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Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz

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Professor of Engineering

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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One-third of the documented low-head dam ..., 20 Aug 2014 [cached]
One-third of the documented low-head dam fatalities in the United States have occurred in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa, according Bruce Tschantz, a professor of engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who maintains the website.
Tschantz said dam danger can be deceptive because small changes in water flow can dramatically increase risk.
TDEC Releases Advisory Board Report on TVA Kingston Failure | Newsroom, 1 Dec 2009 [cached]
Dr. Bruce Tschantz, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, P.E.
Association of State Dam Safety Officials, 22 Nov 2007 [cached]
Bruce Tschantz, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee
New Honorary ASDSO Member: Bruce A. ..., 14 Oct 2005 [cached]
New Honorary ASDSO Member: Bruce A. Tschantz
Since its formation in 1984, ASDSO has honored a select few individuals by naming them Honorary Members.Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, is the eleventh ASDSO member so recognized.
After 37 years as a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Tschantz retired in 2002.Since then, he has continued to teach, to learn, and to contribute his time and talents to the mission of dam safety.
Dr. Tschantz was instrumental in the development of both the National Dam Safety Program and ASDSO.From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Tschantz coordinated the executive office review of federal agency dam safety procedures, which in 1979 resulted in new federal guidelines for dam safety.
In 1980, on a one-year leave from the University of Tennessee, he developed FEMA's Federal Office of Dam Safety and served as its first Chief.During this time, he also chaired the Federal Interagency Committee on Dam Safety and served on the ICODS Interagency Communications and Research subcommittees.
From 1981-1982, Dr. Tschantz chaired the National ASCE Water Policy Subcommittee on Dam Safety, and, in 1983, he served as advisor to the organizing Committee for Establishment of a National Association of State Dam Safety Officials.
He has made numerous contributions to ASDSO over the past twenty-two years.Since 1999, he has served on ASDSO's Model Library Committee, Annual Conference Program Committee, and the ASDSO Committee for Educational Outreach, which he currently chairs.He is also an instructor for the ASDSO Technical Seminar on Plant and Animal Penetration of Earthen Dams.
A registered professional engineer in Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia, Dr. Tschantz is now an engineering consultant and technical expert to several local, regional, and national engineering firms, industries, government agencies, citizen groups, private individuals, and attorneys.
Outside the office, Dr. Tschantz enjoys biking, camping, fly-fishing, and spending time with his wife, Penny, and three grandchildren.
ASDSO is immensely grateful to Dr. Tschantz for extraordinary contributions and dedication to the mission of dam safety, and proud to recognize him as an Honorary Member.
The War Against Wet Basements - It Can Be Won, But At What Cost? | Basement Systems, Inc. Press Release, 7 Sept 2012 [cached]
"I haven't seen any situation yet that's not solvable," said Bruce A Tschantz, a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville who consults on water issues.
Tschantz was hesitant to say that a basement could be made waterproof, but he believes it can be water-free.
Before you call a basement-waterproofing contractor, take the time to do some sleuthing, Kitchen and Tschantz said.
Tschantz recommended starting with a city or county engineer's office, which may have a hydrologist on staff who can assess the situation. If not, you can hire a hydrologist or an engineer who specializes in water issues, or a qualified home inspector. The American Society of Home Inspectors' website,, list inspectors who meet its professional criteria.
There will be a fee for a consultation, but it's better than spending money on unnecessary work or "just wringing your hands waiting for the next rain," Tschantz said.
Tschantz said the effectiveness of that type of system depends on how much water is entering the basement.
Tschantz recommends exterior waterproofing only for basements with acute water problems, and only after other remedies have failed.
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