Noel Bormann, Ph.D. P.E.

Professor, Civil Engineering

Dr. Bormann brings a variety of experience to his academic position. He spent 10 years in consulting engineering with development and water resources projects before completing his Ph.D. in 1988. The projects included river stability, groundwater modeling,...

Noel Bormann

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Alluvial Hydraulics, Colorado State University, 1988

M.S. Civil Engineering, Groundwater Hydrology, Colorado State University, 1980

B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1979

Courses Taught

CENG 226 Hydrology & Watersheds

CENG 351 Hydrology

CENG 351L Hydrology lab

CENG 352 Fluid Mechanics

CENG 413 Groundwater

CENG 434 Stormwater Management

CENG 455 Open Channel Hydraulic

ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics


Dr. Bormann brings a variety of experience to his academic position.  He spent 10 years in consulting engineering with development and water resources projects before completing his Ph.D. in 1988. The projects included river stability, groundwater modeling, flood studies, drainage design and permafrost interaction with stream and shallow groundwater. Projects he contributed to are located in Colorado, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Tinian, Colombia, and Africa. His research interests include water resources, risk analysis, sustainability and environmental issues. 

Dr. Bormann is currently licensed as a PE in Colorado, Washington, Idaho and California.

  • Bormann, N.E. (1988). "Physical Model of Local Scour at Grade-Control Structures.", Proc. ASCE National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering and IAHR Symposium on Model-Prototype Correlation, ASCE, Colorado Springs, CO, July 1988, pg. 1129-1134.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1989). "Predicting Local Scour for Design of Hydraulic Structures in Alluvial Channels." Proc. 2nd International Symposium on Design of Hydraulic Structures, Ft. Collins, CO, June 26-29, 1989. Albertson and Kia (eds), Balkema, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pg. 235-241.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1989). "Consideration of Fluvial Hydraulics in Creating Wetlands." Proc., AWRA National Symposium on Wetlands: Concerns and Successes, Tampa, FL, AWRA, Sept 17-22, 1989, pg. 319-329.
  • Bormann, N.E.(contributor), (1989). Highways in the River Environment. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 1989.
  • Bormann, N.E. and Julien, P.Y. (1991). "Scour Downstream of Grade-Control Structures." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol.117, No. 5, 579-594.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1992). "Groundwater Management on Tinian, CNMI." Proc. AWRA National Symposium on Availability of Ground-Water Resources, Raleigh, NC, April 12-15, 1992, pg. 35-44.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1992). "A Level Playing Field: Effects of Enforcement of Hazardous Waste Regulations on Small Companies." Proc. Industrial Waste Management Conference, Utah State University, March 4-5, 1992, Logan, Utah.
  • Bormann, N.E. and Julien, P.Y. (1992). Closure to discussion of "Scour Downstream of Grade-Control Structures." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol.118, No. 7, 1072-1073.
  • Bormann, N.E. and McClatchey E.M. (1993) "The ESA Report: Answer to a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma" Proc. 7th Annual Outdoor Action Conference, NGWA, Las Vegas, May, 1993.
  • Bormann, N.E. and Zeller, M.E. (1993). "Threats to Bridges From Scour Related Failures of Drop Structures." Hydraulic Engineering '93, Proc. ASCE National Hydraulic Engineering Conference, San Francisco, CA., July 25-30, 1993, pg. 1391-1396.
  • Bormann, N.E. and Zeller, M.E. (1993). "Variations Encountered in Design Analysis of Scour Depth at Drop Structures." Hydraulic Engineering '93, Proc. ASCE National Hydraulic Engineering Conference, San Francisco, CA., July 25-30, 1993, pg. 1397-1401.
  • Bormann, N.E., Ettinger, W.F., and Van Der Sluys, W.G.. (1995). "Heavy Metal Transport Implications of Biotic Uptake in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin." Proceedings Watershed Management Symposium, Planning for the 21st Century, Timothy J. Ward, Ed., ASCE, San Antonio, TX, August 14-16, 1995, pg. 165-174.
  • Bormann, N.E. and Kincannon, E. (1996). Discussion of " Strange Attractors and Chaos in Wastewater Flow", Journal of Environmental Engineering ASCE, Vol. 122, No. 3, pg. 240.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1996). Ethical Issues in Hydrologic Design. Training material development and 5 hours seminar presentation. Spokane County Public Works Department. April 3, 1996.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1997). Stormwater Hydraulics. Training material development and 10 hours seminar presentation. ASCE Inland Empire Section. December 4 and 11, 1997.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1998). "Comparison of Local-Scour Predictions at Drop-Structures and Threats to Bridge Foundations". Stream Stability and Scour at Highway Bridges, ASCE Task Committee on Bridge Scour, ASCE, 1998.
  • Bormann, N.E. (1999). "Section 3.4 Hydraulics of Pipelines". CRC Mechanical Engineering Handbook. Accepted for Publication.

REVIEWS

  • Reviewer for ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 1996 - 1999.
  • Peer Reviewer for National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, Office of Research and Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency. Panel reviews for applications in two programs of the Innovative Research Grants Program: Engineering in Water, and Engineering in Other Media, in Washington D.C. 1996 through 1998.

PROFESSIONAL REPORTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS (Since 1989)

  • Computer Analysis of the Water Distribution System on the Island of Tinian, CNMI. Report presented to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Lower Base, Saipan, CNMI. 1989.
  • Design and Construction Documents for the Zond, Inc. Transmission Line. Documents presented to the General Electric Corporation, Tehachapi, California. 1990.
  • Foundation Stability Analysis for the Water Tank at Highland Hills Golf Course. Report presented to Highland Hills Inc., Post Falls, Idaho. 1990
  • Analysis of the Whiskey Jack Condominiums Water Supply System. Report presented to the Whiskey Jack Homeowners Association, Sandpoint, Idaho. 1990.
  • Alternative Wastewater Treatment Technologies for the Island of Tinian, CNMI. Report presented to the Office of the Mayor, Island of Tinian, San Jose, Tinian, CNMI. 1990.
  • Design Documents for the Magpo Heights Homestead Subdivision Water Distribution System: Construction Drawings and Technical Specifications. Document presented to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Saipan, CNMI. 1991.
  • Assessment of the Drip-pad at the Fulton & Lighty Wood Treatment Facility, Idaho. Report presented to Fulton & Lighty, Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho. 1991.
  • Environmental Assessment for Relocating the Northern Lights Electric Association Radio Transmission Tower Near Noxon, Montana. Report presented to Northern Lights Electric, Sandpoint, Idaho. 1991.
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System for Stormwater Discharges Associated With Industrial Activity Investigation for the Fulton & Lighty Inc., Facility. Documents presented to Fulton & Lighty Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho. 1991.
  • Phase I Environmental Property Assessment of the Nipper Parcel Near Mesa, Washington. Report presented to the State of Washington, Department of Wildlife, 600 Capital Way North, Olympia, WA. 1992.
  • Calculation of Jet Velocities for the CME. Presented to George S. Chicha, P.E., Consulting Civil Engineer, RFD1 Box 590, Spokane, WA 99204. 1992.
  • Hydraulic Analysis and Design Recommendations for a Fish Respirometer. Document presented to Industrial Fiberglass, 21204 West Blue Heron Road, Cheny, WA 99004, Mr. Jerry Pitts, President. 1995.
  • Phase I Property Assessment of the Riverside Family Foods Property, 34710 N State Road, Chattaroy, WA 99003. Professional report presented to United Security Bank, Mr. Robert Jorgenson. May 1, 1995.
  • Structure Seismic Mitigation Report. Alturas 345 kV Transmission Line, Alturas, California to Reno Nevada. Professional report presented to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and California PUC, prepared for Sierra Pacific Power Company. March, 1996.
  • Expert witness and analysis of the Ridge at Cougar Bay wastewater land application permit. Testimony and exhibits before the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Environmental Quality. January and February, 1996.
  • Expert witness and analysis of the Badu Jet in the case of McChesney v Inland Empire Excavation, Inc. and Speck Pumps-Pool Products, Inc. Report and affidavit prepared for Steve Farnell, Winston & Cachatt 1900 Seafirst Financial Center Spokane, WA 99201. March, 1998.
  • Expert witness and computer analysis resulting in a report, "Towner v Garfield County Review and Analysis of Hydrologic and Hydraulic Data". Prepared for Mr. Jarold P. Cartwright of Evans, Craven and Lackie, P.S., 818 West Riverside, Suite 250, Lincoln Building, Spokane, WA 99201-0910. July, 1998.
  • Expert witness and computer modeling for a flood damage lawsuit, "Lawson v Spokane County". Prepared for Lisette Carter of Evans, Craven and Lackie, P.S., 818 West Riverside, Suite 250, Lincoln Building, Spokane, WA 99201-0910. 1999.

Current efforts involve the design, construction and performance of stormwater management facilities in the Spokane area.

Undergraduate students have assisted in the collection of data dealing with the statistical characteristics of rainfall events and the characteristics of stormwater facilities "as-constructed".

A project to develop a mass-weighted stormwater sampling device for field data collection is now underway in cooperation with the Spokane County Stormwater Utility. This device originated as a Senior Design Project. A team of four Civil Engineering students provided Spokane County with the initial design and performance testing.