affairs with GEI Consultants, Denver, Colorado. (2012-2013).
  • International Reviewer on the Dam Safety Regulatory Review Technical Committee to provide independent specialist input and advice to a review of the regulation of dam safety by the Office of Water, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Member of working group to scope improvements to the Quantitative Risk Assessment Methodology for UK Reservoir Safety for the Department of the Environment, UK.
  • Expert Review Panel Member and Advisor on Risk Assessment for the Embankment Risk Profile-Team, South Florida Water Management District’s Acceler8 Program and Jacksonville District, USACE.
  • Expert Review Panel Member, Dam Security Project (DAMSE), European Commission.
  • Expert Reviewer and Advisor for the Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) Phase III for Dams, Locks and Levees, Department of Homeland Security.
  • Expert Review Panel Member and Advisor on Risk Assessment for the Embankment Risk Profile-Team, South Florida Water Management District’s Acceler8 Program and Jacksonville District, USACE.
  • Expert Review Panel Member, Dam Security Project (DAMSE), European Commission.
  • Expert Reviewer and Advisor for the Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) Phase III for Dams, Locks and Levees, Department of Homeland Security.
  • Member, The National Academies Committee for Assessment of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Security Program Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.
  • Chair, Panel of Experts, Future Operations Strategy Review, Risk assessment of changing from decentralized to centralized operation of the California State Water Project. California Department of Water Resources.
  • Expert Reviewer and Advisor to Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the implementation of Dam and Levee Safety Portfolio Risk Assessment for the USACE Special Assistant for Dam Safety and senior leaders, the USACE Policy and Procedures Team, the USACE Methodology Development Team, and the USACE Screening Portfolio Risk Analysis Teams.
  • Independent Technical Reviewer for Risk and Reliability and Life-Loss Consequences aspects of the performance evaluation of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System pre and post-Katrina for Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
  • Expert Reviewer and Advisor, Mid-Term River Operations Model of the Lower Colorado River Basin with Uncertainty Analysis. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Reviewer of Regulatory Policy Framework for Dam Safety: Revision of some Standards-Based Policies and the Progressive Introduction of Risk Assessment Practice, New South Wales Dam Safety Committee.
  • Member, Performance Monitoring Program Advisory Team, Potential Failure Models Analysis and Performance Parameters. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Independent Appraisal of the Romanian Risk Assessment Approach for Mine Tailings Dams. The World Bank.
  • Reviewer, Portfolio Risk Assessment for General Manager Planning and Development. Water Corporation of Western Australia.
  • Reviewer, Business Case for the Proposed Forth Dams Spillway Upgrading Project for the CEO. Hydro Tasmania.
  • Chair, Expert Review Panel, Ross River Dam Stages 2 – 5 Upgrades Design and Construction, North Queensland Water.
  • Chair, Expert Review Panel for Investigation of Safety Issues and Remedial Works Design for Happy Valley Dam. South Australian Water Corporation.
  • Review Consultant, Ross River Dam Options Study and Risk Assessment, North Queensland Water.
  • Member, Expert Review Panel for Preliminary Risk Assessment for Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine Dams. South East Queensland Water Board.
  • Chair, Expert Review Panel for Investigation of Safety Issues and Remedial Works Design for Hope Valley Dam. South Australian Water Corporation.
  • Member, Expert Review Panel for Portfolio Dam Safety Risk Assessment of 54 large dams. Hydro Tasmania.
  • Member, Technical Review Panel for the Watershed and River System Management Program (WaRSMP) and RiverWare, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Reviewer for Hume Dam Initial Phase Risk Assessment and emergency draw down decision. Murray-Darling Basin Commission and Department of Land & Water Conservation, New South Wales.
  • Reviewer, Prospect Dam Risk Assessment, Sydney Water.
  • Expert Reviewer, Snowmelt Aspects of the Reevaluation of Spillway Evaluation Floods for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority dams.
  • Reviewer, Probable Maximum Flood determinations for six reservoirs. Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Review and evaluation of spillway design flood for Mancos River Reservoir, Bureau of Indian Affairs. New Mexico, USA.
  • Review of Probable Maximum Precipitation Study. Harza Engineering Company, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Reviewer, ANCOLD Guidelines on Design Floods for Dams, Australia.
  • Reviewer, Canadian Electricity Association Risk Assessment Guidelines and Commentary.
  • Reviewer, Risk Assessment Methods for Dam Safety Decision Making, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Peer Reviewer, Risk Assessment of Dams and Hydroelectric Facilities: Guidance for Practical Application, American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Corresponding Member, Review Panel for “A Guide to Risk Management for UK Reservoirs” by the Construction Industry Research Information Association (CIRIA), London, England.
  • Reviewer, Draft Engineering and Design Guideline: Risk Analysis for Dam Safety Assurance. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Reviewer, risk analysis aspects of Interim Guide to Quantitative Risk Assessment for UK Reservoirs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra), UK.
  • Reviewer, Draft Engineering and Design Guideline: Risk Analysis for Dam Safety Assurance. USACE
  • Reviewer, ANCOLD Guidelines on Risk Assessment, Australia.
  • Member and Spokesperson, Peer Review Team for the Dam Safety Program of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Surface Mining, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, 1996 - 1997.

David S. Bowles, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.AWRA