Hydraulic Modeling and Design for Bridges and Culverts
When it comes to bridge and culvert design, experience counts, and WRMA's hydraulic engineers are specialists in the hydraulic modeling and scour design of roadway bridges and culverts. WRMA's hydraulic design team includes professional engineers with decades of experience in hydraulic modeling and hold nationally recognized certifications in flood plain management (CFM) from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers. Additionally, WRMA engineers hold certifications in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' HEC-RAS (River Analysis System) modeling program from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Due to WRMA's decades of experience in hydraulic engineering and hydraulic modeling throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions, the firm has vast knowledge of both federal (FEMA) and state (DOT) regulations and guidelines as they pertain to floodplain management and design of roadway bridge structures. WRMA's long and successful track record in hydraulic engineering distinguishes itself from many other traditional engineering firms and is a major reason many larger multi-national engineering firms look to WRMA to perform bridge hydraulic modeling and design for their major transportation projects throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Sewer Collection & Water Distribution Systems
WRMA specializes in the hydraulic design of municipal and private stormwater and wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems and irrigation systems. For over 15 years, WRMA has committed to serving the needs of its clients which include major municipal water utilities and water management districts as well as private clients from the residential, commercial, recreational and real estate development sectors. WRMA's experienced engineering team provides hydraulic design services covering the full range of hydraulic and civil engineering disciplines and can assist with sewer and water infrastructure projects throughout the project lifecycle, from the conceptual/planning phase, to permitting, site layout and design. During the planning phase, WRMA's in-house hydrologic and hydraulic modeling capabilities can quickly identify required capacity needs and site all pipe, inlet and manhole structures according to provided easements, right of ways or architectural site layouts. WRMA can also work with local public works departments to ensure proposed sewer systems can be permitted for construction and that adequate mainline service and hydraulic capacity is available. During the procurement process, WRMA can provide bid packages including plan and profile drawings, specifications, details, and opinion of probable costs for construction.
Environmentally Sustainable Cost Efficient Design
WRMA's design approach balances elements of environmental sustainability and cost efficiency with resilience, functional reliability and ease of maintenance. Our stormwater management designs combine green infrastructure elements with more traditional elements to provide functionally reliable and environmentally friendly collection systems for public and private facilities. For sewer infrastructure design, WRMA focuses on providing a high level of service through hydraulic modeling and placing an emphasis on providing adequate access points and cleanouts to facilitate maintenance which will in the long term contribute to maximizing the lifespan of sewer infrastructure systems while reducing O&M costs.
Golf Course Drainage & Irrigation Design
WRMA can work with Professional Golf Course Architects and assist them in turning their creative visions into real and challenging holes by designing the stormwater management and irrigation systems which will enable the Architect to site the tees, fairways, bunkers, water hazards and greens where they want them. WRMA's hydraulic engineers are specialists in the design of wetlands and stormwater ponds (water hazards), and can design elegant culverts and cart paths over water hazards to allow for easy and unique access to greens. Our stormwater management designs provide adequate drainage capacity to allow for maximum playing time during the wet season, while our irrigation systems will ensure a healthy and robust course during the dry season.
Drainage Design and Retrofit
Over time, older stormwater management systems can become defected or unable to handle increased stormwater runoff flows due to increases in impervious area from decades of continual development in nearby areas. WRMA's engineering team can quickly identify contributing drainage areas and develop a hydrologic and hydraulic model to accurately assess capacity issues and determine appropriate and cost efficient corrective retrofit and/or sewer rehabilitation measures.
Stream Stabilization & Conveyance Systems Design
With increasing urbanization and development around major cities, effects of such urbanization typically means increased stormwater runoff flows into surrounding waterways with a reduction in travel times. Flash floods are becoming more common in America's suburbs and are creating high velocity flows of stormwater runoff during short intense storm events. Over time the high velocity flows have the potential ability to destabilize streams in metroplitan areas, thereby increasing exposure to flood risk and creating potentially dangerous unstable waterways which meander through residential and commercial developments. WRMA has begun helping cities and counties deal with the effects of urbanization by providing stream stabilization assessments and stream restoration hydraulic design engineering services. Additionally, WRMA provides hydraulic modeling and design engineering services for coveyance systems such as canals and navigable waterways and has experience in the design of bank stabilization protection measures as well as in-stream and terminal hydraulic structures. WRMA's engineering team can also provide guidance on sourcing materials for hydraulic structures inluding flow meters, weirs, flumes, manholes, hydraulic gates, outfalls and other various control structures.
Hydraulic Modeling Suites
WRMA has experience in the application of numerous advanced modeling suites to perform hydraulic studies and hydraulic engineering. Some of the hydraulic models WRMA has utilized in various studies and design projects include:
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