Recording River and Reservoir Water Depth

by Mont Gilmore, Dir.; Corporate Surveys, Moore Gardner & Assocs., Asheboro, N.C.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 4, Pg. 64-66


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract:

At the Kerr Reservoir on the Roanoke River in Virginia and North Carolina, reservoir bottom was surveyed before reservoir filling and twice thereafter, to determine rate of siltation. The post-filling surveys, in 1959-60 and in 1976, offer an interesting illustration of the progress being made in hydrographic surveying. In both cases, sound-type (sonar) water depth sensors were used. But improvements were made in the latest resurvey: a narrower-beam signal gave accurate measurements at greater depth of water. Hardware for simultaneously printing location and water depth eliminated inaccuracies in the 1959 resurvey, when a cable was used for location. Computer programs enabled automatically calculating increase in siltation.



Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Water management | Rivers and streams | Cables | Hydrographic surveys | Silt | Soil surveys | River and stream beds | Geomatic surveys | North America | Virginia | United States | North Carolina

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