Brian Schalk is the Managing Engineer at HELM Consultants, specializing in flood control for over 15 years. Brian’s primary expertise is in project management, project quality assurance and quality control, and business development. He is a registered professional engineer in Arizona, California, and Alaska, and a Certified Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Political Science, from Ohio State University.
Brian’s project experience includes a wide range of flood mitigation projects – from implementation of natural channel design treatments on the 800-linear-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System to numerous flood hazard studies in the arid southwest. For the past 8 years, the majority of Brian’s projects have focused on the application of two-dimensional hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for flood control. Brian has been the project manager on projects such as large-scale area drainage master studies, including highly urbanized areas; FEMA Risk MAP studies; dam-failure inundation and hazard analyses; flood hazard emergency action planning; strategic watershed master planning; and flood mitigation design using complex hydrologic, hydraulic and sediment transport analyses.
As the Managing Engineer at HELM, Brian’s professional focus is on project management and client relationships. He is extremely committed to working with local, state, and Federal agencies to identify and prioritize their key issues and project constraints. Brian is highly effective in collaborating with stakeholders to identify and achieve synergistic objectives that translate into solutions. His projects deliver value to the community, which results in enhanced economic, environmental, and social benefits.