Inspecting Dam Construction

by Wendell E. Johnson, (Hon.M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; McLean, Va.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 11, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Through and competent inspection during construction is crucial to assure dam safty. Inspection for dam construction is more important than for other types of structures because plans and specifications set forth construction materials and methods rather than results. This article focuses on grave weaknesses in the inspection system as widely practiced. Principal reasons are low pay, poor traning, and insufficient numbers of inspectors. Remedial measures are suggested including raising salaries of inspectors, increasing opportunities for continuing education for inspectors, and improving their professional status in other ways.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Construction methods | Inspection | Dams | Infrastructure construction | Remediation | Employee compensation and benefits | Education

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