The Importance of Geologic Characterization for Dam and Levee Safety






This course will provide a summary of a broad range of Geologic Issues in Dam and Levee Safety Engineering, with discussions from investigations for new dams and levees to remediation. 

Five takeaways from this course: 

  • The importance of good geologic characterization of new dam and levee sites
  • The importance of seeing the geology in 3 Dimensions and transfer of knowledge to engineers, regulators, and non-technical parties
  • The value of preparing a 3D geologic model of the foundation on complex dam and levee sites
  • The importance of transferring the geologic understanding and uncertainties to dam engineers
  • The failure or near-failure consequenses if the geology is not adequately characterized and addressed during design or remediation

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