March 29, 2024

Select Surface Water Engineering Team Members in the US/NZ

Brooke Spruit, PE | San Diego, California

For the past 8 years with ENGEO, Brooke has been actively involved in a range of water resource services across California and New Zealand. Her expertise spans coastal flood mitigation, creek stabilization, and restoration, as well as stormwater and hydrologic analyses for watersheds and wetlands. Brooke’s work includes diverse tasks such as conducting hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, sea level rise assessments, and wave runup analyses. Furthermore, she has contributed her expertise in project management, regulatory consultation, and effective stakeholder engagement. Her collaborative efforts have extended to various public agencies, including cities, counties, state regulatory agencies, and FEMA, particularly in the realm of hydrology, hydraulics, and coastal projects.

 “Water never goes out of style. Stay cool.”

Chase Hemming, PE, CMEngNZ | San Diego, California    

Chase joined ENGEO in 2018 after earning a M.S. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He specializes in hydrology and hydraulics, with expertise in numerical modelling, creek stabilization, post-fire mitigation, coastal processes, construction dewatering, and erosion control. After spending several years working in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is now based in San Diego, supporting water-related projects in California, New Zealand, and Australia.

Chase has worked on projects ranging from small creeks adjacent to housing developments, to large meandering rivers along railroads and highways. He is currently leading our hydrology efforts on the California Forever project, which aims to build a new sustainable city approximately 45 miles (72 km) northeast of San Francisco.

“Lucky for us, water flows downhill in both the US and NZ/AUS, so we get to work on projects across all of our ENGEO offices.”

Francis Smith | Christchurch, New Zealand                                   

Francis is a hydrologist with over 12 years of international experience in the water science and engineering sector across New Zealand, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Francis specialisses in the measurement, evaluation, and interpretation of surface water hydrology and meteorology, including application to flood risk and environmental impact assessment, stormwater management and design, due diligence, engineering design and feasibility studies. Francis’s key technical expertise lies in field hydrology data collection and detailed hydrological and hydraulic analysis and modelling. Francis has practical field experience in establishing baseline monitoring networks in remote and challenging environments. His extensive experience includes conducting detailed hydrological and hydraulic investigations, which encompass stormwater modelling, flood hazard, dam break assessments, and climate change analysis. In addition to these, Francis have also been involved in the engineering design of stormwater management solutions in both rural and urban environments.

 “Water is the key to our survival, but if we don’t manage it well, we’ll be up the creek without a paddle.”

Jonathan Buck, GE, LEED AP, QSD San Ramon, California

Jon joined ENGEO in 2002 and has more than 20 years of experience in the civil engineering industry related to geotechnical and water resources engineering. He specializes in creek stabilization and restoration, stormwater and erosion control management, geotechnical feasibility of earth dams and engineered slopes, scour analysis for bridge structures, hydrologic analysis of watersheds and wetlands, and complex permitting and regulatory issues.

Jon is a recognized authority on Low Impact Standards Development, Stormwater Quality Design Manuals and BMPs. He has been involved in the design, construction, and modeling of low impact development stormwater management best management practices since 2002 and has been involved in the negotiation and development of construction standards for these types of landscape features with various Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

Jon has also been involved in many stream restoration and stabilization projects throughout California and New Zealand, often balancing public safety concerns with ecological restoration objectives.

“Water resources projects are not only technically complex from an engineering standpoint, but also increasingly challenging from a regulatory compliance perspective.    I enjoy learning something new on every water resource endeavor and solving complex challenges for our clients.”

Sean Cleary, PE, QSD Reno, Nevada                                                     

Sean has more than 19 years of experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and watershed analysis. He is an accomplished Civil Engineer with the demonstrated ability to successfully design, permit, and manage a variety of water resource-related projects. He is a quality-oriented professional focused on delivering superior solutions and outstanding client service. Sean specializes in hydrology, hydraulics, utility design, site plan development, grading and drainage design, flood control facilities, waterway restoration, stormwater discharge compliance and treatment, erosion and sediment control, surveying, and roadway design. He is adept at writing technical reports, performing engineering calculations, and producing quality design documents. Further, he has a demonstrated ability to communicate and coordinate with a variety of technical professionals and stakeholders to effectively deliver services.

“Water like life –always in motion is the future.”

Victoria Drake, PE, QSD, ToR San Diego, California

Victoria is a multi-disciplinary engineering professional with over 9 years of work experience in civil engineering, construction management, and environmental compliance. As an Associate at ENGEO, Victoria provides water resources, geotechnical, and environmental engineering services through planning, design, and construction. She supports projects in both the public and private sectors, including infrastructure improvements, master-planned communities, mixed-use developments, and commercial facilities.

Victoria specializes in stormwater management, erosion control, construction dewatering and discharge, and regulatory compliance. She has developed and implemented Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for linear utility projects, large-scale developments, and transportation projects, spanning all nine Regional Board territories across California. Through her varied stormwater experience, Victoria has developed strong working relationships with local municipalities, Regional Board staff, and State Board staff. As a Trainer of Record for the California General Permit, Victoria routinely develops and facilitates both foundation and site-specific training for employees, contractors, and teaming partners.

 “Hope is not a stormwater management measure. Due to the ever-changing weather forecast, stormwater projects are dynamic and require a practical and proactive combination of erosion, sediment, and stormwater controls to protect water quality. At ENGEO, we work collaboratively with project stakeholders to develop site-specific stormwater solutions that balance regulatory compliance, constructability, timeline, and cost.”

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