Senior Geological Engineer
Joseph Gartner, Ph.D., P.Eng. (AB), P.E. (RI, WA, NH, ME), is a geological engineer specializing in post-wildfire debris-flow hazard assessment, geohazard risk assessment, and mitigation design.
Dr. Gartner’s background includes 12 years of experience at the U.S. Geological Survey where he developed post-fire hazard assessment models and rainfall intensity-duration thresholds for debris-flow initiation. These models are currently used by federal, state and local agencies to guide the design of post-fire erosion mitigation, maintenance of debris-retention basins, and planning of evacuation routes.
Since 2014, Dr. Gartner has worked at BGC Engineering providing geohazard assessments for linear infrastructure (e.g. roads and pipelines) and communities and mitigation designs to protect pipelines from debris-flow impacts and to deflect debris flows.