Michael R. Barton, M.A.
Managing Scientist

Professional Profile

Mr. Barton is a Managing Scientist with over fifteen years of experience specializing in hydrologic and hydraulic investigations primarily in the realm of litigation support. The analyses focus heavily on computer based solution methodologies. Systems of linked models involving hydrology, hydraulics, water quality, and cost analysis components are typically employed in these analyses. The coupling of these fundamental modeling tools with the capabilities of Graphic Information Systems (GIS) technology, allows Michael to focus great analytical power toward the solution of hydrologic and hydraulic problems. GIS facilitates the development of spatial coverages and relational databases that form the input to the models; enhances the ability to manage the input data, sequence model execution, and mange the model output results: and expands the capabilities of presenting the results in clear, meaningful forms. Mr. Barton’s modeling and GIS skills are typically employed on investigations of flooding (including litigation), Master Plans of Drainage, utility planning, and impact analyses of alternative flood control scenarios.

Previously, Mr. Barton headed the GIS efforts of a consulting engineering firm in Southern California. His work effort included the creation of systems ranging in utility from the digital infrastructure of planned communities to the facility management of a Marine Corps base. He was also instrumental in several hydrologic models, from Master Plans of Drainage to studies involving the adequacy of agency-run flood control facilities.


M.A., Applied Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton, 1988
B.A., Mathematics, California State College, San Bernardino, 1982


Floodplain Management Association

Project Summary


Related Experience

Develop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and coverages for clients. Provide GIS and Facilities Management consulting, which includes presentations and marketing to existing and potential clients to emphasize both the immediate and long-term benefits and costs of he GIS product. Prepare data systems for engineering models. Perform digital conversions from various sources, including GPS, conventional survey data, outdated CAD systems, and digitized information. Write programs and macros for incorporation into GIS databases.

Prepared hydrology and hydraulic analysis for several Master Plans of Drainage, channel improvement studies, and commercial site developments. Preformed beta testing of new software. Developed interface for inclusion of data (e.g. land use, soil groups, flow rates, existing and replacement drainage systems, facility prioritization) into client’s existing GIS database.

Created a GIS for sewer, natural gas, and water lines throughout a Marine Base in Yuma, AZ, based on information gathered by GPS, conventional survey, field review, and previously digitized information regarding sewer lines to database and incorporating outside consultant report information regarding sewer line conditions into GIS database. Responsible for the training of Yuma Marine Corps Air Station support staff in regards to both the created GIS and the GIS software.

Created and maintained GIS for a variety of themes, including parcel and phase boundaries, vegetation and EPA wetlands delineation, natural species habitats, oil wells, and ultimate development areas for various scenarios, enabling client to make informed decisions regarding the environment impact of a proposed major housing project in and adjacent to a deteriorating coastal wetlands area.

Created and managed a parcel-based GIS for SAMLARC to aid in the client’s migration to an information management system. The system involves conversion of the Orange County Land Information System, encompassing 255 parcels owned by Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Association, as well as approximately 1,300 adjacent parcels. Also responsible for the incorporation of relevant hard copy data (e.g. Deed of Trusts) into a customized graphical user interface, as well as the creation of this interface.

Created GIS coverages as an ongoing portion of the design of a master planned community. GIS included parcel boundaries (at both the tentative and final map level), street and utility (e.g., water, storm drain, sewer, cable television, electrical) infrastructure, open space dedication, phasing scenarios (including associated earthwork, utilities, and streets), and existing topography.

Created and maintained a GIS database designed to enable the client to make informed decisions as to potential future use of nearly 30,000 acres of undeveloped land. Information included aerial topography, color aerial photography, owner parcel boundaries, phased development boundaries, geologic features (including landslide sites), agricultural preserve areas, endangered species locations, existing vegetation, drainage watersheds, and master-planned arterial highways.

Prepared a Master Plan of Drainage (MPD) for 28-square-mile, fully built-out watershed. Researched available records; determined watershed areas; developed watershed parameters, including lad use and soil maps; and synthesizes this material into computerized hydrologic models. Evaluated the existing storm drain for deficiency based on City of Orange, CA, criteria, recommending drainage improvements to bring the system up to current design standards. Created prioritization procedure for the city for future capital expenditures, and produced preliminary cost estimates and prioritization for each proposed storm drain in the city. Implemented an interface for the inclusion of resultant data into the city’s CIS system. Trained city staff in the use of hydrologic model and interface, for future revisions to the city’s MPD.

Preparation of Master Plan of Drainage (MPD) for the city of Upland, CA, for a 7-square-mile, built-out watershed with virtually no existing drainage infrastructure. Evaluated the existing storm drain system, analyzed several drainage alternatives, and recommended improvements to bring the system up to current design criteria. Aided in the update of the San Bernardino rainfall/runoff calibration study, and used results of this study to recommend new hydrologic parameters for incorporation into the MPD. Prepared preliminary plans, profiles, and cost estimates for the recommended alternative.

Analyzed impacts of changing watershed parameters on an existing U.S. Corps of Engineers channel draining approximately 80-square-miles, from Mount Baldy to Prado Dam in western San Bernardino County, CA. Conducted a field review for the cataloguing of existing inlets and determining drainage patterns, determined hydrologic parameters, created hydrologic models for the determination of lag times and resultant flow rates, modeled manipulation to create multiple storm centering scenarios for worst-case analysis, and incorporated existing and proposed dam operation parameters into these scenarios.

Professional Experience

Managing Scientist

Hromadka & Associates, Costa Mesa, California, Jan 2002-Present

Senior Scientist

Integral Consultants, Inc., Costa Mesa, California, June 2001-Dec 2001

Senior Scientist

Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Costa Mesa, California, June 1998-June 2001

GIS/Water Resources Specialist

Williamson and Schmid/Huitt Zollars, Irvine, California, March 1987-June 1998


Seibel, J.G., A.F. Leal, M.R. Barton, and T.V. Hromadka, II. 1991. A Computer program for approximating a linear operator equation using a generalized fourier series. Adv. Eng. Software 13(4): 169-179.

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