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Dam Construction

Construction inspections are performed periodically and during critical stages of work. Upon completion of construction, the owner submits a notice of completion and as-constructed drawings. When as-constructed drawings are received, a final inspection is conducted. If all work is satisfactory, the owner is granted permission to impound water and the completed dam is placed on the inventory of dams maintained by the section.


The design and construction of a new dam is a major project because it will usually involve a number of entities, and it also will involve several different project organizations. Large dams have typically been in the planning and preliminary engineering stages for years, and in many cases, decades. When this planning and preliminary engineering reaches the stage of a decision to proceed, the owner, either directly or through the use of a management contractor, should establish a project organization for the entire project. This organization, in consultation with the owner, will develop the preliminary project plan, which includes the decision of what elements of the project will be performed by others under contract. Project engineering, supply of major equipment and project construction can be performed under contract, in which case each organization would have its own project management team for the work contracted to them. The contract must spell out the information which this team must provide to the total project management team so that they can control the overall budget and schedule. Thus, a major dam project will usually have several project management teams.

Dam Constructing Program:

1. OBJECTIVES

2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT POLICY

3. PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN

3.1 Project Description

3.2 Roles and Responsibilities of Project Managers and their Team Members

3.3 Qualifications of Team Members

3.4 Consulting Review Board

3.5 Project Schedule

3.6 Project Cost Estimate and Cash Flow

3.7 Project Financing

3.8 Real Estate

3.9 Environmental Issues

3.10 Safety

3.11 Security

3.12 Cultural Resources (Archaeological)

3.13 Local Community Participation

3.14 Emergency Action Plan

4. COST AND SCHEDULE CONTROL

4.1 Work Breakdown Structure

4.2 Project Budget

4.3 Project Schedule

4.4 Resource Allocations

5. PROJECT MONITORING

5.1 Monthly Project Report

5.2 Project Meetings

6. ENGINEERING

6.1 Design Criteria Documentation

6.2 Schedule

6.3 Engineering Budget

6.4 Design and Constructability Review

6.5 Engineering Monitoring

6.6 Regulatory Review

6.7 Value Engineering (optional)

6.8 Monitoring the Construction and Commissioning Phases

7. CONTRACTS

7.1 Contract Strategy

7.2 Procurement and Construction Contracts

7.3 Change Control

7.4 Dispute Resolution

8. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

8.1 Construction Schedule

8.2 Budget

8.3 Construction Readiness

8.4 Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program

8.5 Field Inspection Program

8.6 Contractor Coordination

8.7 Supplemental Processes

8.8 Start Up and Testing

9. PROJECT CLOSEOUT

9.1 Final Inspection

9.2 Final Acceptance

9.3 As Built Drawings/Manuals/Design Documentation

9.4 Warranty Enforcement/Inspection

9.5 Final Construction Report