Location: Seattle, WA
OCI is a key subconsultant on this modeling on-call contract led by Aqualyze. OCI and Aqualyze team members are working together to update and calibrate system wide sewer models as well as drainage basin models to provide SPU with a much needed tool to address and analyze system capacity issues in support of developing appropriate solutions for wastewater and drainage systems.
OCI updated the PC-SWMM models used to show how rain falls and becomes runoff, which was based primarily off of GIS data from the City of Seattle. Model updates were often limited by a lack of accurate GIS data, in which case OCI used area contour lines to be able to efficiently estimate how basins are draining. Models were calibrated to actual conditions by comparing simulated flows from the model with flow data from meters. The calibrated models are used to anticipate and respond to flood complaints, as they show places that are likely to flood during rain events. The better calibrated a model, the better the City can respond to drainage issues in the future.
Service Details >>
- Capital improvement planning and implementation
- Comprehensive planning
- Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
- Stormwater utility development
- Stormwater code review and update
- Surface water manual development and updates
- Floodplain analysis and mapping
- Watershed and basin modeling and planning
- Site plan development
- Training development and classroom instruction
- Storm and surface water system pipeline design
- Flood reduction
Vice President / Principal
As Vice President of Engineering and Senior Project Manager, Laura provides specialized hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, modeling, and design on Osborn Consulting projects. Laura’s professional engineering experience and background includes hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, flood reduction studies, stormwater management plans, small drainage projects and providing field direction during the placement of large woody debris. Her technical expertise also includes stormwater master planning, preparation of construction documents (PS&E), and capital improvement plan development. Laura is organized with a strong attention to detail.
OCI Shareholder and Board Member
Joined OCI: 2010
Education: BS in Civil Engineering, University of Washington
Licenses and Certificates: PE in Washington State
Associations: ASCE, APWA
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
Laura likes to get out and move. She loves the rush of running races and doing CrossFit, as well as the more relaxed pace of walking the dog, working in the garden, and tending to the chickens.