Application of finite element analysis in the geotechnical design aspects of a new earth dam
Construction is underway for a new, zoned earthfill dam designed by GEI Consultants, Inc. The project is known as Rueter-Hess Dam and Reservoir, and is being developed by the Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD). The new dam will have a height above the streambed of 135 feet and a crest length of approximately 5,000 feet. The project will provide raw water storage to meet current and future municipal and industrial water needs in the PWSD service area. According to the Colorado State Engineer’s Office (SEO 1988), the dam is classified as a Large, Class I (high hazard potential) dam based on its size and relative risk to population and infrastructure downstream. The dam and reservoir will be located east of Interstate Highway 25 in northeastern Douglas County, Colorado, approximately 3.4 miles southwest of downtown Parker on Newlin Gulch, which is a tributary of Cherry Creek. 11 pp., 16 references.
Authors: Mandar M. Dewoolkar, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Robert J. Huzjak, GEI Consultants, Centennial, CO; and Gonzalo Castro, GEI Consultants, Winchester, MA
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