Advances in Geologic Data Collection and 3D Geologic Modeling for Site Characterization and Safety Studies for Dams and Levees: Agenda

Why is Geology Important on Dam and Levee Projects?

  • Prevention of Failures, Near-Failures, and Incidences
  • Ensuring Adequate Design
  • Limiting Construction Changes
  • Minimizing Uncertainties during Construction and for the Future

Examples of Dam and Levee Failures due to Geologic Conditions

  • Teton Dam
  • St. Francis Dam
  • Vajont Dam, Italy Landslide
  • Willard Bay Levee

Site Characterization for New Dam and Levee Projects, Upgrades, and Remedial Actions

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Geoscientist
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Engineer
  • The Critical Need for Effective Communications and Collaboration

3D Geologic Modeling as an Effective Communication and Collaboration Tool

  • What is a 3D Geologic Model? –Real Examples
  • Value of a 3D Geologic Model - Why go to the trouble of creating one?
  • Components of a Good 3D Geologic Model
  • Constructing the 3D Model
  • Hints, Tips and Pitfalls

Technologies and Tools for Geologic Data Collection and 3D Geologic Modeling

  • LiDAR, Drones, Laser Scanners, GPS
  • Mobile Technologies – Smart Phones and Tablets
  • Advances in 3D CAD and GIS
  • All-in-one Apps and Software Tools for 3D Geologic Modeling
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