October 8, 2019

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Tennessee Valley Authority Project Wins Nation's Top Award for Geology in Engineering

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)'s Boone Dam project was recently named the 2019 Outstanding Environmental and Engineering Geologic Project by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). The award was given for the project team's "innovative uses of georeferenced data during design, its application of risk-informed decision-making, and its contributions to the practice of underground construction in dams." Geosyntec served TVA and the project with dam safety inspections, instrumentation monitoring, and performance evaluations during construction.

The award is the highest honor presented by AEG and distinguishes projects based on several criteria, including application of environmental and engineering geologic principles, advancement of public understanding of geology and engineering geology, protection of the environment, and enhancement of cultural understanding.

Geosyntec's John Barrett (far right) has been on-site during construction for the past 3.5 years serving as an Owner's Engineer and is currently serving as the dam safety lead during construction of a cutoff wall. Jamey Rosen (second from left, standing) served as the Information Management System (IMS) project director. The IMS project is managed by Andrew Higgins (not shown). The instrumentation monitoring system is managed by Raphael Siebenmann (not shown). The client managers for TVA are Lucas deMelo and Jamey Dotson (also not shown).

David Bowling, TVA's vice president of River & Resources Stewardship, noted that "TVA is honored by this prestigious AEG recognition, and we are extremely proud of our Boone Dam Remediation Project team. This award recognizes the knowledge, skill, and execution of the engineering geologists and other team members who have worked together to successfully manage this project."

The TVA provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.

The AEG helps promote public understanding of the geosciences and the highest levels of professional practice within engineering geology, environmental geology, and allied fields in the geosciences. The association also offers information on environmental and engineering geology useful to practitioners, scientists, students, and the public.

More Information

About the TVA: https://www.tva.gov/
About the AEG: https://www.aegweb.org/
For consultation regarding the Boone Dam project or Geosyntec's role, contact John Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Raphael Siebenmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Andrew Higgins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..