Half Century of USBR Arch Dam Construction

by James R. Graham, (M.ASCE), Chf.; Concrete and Structural Branch, Div. of General Research, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,
Ernest A. Lindholm, (M.ASCE), Supervisory Civ. Engr.; Concrete Dams Section, Div. of Design, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,
James Legas, (M.ASCE), Supervisory Civ. Engr.; Concrete Dams Section, Div. of Design, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 281-298


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The Bureau of Reclamation has been designing and constructing arch dams since its inception in 1902. The designs have evolved from the fairly massive structures to the thin double-curvature structures of today. This in turn has stimulated advances in construction procedures such as concrete manufacture, transportation, and placement. Important developments in concrete technology were made during this time. Several dams that typify Bureau progress in the last 50 yr are also reviewed.

Subject Headings: Arch dams | Concrete | Bureau of Reclamation | Curvature | Concrete construction | Infrastructure construction

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