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Bill Forsmark

Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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Bill Forsmark has over 35 years of experience related to the investigation, evaluation, design, construction, and permitting of dams and related structures. He is a FERC-approved independent consultant for dam-safety inspections and has led potential-failure-mode analysis (PFMA) exercises for high-hazard dam projects. He has led designs for new dams and levees, as well as major dam-rehabilitation and -reconstruction projects. He is familiar with FERC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers design and dam-safety guidelines, as well as state dam-safety regulations. He has served as the engineer of record for dam-safety design projects, including spillway  repairs and replacements, gate and penstock replacements, foundation seepage improvements, and embankment-dam filter-drain designs.

Bill has provided structural, civil, geotechnical, and water-resources engineering services for clients in the mining, power, and forest-products industries, as well as a for variety of governmental agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, state agencies, counties, and municipalities). He has designed and evaluated dam, river-wall, and intake and outlet structures,  as well as barge-mooring facilities.

Bill has also led permitting and licensing efforts for dam and mining-related projects, including FERC hydropower licensing studies and license applications, state dam-safety permitting, and permit-to-mine applications.


(952) 832-2843


Professional Engineer (MI, MN, ND, NE, SD, UT, WI)

service area lead

dam engineering


BS, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Barr Engineering Co.
4300 MarketPointe Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600
Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-2277

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