Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us You Ask?


Our Work Our Way

We are creative people who like work on a budget because we understand that the government, businesses and consumers are all affected by the tumultuous economic climate of today. We based our work on a foundation of knowledge, expertise and experience in a cost-effective manner.

Much our success is due to our organization and workload structure, especially what we call “Focus Areas.” Each focus area is built on proficiency and includes a manager and team of specialists of professional engineers, surveyors, planners, technicians and designers who dedicate themselves to client assignments.

Our engineering software solution packages include AutoCAD Civil 3D, WaterCAD, StormCAD, PondPack, FlowMaster, CulvertMaster, Flow 2D, ArcGIS, and the full Microsoft Office Suite. Our electronic file management systems, latest edition Windows environment, electronic timesheets, paperless office, real-time project management, accounting software and multiple server based systems, VoIP based phones and the latest GPS technology are all attributes that help us succeed.

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Our Rules Our Philosophy

Rule #1 - Our Customer IS our Top Priority

We believe in exceeding customer needs and expectations and work hard to build long-term, mutually beneficial constructive business relationships with our clients. We take this relationship so seriously that we even offer a service and price guarantee to our clients.

Rule #2 - Always Be Honest

We believe in exceeding customer needs and expectations and work hard to build long-term, mutually beneficial constructive business relationships with our clients. Our employees understand that part of the R.O. Anderson Engineering culture is to be honest to ourselves, our clients and the larger community that we serve.

Rule # 3 – Excel at Technical Proficiency

The array of services we provide include engineering consulting services for government, business, attorneys, landowners, builders and developers. These service offerings include civil engineering design for water, wastewater and roadways, pavement management, storm drainage, erosion control, hydrology and hydraulics, land surveying services, land use planning services, building design, site design, GIS, landscape design, building design, project management, expert testimony and IT support.

Rule #4 – Always Lead In Thought

We like to think of our staff as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. This requires our constant attention to current events affecting our industry, on-going professional training, writing, publication and presentation of our research regarding issues of interest both professionally and to our clients.

Our Unbelievably Professional Staff

We have the most talented, dedicated and dynamic thought leaders of the industry working for us and with us.

Meet them here and decide for yourself.

Your Success Is Our Success


Dam Safety? We Got You Covered

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The Problem:

  • The Walker River Irrigation District (owner of Topaz Reservoir) was required by California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) to evaluate the integrity of the historic reservoir levees and establish a permanent emergency spillway.
  • The rigorous design criteria of DSOD required a detailed hydrologic investigation and stochastic evaluation of historical streamflow data to arrive at the required design discharge from a 2,500-year flood discharge (0.04% chance of exceedance).
  • The diversion works and portions of the reservoir’s levee were constrained by jurisdictional wetlands and “Waters of the U.S.” that required special mitigation measures to allow safe passage of local trout populations.

The Solution:

A design team of geotechnical, structural and electrical engineers, wetland and environmental permitting specialists prepared the hydrologic analysis of contributing watersheds to the West Walker River upstream from Topaz Reservoir and provided design recommendations for the reservoir levee, new concrete diversion structure design (with pneumatically operated hydraulic gates) and the new spillway design including detailed specifications for the levee, fish ladder and 600-foot long roller-compacted spillway.

The Results:

  • This project was competitively bid three separate times and finally awarded to MKD Construction, Inc.
  • R.O. Anderson assisted the client through each respective bid solicitation by tabulating bid results and evaluating the experience and qualifications of each contractor.
  • We provided construction control stakes and assisted the client with submittal review throughout construction.

A Comprehensive Pavement Management Plan for Lake Tahoe

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The Problem:

  • The Round Hill General Improvement District (RHGID) provides sewer service, water service and maintenance of local roads in the environmentally sensitive Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • A long term capital management plan was required to minimize long term maintenance, replacement costs and maximum utilization of capital expenditures dollars in the most fiscally prudent manner.

The Solution:

R.O. Anderson assisted the development of a 20 year Comprehensive Pavement Management Plan (CPMP) with the goal of achieving a Pavement Maintenance Index (PCI) of 70 at the end of the plan (100 PCI being the highest score and 0 representing a road that has completely failed).

The Results:

  • Rebuilt portions of Elk’s Point Road and McFaul Way while maintaining business access throughout the construction.
  • R.O. Anderson assisted the client through each respective bid solicitation by tabulating bid results and evaluating the experience and qualifications of each contractor.
  • Designed the flow meter on an active sanitary sewer line with the assistance of a temporary encroachment permit with the Nevada Department of Transportation to pump the effluent around the work area during construction.