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Public Works Digest, July-August-September 2012

Public Works Digest, July-August-September 2012

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This issue: Operations, Maintenance and Engineering

Published by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command in cooperation with the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, Public Works Digest covers news and information for the professionals who keep installations going.
About the U.S. Army Installation Management Community:
IMCOM handles the day-to-day operations of U.S. Army installations around the globe – We are the Army's Home. Army installations are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city. Fire, police, public works, housing, and child-care are just some of the things IMCOM does in Army communities every day. We endeavor to provide a quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families commensurate with their service. Our professional workforce strives to deliver on the commitments of the Army Family Covenant, honor the sacrifices of military Families, and enable the Army Force Generation cycle.
Our Mission: Our mission is to provide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.
Our Vision: Army installations are the Department of Defense standard for infrastructure quality and are the provider of consistent, quality services that are a force multiplier in supported organizations’ mission accomplishment, and materially enhance Soldier, Civilian and Family well-being and readiness.
This issue: Operations, Maintenance and Engineering

Published by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command in cooperation with the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, Public Works Digest covers news and information for the professionals who keep installations going.
About the U.S. Army Installation Management Community:
IMCOM handles the day-to-day operations of U.S. Army installations around the globe – We are the Army's Home. Army installations are communities that provide many of the same types of services expected from any small city. Fire, police, public works, housing, and child-care are just some of the things IMCOM does in Army communities every day. We endeavor to provide a quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families commensurate with their service. Our professional workforce strives to deliver on the commitments of the Army Family Covenant, honor the sacrifices of military Families, and enable the Army Force Generation cycle.
Our Mission: Our mission is to provide Soldiers, Civilians and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.
Our Vision: Army installations are the Department of Defense standard for infrastructure quality and are the provider of consistent, quality services that are a force multiplier in supported organizations’ mission accomplishment, and materially enhance Soldier, Civilian and Family well-being and readiness.

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D I G E S T
Public Works
Army transportation inrastructure, like this railroad bridge at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., isroutinely evaluated under a centralized program that inspects the Army’s 2,051 bridges,250 dams, 45 airfelds, 15 waterront acilities and 1,168 miles o active railroad track.Pages 8-9Volume XXIV, No. 4 July/August/September 2012
 
D I G E S T
Public Works
Volume XXI, No.5,September/October 2009
 
Public Works Digest 
is an unofcialpublication o the U.S. Army InstallationManagement Command, under AR 360-1, The Army Public Aairs Program.Method o reproduction: photo-oset;press run: 1,600; estimated readership:5,000. Editorial views and opinionsexpressed are not necessarily those o the Department o the Army. Mentiono specifc vendors does not constituteendorsement by the Department o the Army or any element thereo.
 Address mail to:
U.S. Army Installation ManagementCommand2405 Gun Shed RoadFort Sam Houston, TX 78234-1223 Attn: Editor,
Public Works Digest 
 Telephone: 202-761-0022 DSN 763e-mail:editor.pwdigest@usace.army.mil
Gregg Chislett 
Chief, Public Works DivisionInstallation Management Command 
Mary Beth Thompson
 Managing EditoU.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
 Printed on recycled paper.
U.S. Army InstallationManagement Command2405 Gun Shed RoadFort Sam Houston, TX 78234-1223
PUBLIC WORKS DIGEST • JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012
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Volume XXIV, No. 4
JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012
 
PUBLIC WORKS DIGEST • JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012
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he U.S Military Academy at WestPoint, N.Y., is home to 10 percento the Army’s dams. Maintainingall 22 dams involves a continuous cycle o monitoring, inspection and repair. Beyondthe physical care required, emergency planning or the sizable dams ound in the West Point dam inventory is requisite.
Monitoring
 A single project manager is charged with ownership o the dam program. Theproject manager retains visibility o theentire inventory.It is important that the dam projectmanager retains overarching visibility o all dam repairs even i the repairs aremanaged by other individuals. The damproject manager is West Point’s link tothe other agencies that have a role in dammaintenance and repair and in emergency preparedness.Monitoring is also a community responsibility. “High hazard” and“signiicant hazard” dams have beenposted with signage in close proximity that indicates the dam name, the locationand the contact numbers. Although nottechnically trained in most cases, localcommunity members are capable o noticing changed conditions, and theirinsight is part o the ormula or ensuringdam saety.
Inspection
 The Corps o Engineers is West Point’sprinciple dam inspection agency. TheCorps brings a wealth o experience todam management. The New York District,in particular, includes several well versedexperts accomplished at dam inspection. Inaddition, the district has access to industry experts who can assist with every aspecto dam inspection rom diving to wallconstruction. The dam project manager assuresannual and periodic dam inspections areconducted, in particular during and atersigniicant rainall events. The projectmanager identiies and prioritizes repairs. Aterward, the Work Management Boardassigns the repairs to the appropriateentity or execution, and actual repairs areinspected by the project manager. Again,keeping the project managerinvolved throughout the processensures consistency o repairacross the entire inventory o dams.
Repair 
Repairs o WestPoint’s dams occurin many orms,because there issuch a variety o dam structures.For example, theMine Lake Dam,built in 1846, is a505-oot curvingdam constructed o local stones with a 10-to12-oot thickness at the base tapering toa 6- to 8-oot dimension at the top. Therepair design was 90 percent complete when Tropical Storm Irene arrived in August 2011. The entire 505-oot length was topped by a rush o water or severalhours. The dam was monitored during theevent or signs o ailure. Inspection aterthe event revealed that the ooting — made visible due to erosion — was constructeddierently than originally thought. Thisinding has led to a redesign. The Stillwell Dam is a 57.3-oot highconcrete structure built in 1948, the youngest dam in West Point’s inventory;the average dam age is 96 years. Recentrepairs to this dam include: cleaning therelie wells, dive inspection o the low leveldrain line, and repair and exercise o the valves. A gallery inside the base o the damallows personnel to walk the entire lengtho the dam to inspect or clogged relie  wells and signs o structural ailure.Built on a seismic ault line, structuralinspections o this dam are in-depth. When repairing historic dams, Section106 o the National Historic Preservation Act o 1966 applies as it would with any historic structure. Consultation with theState Historic Preservation Oice is
 Matt Talaber Photo by E. Campbell 
Operations, Maintenance and Engineering 
West Point manages large inventory of historic dams
by Matt Talaber 
Acronyms and Abbreviations
DPW
Directorate of Public Works
SHPO
State Historic Preservation Office
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The 1846 Mine Lake Dam is topped during Tropical Storm Irene.Photo by T. CoughlinStillwell Dam, a placed concrete structure, has a gallery at the base that allows inspectors to walk the entire length of the dam’s interior.Photo by T. Coughlin

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