Plugging into a Dam

by Marshall L. Silver, Pres.; Silver & Assoc., 714 S. Dearborn St., Suite 30, Chicago, IL 60605,
Joseph H. Rogers, Chf.; Geotechnical andMaterials Branch, U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, P.O. Box 889, Savannah, GA 31402,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


Instruments are embedded into hundreds to dams around the world. But for instrumentation to be effective, the instruments must be read, and the data must be plotted and compared to predicted values of dam performance. MIDAS, short for Management of Information for Dam Safety, is a sophisticated computer program that can help with this task. It is now being used by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Richard B. Russell Dam on the Savannah River. The program provides the statistical and numerical models needed to predict dam behavior, and also does the tedious task of extracting and plotting actual measurement data for comparison.

Subject Headings: Dams | Information management | Numerical models | Instrumentation | Dam safety | Computer software | Federal government | Rivers and streams

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