Testing the New Locks

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by Norman F. Perkins, P.E., (M.ASCE), Chief Operating Officer; Alden Research Laboratory, Inc., Holden, MA,
Daniel Gessler, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Vice President; Alden Research Laboratory, Inc., Holden MA,
Philip S. Stacy, D.WRE, Director of Calibration Services; Alden Research Laboratory, Inc., Holden, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 6, Pg. 58-59

Abstract: The recently completed third set of locks at the Panama Canal incorporates several civil components and hydraulic design features that are intended to reduce routine maintenance and conserve water. For instance, rather than relying on the locomotives used in the original locks, the ships transit the new locks with assistance from tugboats.

Subject Headings: Locks (waterway) | Hydraulic design | Water conservation | Civil engineering landmarks | Maintenance | Rail transportation | Ships | Panama | Central America

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