Research Benefits in Water Resources Construction

by William P. Simmons, (F.ASCE), Asst. Chf.; Div. of General Research, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,
William R. Groseclose, (F.ASCE), Chf.; Div. of Construction, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 5277-5334

Document Type: Journal Paper


A diversified research program covering engineering materials, design and construction methods, ecological and sociological factors, and electric power and energy problems is described briefly. Emphasis is then placed on specific examples of engineering research which have benefited construction of the Bureau of Reclamation's water resources-related facilities. Among these are savings of –13,000,000 at Grand Coulee Third Powerplant by determining that the penstock bellmouth entrances could be made much smaller than previous practice allowed, a –25,000,000 savings by using a three-centered arch instead of a circular arch for Auburn Dam, a –2,500,000 savings by reducing the amount of cement at Coulee Third Powerplant by using pozzolans and water-reducing agents, as yet undetermined savings through a cooperative program with industry in proving the value and defining working limits for reinforced plastic mortar (RPM) pipe for water distribution systems, and of corrugated plastic pipe for drainage systems.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Arch dams | Drainage systems | Construction management | Construction materials | Construction methods | Water reclamation | Power plants

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