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Design and Construction of Earth and Rock Fill Dams

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This six hour online course will explain the basic system components and site requirements for the design and construction of earth and rock fill dams. This course presents fundamental principles underlying the design and construction of earth and rock-fill dams. The general principles presented herein are also applicable to the design and construction of earth levees. The objective of this course is to present guidance on the design, construction, and performance monitoring of and modifications to embankment dams. The design and construction of earth and rock-fill dams are complex because of the nature of the varying foundation conditions and range of properties of the materials available for use in the embankment.

The increased development and expansion of the population in the Nationís watersheds have created a definite need to develop additional water supply. In many areas the existing national infrastructure can not meet these needs. The increase in urban development has also had a negative impact on water quality. The public is asking that preservation of the environment be an equal goal with the economic benefits of water resources projects. Since the current infrastructure is not meeting public needs, this situation is placing lives, livelihood, and property at risk. Several options are available to provide the additional quantity of water. The simplest and most cost-effective method to obtain the quantities needed is to add additional storage at existing dams.

This course is based entirely on General Design and Construction Considerations for Earth and Rock-Fill Dams Publication number - EM 1110 2300, July 2004 published by the US Army Corps of Engineers. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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