Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Cutoff Wall


"Wolf Creek Dam was completed in 1952 as a 5,736-foot long and 258-foot high combination embankment-concrete gravity dam. Its storage capacity of 6 million acre feet makes it the ninth largest reservoir in the nation. The dam was built on a heavily karstified limestone foundation and began exhibiting signs of excess foundation seepage in late 1967. This led to extensive corrective work in the 1970s beneath the earthen core of the embankment to reduce underseepage. In 2006 an independent assessment by the Dam Safety Action Classification (DSAC) Peer Review Panel recommended that Wolf Creek Dam exhibited "Urgent and Compelling" foundation seepage issues that required immediate attention. This classification triggered the most complex dam foundation remediation project of any dam in the world, with an estimated total cost of $594 million, requiring years of construction (2007- 2013). The drilling and grouting techniques being applied insitu beneath the embankment section will likely establish new standards of practice for remediation and foundation beneficiation for hydraulic structures built on karst sites, such as embedded barrier walls. These past and present remediation efforts are addressed and analyzed in this study to create a fully comprehensive review of the famous Wolf Creek Dam"--Abstract, page iii.


Rogers, J. David

Committee Member(s)

Maerz, Norbert H.
Vandike, James E.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geological Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2013


x, 67 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.

Geographic Coverage

Cumberland, Lake


© 2013 Kyla Justene Erich, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Karst -- Kentucky -- Cumberland, Lake -- Case studies
Diaphragm walls -- Kentucky -- Cumberland, Lake -- Case studies
Diaphragm walls -- Design and construction
Dams -- Foundations -- Kentucky -- Cumberland, Lake
Hazardous geographic environments -- Kentucky -- Cumberland, Lake -- Case studies

Thesis Number

T 10348

Electronic OCLC #