PSM is a trusted partner for businesses and governments seeking expert dam engineering services. With a team of more than 180 highly experienced and motivated engineers and specialists, we have been advising clients of all sizes for over 30 years in dam design and construction. As one of the leading dam engineering consultants, we offer a range of dam services tailored to meet the unique needs of ourclients. While our roots are in Australia, we have a global reach, having worked on dam projects across the world. With offices across the country, we are well-positioned to offer expert advice and comprehensive solutions for dam design and construction.
Our approach to earth and rock embankment dam design and analysis is underpinned by the latest industry standards and guidelines. We use state-of-the-art software tools to model complex phenomena such as seepage and piping, allowing us to accurately predict potential failure modes and develop risk mitigation strategies. Our team of dam experts also draws on its practical experience to inform the design process, ensuring that the design is not only technically sound but also practical and cost-effective.
Rigorous risk assessment failure modes include:
PSM has extensive experience in providing a wide range of services related to tailings dams, including review, design, construction, operation, and closure. Our team of tailings dam specialists has a deep understanding of the unique challenges associated with the design and management of tailings dams, including the need to balance safety, environmental concerns, and economic factors.
We have extensive experience with discharge systems, spillways, underdrainage and decant systems.
Our full range of dam construction services includes:
Our tailings technical lead, Dr Gareth Swarbrick, has conducted extensive research into the behaviour of deposited tailings and leads our design team as well as conducts independent reviews for owners, operators and regulatory organisations.
PSM are experienced in the preparation of detailed hydrological and hydraulics studies. Our services include:
We draw from a range of published and in-house assessment techniques ranging fromfirst-principle calculations tomore complex numerical analysis (including 3D CFD modelling) or scale physical modelling techniques.
Our sophisticated scour-prediction tools combine rock mass modelling with hydraulic models to assess spillway erosion.
Setting an industry benchmark, PSM developed these tools from Dr Steven Pells’ 2016 research into erosion (scour) risk in unlined spillways at over 30 large dam spillways.
PSM capabilities include seepage analysis of leak discharges through embankments, low velocities and pore pressure.
For steady or transient flows, we use coupled modelling in both 2D and 3D, using Geostudio (Seep/w; Sigma/w; Slope/w); RS2; RS3, FEFLOW and Abaqus software.
Work with dam engineers and consultants who are committed to providing industry leading geotechnical and water engineering for dams
PSM has worked on projects of all sizes for clients of all types. PSMs work is highly regarded and utilises cutting edge technology and methodologies to get the most insightful and effective results.
Please contact Dr Gareth Swarbrick via email ([email protected]) or phone (02 9812 5000) for more information.
Our team has extensive capabilities to provide solutions for complex problems. Reach out today to find out how we can help. Our experts in this field include Mark Eggers, Matthew Lowing and Gareth Swarbrick.
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For expert advice, reach out to our team today.