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A Field Validation of Dam Indexing Methods in Mississippi

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Science

First Advisor

Joel S. Kuszmaul

Second Advisor

Louis Zachos

Third Advisor

Robert M. Holt


Indexing methods are applied to dam inventories throughout the United States to assist in prioritizing resources to maintain aging dam structures. Three published indexing methods and one proposed method were applied to 24 dams through Mississippi. The majority of dams in Mississippi have little to no information concerning the performance records or design specifics of a given dam. Field assessments were conducted to determine the physical condition of each dam, identify potentially deficiencies at dams, and calculate a consequence in the event of a dam failure. The results of the four indexing methods will be compared and advantages and disadvantages will be identified for each method.


Geological Engineering

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