Improving safety at Broken Bow

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The right technology and the right team, together with a solid relationship with the client, successfully met the requirement for non-destructive analysis methods of the Broken Bow diversion tunnel and the low- level outlet facility investigation, even when unexpected weather threatened the timeline.

The Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates 38 multi-purpose projects, among them the Broken Bow Dam, which includes a diversion tunnel and low level outlet facility. The district’s comprehensive dam safety program supports USACE’s nationwide dam safety program.

In response to concerns regarding Broken Bow’s diversion tunnel and low level output facility, the district wanted to confirm safety and stability to ensure that facility operations could continue effectively without risk to operations staff or to downstream life and property. As an initial step in the risk assessment process, Tulsa District engaged the MH+MH Joint Venture to investigate the tunnel using only non-destructive testing methods to estimate the critical geologic parameters and tunnel performance.

READ MORE about this exciting, but difficult project in The Military Engineer magazine.


Miro Kurka, PE, PMP

About the Author

Miro Kurka, PE, PMP, knows water is an incredible resource. “I help resolve issues that prevent us from engineering water infrastructure that would make our citizens safer, wealthier and happier.” A retired US Army officer, he managed the Corps of Engineers’ program in Tulsa, Portland and Afghanistan for 30 years, bridging gaps, overcoming obstacles and tackling large challenges. He loves traveling and meeting people.

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