Dam safety expert Kim de Rubertis passed away

Kim de Rubertis passed away Sept. 7. He was 81.

De Rubertis had a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and was licensed to practice civil and geological engineering, as well as engineering geology and hydrogeology. He worked in engineering for 59 years, 44 of those years in private practice as an independent consultant. Most of his career involved the planning, investigation, design, construction and maintenance of dams and appurtenant structures.

In a “Statement of Qualifications” posted on De Rubertis’ LinkedIn page, he said: “Including many assignments related to water resources, my practice has involved geology, foundations, materials and construction surveillance. Typical of one of my large project assignments, I served as resident manager for the Reza Shah Kabir Project, a 200-m high arch dam with 1000-MW powerplant. In that capacity, I conducted field investigations; made designs for slope stability, grouting, tunnels and excavation; selected materials of construction; evaluated bids; and provided services during construction.”

De Rubertis worked on the Huron River Dams Project, Bath County Pumped Storage Project and Rock Island Dam Second Powerhouse. He as a member of the boards of consultants for the Swan Lake, Wanapum, Ashton, Blue Lake, Lower Baker and Cabinet Gorge projects.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Mining Engineers, Academy of GeoProfessionals, American Arbitration Association and U.S. Society on Dams.

De Rubertis also spoke at HydroVision International.

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