Mr. Richard J. Van Bruggen, PE, CFM, D.WRE

Water Resources Consulting Services, Inc. (WRCS)
PO Box 13837
Palm Desert , CA 92255
Office: 760-895-4411
Fax: 760-895-4412

WRCS provides nationwide consulting and expert witness services in surface water hydrology and hydraulics. We conduct forensic flood studies and evaluations of drainage systems design, operations and maintenance. Mr. Van Bruggen has 38 years of water resources engineering experience, and has testified well over 100 times as a water resources engineering expert, equally representing both plaintiff and defendant clients. He has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness on the causes of, and solutions for, flooding and the evaluation of historic flood events, reservoir operations, levee failures and the hydraulics behind drowning occurrences. He has performed hundreds of studies of surface water hydrology and hydraulics, and the statistical analysis of rainfall and flood flow data, and has managed both flood control and water supply projects. He was a founding National Board Member and Northern California Chapter President of the Forensic Expert Witness Association ( and has taught workshops for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on how to be an effective expert witness.

Areas of Expertise
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydrology & Groundwater
  • Weather & Meteorology
  • Wrongful Death

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Degrees -
* Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering (BS), UCLA, 1980
* Master of Science, Water Resources Engineering (MS), UCLA, 1981
Registrations - Professional Civil Engineer (PE):
* California, 1986 * Arizona, 1993 * Nevada, 1993 * Oregon, 2007
Certifications -
* Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), ASFPM, 2015
Accreditations -
* Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE), ASCE, 2006
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: * American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE);
- Engineering Ethics Committee (2007-present)
- Global Climate Change Committee (2007-present)
* American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC);
- California State Water Resources Committee (2005-2006)
* Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA);
- National Board of Directors, San Francisco Chapter President (2004-2005)
* American Public Works Association (APWA);
- California State Storm Water Quality Task Force (1989-1997)
* Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
* Floodplain Management Association of California (FMA)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Lecturer:
- Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, 1982
- University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1981
Keynote Speech:
- CalTrans Legal Department Annual Conference, San Diego, California, 1998;
"Hydrology and Hydraulics 101 for the Trial Attorney"
- National Association of Insurance Executives, New York, New York, 2006;
"Perfect Storm: The Science behind Subrogating Catastrophic Flood Losses"
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Retained in over 200 cases.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: * Water resources engineering
* Hydraulic modeling of rivers
* Channels and storm drain systems
* Hydrologic watershed modeling
* Floodplain and flood zone analyses
* Dam, reservoir, channel and levee investigations
* Statistical interpretation of meteorologic and stream flow data
* Operations and Maintenance of Reservoir and Flood Control Systems
* Forensics of flood events
* Design of Highway Drainage Systems
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Deposed over 100 times.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: January 2018.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Twenty-eight times testifying before a Judge or Jury.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Testified in one Arbitration.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Over thirty years experience in Litigation Support as an Expert Witness.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering Consulting, Field Investigations, Numerical Modeling, Report Preparation, Project Design Studies, Technical Investigations, Speaking, Alternative Project and Scenario Analysis.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $450/hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $250/hour for Travel Time in excess of one hour.


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Rick Van Bruggen Interview Interview of Mr. Van Bruggen by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of ASCE