INFLUENCE OF NONTECHNICAL FACTORS ON THE QUALITY OF EMBANKMENT DAMS

This report which examines the nontechnical causes of shortcomings in earth and rockfill dams, holds that these shortcomings originate in the attitudes and actions of the owner, designer, constructor and technical consultant. Accordingly the report reflects upon some failings of members of each of these groups in the hope that it may suggest ways in which the practice can be improved. The problems caused by the unrealistic owner are examined as well as the dangers inherent in engaging the uncertain designer. Such a designer may have inadequate time and money, or have no understanding with the owner about the extent or cost of the program. The unfair designer could jeopardize the likelihood of profit. Comments are also made regarding the overly optimistic designer and the designer who misuses his consultants. The overly busy consultant could have inadequate contact with the job. Other sources of shortcomings discussed here include the designer of inexperienced construction, the abuser of the observational method, the ineffective inspector, the loophole contractor, the financially shaky contractor, and the unqualified contractor.

  • Corporate Authors:

    John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated

    111 River Street
    Hoboken, NJ  United States  07030-6000
  • Authors:
    • Peck, R B
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 00096417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM