GZA visual inspections typically start with a review of available information prior to the field reconnaissance effort. 

A GZA field reconnaissance effort for a dam safety or levee inspection is always performed by a Registered Professional Engineer.  We typically utilize a team of two engineers for efficiency and safety.  During the field visit, notes are taken on the standard checklist, digital photos are taken, and a site sketch is prepared.  In writing the report, GZA presents information on the physical characteristics of the dam and any deficiencies observed in the various components.  The goal is a report which documents the condition of the structure and presents recommendations for improving safety and operability.