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Olivenhain Dam  (click to enlarge)Owner: San Diego County Water Authority
Designer: Parsons-Harza JV.
Contractor: Kiewit Pacific Co. Ltd.
Project Manager: Washington Infrastructure Services Inc.
Consultant to Designer: Gannett-Fleming
Consultant to Contractor: Malcolm Dunstan & Associates
Location: Escondido, California, USA
River: Escondido Creek
Height: 94 m
Length: 778 m
Volume of RCC: 1 140 000 m3
Volume of dam: 1 070 000 m3
Reservoir capacity: 30M m3
Design flood: - (reservoir filled by pumping)
Start of Project: 13.06.2001
Start of RCC: 04.02.2002
Completion of RCC: 31.10.2002
Completion of Project: 16.04.2003
Forming of upstream face: GEVR against vertical timber formwork with external CARPI membrane
Forming of downstream face: RCC against 600-mm high stepped steel formwork at a slope of 0.80:1 (H:V)
Forming of spillway: Immersion-vibrated concrete against 600-mm high stepped steel formwork at a slope of 0.80:1 (H:V)
Mixture proportions:
ASTM Type-II cement 74 kg/m3
ASTM Class F flyash 121 kg/m3
Water 119 kg/m3
Coarse aggregate 1390 kg/m3
Fine aggregate 740 kg/m3
Workability:
Loaded VeBe time 12 to 20 sec

Reservoir area before the start of the RCC dam contract  (click to enlarge)
Reservoir area before the start of the RCC dam contract
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Excavation for dam from right abutment  (click to enlarge)
Excavation for dam from right abutment
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Satellite photograph of dam under construction  (click to enlarge)
Satellite photograph of dam under construction
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Stockpiles and concrete plant  (click to enlarge)
Stockpiles and concrete plant
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December 2001 - Full-scale trial in right abutment shaping block  (click to enlarge)
December 2001 - Full-scale trial in right abutment shaping block
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March 2002 - Placement of RCC in left abutment shaping block  (click to enlarge)
March 2002 - Placement of RCC in left abutment shaping block
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March 2002 - Swinger loading RCC into trucks  (click to enlarge)
March 2002 - Swinger loading RCC into trucks
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March 2002 - Spreading grout against an abutment  (click to enlarge)
March 2002 - Spreading grout against an abutment
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March 2002 - Vibrating GEVR against an abutment  (click to enlarge)
March 2002 - Vibrating GEVR against an abutment
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March 2002 - GEVR after vibration but before RCC roller compacted  (click to enlarge)
March 2002 - GEVR after vibration but before RCC roller compacted
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April 2002 - Placement of first RCC in main dam body  (click to enlarge)
April 2002 - Placement of first RCC in main dam body
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August 2002 - Olivenhain dam from downstream  (click to enlarge)
August 2002 - Olivenhain dam from downstream
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July 2002 - Upstream face (formed of GEVR against timber formwork) and Intake Tower under construction  (click to enlarge)
July 2002 - Upstream face (formed of GEVR against timber formwork) and Intake Tower under construction
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August 2002 - Spillway training walls under construction on the downstream face (formed of RCC compacted directly against stepped formwork). The spillway was formed of immersion-vibrated concrete placed at the same time as the RCC  (click to enlarge)
August 2002 - Spillway training walls under construction on the downstream face (formed of RCC compacted directly against stepped formwork). The spillway was formed of immersion-vibrated concrete placed at the same time as the RCC
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October 2002 - Concrete plant and conveyor from dam  (click to enlarge)
October 2002 - Concrete plant and conveyor from dam
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October 2002 - Quarry and dam nearing completion  (click to enlarge)
October 2002 - Quarry and dam nearing completion
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October 2002 - Olivenhain dam nearing completion from left abutment  (click to enlarge)
October 2002 - Olivenhain dam nearing completion from left abutment
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31 October 2002 - Completion of RCC placement (1.07M m3 of RCC placed in 8.5 months)  (click to enlarge)
31 October 2002 - Completion of RCC placement
(1.07M m3 of RCC placed in 8.5 months)
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November 2002 - Completed Olivenhain dam from upstream  (click to enlarge)
November 2002 - Completed Olivenhain dam from upstream
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November 2002 - Completed Olivenhain dam from downstream  (click to enlarge)
November 2002 - Completed Olivenhain dam from downstream
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3 September 2003  Downstream face of completed dam  (click to enlarge)
3 September 2003 Downstream face of completed dam
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7 August 2003  First water into reservoir  (click to enlarge)
7 August 2003 First water into reservoir
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4 September 2003  Dedication Ceremony  (click to enlarge)
4 September 2003 Dedication Ceremony
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