Dam Construction Quality Control – Dos, Don’ts and Lessons Learned: On-Demand

The implementation of a successful dam design is predicated on the construction contractor using acceptable construction means and methods when performing the work and the quality control staff performing timely and through inspections. There are many critical work items associated with dam construction which, if not performed correctly, will lead to poor performance, reduced service life, and contribute to potential failure modes.

This webinar will present some proper and improper construction techniques that are often encountered during dam construction that are crucial to a successful project including, engineered fill placement, internal drains systems, reinforced concrete structures, RCC placement, control of water, and foundation preparation. Participants of this webinar will gain greater knowledge of acceptable construction practices, understand the consequences of out of spec work, and better understand how to evaluate the inspect critical work tasks during dam construction.

Randall P. Bass, P.E.

Principal, Schnabel Engineering

Randy Bass is a professional engineer and a graduate of Georgia Tech with a BCE (1972) and a MCE degree (1977).  His career with dam engineering started in 1978 when he worked for seven years with the Georgia Safe Dams Program.  He worked for Dames and Moore for seven years designing and building dams and, prior to joining Schnabel Engineering in 2004, was the water resources engineer with the Portland Cement Association.  He is currently a principal with Schnabel Dam Engineering.  He has participated in dam owner training workshops in three states and was on the recent peer review team for the review of the Corp of Engineer’s national dam safety program.  


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10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  6/10 points to pass
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2.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available