Tag: Dams

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Engineers work to reduce drowning deaths at low-head dams

A coalition of civil engineers, academics, professional organizations, and regulatory agencies is working to raise public awareness about the dangers associated with low-head dams.

Duke researchers ask: Can soil temperature predict a landslide?

Duke University researchers are taking the temperature of landslides to help predict sudden, catastrophic failures of the moving land masses.

Hydropower and environmental groups cooperate toward clean energy and healthy rivers

In mid-October, groups representing hydropower and environmental interests declared their intentions to promote hydropower to generate renewable energy and foster healthy rivers.

Harbinger of the future: The Suez Canal (Part 2)

Egypt regains control of the Suez Canal in the final installment of a two-part series.

House passes $10-billion Water Resources Development Act, focus turns to Senate

The Water Resources Development Act would fulfill a longstanding goal of many infrastructure advocates.

Michigan dam failures prompt investigations, lawsuits, and safety concerns

Two dam failures in Michigan in mid-May have led to calls for investigations as to the causes of the calamitous events as well as an examination of why the dams’ owner did not make critical upgrades in time to preclude the disaster. Although no fatalities or injuries resulted from the failures, widespread flooding forced the evacuation of thousands of central Michigan residents and significantly...

Bass Earns 2020 Rickey Medal

ASCE has honored Randall P. Bass, P.E., with the 2020 Rickey Medal for his mentorship of young civil engineers in the field of dam engineering and safety assessment, and for numerous presentations to the Georgia Geo-Institute chapter of ASCE. Bass has more than 40 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, regulation and inspection of dams, spillways and other water storage and control, and...

Olmsted Locks and Dam Named as OCEA Honor Award Recipient

On the Ohio River near the village of Olmsted, Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed one of its largest civil works projects since construction of the Panama Canal. This achievement, of what the Corps classifies as a megaproject, has now eliminated economically significant and unpredictable bottlenecks from the hub of the nation’s inland waterways transportation system. In recognition of that accomplishment, Olmsted...

Dam Safety Expert Gains Fellow Status

Todd L. Barber, P.E., F.ASCE, the principal dam safety engineer for the Southern Company Hydro Services group, headquartered in Atlanta, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Barber is renowned for his 23 years of practice in dam safety and geotechnical engineering. His broad expertise covers all aspects of hydroelectric dam safety, including stability analysis, structural assessment, hydraulic studies, spillway gate...

Former Corps of Engineers Designer in NM, TX, TN, and VA, Walhood Dies at 96

Gordon A. Walhood Sr., an ASCE Fellow who helped design New Mexico’s Cochiti Dan during a career spent with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, died on Jan. 18. He was 96. A longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM, Walhood, P.E., F.ASCE, received his B.S. in civil engineering from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in 1941, and was a member of Sigma Phi Delta. Upon graduation,...