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Andrew Higgins, John Barrett, and Jamey Rosen Coauthored an Article on Information Management Systems for Dam Construction in the Journal of Dam Safety

Andrew Higgins (Ontario), John Barrett, P.E., (Tennessee), and Jamey Rosen, P.Geo., (Ontario) coauthored a paper entitled "Information Management Systems for Dam Construction—Large and Small" published in the Fall 2021 edition of The Journal of Dam Safety on pages 40 through 50.

Chris Saucier, Principal Project Manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority and Technical Director of the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Remediation Project, was also a coauthor of the article.

Andrew Higgins is a Senior Data Management Specialist based in Ontario who facilitates and manages a variety of data management solutions by combining near real-time data flows, spatial data production and manipulation, and database knowledge to solve a diverse set of client needs.

John Barrett is a Principal Engineer based in Tennessee with more than ten years of experience focused on geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. John provides construction oversight of dam remediation and evaluates and manages data generated by such projects.

Jamey Rosen is a Senior Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management System design and development. Jamey has built systems to validate, manage, analyze, and visualize construction, geotechnical, and environmental data for projects and facilities in the United States and Canada.

The Journal of Dam Safety is a quarterly publication dedicated to increasing the technical expertise of engineers, owners, operators, and others involved in dam safety. The Journal's primary goal is to promote consistency in technical and regulatory approaches to dam safety with examples from various geographic regions, multiple types of dams, and from a variety of perspectives. The Journal is a publication of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

ASDSO is a national nonprofit organization serving state dam safety programs and the broader dam safety community, which includes federal dam safety professionals, dam owners and operators, engineering consultants, emergency managers, manufacturers, suppliers, academia, contractors, and others interested in improving dam safety. Its mission is to improve the condition and safety of dams and reduce the consequences associated with dam incidents through education, support for state dam safety programs and, by fostering a unified dam safety community.


Information Management Systems (IMSs) are collections of spatial and nonspatial data technologies used to collect, compile, analyze, and visualize data collected and are well suited for use during dam construction and operation. Historically, these systems were developed as a part of megaprojects (e.g., major dam rehabilitations) owned by major entities (e.g., the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority). These megaprojects incorporated specialty geotechnical construction techniques deep beneath the ground for which post‐construction verification would be impractical. Therefore, investment in project‐specific IMSs to facilitate organization and tracking of quality control testing was justified as a small portion of the overall project's budget. In recent years, the industry has benefited from the lessons learned on these larger projects, resulting in higher efficiencies, making these technologies more cost‐effective for routine application to dam projects of all sizes. This article connects the dots between projects of varying sizes with current state‐of‐the‐practice examples of IMS tools applied to a grout curtain and secant pile wall installed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Boone Dam and some smaller municipal projects.

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