Tag: Dam

How Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling Solved Aging Dam Dilemma

By Matthew Hickox, PE When complex issues at dams arise due to rapid change or unforeseen deterioration, industry standard design equations and methodologies developed in the 20th century cannot always provide the correct solution. Fortunately, engineers are increasingly able to turn to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models to confirm the hydraulics situation so that appropriate… Read More »

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: What Happens When a Failing, Historic Dam Can’t Be Repaired?

By Chris Goodwin, PE Water is powerful – not only for its ability to sustain life, but also its power to destroy. Dams are a vital part of our infrastructure and provide a range of benefits: Hydropower generation/renewable, clean energy Flood control Water storage (irrigation, recreation, residential, and industrial uses) Navigation system maintained by U.S.… Read More »

Something to Celebrate: Long-Term Partnerships

So far, the year 2020 has brought surprise after (frequently unwelcome) surprise. One thing that hasn’t been surprising is the dedication of many essential service workers. Beyond healthcare and emergency workers, municipal and utility workers all over the nation also showed their dedication by keeping the lights on, the water running, the garbage picked up,… Read More »