Embankment Construction: New Melones Dam

by Clark E. Stanage, Geotechnical Engr.; Embankment Design Section, U.S. Army Engr. Dist., Sacramento, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 4, Pg. 621-636

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: New Melones Dam, located on the Stanislaus River in central California, is a zoned earth and rockfill structure with a maximum height above foundation at embankment centerline of 637 feet and with a volume of about 15.9 million cubic yards. The dam consists of a rolled rockfill embankment with a central impervious core inclined upstream. This paper describes the site geology, foundation treatment, embankment construction procedures, embankment properties and instrumentation. The influence of site conditions and fill requirements on the degree of foundation excavation, surface treatment and grouting patterns are discused. Sources of construction materials and methods of excavation, stockpiling, materials processing and fill placement procedures are described.

Subject Headings: Embankment dams | Infrastructure construction | Materials processing | Construction materials | Rock fills | Rockfill dams | Earthfill dams | Dam foundations | Rivers and streams | North America | California | United States

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