Posted on February 20, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

For more than a week, workers have been racing to repair an emergency spillway at California's Oroville Dam, which was opened earlier in February to avoid overtopping the dam after heavy rains. A subsequent failure opened a large hole in the spillway and eroded a deep fissure in a slope that helps support the dam, prompting a mandatory evacuation of more than 100,000 residents below.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bucknell engineering professors will examine the ongoing situation in Oroville as well as the history and design of the Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the United States. The event will feature presentations by Professor Richard Crago, civil & environmental engineering; Professor Jessica Newlin, civil & environmental engineering; Brad Newlin of engineering firm AECOM; and Associate Dean of Engineering Karen Marosi. The presenters will discuss the role of the dam within California's Water Project, general design of earth dams, flow mechanics of the spillways and managing risk in water-resources projects.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Gardner Lecture Hall, Room 113 in the Dana Engineering Building. It is free and open to the public. || Click here for a map of campus. 

The lecture is held in conjunction with Engineers Week, a celebration of engineers and competition between the engineering disciplines at Bucknell. Other Engineers Week events include banner and video competitions, a dinner and a networking event. 


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