Risk Informed Decision Making

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Improving how we manage risk

Stantec has significant experience in applying Risk-Informed Decision-Making (RIDM) for dam owners around the world. Our teams understand the RIDM process and how to apply qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess and manage risk versus the more traditional standards-based approach (SBA) for an improved understanding of the safety of a dam.

The SBA has served the objective of dam safety well and is still an important component of prudent dam safety practice. However, the RIDM approach provides an improved understanding of the safety of a dam through the systematic analysis of the logic of potential failure mechanisms and evaluation of consequences, and a means to analyze and assess risks in areas where traditional standards are not established.

RIDM supports the development of targeted and tailored mitigation measures to prioritize the highest risks first so resources can be more efficiently allocated to improve dam safety.

Adding hydropower to a dam at Red Rock

We’re working with MRES to add hydropower to the existing Red Rock Dam in Pella, Iowa. Our job? To lead the design team for this 36-55 megawatt project that will deliver clean, renewable energy for generations to come.

Safeguarding our communities from future flooding events

With estimated damages exceeding $5 billion, 32 states of local emergency declared, and communities ordered to evacuate, the 2013 Southern Alberta flood was one of the costliest and most devastating natural disasters in Canadian history. Drawing on our safety expertise, Stantec’s solution diverts river water to an off-stream storage reservoir during extreme flood conditions. Later, after the flood peak, this excess water is released back into the river, a solution that will protect the surrounding communities for decades to come. Read More

Protecting a water supply for the next 50 years and beyond

It started with the inspection of the century-old Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 9. We assessed the structure and looked at the above-water conditions, conducted dive inspections, and took samples. Our dam safety experts evaluated multiple dam raising alternatives, conducted a flood study of the river, and provided a structural analysis of the lock and dam components. Our recommendation? A new upstream dam. Read More
Expert Spotlight

Rachael Bisnett, Principal, Water

I help develop flexible solutions that fit each site’s unique geological conditions.

Keil Neff, Principal

I love using the latest science and technology to develop flood risk and consequences information to help clients make informed decisions.

Manoshree Sundaram , Vice President, Power & Dams

Relationships form the core of every aspect of my work. My focus is listening to clients and learning how my teams can collaborate to help.
Manoshree Sundaram Vice President, Power & Dams Read More

Alan Rauch, Vice President, Discipline Lead, Water (Geotechnical)

I am immensely satisfied when our technical knowledge and hard-earned experience lead to elegant solutions for complex problems.
Alan Rauch Vice President, Discipline Lead, Water (Geotechnical) Read More

Carmen Bernedo, Senior Principal, Power & Dams

Embracing the challenges of finding solutions for clients amidst diverse environments and complex technical requirements is something I really enjoy.
Carmen Bernedo Senior Principal, Power & Dams Read More

Mark Cordell, Practice Lead, Dams and Hydropower, Australia and New Zealand

I get satisfaction at work by making sure our solutions are not only technically sound and cost effective but also ‘best for project’.
Mark Cordell Practice Lead, Dams and Hydropower, Australia and New Zealand Read More

Daniel A. Gilbert, Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US Southeast, Gulf & South Central)

Whether it is preserving our water supply or another critical challenge, I am excited for every opportunity to have a positive impact.
Daniel A. Gilbert Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US Southeast, Gulf & South Central) Read More

Rachael Bisnett

Principal, Water

Keil Neff


Manoshree Sundaram

Vice President, Power & Dams

Alan Rauch

Vice President, Discipline Lead, Water (Geotechnical)

Carmen Bernedo

Senior Principal, Power & Dams

Mark Cordell

Practice Lead, Dams and Hydropower, Australia and New Zealand

Daniel A. Gilbert

Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Water (US Southeast, Gulf & South Central)


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Construction Management Stantec offers a full range of high-value, “start-to-finish” construction management services throughout the world for dams, hydropower, and locks and navigation projects.
Due Diligence & Consulting Stantec works with public and private sector clients and financing institutions to provide due diligence and engineering support for asset valuation for acquisition, divestiture, and power and energy projects.
Planning, Feasibility Studies & Design Planning-stage decisions to address longer-term risk mitigation are key to cost control. Stantec experts provide comprehensive planning and design services focused on constructability and value.
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