Hydrology and Hydraulics Expert Witness Services

and Water Resources Engineering Consultant

Mr. Richard Van Bruggen PE, CFM, D.WRE is a nationwide Expert Witness Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer for 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 hydrology of flood events and the hydraulics of storm water, highway drainage or irrigation systems. We investigate floods, roadway vehicle accidents and drownings.

"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, 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 and Reservoir Operations

  • Channel and Levee Systems Design and Maintenance

  • Flood and Drowning Forensics

  • Modeling of Stormwater and Flood Control Systems
  • Floodplain Investigations

  • Highway Drainage Design

  • Storm Drain System Analysis

  • Flood  and Storm Frequency Statistics

  • River and Channel System Hydraulics

HEC-RAS Model Animation of Flood Inundation Scenario





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