Infrastructure Solutions: For Dams, Safety Comes First

by Catherine A. Cardno, Ph.D., Senior Editor; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2018, Vol. 88, Issue 6, Pg. 68-75


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Because the bulk of dams in the United States were built before this century, they are particularly plagued by aging infrastructure. Over the generations, the goal of those working on dams has moved from building new structures to maintaining, rehabilitating, and ensuring the safety of the existing dams—and the safety of those populations who live below the impounded water.

Subject Headings: Dam safety | Structural safety | Infrastructure | Aging (material) | Rehabilitation | Existing buildings | Water storage | United States

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