Author Archives: Jason Davis

About Jason Davis

Having served in the military, Jason understands the intricacies of federal work. An owner at Affinis, his extensive knowledge makes him a great asset to us, as well as our clients.

Factoring Levee Risk & Resilience as USACE Changes Guidance

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 by
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When it comes to the risk and resilience of levees, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is changing its guidance. Recently, they have been trying to build more resilient infrastructure with an additional factor of safety. For levee sponsors, this translates to additional analysis and ongoing maintenance. All levees are built to withstand […]

City of Leavenworth and Levee District Protect Residents with Flood Fight Plan

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 by
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Flood season officially happens between April 1 and August 1, but things got started earlier this year with rain and snowmelt contributing to river water raises in Mid-March. Two of our clients, the City of Leavenworth, Kansas and Riverside Quindaro Bend Levee District (RQBLD) have already taken measures to protect their communities and prevent flooding. Last […]

Relief Well Systems Evaluations Mark Changes for Kansas City, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 by
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The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Water Services Department (KCWS) asked Affinis to evaluate four relief wells that were part of the East Bottoms Relief Well System. Originally, KCWS requested relief well replacement design. However, after initial review Affinis determined the relief wells could be abandoned. This saved the city a few hundred thousand dollars […]

Improving Military Operations with USACE

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by
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Military Construction (MILCON) work is performed exclusively on military installations or for military operations. Whereas, the Civil Works program targets water resource projects, which are not located on a military installation or used for military operations. Dollars spent for MILCON must create a “complete and usable project.” That means funding cannot be broken into pieces unless […]

Targeting Water Resources Projects with USACE

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 by
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The United States Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Civil Works program targets water resource projects, such as flood risk management, navigation, recreation, infrastructure, and environmental. Efforts with this designation are not located on a military installation or used for military operations. The USACE Civil Works mission is to provide quality service to the nation during […]

MILCON: What to Expect and How It’s Changed

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by
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More than 10 years ago, there was a large push to realign posts and air force bases with the Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) program. In keeping with this, we are seeing less new construction in the Military Construction Program (MILCON). In fact, we expect this trend to continue and the focus to remain on […]

Relief Well Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by
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Relief wells are constructed to provide pressure relief caused by floodwaters at the landward toe of the levee. Excessive pressure at the landward toe of a levee can cause sand boils to develop. When this occurs, levee material moves (called piping). If enough material is piped from the foundation, a direct path can be created, […]

Weatherby Lake Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by
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For nearly 30 years, we have provided professional engineering services to the Weatherby Lake Improvement Company (WLIC). During that time, we have worked on a variety of projects related to the lake, its dam, and the spillway. Some of the services have included: Dam inspections Lake bottom surveys FEMA Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) Spillway […]

Identifying Subsurface Materials with Geophysical Methods

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by
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Determining what lies beneath the surface of our roads is an important part of creating safe thoroughfares and streets. Used to identify subsurface materials, geotechnical engineering can do just that. Some common applications are: Characterizing subsurface materials, like bedrock depth, rock type, layer boundaries, water table, groundwater flow, locating fractures, weak zones, expansive clays, and […]

Federal Services – Levees

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by
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Last week, we showcased several of the environmental services we offer. Today, we’re sharing descriptions, funding information, and requirements surrounding levee work. Levee Relief Well Design and Rehabilitation Affinis is currently providing a multi-year program for the Kansas City Downtown Airport to replace or clean existing relief wells in order to provide a fully functional relief […]