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Concrete/Masonry Dams

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Photograph of Holtwood Dam, a concrete gravity dam located along the Susquehanna River in south central Pennsylvania.

(Photo Source: Wikipedia)

Concrete and masonry dams are constructed as either gravity dams, buttress dams, or arch dams depending on how they maintain structural stability. Concrete dams can be constructed using either conventional concrete or roller-compacted concrete (RCC). Masonry dams are constructed using stone, brick, or other masonry units joined together using mortar. Construction of masonry dams is labor-intensive and is less common in modern dam construction than other types of dams.

Types of Concrete/Masonry Dams

Best Practices Resources

Pocket Safety Guide for Dams and Impoundments (FEMA P-911), FEMA

Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Glossary of Terms (FEMA P-148), FEMA


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Revision Date: 07/18/2023