Rockfill Dams: The Bersimis Sloping Core Dams

by F. W. Patterson,
D. H. MacDonald,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 4, Pg. 1-31

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Canadian Shield area of the province of Quebec offers some of the world's most favourable sites for development of hydro-electric power. These hydroelectric projects usually involve the construction of large dams. In the past many of the major dams were constructed of concrete, but now, because of modern development in dam construction and also for economic reasons, greater consideration is being given to earth and rockfill dams. The recently completed Bersimis No. 1, previously known as the Bersimis - Lac Casse Development, involved the construction of two earthfill dams and two rockfill dams, which are among the first of their type to be built in this region. It is proposed to describe in this paper the site and the design, construction and performance of these two rockfill dams.

Subject Headings: Earthfill dams | Infrastructure construction | Concrete dams | Hydro power | Rockfill dams | Rock fills | Slopes | Construction sites | Quebec | Canada

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