Model Replica Helping Oroville Dam Spillway Reconstruction Project


AB284 MOVES ON TO THE SENATE FOR A VOTE. SO THIS IS A MODEL. IT’S 1/50TH THE SIZE OF OROVILLE DAM. STATE ENGINEERS ARE USING THIS MODEL TO HELP COME UP WITH A FIX FOR THE COLLAPSED SPILLWAY AT THE DAM. ONE COMPONENT ON A VERY LARGE COMPLEX PROJECT. THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES HAS NOW PARTNERED WITH ENGINEERS AT UTAH STATE TO USE A GIANT REPLICA OF THE SPILLWAY TO CREATE A FIX. CBS13’S DREW BOLLEA LOOKED IN TO THIS. HE JOINING US NOW WITH MORE. PRETTY INTERESTING IDEA HERE. OFFICIALS TELL ME THE SPILLWAY PROJECT IS A WEEK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND THEY’LL SOON BE PUTTING WHAT THEY LEARNED FROM THE MODEL IN TO ACTION. Reporter: BLASTING AWAY THE OLD IN ORDER TO REBUILD THE NEW. RIGHT NOW WE ARE DEMOLISHING THE PART OF THE SPILLWAY THAT’S GOING TO BE COMPLETELY REBUILT THIS YEAR. Reporter: CREWS AT THE OROVILLE DAM ARE REMOVING 2/3rds OF THE SPILLWAY CONCRETE, ROUGHLY 10,000 FEET. CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SPILLWAY WILL BEGIN. THE GOAL FOR NOVEMBER 1ST IS TO BUILD AN ENTIRELY NEW SPILLWAY. Reporter: BUT BEFORE THOSE CONSTRUCTION PLANS ARE IN PLACE, TEAMS OF ENGINEERS HAVE LOOKED AT MANY DIFFERENT OPTIONS AND DESIGNS. WE’RE SIMULATING APPROXIMATELY 750 VERTICAL FEET OF ELEVATION. Reporter: PLANS ARE TESTED ON THE SCALE MODEL BUILT BY ENGINEERS. THE MODELING MOVED SOME OF THE UNKNOWNS. Reporter: MICHAEL JOHNSON IS THE LEAD ENGINEER ON THE MODEL PROJECT. THE REPLICA IS THE LARGEST HIS LAB HAS EVER BUILT. WE’RE LOOKING AT THE CAPACITY OF THE CHUTE AND TO MAKE SURE IT HAS SUFFICIENT CAPACITY TO PASS FLOODS IN EXCESS OF THE FLOOD THAT WAS EXPERIENCED IN FEBRUARY. Reporter: DWR HAS USED THE MODEL TO TEST DIFFERENT COMPUTER GENERATIONS AND ANALYSIS. IT’S ONE COMPONENT ON A VERY LARGE COMPLEX PROJECT. Reporter: A MIGHTY MODEL HELPING ENGINEERS REBUILD A 3,000-FOOT LONG SPILLWAY THAT IS AS WIDE AS A 16-LANE FREEWAY. WE WANT TO LOOK AT EVERY OPTION THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PICKING THE BEST SOLUTION. DWR IS ALSO WORKING ON SHORING UP THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY BY BUILDING AN EROSION CUT-OFF WALL. THEY HOPE TO NEVER HAVE TO USE THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY AGAIN. AS YOU REMEMBER, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME EVER WATER FLOWED OVER THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY BACK IN FEBRUARY. WE SHOULD BE CLEAR. THESE ENGINEERS AT UTAH STATE, THEY STUDY RESERVOIRS AND DAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY DO THIS WORK A LOT. THEY SURE DO. THEY’VE BUILT SEVERAL OF THESE. DOZENS FOR MANY DIFFERENT

8 thoughts on “Model Replica Helping Oroville Dam Spillway Reconstruction Project

  1. Typical WASTE of Money… The DWR Couldn't hire a CALIFORNIA University???

  2. WTF, Stanford, Berkley heck even UCSB are far superior Engineer Schools than Utah State. Did diversity dumb down and ruin these once great schools.

  3. Utah? WTF? Because that desert state has so much more experience with water? Good luck with that.

  4. This is fucking insane stupid, good luck referencing that oversized cardboard box.

  5. Now the Oroville Dam rebuilt Spillway need to be add provision of slope protection like rip-rap & stone pitching on the both sides of embankment to protecting Spillway Walls & Bed from heavy flood water flowing pressure somewhere if hitting to its surroundings, whenever high flood warning and over Topping situation as much in last year 2017 or in future could not damages to this long strip of Newly constructed Spillway???

  6. Now it seems to be well and good Construction execution works strategy to protecting Dam structure & environment from upstream water potential to smoothly releasing its pressure of over topping conditions towards River side, Then also the both Spillways could be functioning positively control and tackle the emergency situation during high flood scenario, Hopping for without any disaster in future and perform results, I think so???

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