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Potentially Active Faults in Dam Foundations

Sherard, J. L. and Cluff, L. S. and Allen, C. R. (1974) Potentially Active Faults in Dam Foundations. Géotechnique, 24 (3). pp. 367-428. ISSN 0016-8505.

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The Paper contains information on existing dams founded on active faults, a summary of pertinent lessons learned from study of historic fault breaks and fault mechanisms, recommended practice for evaluation of active faults, and opinions concerning design of dams on active faults. While a dam site with an active fault should be avoided if possible, if a reservoir is vitally needed and a better site is not available, it is reasonable practice to construct a conservatively designed embankment dam. Concrete dams on active faults, or near some major active faults, are not advisable. For evaluation of fault activity, geological studies usually must be carried a considerable distance from the dam site, a departure from recent past practice. Experience of the last few years with many fault studies indicates that thorough geological investigations with modern techniques will usually provide sufficient evidence to allow a judgement on the activity or inactivity of a fault.

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Additional Information:© 1974 ICE Publishing Ltd. A number of colleagues, both from the geology and engineering sides, reviewed the Paper in an earlier draft and provided suggestions for improvement. The Authors are grateful for this generous assistance and wish they could do more than simply acknowledge the reviewers, many of whom deserve far greater credit for their contributions to the Paper. Particular thanks are due to N. N. Ambraseys, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London; M. G. Bonilla, United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California; G. Post and P. Londe, Coyne and Bellier, Consulting Engineers, Paris ; C. J. Cortright and E. W. Stroppini, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento; O. Papageorgiou, Public Power Corporation, Athens; J.M. Wool, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California ; J. M. Kellberg, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville; G. E. Brogan, G. E. Hervert, M. K. Korringa, B. B. Gordon and D. Tocher, Woodward-Lundgren and Associates, Oakland, California.
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