Metrication at Water and Power Resources Service

by E. R. Lewandowski, (M.ASCE), Asst. Chf.; Div. of Research, Water and Power Resources Service, Denver, Colo. 80225,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 95-100

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Water and Power Resources Service, formerly the Bureau of Reclamation, has begun construction of a number of major projects using International System (SI) metric units. Experiences of both contractor and government forces are related. Brief training courses in SI metric units were used, and a metric manual was developed to allay the fears of employees who were reluctant to use SI metric units because of their lack of familiarity. Few problems developed, although suppliers did create a problem due to their reluctance to furnish items in SI metric units. Cost increases due to metrication are included.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water resources | Metric systems | Water reclamation | Bureau of Reclamation | Contractors and subcontractors | Training | Employees

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