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Civil (Geotechnical) Engineer, GS-0810-12

Company:

US Army Corps of Engineers

Post Date:

November 17, 2022

Location:

Little Rock, AR and Tulsa, OK

Open from 16 to 25 November 2022

The Southwestern Division, Dam Safety Production Center is looking for two geotechnical engineers to perform dam safety engineering analysis, design and evaluation services. The DSPC is a group of senior, technical experts who work to resolve critical issues on our infrastructure in the US and around the world.

Duties as a Geotechnical Engineer include responsibility for coordinating investigations, analyses, and design of earthen dams and levees, excavations, tunneling, de-watering, instrumentation, building foundations, and other highly complex projects. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Review and determine geotechnical considerations for suitable sites during initial site selection of dam and levee safety modification study projects.
  • Plan and determine method of accomplishment and collaborates with other organization segments to determine scope and method of foundation.
  • Make analysis of stability, permeability, and settlements of structures constructed of or on soil or soft rock.
  • Review draft design memoranda, draft foundation design report, and draft contract specifications for soils and foundation features of projects.
  • Make field trips to investigate foundation preparation, earthwork construction, paving, cofferdams, and drainage problems of major civil projects.
  • Plan layout, detail and direct installation of physical measurement devices such as piezometers, settlement gages, pressure gages, tilt-meters, slope indicators of inclinometers, uplift gages, etc.

Qualifying Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) Coordinate analysis of proposed construction project sites; AND 2) Experience on design projects to include; earthen dams and levees, excavations, tunneling, de-watering, building foundations or other highly complex construction projects; AND 3) Prepare scopes of work. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

 

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Assistant Director – Technical Support Branch, Public Utilities Department – U22101 (Unclassified)

Company:

City of San Diego

Post Date:

November 3, 2022

Location:

San Diego, CA

Application Due Date: 11/28/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

JOB INFORMATION

Please see instructions on how to apply in the Selection Process section of this bulletin as this position cannot be applied for online.

The City:
With more than 1.4 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.

The City’s Mission, as stated in the Strategic Plan is “Every day we serve our communities to make San Diego not just a fine city, but a great City.” The City’s Vision is " Opportunity in every neighborhood, excellent service for every San Diegan".

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego employs 11,000 highly dedicated employees and has a combined Fiscal Year 2023 operating and capital budget of approximately $5 billion. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be found on the City’s website: www.sandiego.gov.

The Department: 
The Public Utilities Department (PUD) is comprised of five branches that are primarily funded by the Water Enterprise Fund and the Sewer Enterprise Funds: the Water Recovery Branch, the Water Delivery Branch, Pure Water Branch, Business Support Branch, and the Technical Support Branch.   The Department is committed to the following in its management of Water and Wastewater services:
 

  • Quality:  We surpass quality and safety standards.
  • Value:  We operate and invest wisely.
  • Reliability:  We consistently provide dependable services.
  • Customer Service: We are responsive, professional and courteous.

The Public Utilities Director is responsible for setting the overall direction for the department and providing high level guidance on day to day activities. The External Affairs and Water Policy group reports directly to the Director. All other activities of the department report directly to the Executive Assistant Director, who is responsible for operations of the department on a daily basis. Day-to-day operational responsibility for PUD rests with the Assistant Directors of each branch, who report to the Executive Assistant Director.  The Public Utilities’ management team is further comprised of Deputy Directors, who report to the Assistant Directors and head each of the major divisions within each branch. PUD currently has a staff allocation of approximately 1,900 and a Fiscal Year 2023 budget of $1.9 billion.

The water system serves the City and certain surrounding areas, including retail, wholesale and reclaimed water customers. The water system's service area covers 403 miles, including 342 miles in the City, and has approximately 1.3 million retail customers. This water system can treat up to 378 million gallons of drinking water per day and includes: 49 pump stations; 3 water treatment plants; over 3,300 miles of pipeline; more than 320,000 service connections; and 135 separate pressure zones.

The wastewater system consists of two sub-systems: the Municipal Sub-System and the Metropolitan Sub-System. The Municipal system is a sewage collection and conveyance system for the City's residents, and the Metropolitan system treats and disposes of the wastewater generated by the City and 12 other cities and districts near the city. The Metropolitan system has sufficient capacity to accommodate a regional population in excess of 2.5 million. The entire wastewater system covers approximately 450 square miles and a population of over 2.2 million. The system can treat up to 255 million gallons of wastewater per day and includes: 79 pump stations; 3 wastewater treatment plants; a bio-solid processing plant; 2 ocean outfalls; and more than 3,000 miles of pipeline.

The City is implementing a large scale potable reuse project called Pure Water San Diego that uses proven water purification technology to produce a safe, sustainable, and high quality water supply for San Diego. The Program is a cost-effective investment that will provide a reliable, locally controlled, and drought-proof drinking water supply. An initial 30 million gallon per day water purification facility is planned to be operational as early as 2025. The long-term goal, producing 83 million gallons of purified water per day (nearly half of San Diego's future drinking water supply), is planned to be reached in 2035.

Additionally, the City is further enhancing its Dam Safety Program, which includes inspecting, maintaining, planning, evaluating, repairing, and improving the City’s nine dams, of which four are currently rated “poor” by the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). The goal of the program is to ensure the dams continue to perform as intended, remain in compliance under jurisdiction of DSOD, and provide public safety.

The Position: 
Under the leadership of the Public Utilities Executive Assistant Director, the Assistant Department Director of the Technical Support Branch will be responsible for overseeing the Environmental Monitoring & Technical Services and Engineering & Program Management Divisions. The Technical Support Branch is responsible for determining the quality of the City’s source water, drinking water, recycled water, wastewater, and the marine environment; administering the Industrial Wastewater Control Program to regulate local industry discharges; overseeing the Department’s NPDES permits; conducting air and storm water compliance audits for PUD facilities; and planning, engineering, and capital program management that ensures new facilities (including dams) and upgrades for municipal potable water, raw water, reclaimed water, and regional wastewater systems are implemented to meet regulatory standards in a fiscally and technically sound manner. Additionally, this position supports the Department Director and Executive Assistant Director on key policy decisions that could not only impact the department’s staff, but other City of San Diego departments, PUD consumers, and the general public.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Technical Support Branch;
  • Lead efforts to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions for efficient utility operations;
  • Provide focused leadership for enhanced customer service and customer satisfaction;
  • Manage diversity in the workplace and encourage high performing teams;
  • Represent the Department before a variety of governing bodies within the City, including oversight committees, City Council, Civil Service Commission, etc.;
  • Participate in negotiations with a variety of agencies working closely with elected officials, community leaders and representatives from those agencies to achieve resolution or decisions;
  • Cultivate relationships with key regulatory agencies to ensure all regulatory requirements and milestones are met;
  • Lead the preparation of the Branch’s annual operating, capital outlay and personnel budget; including justifying budget requests and monitoring expenditures against goals and objectives;
  • Represent the Department at various industry and professional forums;
  • Establish and coordinate Department administrative polices within assigned area of responsibilities;
  • Work collaboratively with other department managers and their staff to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Department; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, engineering or a related field, and
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible managerial experience and experience managing large water or wastewater utilities would be a typical way to demonstrate these qualifications.
  • Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying.

Desirable Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Progressively responsible management experience in water or wastewater operations;
  • Progressively responsible experience that demonstrates readiness to lead a department comprised of administrative, field operations, technical, and engineering staff;
  • Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political;
  • Demonstrated exceptional ability to manage and motivate people and teams;
  • Focus on enhanced customer service and customer satisfaction;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management and members of the public;
  • The ability to balance competing interests in a regulatory and political environment;
  • Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture;”
  • Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs;
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear, and straightforward manner, including the use of graphs and tables as needed;
  • A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;
  • Experience in developing and managing a complex budget;
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement and performance excellence;
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with tight time constraints;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions;
  • Active and genuine commitment to managing diversity in the workplace and encouraging high performing teams; and
  • An understanding of public entity personnel and labor relations principles, policies, and procedures.

Benefits:
This position is eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan, which offers several benefit plan options or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at a rate equivalent to 22 days per year for an employee’s first 15 years of service. Retirement benefits for this unclassified position depend on an employee’s eligibility status (new hire, rehire, etc.). To learn more about this position’s employee benefits, please review the Benefits Summary for Unclassified Employees or contact the Benefits Division of the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-5924. Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to the position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; confirmation of full COVID-19 vaccination; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may be cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes or should be construed as part of an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: 
 Candidates may need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date in accordance with City policy. “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer may be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at the time of their pre-employment fingerprinting appointment with the Personnel Department.

  • Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make such a request for accommodation will be provided with more information at the time of their pre-employment fingerprinting appointment with the Personnel Department. The City will review requests for medical and religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.

Medical Evaluation:
A City medical examination, including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history, may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. Candidates must be able to perform the essential duties of the position sought, with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

Selection Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit, in either a Pdf or a Word document,   the following via email to HumanResources@sandiego.gov: 1) your current resume; 2) a letter of interest, highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references. Please reference Recruitment Number U22101 in the Subject Line.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at HumanResources@sandiego.gov .

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

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Civil Engineer, Geotechnics C – 513976

Company:

TVA

Post Date:

October 31, 2022

Location:

Chattanooga, TN (Also Nashville and Knoxville, TN; or Muscle Shoals, AL)

Company:  TVA
Organization: Chief Operating Office 
Department: Dam Safety Services
Location:  Chattanooga, TN (Also Nashville and Knoxville, TN; or Muscle Shoals, AL)
Relocation: Relocation benefits are not offered for this position
Posting Open:  10/29/2022
Posting Close: 11/26/2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Grade/Salary: Competitive

 Job Summary

1.   Serves as the technical expert for dam engineering analysis, evaluation, and design in the broad field of geotechnics including soil.

2.    Performs, directs, or reviews studies or design work on dams and appurtenant works. Assists in the evaluation of dam performance and instrumentation data. Develops design guides and criteria, as required.

3.    Provides support during dam safety emergency and emergency preparedness drills.

4.    May serve as project engineer for assigned projects.  Duties include leading the project team, establishing and accomplishing valid requirements, monitoring all phases of project performance, approving project changes within approved limits, and conducting lessons learned reviews at project completion.

5.    May provide technical direction to engineers and support personnel.

 Supervision Received

Supervision and guidance are provided by the first-line manager and are generally limited to overall objectives, general guidelines and policy, and work priorities.  The incumbent plans and executes the work with minimal supervision.

Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific)

In-depth Knowledge in Geotechnics.  Broad Knowledge in Dam Engineering, Dam Safety Inspections, Dam Performance Monitoring and Instrumentation, Geotechnical Engineering, Soils Analysis; Environmental Permitting; Construction Processes; Leadership; Supervision; Communication and Interpersonal; Sound Knowledge of all Engineering Disciplines; Project Management; Engineering Economy; Dam Safety Guidelines

Minimum Qualifications (Consistent with Classification Standard)

Education and Experience/Certificates, Licenses, and Registration Requirements/Other Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field of engineering with emphasis in Geotechnics from an accredited engineering school. An advanced degree is highly desirable. 

Several years of experience as a professional Civil Engineer working with the engineering analysis, design and evaluation of geotechnics related to dams. 

A license as a Professional Engineer is highly desirable.

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Dam Safety Engineer – Inspection and Review Emphasis

Company:

MBS, a Sealaska Company

Post Date:

October 20, 2022

Location:

Lakewood, CO

Job Description: Managed Business Solutions (MBS) is seeking a full-time dam safety engineer to join our team with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Safety of Dams Program (SOD) on-site in Pierre, South Dakota, or nearby in the State of South Dakota.   While having a primary focus on Dam inspection and process/document reviews relating to the safety of dams in the BIA Great Plains Region (GPR) which includes the states: (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska).  This position also may support any of the following in addition to its core inspection and evaluation duties: 1) Risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, 2) Emergency management, including Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems, 3) Dam security, 4) Dam design and construction, 5) Environmental compliance, 6) Dam maintenance and repairs 7) Contract management for any of the above.  Other MBS employees that support the BIA Dam Safety program are primarily located in Lakewood, Colorado, so this role will be somewhat remote, and the occupying individual will need to be self-sufficient. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at public speaking, as well as developing complex, multi-disciplinary documents that require nuanced and specialized analytical and modeling-based information. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at interfacing with the BIA GPR staff as well as stakeholders including tribal clientele. This position will be altered based on the qualified candidate’s experience level.

Responsibilities: Core Duties (Inspection and evaluation of dams, Comprehensive and Periodic Reviews (80%) Contributes to the development of, prepares, and reviews technical work products with multiple facets of dam safety including: 1) Dam inspections, evaluations, risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, (2 Comprehensive and periodic reviews.

Develops extensive knowledge of the various activities and organization of the BIA, and its workflow process to integrate with technical work efforts and provide support to its programs and functions.

Ability to create multi-disciplinary technical documents that reflect research, agency needs, downstream community needs, as they relate to the unique dam needs.

Provides technical direction in dam safety engineering based on extensive technical knowledge and experience, while incorporating existing BIA and Department of the Interior (DOI) guidelines, regulations, and policy as necessary.

Meets, cooperates, and consults with personnel in the other bureaus and services in the Department of the Interior, Federal and non-federal agencies regarding the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program issues of common interest and makes specific recommendations to achieve proper goals.

Provides technical guidance and assistance to the BIA Regional, Tribal, and Field personnel.

Visits field locations on an as-needed basis, which may entail multiple day durations and travel to remote locations up to 35% of the time.

Creates and delivers dam safety related oral presentations to governmental conferences, tribal groups, and other organizations as required and directed by the BIA SOD branch Chief, GPR SOD officer, or other authority.

Provides Technical Guidance, Policy Development, and Oversight to SOD Programs (25%)

Assists and advises the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dam Branch Chief and staff in the development, implementation, and oversight of guidelines for risk analysis, inspection and evaluation of existing dams.

Provides oversight and guidance on BIA dam safety program areas.

Provides professional and technical direction in dam safety activities based on extensive technical knowledge and experience, while incorporating existing BIA and DOI guidelines, regulations, and policy is necessary.

Continuously appraises policy and effectiveness of operations for the purpose of recommending adjustments to programs based on available funds and conformance to BIA and DOI policies, procedures, and professional technical standards, and for reviewing, drafting, and keeping current the regulations, delegations of authority, and other directives controlling the BIA SOD.

Provides statistical and other reports in support of the program and oversees revision of contract and other forms necessary to accomplish BIA Safety of Dams Program activities.

Works with Bureau of Indian Affairs employees and Managed Business Solutions staff to develop, update, modernize, and maintain a multi-discipline comprehensive Emergency Action Planning Program to reflect the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ emergency management needs.

Reports to and takes lead from Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program employees and Managed Business Solutions staff.

Writes documents to support dam safety.

Assists with other Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety program needs as they arise.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Civil, Agricultural, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or similar from an ABET Accredited Institution or higher-level degree in a science or management field.

Evidence of obtaining professional engineering licensure (P.E.) in any state is required.

At least 4 years of experience participating in design/inspection or analysis of water resource, dam construction, or dam safety related efforts required. The position offer will be adjusted based on the individual’s experience level.

Experience with Federal Design standards of dams, levees and/or associated infrastructure is required.

If a more senior level position, at least 3 years of experience leading technical efforts related to dam safety, emergency action or related efforts is required.

Must be able to demonstrate skills and interest in water resources or distribution.

Must be able to demonstrate skills in conceiving, planning and problem solving in areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated techniques.

Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Must demonstrate ability to work independently but also within a team environment.

EOE M/F/D/V/SO

Salary $90k+, depending on experience + benefits

Environment (Working conditions):

This position will be mostly stationary requiring some movement around the office and frequent communication with others. The average working hours will be 8 hours per day for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees. As a subsidiary of a Native-owned company, Managed Business Solutions, LLC is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Managed Business Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*.

* “Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

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Civil/Dam Safety Engineer – Hydrologic and Hydraulics Emphasis (Virtual Opportunity)

Company:

MBS, a Sealaska Company

Post Date:

October 20, 2022

Location:

Lakewood, CO

Job Description: Managed Business Solutions is seeking a full-time dam safety engineer to join our team with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program on-site in Lakewood, Colorado.   While having a primary focus on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to support various dam safety related activities, this position has responsibilities in all aspects of dam safety, including: 1) Risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, 2) Emergency management, including Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems, 3) Dam security, 4) Dam design and construction, 5) Environmental compliance, 6) Dam inspections and evaluations, and 6) Dam maintenance and repairs.  Staff are primarily located in Lakewood, Colorado. This individual will assist with supporting the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ comprehensive and periodic reviews and hazard classifications as well as emergency management and dam failure inundation modeling needs. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at public speaking, as well as developing complex, multi-disciplinary documents that require nuanced and specialized analytical and modeling-based information. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at interfacing with the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ field staff as well as stakeholders including tribal clientele. This position will be altered based on the qualified candidate’s experience level.

This is a telecommuting (virtual) role which will be working with federal clients and requires a US citizenship and must reside within the US.

Responsibilities: Prepares and reviews technical work products (75%) Contributes to the development of, prepares, and reviews technical work products with multiple facets of dam safety, primarily performing open channel hydraulic and general hydrologic modeling, but also including: 1) Risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, 2) Emergency management, including Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems, 3) Dam security, 4) Dam design and construction, 5) Dam inspections and evaluations, 6) Environmental compliance and 7) Dam maintenance and repairs.

Develops extensive knowledge of the various activities and organization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and its workflow process to integrate with technical work efforts and provide support to Bureau of Indian Affairs programs and functions.

Ability to obtain and interpret elevation model data from a variety of sources to create input surfaces for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.

Ability to create multi-disciplinary technical documents that reflect research, agency needs, downstream community needs, as they relate to the unique dam needs.

Provides technical direction in dam safety engineering and emergency management based on extensive technical knowledge and experience, while incorporating existing Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of the Interior guidelines, regulations, and policy as necessary.

Reviews budgets and develops budget estimates for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program design, construction, operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation.

Meets, cooperates, and consults with personnel in the other bureaus and services in the Department of the Interior, Federal and non-federal agencies regarding the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program issues of common interest and makes specific recommendations to achieve proper goals.

Provides technical guidance and assistance to the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Regional, Tribal, and Field personnel.

Visits field locations on an as-needed basis, which may entail multiple day durations and travel to remote locations.

Creates and delivers oral presentations to governmental conferences, tribal groups, and other organizations as required and directed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Branch Chief related to the Safety of Dams Program.

Provides Technical Guidance, Policy Development, and Oversight to SOD Programs (25%)

Assists and advises the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dam Branch Chief and staff in the development, implementation, and oversight of guidelines for risk analysis, emergency management, and evaluation of existing dams.

Provides oversight and guidance on Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety program areas.

Provides professional and technical direction in dam safety activities based on extensive technical knowledge and experience, while incorporating existing Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines, regulations, and policy is necessary.

Evaluates policy relating to Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety issues, including risk analysis, emergency management, and evaluation of existing dams.

Writes justifications, and answers questions from the Congress, Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of the Interior to support requests of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for funding Continuously appraises policy and effectiveness of operations for the purpose of recommending adjustments to programs based on available funds and conformance to Bureau of Indian Affairs policies, procedures, and professional technical standards, and for reviewing, drafting, and keeping current the regulations, delegations of authority, and other directives controlling the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ dam safety operations.

Provides statistical and other reports in support of the program and oversees revision of contract and other forms necessary to accomplish Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program activities.

Works with Bureau of Indian Affairs employees and Managed Business Solutions staff to develop, update, modernize, and maintain a multi-discipline comprehensive Emergency Action Planning Program to reflect the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ emergency management needs.

Reports to and takes lead from Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program employees and Managed Business Solutions staff.

Writes documents to support dam safety.

Performs hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.

Assists with other Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety program needs as they arise.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Science in Civil, Agricultural, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or similar from an ABET Accredited Institution or higher-level degree in a science or management field.

Evidence of obtaining professional engineering licensure (P.E.) in any state is required.

At least 4 years of experience participating in design or analysis of water resource, dam construction, or dam safety related efforts required. The position offer will be adjusted based on the individual’s experience level.

Experience with Federal Design standards of dams, levees and/or associated infrastructure is required.

If a more senior level position, at least 3 years of experience leading technical efforts related to dam safety, emergency action or related efforts is required.

Must be able to demonstrate skills and interest in water resources, or power generation or distribution.

Must be able to demonstrate skills in conceiving, planning and problem solving in areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated techniques.

Must demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills.

Must demonstrate ability to work independently but also within a team environment.

Employment for this position will be subject to all relevant laws, regulations, orders, and the like and may require full vaccination against COVID-19, weekly testing, or other precautionary measures.

Salary $100k+, depending on experience + benefits

Environment (Working conditions):

This position will be mostly stationary requiring some movement around the office and frequent communication with others. The average working hours will be 8 hours per day for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees.  As a subsidiary of a Native-owned company, Managed Business Solutions, LLC is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Managed Business Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*

*“Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

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Geological/Geotechnical PE

Company:

HDR, Inc.

Post Date:

October 10, 2022

Location:

Denver, CO

Employee-owned HDR is looking for a Geological/Geotechnical PE leader to join our growing dams, levees, and civil works program in Colorado.

The primary duties of the position include:

  • To plan, execute, and complete geotechnical tasks on assigned projects independently and collaboratively.
  • Review design and construction submittals for geotechnical compliance with applicable codes, design standards, project requirements, and contract documents.
  • Perform geotechnical analyses, prepare proposals and reports, and coordinate with designers and contractors to implement recommendations on plans and in the field.
  • Support development of technical scope of works and fee proposals, as well as new project pursuits related to geotechnical services.
  • Leadership role in planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of entry- and mid-level professionals
  • Participation on Risk Informed Decision Making (RIDM) teams
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Manager, Dam Safety Geotechnics – 513749

Company:

TVA

Post Date:

October 3, 2022

Location:

Chattanooga, TN

POSITION PURPOSE:

Manage the employees of the Dam Safety Geotechnics unit which provides engineering services to TVA dam safety programs with regard to earthen and rockfill dams and the foundations of locks and appurtenant structures.  Engineering services include designs, evaluations, architect engineer (A/E) contracting, subsurface investigations, and programmatic element development.  Staff may serve as technical lead on Phase 1 major design/study projects (>$250k) and on all phases of minor projects (<$250k).  Provides drilling/chipping/excavation permit reviews/coordination.  Provides Phase 2 and 3 asset owner oversight, as requested.

Additionally responsible to manage execution of the river system dam safety instrumentation program related to earthen and rockfill dams and the foundations of locks and appurtenant structures, including data management/processing, structural performance evaluation, reporting, and planning/scheduling/management of instrument installation, data collection, maintenance, and retirement. Directly serves, through rotational on-call status, during dam safety emergencies and emergency preparedness drills, as assigned, in the Emergency Operations Center.  Directly manages unit’s O&M base budget including annual planning, accruals, forecasts, contracting, etc.

JOB DIMENSIONS:

Supervisory Responsibility — Will provide full direct supervision of 6-10 engineers/specialists.   Responsible for planning, staffing, organizing, supervising, and controlling both the work of the organization and the resources to execute the work.  Also responsible for employee performance reviews, rewards, discipline, training, and development.  Employees are located in Chattanooga and Knoxville offices; the position may occasionally require travel greater than 25% of the time.  Serves as TVA manager of 50+ contractors; responsibility includes processing check-in/out forms, performing quarterly reviews, and reviewing/approving TVA building and network access requests.

Budget Responsibility — Direct control of $1.0M O&M base budget; annual support of approximately $5M O&M projects and up to $50M capital projects.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Implement programs, procedures, and processes that ensure employee safety.
  • Promote a culture of safety first and strong teamwork.
  • Provide line of sight from TVA goals to Dam Safety goals to Operations goals.
  • Assess performance of processes against current and future targets.
  • Develop action plans to close performance gaps within engineering processes.
  • Adjust action plans and revise processes as needed for continuous improvement.
  • Provide oversight and guidance for the development of newly selected employees in assigned area.
  • Manage the work of collecting data for special studies and ongoing operations and surveillance at TVA dams as assigned.  This involves the layout, design, installation, operation and maintenance of monitoring systems.
  • Improve operational performance of dams/systems by developing solutions for engineering problems.
  • Manage the engineering work for assigned projects/programs to ensure design integrity and compliance with all applicable policies and procedures.
  • Understand dam safety principals and issues and be cognizant of these principals during the performance and discovery by the group’s activities
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education —  Bachelor degree in civil engineering, or related engineering field, from an accredited college or university. A MSCE, or advanced degree in related field, is desirable.

Experience — A minimum of eight years of engineering experience, a portion of which includes significant work in geotechnical or geologic analysis and design.  Five years of experience related to dam safety is preferred.

Certification/License, etc. —  Licensed as a professional civil engineer, or equivalent professional licensure, is desirable.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities — Demonstrated ability to supervise personnel, manage budgets, control projects and schedules. Must have demonstrated effective communication and teamwork skills plus strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.  Candidate may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on access requirements and essential job functions

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Dam and Levee Safety Project Manager

Company:

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Post Date:

September 27, 2022

Location:

Norwood, MA

Minimum of 6 years of experience required

This position offers great potential for professional growth in an exciting working environment and the opportunity to apply the latest technologies to our dam/levee/hydropower-related projects. A strong passion to work on dams and levees is essential for this position. The qualified candidate must have a strong civil, geotechnical, or structural engineering background, demonstrated project management skills, and experience working on dams and/or levees.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Performing/managing dam and/or levee safety inspections.
  • Coordinating and supervising fieldwork activities including subsurface explorations and instrumentation installations, topographic survey work, and underwater inspections
  • Oversight and management of resident engineering/construction monitoring for dam and levee rehabilitation projects and dam removal projects.
  • Supervising geotechnical data collection, organization, and interpretation in support of dam/levee inspections, engineering evaluations, and dam/levee rehabilitation projects and dam removal projects
  • Supervising and reviewing engineering analyses including seepage and slope stability analyses of embankment dams and levees, toe drain and filter designs, and gravity dam stability analyses
  • Coordinating with GZA’s water resource engineers performing hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for spillway capacity evaluations, dam break analyses, and developing Emergency Action Plans
  • Performing/managing FERC Part 12 Dam Inspections, updating DSSMPs/DSSMRs, and STIDs
  • Participation in Potential Failure Mode Analysis sessions.
  • Writing inspection/engineering reports and assisting in preparing permit applications
  • Designing dam rehabilitation projects including stability improvements, overtopping protection, seepage control, etc.
  • Preparing construction plans and technical specifications
  • Performing cost/quantity estimates and project scheduling
  • Performing construction administration Tasks including supervising resident engineers, reviewing submittals, and responding to RFI’s.
  • Communicating effectively and efficiently with team members, clients, and contractors.
  • Providing leadership/mentoring to technical staff
  • Preparing technical proposals, developing scopes of work, and developing and managing budgets
  • Working with GZA Principals and interacting with clients and regulatory agencies
  • Executing project management duties including developing and managing a project schedule, managing and tracking budgets, preparing monthly invoices, scheduling staff, preparing subcontracts and managing subcontractors, and coordinating with clients
  • Occasional out-of-town travel will be required. Candidate must have consistent means of transportation to/from project sites

Qualifications: 

  • S. in Civil Engineering or related field of practice is required.
  • S. in Civil Engineering with a geotechnical or structural focus is preferred
  • Professional Engineer license in MA is required with the ability to obtain PE in CT and NY
  • An ideal candidate will have at least 6 years of experience in dam/levee safety engineering, with direct involvement in dam/levee safety inspections, condition assessments, subsurface exploration programs, engineering analyses, dam rehabilitation/dam removal design, and dam safety and environmental permitting
  • Direct experience completing dam and levee safety projects for public sector/municipal agencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York is highly preferred
  • Strong financial, schedule, and subcontractor management skills are required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to speak publicly
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and manage junior staff
  • Experience with geotechnical software packages such as GeoStudio will be a plus.
  • Experience with finite element analyses using 2D and 3D PLAXIS will be a plus
  • Experience with FERC Relicensing work will be a plus
  • Project experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be a plus.

GZA’s Dam and Levee Safety Group is made up predominately by geotechnical engineers focused on dam and levee safety work. Typical project teams include hydrologic and hydraulic engineers from our Water Resources Group and ecological professionals from our Natural Resource Group. GZA’s Norwood Dam and Levee Safety Group routinely executes projects in the Northeast US, Mid-Atlantic States, Midwest, and occasionally in other areas of the country.

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Senior Civil Engineer – (166218)

Company:

HDR, Inc.

Post Date:

September 27, 2022

Location:

Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, KY; Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, TN

Primary Responsibilitie

HDR is currently in need of a Civil Engineer opportunity to help our group execute existing work and continue to grow our capabilities, portfolio, and staff of our Water Business Group.

Responsibilities:

  • Site studies, site designs, plans and specifications, contract documentation preparation and graphic presentation
  • Perform overall site layout, grading, utility layout and drainage, routine engineering assignments requiring application of standard techniques and procedures, complete projects with clear, specified objectives and limited variables.
  • Work independently on small projects
  • This individual will be expected to coordinate with the project leads to implement measures to successfully meet all project goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of geotechnical and water resources engineering methods is a plus, such as: subsurface investigations, field & laboratory testing, soil compaction and earthwork construction, design and construction of foundations, and preparing plans and specifications related to dam and levee projects.
  • The candidate ideally will have knowledge of USACE/TVA/FERC design and construction procedures and policies, and USACE/TVA/FERC dam safety assurance policy and guidance.
  • Knowledge of design software such as Autocad, Civil3D, Revit, Microstation, Open Designer, Openflows, etc. and/or software used for analysis such as GeoStudio, SEEPW, HydroCad, StormCad, AutoCad Storm and Sanitary, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, etc. would be beneficial.
  • A registered professional civil engineer with active participation in related profession societies is encouraged.
  • This individual needs to be self-motivated with an initiative to deliver high quality, technically sound site civil designs.

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree in Civil Engineering
  • 5 years or more experience in the civil engineering with design experience.
  • 10 or more years in land development site/civil or related projects is required
  • KY Professional engineering (PE) license or ability to obtain thru reciprocity
  • Must have experience with AutoCAD and Microstation.
  • Must have experience with Civil 3D, InRoads, Open Designer, or similar software
  • Must have experience with Microsoft Office, Excel and Word
  • Good leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the United States on an as-needed basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred
  • Local candidate preferred

Why HDR

At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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Computational Geotechnical Engineer – (168232)

Company:

HDR, Inc.

Post Date:

September 27, 2022

Location:

Lexington, Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; Pasco, Seattle, Bellevue, Edmonds, Spokane, Olympia, Gig Harbor, WA

HDR Engineering Inc. is seeking a Computational Geotechnical Engineer II to support a challenging variety of projects across the United States.  The candidate will work with collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams to develop engineering solutions from conceptualization through production of deliverables. The successful applicant will have excellent theoretical knowledge of computational engineering principles and practical geotechnical engineering principals.

Responsibilities include performing geotechnical computational analysis and design calculations, performing research activities, numerical modeling, preparing presentations, reports, and design reviews. Candidates must be professional, self-starters, creative, have strong communication skills, and work well with engineers, technicians, and other staff.

  • Evaluate earth structures through static and dynamic finite element analyses and provide recommendations when needed to meet requirements and industry standards.
  • Verify and validate finite element models with hand calculations and benchmark studies
  • Perform uncertainty quantification and mesh sensitivity studies of finite element models for risk assessment of dams and hydraulic structures.
  • Prepare model documentation and analysis reports.
  • Perform and QC meshing, high-performance computing, programming, seismic modeling, and model checking
  • Work collaboratively with project managers and communicate effectively changes in Scope of Work and analysis results.
  • Provide independent checking of analysis tasks undertaken by others in the group such that each model receives a complete check of meshing, loading, material model selection, boundary condition assumptions, contact properties, and convergence behavior

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant technical experience in the field of Civil/Geotechnical Engineering of marine, dam and levee structures;
  • Undergraduate degree in civil/geotechnical engineering with an emphasis in computational engineering or a Master’s degree in Civil/Geotechnical, Engineering with thesis work in computational methods solving geotechnical problems. PhD a plus.
  • Fundamental and advanced engineering skills including mechanics of materials, statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, structural design, and soil mechanics are necessary for this position;
  • Experience with geotechnical analysis and modeling software such as FLAC, FLAC3D, UDEC, GeoStudio, and Plaxis; Use of commercially available programs that can be used for advanced analysis such as dynamic response spectrum or seismic time history analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Engineering license, NCEES stature preferred;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrable experience in computational engineering and FEM analysis projects, including analysis and reporting;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computational mechanics involving linear and non-linear response of earth structures to dynamic loads;
  • Understanding of risk assessment process and risk-informed decision making;
  • Experience with geotechnical site characterization using drilling, testing, and instrumentation data;
  • Knowledge of concrete, steel, and USACE/BOR design requirements.
  • Project/task management experience is a plus

Why HDR

At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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Geotechnical Engineer – (164347)

Company:

HDR, Inc.

Post Date:

September 26, 2022

Location:

Nashville, TN; Lexington, Louisville or Paducah, KY

HDR is seeking a Geotechnical Engineer to support our expanding geotechnical section within our Lexington and/or Louisville, KY or Nashville, TN office. office.  This is a leadership role that involves planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of entry- and mid-level professionals.

Primary Duties:

- Plan, execute, and complete geotechnical tasks on assigned projects independently and collaboratively. This position may be required to review design and construction submittals for geotechnical compliance with applicable codes, design standards, project requirements, and contract documents.

- Geotechnical investigations and design activities for dams, levees, hydraulic structures, railroad, and transportation projects.

- Involvement in communication with both internal and external clients.

- Geotechnical technical analyses, preparation of proposals and reports, and coordination with designers and contractors to implement recommendations on plans and in the field.

- Engage in supporting development of technical scope of works and fee proposals, as well as responses to RFP’s related to geotechnical services.

- This position may function as technical specialist or project manager, but project management is not sole focus of position.

Core Competencies for a successful candidate:

- Must be able to independently make decisions and recommendations that will impact a project’s activities and direction.

- Be a technical expert, leader, and authority in projects and tasks involving geotechnical engineering.

- Be knowledgeable of today’s technical standards, including but not limited to USACE, AREMA, LRFD, etc.

- Exhibit excellent communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with team members and clients and the demonstrate expertise in managing several complex tasks simultaneously.

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Senior Geotechnical Engineer – (162302)

Company:

HDR, Inc.

Post Date:

September 22, 2022

Location:

Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, KY

Primary Responsibilities:

- Plan, execute, and complete geotechnical tasks on assigned projects independently and collaboratively. This position may be required to review design and construction submittals for geotechnical compliance with applicable codes, design standards, project requirements, and contract documents.

- Geotechnical investigations and design activities for dams, levees, hydraulic structures, railroad, and transportation projects.

- Involvement in communication with both internal and external clients.

- Geotechnical technical analyses, preparation of proposals and reports, and coordination with designers and contractors to implement recommendations on plans and in the field.

- Engage in supporting development of technical scope of works and fee proposals, as well as responses to RFP’s related to geotechnical services.

-This position may function as technical specialist or project manager, but project management is not sole focus of position.

 

Core Competencies for a successful candidate:

- Must be able to independently make decisions and recommendations that will impact a project’s activities and direction

- Be a technical expert, leader, and authority in projects and tasks involving geotechnical engineering.

- Be knowledgeable of today’s technical standards, including but not limited to USACE, AREMA, LRFD, etc.

- Exhibit excellent communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with team members and clients and the demonstrate expertise in managing several complex tasks simultaneously.

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ENTRY LEVEL- WATER RESOURCES STAFF ENGINEER

Company:

WEST Consultants, Inc.

Post Date:

August 19, 2022

Location:

Tempe, AZ; San Diego, CA; Folsom, CA; Salem, OR; Dallas, TX; and Bellevue, WA.

WEST Consultants, Inc., a premier firm in water resources engineering, is seeking energetic and ambitious applicants qualified to apply for an Entry Level Water Resources Staff Engineer position.  Positions are being considered for our office locations in Tempe, AZ; San Diego, CA; Folsom, CA; Salem, OR; Dallas, TX; and Bellevue, WA.

In this position, you will apply your knowledge of principles of hydrology and hydraulics to respond to a broad range of water resources engineering assignments in surface-water riverine and estuarine environments to:

-----Study open channel flow, sediment transport, scour, stability, and deposition issues in rivers and reservoirs.

-----Estimate flood hazards and risk. Develop mitigation measures and alternatives for watersheds, including flood forecasting and inundation mapping.

-----Evaluate complex water resource systems including watersheds receiving rain and snow.

-----Perform integrated hydrologic modeling including potential impacts on surface and groundwater due to climate changes.

-----Conduct dam/levee engineering and safety investigations to include dam breach analysis, feasibility planning, operations studies, drainage analysis, water control manual updates.

-----Work as part of a project team to develop high quality deliverables for our clients.

Responsibilities:

Your core duties and responsibilities may require you to:

-----Develop, calibrate, and validate hydrologic and hydraulic numerical models.

-----Use GIS tools to pre- and post-process data.

-----Organize, manipulate, and evaluate data using spreadsheets or other engineering software.

-----Delineate floodplains and create flood hazard maps.

-----Prepare Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain management program documentation such as No-Rise Certification, CLOMR, LOMR, and/or LOMA.

-----Design hydraulic structures such as bridges, culverts, levees, and fish passages.

-----Design systems for scour countermeasures and streambank erosion protection.

-----Prepare figures, maps, and graphics.

-----Prepare technical reports, memoranda, and manuals.

-----Work closely with internal project teams and clients on specific assignments or for other meetings.

-----Present communication pertaining to specific assignments or meetings.

-----Participate in local engineering organizations or conferences.

-----Expand your engineering skills, both technical and non-technical, from continuous learning.

-----Other duties may be assigned.

Skill Requirements:

In addition to being enthusiastic about working in the field of water resources engineering, you should have the following skills:

-----Experience with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) and other numerical models, such as HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS.

-----Experience with GIS software.

-----Strong computer skills are required, with knowledge of programming languages such as Visual Basic and Python a plus.

-----Excellent communication skills.

-----Ability to work independently & manage time, as well as to work in a team.

-----Excellent problem-solving abilities, including the ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex engineering problems.

Experience Requirements:

0-5 years related experience.

Educational Requirements:

Master’s Degree or higher in Civil or Environmental Engineering or water resources related field is required.

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