Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

The State of Bihar, India experienced substantial flooding in the Ganges Basin as a result of levee (embankment) non performance. As a result of the 2008 failures the Bihar Water Resources Department is examining, as a programmatic model, the US experience in establishing and conducting the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Levee Safety Program. This case model examination is intended to structure a new program for managing the Bihari embankment infrastructure. Similar to many historical flood control initiatives throughout the world, India’s embankment infrastructure shows the effects of aging and multi-purpose use of the facilities. To examine what practices that could be employed to increase the reliable performance of the embankment system; the World Bank facilitated a detailed case history examination of the USACE Levee Safety Program. The case study included a trial application of elements of the US approach to Indian Levee systems in order to stimulate discussion of what elements could be and should be incorporated into the Indian embankment management system. Elements of the levee safety program examined in this case study include the development of a comprehensive database of features and information on the embankments, a data viewer, areas of maintenance issues and corrective maintenance management activities.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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A US-India Example in Case History Use in Levee Safety — A Multi-Cultural Perception of What It Is, and How Should It Be Applied

Chicago, Illinois

The State of Bihar, India experienced substantial flooding in the Ganges Basin as a result of levee (embankment) non performance. As a result of the 2008 failures the Bihar Water Resources Department is examining, as a programmatic model, the US experience in establishing and conducting the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Levee Safety Program. This case model examination is intended to structure a new program for managing the Bihari embankment infrastructure. Similar to many historical flood control initiatives throughout the world, India’s embankment infrastructure shows the effects of aging and multi-purpose use of the facilities. To examine what practices that could be employed to increase the reliable performance of the embankment system; the World Bank facilitated a detailed case history examination of the USACE Levee Safety Program. The case study included a trial application of elements of the US approach to Indian Levee systems in order to stimulate discussion of what elements could be and should be incorporated into the Indian embankment management system. Elements of the levee safety program examined in this case study include the development of a comprehensive database of features and information on the embankments, a data viewer, areas of maintenance issues and corrective maintenance management activities.