Construction Planning for a Sea-Level Panama Canal

by R. P. Tabb,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 3, Pg. 31-44

Document Type: Journal Paper


The conversion of the existing Panama Lock Canal to sea level will be the largest earthmoving project ever undertaken. Depending on the final cross section selected, it will require the excavation of between one and 1.5 billion cubic yards of a variety of materials. The magnitude of earthmoving, the project characteristics, preliminary analyses, the direction of the construction studies, and the determinate factors are described. The broad construction decisions that must be made in planning for excavation of a sea-level canal in the Panama Canal Zone, are outlined and summarized.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Sea level | Civil engineering landmarks | Canals | Earthmoving | Project management | Excavation | Developing countries | Panama | Central America

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