Construction of CCM Overtopping Protection on Three Parkway Dams

by R. Lee Wooten, GEI Consultants, Inc, Raleigh, United States,
Stephen L. Whiteside, GEI Consultants, Inc, Raleigh, United States,
Robert Welsh, GEI Consultants, Inc, Raleigh, United States,
Karl E. Wirkus, GEI Consultants, Inc, Raleigh, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Practice in Dam Rehabilitation

Abstract: Cellular concrete mat (CCM) systems have been installed as overtopping protection on three small embankment dams along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Based on field tests by others and on the contract costs for the Parkway dams, CCM systems appear to offer a cost effective way of protecting existing earth embankments during overtopping floods. Several design considerations are reviewed in light of the construction experiences at the Parkway dams.

Subject Headings: Embankment dams | Concrete dams | Wave overtopping | Floods | Infrastructure construction | Materials engineering | Field tests | Structural design

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