Steven Fox, Robert Cooper, Shane McGrath
The Project Alliance delivery model is becoming more popular within the dams industry as owners, designers and constructors seek more effective ways to deliver upgrades that are needed to meet
contemporary community expectations whilst managing the significant safety and commercial risks
typical of these projects.
The Eildon Alliance has recently completed the Eild on Dam Improvement Project on behalf of Goulburn- Murray Water. This $52 M project involved reconstruction and raising of the upper portion of the 80 m high embankment, works to strengthen the spillway chute to cope with larger flood events and refurbishment of the original 50 year old spillway mechanical equipment.
The Eildon Alliance was responsible for the detailed design, construction, commissioning and project
management of this major upgrade. To be successful, a project alliance requires
the alliance partners to adopt a cooperative approach throughout the project. This paper de
tails the benefits that this cooperation provided at Eildon, reasons for selecting the alliance project delivery model and the outcomes achieved.
Deryk Forster and Manoj Laxman
The Stage I construction of the Ross River Dam was completed in December 1973. The reservoir
reached full supply level (FSL) and then spilled in January 1974. In 1976, the left embankment was
raised to Stage II level. Spillway gates were installed in February 1978 with full supply level for
Stage 1A (FSL).
In the years following the first filling of the reservoir after the raising of FSL, salt scalding
downstream of the northern portion of the left embankment occurred. This was attributed to
foundation seepage. Investigations started in 1978 to define what remedial measures were required to ensure the safety of the left embankment. Fissured clays were first discovered in the foundations of the Ross River Dam during these investigations.
Fissures could substantially reduce the overall strength of the soil foundations. Therefore the effect of these fissures needs to be considered when evaluating the acceptable levels of reliability against
embankment failure. More extensive fissuring was discovered during the current investigations and a
cataloguing system was employed to characterise the foundation conditions.
A simplified layer model was adopted early on in the design but did not fully demonstrate the
complexity of the subsurface conditions. Extensive use was made of historical geological data,
current investigation data and the application of GIS systems. The resulting model more clearly
represents the foundation conditions and high degree of variability and was used in subsequent risk
assessments for the upgrade design.
Graeme Hannan, David Jeffery
Lake Mokoan is a 365 GL capacity off-stream storage in the Broken River basin in northern
Victoria. Lake Mokoan will be decommissioned to provide 44 GL of water savings to benefit the
River Murray and the Snowy River. The Victorian Government has committed to maintain
reliability of supply in the Broken River supply system by implementing a package of offset projects.
The paper describes the community engagement process implemented by Goulburn-Murray Water
to steer the selection and implementation of the offset projects.
A reference committee of Broken systems irrigators was established in late 2004 to provide advice
to Goulburn-Murray Water and the Department of Sustainability and Environment on the package
of offset measures to be implemented to maintain the supply reliability once the 365 GL capacity
Lake Mokoan was decommissioned, leaving the 40GL capacity Lake Nillahcootie as the sole
storage in the Broken River irrigation system.
A REALM based system simulation model was refined to test the sensitivity of the parameters
defining the system reliability and to assess proposed offsets measures. The paper describes the
modelling which was undertaken and the evaluation and ranking of offset projects priorities.
The community engagement process is described. The paper concludes with commentary of the
lessons learned from this process.
Stuart Macnish, Natarsha Woods, Michael Dixon
What happens when the people that undertake early environmental investigation stay on as part of the delivery team throughout the design and construction phases of a major project such as the Wivenhoe Alliance?
Often, the early investigation for projects, particularly in the case of environmental impact assessments and approvals processes, is carried out independently of the construction team. In the case of the Wivenhoe Alliance, these issues were set out in the scope of the project itself and delivered by the same team during construction.
The benefits and outcomes have been impressive not only for the project, but for SEQWater and the local community into the future. Improved biodiversity values, increased water quality protection, safety improvements, and value for money are only some of the key benefits experienced.
Individuals within the team also benefit. Environmental professionals are able to implement their
knowledge ‘on-ground’ and progressively improve practices in an area of constant change due to
construction initiatives and timeframes.
This paper explores the specific areas in which the involvement of environmental professionals throughout early investigation and planning, design and construction have benefited the Wivenhoe Alliance and the outcomes that have resulted from this innovative approach.
Martin Pinkham, Robin Dawson, John Grimston
Resource consents for Christchurch’s existing solid waste disposal facility at Burwood expire in May 2005 and the landfill must close. A new, state-of-the-art regional landfill is under construction at Kate Valley, which will accept solid waste from Christchurch and surrounding districts. Investigations and studies for the landfill have attracted considerable public attention, engaging public groups in discussions through resource consent hearings in 2002 and 2003.
The proposed landfill includes two embankment dams in a cascade arrangement below the landfill. The first is a 19m high sedimentation dam designed to retain silt runoff from the earthworks associated with landfill construction and operation, protecting the health of the stream and environment below the dam. The second is a 9m high dam performing dual roles of storing and supplying water for the landfill earthworks activities, and providing an additional safety buffer for silt control and containment of any accidental release of leachate at the landfill.
While the dams are relatively modest in size, they are being built to very high standards with strict peer review as a result of their association with the landfill project, and to minimise any community and environmental impacts. The design and construction of the landfill and dams is being completed using an innovative modified alliancing arrangement which provides the close working relationship that alliances are renowned for, while minimising up-front financial risk to the owner.
This paper deals with key aspects related to the landfill dams, such as community consultation and expectations, environmental impacts as well as the technical features. Construction is underway for the dams and the landfill at the time of writing of this paper.
Stephen Newman, Mark Foster
Construction of the Lake Buffalo Dam was completed in 1965. It was to be a temporary dam, required to operate for several years, then act as a cofferdam for the construction of a much larger dam downstream. This larger dam was never built and a risk assessment completed by Goulburn Murray Water (G-MW) in 2001 identified several dam safety deficiencies at Lake Buffalo were among the highest priorities for risk reduction measures across the G-MW dams portfolio. Specifically it identified Lake Buffalo as having inadequate flood capacity and there were also concerns about transverse cracking within the embankment.
This paper describes the detailed investigation and analysis of the embankment cracking including assessing the potential for piping through an embankment having deficient filters and known transverse cracking. The design features of the upgrade are also described including the design of the a filter buttress, a parapet wall raise, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and spillway anchoring. Construction was completed in 2003.