The Role of Model Studies in Add-On Hydro Projects

by Brent A. Berry, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd, North Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Robert W. Schmitt, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd, North Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The reasons for modeling add-on projects are reviewed, and guidance given for the process of determining, first, the need for modeling, and second, if modeling is necessary, whether physical or mathematical modeling should be undertaken. The paper enumerates the benefits that can be realized and the problems that can be avoided through proper modeling. Specific examples of problems that may be encountered are given, and the appropriate method of modeling indicated. A step-by-step procedure to follow for preparing model study specifications is presented, including information on time requirements for preparing the specifications and study time estimates for fast-track physical models. Several case histories of recent physical model studies involving add-on project at Corps of Engineers' locks and dams are given, starting with an outline of the study specifications and continuing through observations made and conclusions reached.

Subject Headings: Physical models | Hydraulic models | Hydrologic models | Mathematical models | Case studies | Hydro power | Construction management | Locks (dam)

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