Hydrology and Hydraulics Expert Witness Services

and Water Resources Engineering Consultant

Mr. Richard Van Bruggen PE, CFM, D.WRE is an internationally recognized Expert Witness Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer specializing in the analysis of floods, flooding and floodplains, stormwater and drainage, dams and reservoirs, rivers, streams and storm sewers. He is an expert in, and testifies on, the meteorology and hydrology of flood events, as well as the hydraulics of storm drains, highway drainage systems, river systems and drowning occurrences.

"Flood Forensics is our Forte"

WRCS is a civil engineering consulting firm in the field of surface water resources engineering, hydrology and hydraulics (H&H), and litigation support (Expert Witness Hydrologist); a California Corporation. WRCS specializes in the analysis and modeling of flood control systems and water resources projects and the hydraulic design of stormwater drainage, conveyance and detention facilities. We offer H&H consulting services, water resources engineering design services and expert witness capabilities in many fields of expertise related to Surface Water Resources Engineering including: storm drain system analysis and design, FEMA floodplain investigations, stream channel and detention basin designs, sedimentation, debris flows, and analysis of historic storm and flood events. We have municipal, commercial  and professional clients both nationwide and internationally.

The Company President and Principal Engineer, Mr. Rick Van Bruggen, is a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE), recognized by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers as a renowned surface water hydrology and hydraulics expert. He has over 35 years of engineering design experience, and 25 years of expert witness experience, in the field of Water Resources Engineering. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), and  has written articles and given speeches on various topics regarding flooding, flood control engineering and being an effective expert witness. These are some of the areas of expertise Mr. Van Bruggen specializes in:

  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Dam/Reservoir Operations
  • Channel and Levee O&M
  • Flood and Drowning Forensics
  • Drainage System Modeling
  • Floodplain Investigations
  • Highway Drainage Design
  • Storm Drain System Analysis
  • Flood Frequency Statistics
  • River and Channel Hydraulics

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