Albert L. Graves, P.E.

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Mr. Graves has been associated with large scale water conveyance systems for nearly forty years and is considered an expert in the Operation and Maintenance of water conveyance facilities and infrastructure. As the Senior Maintenance Engineer at the Central Arizona Project (CAP), he became the Project’s expert on quagga mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species. Working closely with RNT Consulting, Inc. and other Colorado River water interests, Mr. Graves oversaw the installation and operation of an extensive monitoring program and assisted in the development of vulnerability analysis for CAP’s five billion dollars of assets. In addition to his interest in Aquatic Invasive Species, Mr. Graves has served as a consultant on large scale water systems around the world with an emphasis on water operations, water infrastructure maintenance, and dam safety.

Academic Background

  • Graduate Studies, Statistics (University of Utah)
  • Graduate Studies, Industrial Engineering (University of Michigan)
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (Arizona State University)

Professional Experience

ALG Consulting, Senior Engineer

  • Engineering consultant on water systems operation and maintenance and Aquatic Invasive Species.

Central Arizona Project, Senior Maintenance Engineer

  • Project manager for quagga mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Responsible for the development of Preventive Maintenance Procedures for the maintenance of 336 miles of concrete lined canals, pipelines tunnels, and inverted siphons.
  • Manage Central Arizona Project’s Dam Safety program for the project’s five, high, and significant hazard dams. Focal point for coordination of dam safety issues with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Project Manager for the monitoring of land subsidence and subsidence related land fissuring. Apply Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to monitor subsidence near Project facilities. Manage monitoring and research contracts with Arizona Department of Water Resources and Arizona Geological Survey.
  • Program Manager for the management of sediment in CAP facilities. Responsible for the development of innovative solutions to sediment management.
  • Program Manager, operator, and maintenance specialist for CAP’s submersible remote operated vehicle. Use multi-frequency sonar and other remote sensing techniques to monitor the condition of submerged CAP infrastructure.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Boulder City, Nevada), Civil Engineer

  • Responsible for the inspection of all high and significant hazard dams in the Lower Colorado Region. Performed regular and special inspections on Hoover Dam.
  • Team Leader for Reclamation’s Rope Access activities nationwide. Rope Access Technician, Level 2 Certification from Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians.
  • Provide high angle rescue and confined space training for fire departments in the Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan areas. Trained the Park Rangers at Mount Rushmore National Monument to access the granite faces on the monument for repair.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Denver, Colorado), Civil Engineer

  • Managed Reclamation’s Dam Safety Inspection Program on Reclamation, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Forest Service.
  • Lecturer at annual U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Dam Safety Seminar, attended by Dam Safety professionals from around the world.
  • Participant on national Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS).

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Chief, International Affairs

  • Official host of all international delegations visiting Reclamation in the U.S.A.
  • Managed a staff responsible for the development of training and tour programs for international water resources specialists from around the world.

U.S. Embassy (Cairo, Egypt), Chief Technical Advisor

  • Chief Technical Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Public Works and Water Resources.
  • Consulted with the Minister and his staff on water resource development programs for Egypt. Wrote project proposals and sought funding from a variety of national, international, and non-governmental organizations for the projects.
  • Provided technical guidance in the development of water operations and maintenance programs for the Ministry.
  • Developed training and development programs for the Minister’s staff, and coordinated training with off-shore sources.

Central Arizona Project, Water Systems Manager

  • Responsible for the water and power operation of the five billion dollar project.
  • Supervised staff responsible for daily operations and technical staff for maintenance of 20 million dollar supervisory control system.
  • Oversaw the development of Standard Operating Procedures and was designated Clearance Coordinator.
  • Used pioneering techniques in the development of optimizing water/power control software and implemented during real-time operations.
  • Made major contributions to design modifications to the project based on in-house developed computer modeling of the system’s operation.

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Lower Colorado Engineer of the Year (1986)
  • Featured in Time Magazine and Engineering News Record
  • Directed Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt, and Secretary of Interior, Don Hodel, in the Official Commissioning of the Central Arizona Project
  • Served on Consultant Panel for World Bank on Narmada Project, Ahmedabad, India
  • Provided consultant services to Canal del Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
  • Consultant for Canal de Provence, Aux in Provence, France
  • Served on Expert Panel for Canal Automation, World Bank
  • Received over 20 Superior Achievement Awards from U.S. Government agencies

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Arizona
  • Member, Colorado River Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force
  • Member, Central Arizona Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force
  • Member, Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians

Publications and Presentations

  • Graves, A. L. 2012. Quagga Mussels, San Juan River Commission, Farmington. New Mexico.
  • Graves, A. L. 2010. Quagga mussel monitoring for the Central Arizona Project. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Clark, R. and A. L. Graves. 2010. Surveillance, maintenance, instrumentation, and monitoring of underwater infrastructure with a focus on dreissenid mussels. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Graves, A. L. and M. R. O’Shea. 1997. Reclamation climbing inspection services. Proceedings of the American Society of Dam Safety Officials.
  • Graves, A. L. and M. R. O’Shea. 1996. Engineers find climbing techniques work well for dam inspections. Hydro Review 5(4):58-59.
  • Graves, A. L. and R. S. Gooch. 1986. Central Arizona Project startup. Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Forum ’86.
  • Gooch, R. S. and A. L. Graves. 1986. Central Arizona Project supervisory control system. Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management – ASCE 112(3): 382-394.
  • Gooch, R. S. and A. L. Graves. 1985. Central Arizona Project supervisory control system. Proceedings of Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Resource Managers: Case Studies of Large Systems. American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Becker, L., Graves, A. L. and W. G. Yeh. 1981. Central Arizona Project operations. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Real-Time Operation of Hydrosystems. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • Yeh, W. G., Becker, L. Toy, D. and A. L. Graves. 1980. Central Arizona Project operations model. Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division 106(2): 521-540.
  • Graves, A. L. 1980. Central Arizona Project operations and maintenance plan. Phoenix, Arizona, GPO 858-529.
  • Springer, F. C. and A. L. Graves. 1979. Central Arizona Project operations study. Proceedings of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, Specialty Conference, ASCE.
  • Springer, F. C. and Graves, A. L. 1979. Central Arizona Project concept of operation. Proceedings of the Joint Conference, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and American Water Resources Association.