Scott is a principal geotechnical engineer focusing on dam engineering as part of GeoEngineers’ national team. Over his career, Scott has worked on dams, levees, earth-retaining structures, and infrastructure like and bridges and electrical transmission or cellular towers. Complex interactions in such projects often require a knowledge of advanced numerical modeling techniques, and Scott knows how to use these methods in seismic-deformation analyses, seepage modeling and more.

“In my kind of work, it’s important to think both big and small,” Scott explains. “I distill the problem down to the basics, then place it into the larger context of the dam, structure or ground we are dealing with. Analytical models must take care to look at the big picture and our understanding of subsurface characteristics to produce a model that can inform us.”

Although Scott calls Kansas City home, he represents clients and works on projects all across the country. Scott has worked on a lot of federal and state projects for clients like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), and state departments of water or natural resources. His experience ranges from seismic and seepage analyses for large dams to designing outfall channels.

“Each project brings its own unique challenges and rewards,” Scott says. “Working across the United States and the world I have encountered a lot of different soil and rock conditions and had the chance to learn how to deal with them. GeoEngineers allows me the opportunity to continue to expand my knowledge and work with a great team.”

Scott often has dams on the mind even in his spare time. When he’s traveling, Scott regularly stops by local dams to see how they were constructed. When he does take a break from his dam work you might find Scott running or cycling—two habits he’s maintained most of his life. Scott entered his first bike race in 1978 and has continued competing sporadically ever since.

Articles
  • Scott T. Anderson, “Raising the Standard of Levee Analysis”, Geo-Strata, January/February 2010
  • Scott T. Anderson and Michael H. Beaty, “Your Numerical Model Begins at the Site Investigation Phase – Improving the Suitability of Numerical Geotechnical Modeling” GeoStrata, January/February 2021
  • Scott T. Anderson, J. Zey, “Numerical Analysis of the Bearing Capacity of a Historical Structure Undergoing Renovation”, 11th International Conference of IACMAG, Torino, Italy, 6/21/2005
  • Scott T. Anderson, C. Hall, J. Liao, “Seismic Vulnerability Evaluation of an Earthen Embankment – A Case Study”, 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Santiago, Chile, 1/13/2011
  • Scott T. Anderson, J. Liao, Z. Zafir, “Development of a Methodology for Estimating Simplified Seismic Slope Deformation of Levees with Seepage Control Measures”, 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Santiago, Chile, 1/13/2011
  • Lingwall, B and Anderson, S., Settlement of a Large Embankment Construction Adjacent to a Buried Gas Pipeline – A Case History in Settlement Mitigation Using Lightweight Fill, Seventh International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Wheeling, Illinois, April 2013
  • Ferguson, K., Anderson S. and Sossenkina E., Reexamination of the 2004 Failure of Big Bay Dam, Georgia. 34th Annual USSD Conference, San Francisco, California, April 2014
  • Anderson, S., Ferguson, K., Examination of Three-Dimensional Effects of Internal Erosion (IE) and Piping Processes in Soil. 35th Annual USSD Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, April 2015

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