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Detecting Soil Movement in Embankments

About the Challenge
New and/or improved methods to detect internal erosion in earthen dam, canal, and levee embankments.

Posted By: Bureau of Reclamation
Category: Ideas
Partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Colorado Dam Safety
Partnership With: Corps of Engineers--Civil Works
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Mar 31, 2016 - 12 a.m. ET, May 10, 2016

All official entries must be submitted via the Innocentive website at the following:

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The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking new methods for detecting soil particle movement:

  • Directly or indirectly in earthen structures and foundations
  • Earlier than occurs by current visual inspection and instrumentation methods

There are 85,000 dams, nearly 100,000 miles of levees, and thousands of miles of water delivery canals across the U.S.  Solving this problem could impact millions of people who receive water, power, and flood protection from this infrastructure.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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One Discussion for "Detecting Soil Movement in Embankments"

  • Kenneth Rodger
    Are they looking for solutions to existing structures or is something that can be implemented in future structures also relevant? The first thing that comes to mind, which may already be in use but I didn't hear mentioned(aside from surface moisture sensors), is soil moisture sensors such as are commonly used in landscape irrigation systems. They could be laid out in a grid pattern at all depths and moisture over X threshold could trigger an alert and indicate the location in the structure. The system literally could be built using existing on the market products. Although with relatively speaking, minimal effort, a more tailored product could be created specifically for this.

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